Dear PoPville – Affordable Gyms?

by Prince Of Petworth May 23, 2014 at 1:25 pm 75 Comments

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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?”


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