How to Pick a Luxury Gym in Washington

Five local spots with workouts that fit your personality.

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.

305 Fitness

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.

Vida Fitness

Six DC locations;

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.

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Associate Editor

Caroline Cunningham joined Washingtonian in 2014 after moving to the DC area from Cincinnati, where she interned and freelanced for Cincinnati Magazine and worked in content marketing. She currently resides in College Park.