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“Dear PoPville,

I’m wondering if you could ask readership for recos for small gyms that have small classes and or small group training sessions? I run, workout with some weights on my own, play tennis, and have dabbled in yoga and barre, but when I’m looking online at classes in the DuPont/Logan /U st area it’s hard to tell which would be best/welcoming for someone not familiar with a particular gym or workout. It’s hard to go on MINDBODY and see “interval training” or “cardio burn” and know if it would be a full class of experienced exercisers. Some complaints I’ve seen for classes on mindbody too are that they are too full, which I’m trying to avoid.”

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Thanks to Meredith for passing on from M Street Yoga:

“Today, M Street Yoga will be closing its doors after five wonderful years in SW DC! We are so grateful to our dedicated students and the community for welcoming us from the very beginning.

Over the past two months, since we announced the closure, so many of you have been incredibly supportive. You have shared stories of your personal growth, opened up about how this studio became your “home away from home,” and encouraged us to feel at peace with our decision. Southwest DC is a special place, and with this kind of support for local and small businesses, it will stay that way. Read More

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U Street between 14th and 15th Street, NW

Ed. Note: You can see your list of D.C.’s best gyms here.

NUBOXX’s website says:

“NUBOXX doesn’t look or feel like any other boxing gym. The space was designed around the NUBOXX mission: to be open, welcoming, and to create a strong, supportive community of boxers of all experience levels. The sport of boxing is not only about the fitness and conditioning, but it’s a skill set and an art. Read More

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Thanks to Craig for sending from Equinox coming to Mount Vernon Square/Chinatown:

“Dedicated to the art, science and style of living well, the Equinox fitness clubs in Washington are transforming the experience of gyms in the DC-area. With soothing spas, exclusive boutiques and innovative classes that test your limits, these health and wellness sanctuaries deliver a holistic approach to looking and feeling your best. Truly, Equinox represents the Washington, DC fitness experience at its finest.”

Ed. Note: You can see all your favorite gyms here.

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A bunch of new gyms have popped up over the last few years so let’s have at it! Where’s your favorite? An old standby or one of the new spots? Who do we have these days – Vida, Orange Theory, Soul Cycle, F45, Rumble, CorePower, illumin8, Solidcore, Equinox, EPIC, Washington Sports Clubs, Planet Fitness, Pulse House of Fitness, Forze, Mint, Barre3, Lagree Fitness Gym, the Crossfits, Bodymass gym, Urban Athletic Club, Authenics Fitness Studio, Election Cycle, Barry’s Bootcamp, Balance Gym, District Pilates, Sweat DC, Cyclebar, Off Road DC, NUBOXX, Cut Seven, Cycled!, Flywheel, Blast, Gold’s Gym any Results gyms still exist? Who else? Where do you go?

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2001 M Street, NW

From a press release:

“On Friday, April 12, Rumble, the boxing-inspired group fitness brand, will open its first Washington, D.C. location at 2001 M Street NW (between Dupont and West End).

Rumble‘s signature 45-minute, 10-round strength and conditioning class is based on the sweet science of boxing and has become the nation’s hottest group fitness concept. Rumble operates multiple locations in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia and, in addition to the new D.C. studio, is expanding to Palo Alto, Chicago, Boston and Brooklyn.
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