The long-awaited, 30,000-square-foot lifestyle complex at 1212 Fourth St. SE in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood will open this week with a Bang — and an Aura Spa and a Penthouse Pool Club. But the four-level building’s main draw is the sixth location of Vida Fitness. It’s not just a gym but also a community center, where residents can improve their health and socialize, says general manager Richie Poe. Already, 900 folks have signed up for memberships. Here’s what they’ll find inside.
As an homage to its location by the Navy Yard, the interior boasts a seafaring theme. There are rope-wrapped pillars beside the front desk — near the Bang Salon — and other nods to nautical, such as porthole windows. From nearly every piece of equipment, exercisers can glimpse the Anacostia River. The best vantage point of all is from the rooftop Penthouse Pool Club, above. This season, members (who pay the base gym rate plus an extra fee) have only a few weeks to enjoy the lounge chairs, fire pits and cabanas around the 60-foot heated pool. Food/bar service, as well as kiddie pool hours, come in 2015.
Need to drive here? Park in the basement garage’s 50 spaces. It’s just $2 for two hours. (Then prices revert to neighborhood norms. So if there’s a baseball game going on, get out!) Parents can drop children off for up to two hours in the Kid Zone, a day care center for ages 9 months to 12 years with an emphasis on fitness programming. It’s $35 a month, regardless of the number of kids or how much they use the service. Moms and dads may want to take advantage of the peace and quiet by spending time in the locker rooms — both the men’s and women’s boast a sauna and steam room, above. (These amenities are coed at other Vida locations.)
Tech and other toys
Runners worried about their joints will appreciate the selection of treadmills, which includes both Woodway’s latest models and a new kind, above, from Precor (that’s technically not even on the market yet, Poe says). Both have decks that give a bit, which means less pounding. On all 60 pieces of cardio equipment, exercisers can watch premium channels, play games and order movies on-demand. Let your phone recharge while you work out: Select lockers have outlets tucked inside. And on the third floor, look out for Synrgy360, a unit that combines monkey bars, a rebounder, a jump platform and multiple pull-up grips.
The opening schedule features 70 classes, and that number will grow in response to member feedback, Poe says. He expects one early favorite to be cycling — the stadium style studio, above, has 30 Keiser bikes and a virtual reality wall so instructors can teach to routes that appear on screen. Another studio has its own HVAC system, which will allow for Vida’s first hot yoga classes. (It can shift between 73 degrees and 98 degrees in about 15 minutes, Poe says.) Quickie abs classes will be offered at peak times, and Poe hopes to add other short lessons. Possible topics: How to do a Turkish getup, and using a foam roller to improve flexibility.
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