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Photo courtesy CrossFit Petworth

From an email:

“Located at 1240 Upshur St NW, Crossfit Petworth shares the same building as the recently opened Annie’s ACE Hardware store. At 9200 square feet, CrossFit Petworth is one of DC area’s largest CrossFit gyms and is unusually large for a CF gym located in the city.

Thanks to it’s size CrossFit Petworth will be able to offer more flexibility and variety of classes than most CrossFit gyms in DC. These include, in addition to regular CrossFit classes, Ladies only classes, Kids Classes, Open Gym access (at all hours) for members and classes for Seniors as well. The ability to hold multiple classes allows CF Petworth to bring new members up to speed in a gradual and controlled manner. These options help with anyone concerned or timid about jumping in and trying out CrossFit. CrossFit Petworth has worked to remove some of the barriers of entry to make starting CrossFit a little more accessible. Additionally the gym will be building a strength and Conditioning program to specifically work with local athletes at the High School and collegiate level.”

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“Dear PoPville,

I just received this notice from my gym. Here’s a big thanks to DC lawmakers for discouraging people to exercise.”

“Due to the passage of a D.C. fitness tax we must apply 5.75% sales tax on all products, memberships, and services offered here at the Georgetown Law Sport & Fitness Center. The price increases will take effect on October 1st, 2014. We apologize for the inconvenience and want to make sure all members will be aware of the price increase starting next month.”

4424 Georgia Ave. NW

Level Up has opened in the former florist space at Georgia and Allison St, NW. Their facebook page says:

“Results Driven Personal Training and group fitness

Level up LLC is providing top level fitness programs that guarantee results we are flexible, accessible, and convenient because we can come to you! We serve the D.C., Virginia and Maryland metro areas!

Many people have access to equipment in their homes, offices, and apartments but are too busy to go to the gym if not we can provide equiptment. With in-home personal training there are no more excuses. When working at home, you will not have to compete with anyone else and can concentrate solely on reaching your personal goals. Having an in-home personal trainer will ensure you learn proper techniques to safely and effectively use the equipment you have on your own.”

A pretty reliable reader passes on this piece of scuttlebutt:

Sports Club LA in Foggy Bottom [1170 22nd St, NW] bought by Equinox.”

Any fans of Equinox? Updates when/if more info is known.

UPDATE: Confirmed! From a press release:

Equinox today announced plans to acquire the Sports Club/LA properties in New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Washington D.C., as well as the Reebok Sports Club/NY location in New York City from affiliates of Millennium Partners. The acquisition is further evidence of the brand’s ambitious growth agenda, positioning Equinox in new markets and lines of business and continuing to cement its place as the high-performance lifestyle leader. With the six newly acquired properties, Equinox now operates 73 total clubs in the U.S. and globally; located in 10 major urban U.S. markets, plus London and Toronto. (more…)

1310 Pennsylvania Ave, SE

Thanks to a reader for sending. Jade Fitness DC’s facebook page says:

“Fitness Center · Physical Fitness · Smoothie & Juice Bar

Jade Fitness is a small group personal training studio that offers small group fitness classes, semi-private personal training and homemade juices.

At Jade Fitness we want to bring the personal back to personal training, which is why we created a small group personal training studio that fosters an all inclusive atmosphere and solid program designs that are backed by science and with YOU in mind. Our #1 goal is to get your body back to your original blueprint.

We bring the art of accountability and strong leadership presence in every workout and goal. We offer an elite training space with great energy, professional coaching and programs that not only focus on losing body fat and building muscle but also on proper form and corrective exercises.

At Jade Fitness we understand you, we understand fitness.”

2301 M Street, NW

From an email:

“We are thrilled to announce that SoulCycle, the country’s premier cycle studio, will open it’s FIRST studio in Washington, D.C. in late July.

SoulCycle has fast become a national obsession – the 45 minute group exercise classes sell out in their 30 locations around the country in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. They are attributed to reinventing the game of indoor cycling, by making it a full-body workout, in candlelight.”

Full press release after the jump: (more…)


“Dear PoPville,

Wondering if you anyone knows what’s up at 14th & S, NW? One World Fitness has been shuttered for a week or so now and their website is no longer online. Wondering what’s next for this spot.”

Hmm, I don’t think this is part of the new Logan Hardware location – anyone hear anything about this spot?


Ed. Note: Sad to have lost their mural out front – from 2008:


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“Dear PoPville,

I’m writing in hopes of starting a conversation about gyms and workout spaces in the District. Class-oriented studios, such as Elevate, or CrossFit locations, are cropping up everywhere! And they’re very, very expensive. I’m wondering if there are others like me out there who are hoping to locate a no-frills, *relatively* low-cost gym. (Dream on?)

The shady practices of Washington Sports Clubs/WSC are also worth mentioning. I once held a membership there, and it was an enormous hassle to cancel. They charged my credit card later on for “6 months of back dues” – and it took a great deal of time attempting to prove I had cancelled and didn’t owe them this money. They never ended up refunding the money they debited my account, and I had to file a claim through Bank of America to get it settled. So, WSC is pretty much off the table. Also, because of those cheesy One-Day-Sales, every day…

The only other options I can think of are the Anthony Bowen YMCA (which starts at $80/month!), or some of the Results/Gold’s Gyms downtown. I’m wondering if anyone is aware of any neighborhood secrets, or low-cost, limited amenities-type of gyms around DC? Particularly in the U St/Shaw/CoHi/Petworth area?”