SWEAT DC, Washington’s judgement-free, inclusive and challenging group-personal fitness studio, wants clients and potential clients to know the studio has introduced significant changes that assure the safety of members and trainers. The new theme is “smaller is safer; outside is safer; SWEAT is safer.”

For a limited time, owner Gerard “Coach G” Burley is offering a VIP, seven-day $29 unlimited pass to demonstrate the new protocols. Claim your pass at this link, questions or concerns contact [email protected].

New procedures at the fitness studio conform to socially distant protocols, with a new semi private personal training program, SWEAT Strength & Conditioning (SSC), limited to no more than five people at a time inside the studio. In addition to limiting the number of people training at a time, SWEAT DC checks temperatures at the door; uses sterilizing UV lights on equipment between classes; has installed HEPA air filters; provides CDC-approved masks for those who don’t have their own; disinfects all the gear after each use; and maintains a 10-foot distance between clients.

SWEAT DC recently launched outdoor cardio & core focused classes with similar protocols at nearby events space Hook Hall, where SWEAT DC trainers workout members on the outside turf.

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Over the past week thousands of coaches, personal trainers and instructors have lost their jobs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

At the same time even more people are left without a way to workout, relieve stress and stay healthy. In an effort to support local coaches financially while giving them a platform to still serve the people, SWEAT DC has launched a new virtual platform, SWEAT Anywhere (check out pics and videos on their Instagram).

Members on the platform will receive access to 60+ workouts including HIIT, barre, sculpt, bootcamp, yoga, dance, meditation (we need it more than ever), mindfulness, nutrition & more.

The workouts are streamed live so you can follow along and even live chat with the coaches during the workout (think TRL live song requests). All workouts are recorded and stay on the platform for 30 days after the workout so members can do the workouts at their leisure.

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With just over 20 days until spring and a little over 100 days until summer SWEAT DC knows you need a plan, accountability and a community to help you tone up and get summer ready ASAP.

SWEAT DC, D.C.’s only inclusive & fun fitness studio set in a club, is known for its amazing 6 week programs (as featured in Essence Magazine). Owner Coach G says, “They say it takes 21 days to create a habit, but I’ve found it takes more than that. It takes accountability, a community and support too. Also, though a habit is great, 6 weeks is the perfect time to help people to create a new lifestyle. We welcome all levels and we got your back!”

SWEAT DC launches their 6 week spring transformation challenge on March 2-April 10. Challenge includes:

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SWEAT DC, D.C.’s award winning fitness studio known for their inclusive & fun workout environment doubles down on the inclusive side by rolling out 7 new programs geared to transform many underserved populations in the fitness world.

All the tailored programs are 6 weeks and include Mom Transformation Camp, 20 Pound Weight Loss, Women Only Strength Training, Men’s Only Muscle Building, Teacher Transformation program, SWEAT 50 a new program geared to those over 50 and Silver SWEAT Safe senior fall prevention program.

SWEAT DC owner & community health advocate Coach G says, “The problem with most fitness spaces is that they create a cookie cutter program for all of their members, which will never lead to great individualized results. As a personal trainer for over 15 years with 1000’s of client transformations I realized that everyone comes with personal needs and stories. I’m excited to be able to offer these new special personalized programs at a fraction of the cost (under $30) of private training which can be upwards of $150 a session.”

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SWEAT DC, the city’s “fun and inclusive” private group fitness studio, understands that raising children can often make it difficult to navigate a consistent fitness routine. But SWEAT DC’s founder, Gerard “Coach G” Burley, knows that “healthier parents lead to healthier families.”

To help those who may be experiencing barriers to reaching their wellness goals because of parenting duties, Burley is hosting a free open house event and classes this Saturday, June 15. The idea is to prove to parents that perhaps even the busiest parent can squeeze a class or two a week into the kid-heavy schedule.

The 20-minute demo sessions — which begin at 1:20 p.m., 1:50 p.m. and 2:20 p.m. — will include demonstrations of what a typical SWEAT DC class involves, as well as free beverages and healthy snacks. Coaches will be on hand to describe how SWEAT DC creates its programs, and those who attend will be eligible for special rates and discounts as well as giveaways from partners Zico Coconut Water, Territory Foods and Athleta.

Free registration to reserve a slot on Saturday is available at this site:

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“The weather is changing and it’s time you do too,” said Gerard “Coach G” Burley, owner of the party-inspired, high-intensity group personal training program known as SWEAT DC.

Coach G warns that the weather may change faster than you do, and you may not have the right plan to get you confident and beach ready. So he’s devised a rapid transformation program called “The Memorial Day Sprint Challenge,” a six-week, 24-session, comprehensive plan designed to maximize your effort in the shortest amount of time. Safely, of course, and fun, as always.

The Memorial Day Sprint Challenge includes a pre-assessment session to determine where you are now and where you want to be in six weeks; before and after photos; a calorie-intake appraisal and a customized meal plan; an accountability partner to keep you on your path; off-day workouts; and prizes for those who meet their goals.

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SWEAT DC, Washington’s judgement-free, inclusive and challenging group-personal fitness gym, is honoring Women’s History Month by offering a female-only, four-week, transformative strength-training program during the month of March.

