It’s easy to start an exercise program in the New Year. It’s almost a rite of passage that one of our New Year resolutions is to start working out. What’s hard is keeping to an exercise regime. By February or March at the latest, most of us will have abandoned our program. If exercise is nothing more than a chore to you, then you will never be able to make it a consistent priority in your life. But if you can find a routine you enjoy and that makes you feel good, you might just stick to it until it becomes a necessary part of your everyday routine.
A couple of months ago I described the offerings along and nearby H Street NE. This month I’m tackling the fitness offerings around Pennsylvania Ave. SE. While it’s easy to get to any part of the Hill, the more convenient your fitness locale is to your home or work, the more likely you will be to engage consistently. Here are 12 fitness studios and two full-service gyms from which to choose.
Full Service Gyms
214 D St., SE
Balance Gym says it wants to “inspire people to create balance within their lives by demonstrating how fitness can be fun and sustainable.” It offers the Silver Sneakers programs, personal training and a variety of exercise classes as well as spin, yoga, kickboxing, Zumba and more. Balance Gym also gives a free day pass for people who want to try it out.
Sport & Health
315 G St., SE
Sport & Health on Capitol Hill is a full-service gym that gives members a wide range of choices for working out. It has a huge functional training room equipped with all the latest equipment to tone your core and improve your balance. It has daily offerings of fitness, yoga, spin, barre classes (and more) from dawn to dusk for every age and fitness level. Personal training is available. It has the only squash courts on the Hill and also has babysitting available at a nominal cost and free parking. S&H gives potential members an opportunity to try out the gym at no cost.
Fitness, Yoga, Barre, Pilates Studios
920 11 St. SE
Owner Tim Bruffy designed a no-nonsense fitness studio so that “anyone can get the same innovative techniques and tools used to train the world’s top athletes.” Tim offers personal training, and group classes. Call or check out the website for introductory offers.
Be Here Now Yoga
406 8th St., SE.
New client special: two weeks of unlimited yoga for $40. It’s a real bargain at a lovely yoga studio which recently expanded and moved their location across the street to 406 8th St. SE. Be Here Now offers slow flow classes, healing services, workshops and private sessions.
738 7th St., SE
It was the first indoor cycling and barre studio in DC. It was co-founded by Jane Brodsky and Katie Geffken, who wanted to teach classes where all are welcome. “Classes are intense, effective and fun.” Biker Barre has special rates for students, teachers and active service members. Introductory offer: $25 for two classes. Call: 202-733-1009 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1310 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Jade Fitness provides high intensity training, alignment-based fitness and weight management programs. It has a sleek warehouse space for functional training on all levels and a second floor studio for yoga and small group classes. The first class is free.
Krav Maga Martial Arts
315 G St., SE
Krav Maga, in the basement of Sport & Health, may be the best kept fitness secret on Capitol Hill. It provides self-defense and functional fitness classes and group and individual coaching for preventive safety, wellness, nutrition and mindset coaching. The classes are designed to be effective for people in all walks of life. It offers a free intro class for new students.
Momentum Dance & Fitness Studio
534 8th St., SE
Momentum both a dance instruction and exercise studio. Dance has been proven to be a great exercise for all ages and anyone can benefit no matter what their previous experience. Momentum classes may be the best deal on the Hill. A single barre, hip hop, Brazilian dance or intermediate ballet class is only $18.
637 Pennsylvania Ave., SE
Not only does Offroad offer indoor cycling classes, but also boxing, TRX and kettlebell classes and personal training. The studio promotes a three-prong exercise philosophy – bike, box and build. There’s a special for newbies: $49 for 10 days of unlimited access.
330 7th St., SE
Orange Theory is the fastest-growing franchise in the country right now. Their motto: “All you need is an hour for a total body workout.” Everyone uses heart monitors as they exercise and each student’s progress is projected onto a board. Orange Theory offers a free class to try out the workout.
407 8th St., SE
Pure Barre is also a franchise. Classes are designed to pinpoint and exercise muscles in your body using small, precise movements to tone, shape and strengthen. It has four group class formats that are all total body, low impact workouts.
Sport & Health – 315 G St., SE. (202)234-5678. Sportandhealth.com. Sport & Health on Capitol Hill is a full-service gym that gives members a wide range of choices for working out. It has a huge functional training room equipped with all the latest equipment to tone your core and improve your balance. It has daily offering of fitness classes from dawn to dusk for every age and fitness level. It also has the only squash courts on the Hill and also has babysitting available and free parking. S&H gives potential members an opportunity to try out the gym at no cost. Pure Barre offers a special intro class to try the workout.
Realignment Yoga Studio
641 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
The studio has yoga classes to satisfy any need or fitness level from gentle yoga and meditation to power and advanced yoga. Realignment gives 10 percent discounts to seniors, active duty military, full time students, school teachers and yoga teachers.
525 8th St., SE
The Capitol Hill location offers small group reformer classes. A reformer is an apparatus designed by Joseph Pilates. Reformation touts its personal, hands-on instructors that ensure a student is getting a safe, effective non-impact workout. The studio has a trial offer – two classes for $39.
1301 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.
This is a full service Pilates studio that challenges students with a practice rooted in Joseph Pilates’ method and informed by a modern understanding of the body, movement and wellness. All sessions focus on functional movement, modification for all abilities and skill-building. Rooted Pilates has classes for pre-and post-natal students as well as classes for beginner and advanced students. It has all of Joseph Pilates equipment. The studio offers a bargain new student package. For $275 you get three private sessions and one month of unlimited movement principles and mat classes.
If you live on the Hill one would be hard-pressed to create an excuse not to work out this winter. My advice is to take advantage of the no-cost offers and try out all the fitness studios and gyms in the area that appeal to you. What have you got to lose except a few inches and a few pounds.
Pattie Cinelli is a health/fitness professional who writes about subjects on the leading edge of health and fitness thought. She has been writing her column for more than 25 years and welcomes column suggestions and fitness questions.
Pattie is a certified functional aging specialist who works with baby boomers. She is moving her fitness business to the Delaware beach. Pattie offers private health/fitness evaluations and recommendations in person and affordable personal training sessions via Skype. You can contact Pattie at: email@example.com.