Elevate Interval Fitness
2428 14th St., NW; 202-509-9995
Workout: High-intensity interval training, with a heart monitor broadcasting your vital stats on the gym’s multiple screens.
Work ethic: Data-driven geeks and competitive Hill types who need to win even at the gym.
How they talk: “Numbers provide a great way to quantify perceived effort.”
Cost: $25 a class or $159 for unlimited monthly membership.
1630 14th St., NW; 646-480-2459
Workout: This newbie’s name comes from Miami’s area code, and the 55-minute rhythmic cardio workout is guided by a live deejay.
Work ethic: Those who want to rock out like it’s still New Year’s Eve—in South Beach.
How they talk: “A sexy underground ‘rave-meets-workout.’ ”
Cost: $24 a class.
2301 M St., NW; 202-659-7685
Workout: Part gym, part inspirational cult, this New York sensation opened in August, mixing candlelit 45-minute spin classes, club-remix soundtracks, and the premise that DC and Gotham are equally hip.
Work ethic: True believers crushing those who just want an excuse to sport Lululemon gear
How they talk: “Strength that lasts beyond the studio walls.”
Cost: $30 a class.
Six DC locations; vidafitness.com
Workout: Your choice of cutting-edge equipment and a bevy of trainers and nutritionists—as if the fitness gods who fit in here need them.
Work ethic: Hunger Games capital for those who’ve made Washington the fittest city in the US.
How they talk: “At the end of the day, Vida is all about you.”
Cost: $99 a month.
Rockville Sport & Health at Pike & Rose
11594 Old Georgetown Rd., Rockville (scheduled to open in January)
Workout: Spin, yoga, cardio machines, Pilates—you name it—in a McMansion setting, but the key amenity is a Kidz Klub.
Work ethic: For Bethesda moms who need a place to wear yoga pants guilt-free.
How they talk: “We’re not just a club, we’re a family.”
Cost: $99 a month.