Exercise the options: New gyms in D.C. in 2014

December 31, 2013
Iva Gotez, left, teaches Pilates at Toolbox, an art gallery/fitness studio. (Teddy Wolff/For Express)
Iva Gotez, left, teaches Pilates at Toolbox, an art gallery/fitness studio. (Teddy Wolff/For Express)

For a new you in the new year, how about a new gym? While you were busy with holiday shopping and snacking, a flurry of fitness centers swept into the area. And even more places are readying for 2014 openings. Lace up your sneakers for this quick rundown.

Debuts:

Toolbox (1627 Connecticut Ave. NW;202-664-3808, thetoolboxdc.com), which opened this fall, is billed as “the true mind & body studio”: The rehabbed Dupont Circle carriage house holds both an art gallery and fitness classes, with a specialty in Pilates.

Orangetheory Fitness (13063 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax; 703-961-8985, orangetheoryfitness.com), an import from Florida, opened this location this month. Forty more are planned for the area. (Next up: Gaithersburg, Md.) Exercisers chart progress during the group workouts with heart rate monitors.

CenterPointe (1802 Adams Mill Road NW; studiocenterpointe.com), the new tenant of the former Capitol Hemp space in Adams Morgan, welcomes first-timers to try out its blend of gymnastics and weightlifting at a free intro class held every Sunday at 1 p.m.

Makeovers:

Dancing Mind (929 W. Broad St., Falls Church; 703-237-9642, dancingmindyoga.com) dropped “Yoga” from the end of its name because the studio now also offers classes in cycling and CrossFit.

Ride DC (2217 14th St. NW; 202-558-9307, letsridedc.com), led by a trio of owner-instructors, is changing gears at what was Peloton Cycling with the introduction of tracking technology that can tabulate mileage, calories burned and other stats.

Lava Barre (1530 Clarendon Blvd., Arlington; 571-483-0468, lavabarre.com) shut down this month. But barre addicts don’t need to fret. It’ll open again early in 2014 — in a larger location — near the Rosslyn Metro.

Second Places:

Zengo (1508 14th St. NW; 202-588-1600, zengocycle.com), which has plans to aggressively expand beyond its Bethesda base, opens its Logan Circle cycling studio (with a state-of-the-art sound system) on Wednesday.

Solidcore (1805 Seventh St. NW, 267-455-6457, solidcore.co) just debuted in Adams Morgan in October. But speedy owner Anne Mahlum will bring the Lagree Fitness Method (which relies on controlled movements performed on MegaFormer machines) to Shaw in mid-February.

CrossFit DC (1365 H St. NE; 202-450-6432, crossfitdc.com), the very first CrossFit affiliate in the District, is living up to its name. In addition to its spot on the bustling 14th Street corridor, it’ll have another box on H Street this spring. (That location is just a few blocks from Old City CrossFit, which opened in October.)

Big Deals:

SoulCycle (2301 M St. NW; soul-cycle.com) rides into D.C. this spring. The cycling studio chain from New York has a rabid following of fans who can’t wait to pedal, tone and sweat.

Vida Fitness (1212 Fourth St. SE; 866-382-8432, vidafitness.com/yards) will open this 30,000-square-foot outpost by the Navy Yard this summer. The complex will include a Penthouse Pool Club, Aura Spa, Bang Salon and a child-care area. Pre-sale rates are available now for the gym.

Sport & Health (11810 Rockville Pike, Rockville; sportandhealth.com) is the anchor at the forthcoming Pike & Rose development by White Flint. The 32,000-square-foot facility — slated for a fall opening — will boast an outdoor training area, a high-tech cycling studio and a Kidz Klub.

Vicky Hallett is a MisFits columnist and the Fit editor for Express.
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