Need suggestions for Washington DC gyms

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    Dec 29, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
    Hey all-

    I'm crashing at a friend's place while I get settled in DC and was wondering what's the best gym in DC. Not sure where I'll be living, but probably in the Dupont/Logan/Columbia Heights/U Street areas.

    Also, I'm a young professional here so I can't afford anything too expensive and I'm not interested in going to gyms to check guys out/get checked out non-stop. A pool would also be a plus but not an absolutely necessary.

    Any suggestions would be great, thanks!
  • mikey_s

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    Dec 29, 2010 11:39 AM GMT
    If you can metro you should hit a golds gym up in VA (Clarendon comes to mind) if low costs r key
  • DCEric

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    Dec 29, 2010 11:40 AM GMT
    Same as the above, but Maryland can work too.
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    Dec 29, 2010 11:46 AM GMT
    Get the basic membership to the YMCA downtown on Rhode Island Ave. Its central to the area you are looking at. It boasts the only Olympic size pool, it has a really decent cardio and weight training rooms, courts, etc. Its probably the largest gym in DC as well. Being a YMCA, its not all flashy or a boutique gym, but its going to be affordable and it really is a nice gym. Its also kiddy corner from HRC.

    Oh... because its the only gym with a huge indoor pool, it can be busy at peak times. 5pm can be difficult to find a lane that doesn't have 5 or more people swimming in it.
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    Dec 29, 2010 5:35 PM GMT
    Check out Vida Fitness Metropole 1517 15th Street. Its a nice clean modern gym with Whole Foods right across the street great place to grab a bite after workout.

    http://www.vidafitness.com/metropole.php

  • cmjdc

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    Dec 29, 2010 7:25 PM GMT
    You may also want to check out the Washington Sports Club in Columbia Heights. Relatively new, big, good equipment, and has a pool. It's right next the the CoHi metro, so it's also pretty convenient.

    It can be kind of busy at times, but most gyms in DC are. Not sure what the rates are now, but should be around $50/month give or take. This allows you to work out at any of the WSCs in DC, which there are 5-6. Also if you're a student (or can convince them that you are) there is are reduced rates.

    There are other nicer, better gyms but they are all more expensive. There are other less expensive gyms, but they are usually outside of DC and not necessarily all that convenient.

    Additionally, depending on where you work or live, many buildings in DC have their own gyms. You might want to look into that as a temporary option until you're settled and know where you'll be living. Your place of work might also have health benefits that give you reduced rates at certain gyms, so you might want to ask your HR department about that.

    Good luck! And welcome to DC!
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    Dec 29, 2010 7:39 PM GMT
    Vida won best gay gym for however many years in a row
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    Dec 30, 2010 6:33 AM GMT
    thanks guys, I really appreciate it!
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    Dec 30, 2010 8:58 PM GMT
    This is perfect, as I'm a new DC resident as well and looking around for a gym. I'll throw in my thanks as well for the suggestions.
  • UnluckyTitan

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    Dec 30, 2010 10:53 PM GMT
    Too funny, I might be moving to DC in a few months so this helps me too. Us newbies should all meet up and cheers DC!
  • tuffguyndc

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    Dec 30, 2010 11:11 PM GMT
    gold's has lots of gyms in the area and you can get travel passes too if your job requires you to travel.