The program is called BYOB — Be Your Own Bodygoals — and will defy commonly accepted generalities about women and strength training: BYOB will emphasize female-focused functional weight lifting to “unleash your power from within,” said Lead Coach and former track athlete Nazinga Thomas who will be leading the program.

“There will be no shame or stigma of looking too strong, manly or not knowing how to lift properly,” she added. “Whether you are a new mom, a former athlete that got out of the routine or new to weight lifting and ready to feel more confident with strength training, BYOB is for you. We will empower each other to find out how strong we really are.” Learn more about her fitness journey at @activbyzing.

The four-week, early-morning program begins March 4 and includes a fitness assessment and reassessment, photos, goals consultation, nutrition guide and personal coaching by trained and inspirational, non-judgmental coaches to teach and assure proper lifting techniques. The team-based program also includes at-home workouts and unlimited support by a SWEAT DC success coach.

For more info go to or sign up here. Use the code BYOB to receive 15% off.

SWEAT DC features more than 40 group-personal training sessions in a fun club setting for men and women each week and is offering free consultations and introductory trial passes throughout the month of March.

For a free SWEAT DC “trial pass” register here for your intro goal setting consultation call. For more info email [email protected].

SWEAT DC is located at 3232 Georgia Avenue, NW, Suite 105. Call 202-509-9051 or text 202-516-7449. 

Coach Will (studio manager of SWEAT DC), who is father of 2 year old, Emery and 6 year old Micaela gained almost 40 lbs while trying to adjust to the stressful life as a new dad.

Even as a fitness coach the lack of sleep, time and added stress led him to unhealthy eating habits and not working out.

Losing the body he loved led him to develop a special program that fit his schedule, used limited time and allowed him to be the super dad he wanted to be.

Dad 2 Rad is a 4 week strength training program that uses barbells, kettle bells, dumbbells, pull up bars, rowers and more to shape your body and uncover the new you. In this course you will go through an assessment, reassessment, learn what supplements to take for your goals, get nutrition counseling and take home workouts to do between sessions. To see some of our before and after transformations, click here.

This program is limited to 20 dads ready for a change!

All dads, dads to be, husbands and guys are welcome. The workout is geared early in the AM when the body’s testosterone levels are highest and to avoid any schedule conflicts or excuses. Sessions are Tuesdays and Fridays at 5:15-6 a.m. starting Feb 5-March 1.

Participants: 20

Cost: $299 Early bird special, save $50 before Friday, January 18

Register at SWEAT DC and follow @sweatdc for before and after transformations!

For questions contact Will at [email protected]

SWEAT DC is located at 3232 Georgia Avenue, NW, Suite 105. Call 202-509-9051 or text 202-516-7449.

In anticipation of the post-Thanksgiving, pre-New Year’s fitness resolution season, SWEAT DC is offering free classes to those curious about the northwest DC boutique fitness studio that offers challenging 45-minute classes in what owner Gerard “Coach G” Burley calls “a fun nightclub setting.”

A pass for two weeks of free workouts for first-time “SWEAT Stars” (as clients are more affectionately known by Coach G & the SWEAT community) is now available for a limited time on the SWEAT DC website here.

“SWEAT DC combines the best workout with the best party,” Burley said of the high-intensity group fitness program offered at the Georgia Avenue studio.

The lights of the neon-accented studio are kept low, the better to show off the graffiti murals and the glow-in-the-dark weights. The darkened studio, Burley said, also “provides a space where no one is judging you.”

And while the lights may be low, the energy is kept high by the enthusiastic fitness professionals who coach members through each program and the lively non-stop music that keeps SWEAT Stars moving.

But just as important as the health benefits is the inclusive, supportive and empowering community that has developed among the SWEAT DC membership. In fact, the boutique studio began four years ago as a fundraising pop-up boot camp to help Burley’s local LGBT basketball league.

“Growing up an overweight, closeted gay black boy in Baltimore, I struggled with many issues in my youth and turned to food for comfort,” Burley said. After losing his mother after graduating high school, “I turned to fitness as my sanctuary to build my confidence and take control of my life. I was inspired to open SWEAT DC to create a results-driven fitness program that builds people up from the inside out.” (Learn what “Coach G” eats these days.)

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Photo by PoPville flickr user mosley.brian

“Dear PoP,

I know this is not as important as a shooting or mugging, but I did want to report yet another massive theft incident at the Washington Sports Club in Columbia Heights on Saturday night (March 26). I blame only myself, because after reading PoP I knew that I should NEVER take my wallet to that sketchy, crime-riddled gym, but I needed to shop for groceries afterwards and I knew I was going to have a very short work-out. I was one of FIVE males whose lockers were broken into between 6 and 7 pm, and whose wallets were stolen.

A policeman responded very promptly after being called, and management was sympathetic, but let’s face it, they really do not care to take any meaningful actions to stop these thefts (such as having staff regularly patrol the locker rooms, or training the ever present cleaning staff to watch for suspicious activity). I am one of many who wish we had a realistic health club alternative.

I continue to hate the over-sold, always crowded, crime scene that is WSC-Columbia Heights. I just want to warn patrons of WSC-Columbia Heights that the crime wave continues and NEVER NEVER NEVER take your valuables to that gym. You are a sitting duck! Thanks for letting me vent a little.”

Very frustrating. Unfortunately, it seems that these breakins happen at many gyms in the city.

We spoke about some reasonably priced gyms here back in Aug. ’10.


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