These Gyms and Fitness Studios Will Let You Rent or Buy Their Workout Equipment During the Pandemic

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There are plenty of local studios that are streaming workouts while we’re all at home. But if you don’t have equipment like weights, resistance bands, or an exercise bike at your house, it can be hard to keep up your usual fitness routine. Fear not—you won’t have to use your cat to do bicep curls (admit it, you’ve considered it). Here are some spots around DC that are renting out their equipment while their locations are temporarily closed.

Cut Seven

The Logan Circle studio has an at-home training equipment package. For $99, you’ll get five resistance bands, five mini-bands, sliders, and a door anchor, all of which you can use while streaming the group’s at-home workouts. You get to keep the equipment, too.

Election Cycle

Update: The H Street cycling studio is renting out its bikes for $79 a week and selling exercise bikes for $799. If you’d like to rent or purchase a bike, email

The Bar Method

The DC studio is selling workout equipment such as mats, balls, weights, straps, and risers, and you can arrange to pick up items outside of its Shaw location.

Good Sweat

The Rosslyn cycling studio is renting out its bikes. While the spot is currently out of inventory, you can get on the waitlist to snag a bike by emailing 

Sweat DC

The Petworth studio will let you rent equipment 30 days. You can get a set of TRX straps for $50; a medicine ball, stability ball, Bosu board, or Surge resistance tube for $25; and ab coasters, exercise bands, or a pair of 2.5-pound dumbbells for $15. The studio is also renting out exercise bikes for $125. Email to reserve equipment.

Cycled! Studios

The local chain of cycling studios is renting out its bikes for folks who want to stream spinning classes at home. The $39-a-week fee also includes access to the studios at-home workouts and daily live classes. While the studio has currently rented out all of its bikes, you can add your name to the waitlist by emailing

Balance Gym

The DC line of gyms is allowing current members to borrow most equipment at no extra cost (larger items like rowers or spin bikes, however, may incur a rental fee). And non-members can rent equipment, as well. The rental fee depends on the item, but contact the group’s Chief Operating Officer Naomi Osborne at to place an order.

Ascend Cycle and Ascend Underground

Ascend Cycle, the spinning studio in Del Ray, is renting out its bikes for $90 a week. Ascend Underground, the HIIT and strength studio below the spinning spot, is also renting out its equipment: You can take home dumbbells and a kettle bell for $20 a week, or an at-home recovery bundle (which includes a foam roller, tennis ball, and stretching strap) for $5 a week. Email to reserve equipment.

This post will be updated as we get more information. 

Mimi Montgomery Washingtonian
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Mimi Montgomery joined Washingtonian in 2018. She’s written for The Washington Post, Garden & Gun, Outside Magazine, Washington City Paper, DCist, and PoPVille. Originally from North Carolina, she now lives in Del Ray.