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New Gym, Solidcore, Coming to 7th Street in Shaw

by Prince Of Petworth January 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm 27 Comments

1821 7th Street, NW

In late February a new gym is opening on 7th Street by the Shaw metro, located between Derek Brown’s new spots (Mockingbird Hill, Eat the Rich and Southern Efficiency) and the coming soon seafood spot Fishnet.

Solidcore opened their first location in Adams Morgan at 1841 Columbia Road, NW back in November:

“This is the toughest workout you’ve never had. We’re thrilled to introduce DC to Lagree Fitness, which started in LA in 2001 and now there are over 130 studios globally. “The Lagree Fitness Method” uses slow and conrolled full-body movements wtih constant tension to work your muscle fibers to failure, forcing them to rebuild a more sculpted, stronger and [solid] you. The experience is a high-energy, small group training class done on the patented MegaFormer, which is described as a cross between a Pilates reformer and Total Body Gym. You will be amazed by this workout and its results – guaranteed.”

  • Ledroittiger

    Yay. Another “boutique” gym.

    • wdc

      It’s an exciting new Concept In Movement and Exertion.

  • caballero

    Ha ha. “No heavy lifting” thanks to “the megaformer.” No thanks. I like lifting heavy stuff.

    • Anonymous

      dont forget about setting it back down again.

  • asg

    Ugh. I would kill for a plain old gym in Shaw.

  • Truxton Thomas

    I have a gym in my office building with weights and treadmills, and other people leave you alone. It’s pretty great.

  • Truxton K

    Pretty sure Megaformer was one of the creatures Godzilla fought over Tokyo. Not positive though.

  • etcetera

    Oh man. I was SO excited for a second. then I read the desciption of this unique methodology blah blah. Add me to the growing list of people dying for a normal gym in Shaw.

  • bb

    Agreed – we need a regular old gym. I’ll renew my nomination of the basement of the Wonder Bread factory as the most logical space.

    • Anonymous


    • JB

      Have you contacted anyone about a normal gym at WonderBread Factory? I contacted Douglas Development some times ago with that suggestion/comment and got no response.

  • Hey all – I’m the owner of solidcore. I’ve done all the workouts out there and can promise, you won’t find one more effective, efficient or fun than this, which is why I wanted to bring it to the DC market. I We are very excited to open in Shaw – I used to live at 5th and R above Beau Thai and we LOVE the neighborhood. If you would like to come and try it out when we open in late February, I’d be glad to give you a free class on me. Just shoot me an email – [email protected]

    • Anonymous

      One free workout isn’t enough to convince me to pay $30/per class repeatedly. Sounds like you have a great system for people who don’t want to lift weights and have a disposable income. You should have plenty of Lulu clad clients soon!

    • L

      I’m personally curious to try it. I can do regular workouts at home but like getting my ass kicked occasionally by taking a class. Plus I’m a commitment phobe so gym memberships always seem like they’ll just end up being a reason to be annoyed at myself for not going but continuing to pay.

    • Anon

      $299/month???? Ahahahahaha. That’s ridiculous. No thanks!

    • Shaw Girl

      Anne, thanks so much for the offer. I will definitely take you up on it. It looks like an absolutely fantastic workout. And that will probably be the only time I come in, sadly, after looking at your prices.

      I certainly wish you success in your business. That said, if you have any colleagues who are looking to open up a “regular” full-service gym, tell them that Shaw is dying for one (as you can see by the comments here). There probably won’t be too much cross-over in your customer base – there’s a pretty big difference between those willing to pay $79 a month and those who can pay $299 a month.

    • feedle

      I actually got dragged to this by my fiance on Saturday and I thought I was going to cruise through it, but it was HARD. I hated every second of it, but I’m also considering trying it again… definitely not the monthly membership, but maybe once or twice a month to supplement other workouts because it’s far more difficult than what I would do on my own. Take the owner up on the free offer, it might actually make you want to pay $30 a class… repeatedly.

    • Shaw123

      I’ll second that – I’ve done marathons, triathlons, personal training, Crossfit, etc. This tops them all. This workout is pricey, but you get what you pay for – and it’s incredibly efficient. Not to mention the staff and owner Anne are all really amazing trainers!

  • brightwooder

    At least Shaw has places to exercise! I’d kill for an exercise studio in Brightwood, I’m not even wishing for a gym yet! I took a Solidcore class in Adams Morgan and it was SO hard. I loved it, but also cannot afford regular classes. I’m sure the costs for maintaining those machines are really high, so I get it. If I had the money, I’d take class all the time and probably look amazing.

    • Anonymous

      Have you checked out Secondwind Crossfit? It’s more affordable and less pretentious than most Crossfit gyms – and they have a bootcamp class.

  • Anonymous

    I am currently trying to get in better shape and while this wouldn’t substitute going to a regular gym for me I could see doing it a few times a month. Especially if it is as effective as advertised.


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