The Best Boutique Fitness Studios in Washington, D.C.

Find a great workout in D.C. | © Hamza Butt / Flickr
Find a great workout in D.C. | © Hamza Butt / Flickr
Photo of Nicole Hampton
7 November 2017

Nowadays, boutique fitness is all the rage. From barre classes to boot camps, it’s the new way to get your body in better shape and get a sweat going while you have some fun. Washington D.C. has some of the best boutique fitness options because, as you can see from the runners and cyclists at every sidewalk corner, it is one fit city. Find the best places to go so that you can look and feel your best while in the nation’s capital.

305 Fitness

Adapting the Miami area code into their name should tell you much of what you need to know—since everyone in Miami looks pretty darn fit. It could be because they have a lively dance club scene, which is what this studio’s main focus is. With the music blasting, they offer high-intensity interval training, sports drills, and dance moves infused into one fun workout that makes you think you’re really at a club. If the dancing itself doesn’t quite get you feeling that sort of way, perhaps the live DJ will.

305 Fitness, 1630 14th St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 818 8645


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SweatBox understands that each body is unique and knows how to specifically engage and track your progress through your heart rate and BPM. Their 50-minute training period is designed to allow you to reach your optimal performance and is based on the scientific principles of Heart Rate Training, which results in cardiovascular endurance, increased flexibility, and gaining lean muscle. If you’re looking for a gym that is more technical and allows you to track your progress, and you, of course, like to sweat, then this place is for you.

Elevate Interval Fitness

Elevate provides personal training that is a little less technical than SweatBox, and they can offer it at a great price because it is a group environment. There is a scripted personal training-style workout that an experienced coach follows while they show you proper techniques, motivation, and guidance.

Elevate Interval Fitness, 2428 14th St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 509 9995

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Off Road

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If you are in need of a gym that provides a variety of classes, including boxing, strength training, and cycling, then this fitness center is for you. Off Road offers fun classes and instructional coaches in a more relaxed setting. The workouts will challenge you, and it’s great for people of all fitness backgrounds. They use the latest equipment and technology to get you on your way and have a pay-as-you-go system in place, which is a relief to many who want to join a boutique gym.

With a class that is half-strength training and half-cardio, Blast DC allows you to go at your own pace, for the most part. Although a trainer will coach you, it is completely your choice of how much you wish to be guided, and at what speed and strength you want to push yourself. While on the treadmill, you could run, jog, or walk, and the trainer won’t push you to do otherwise unless you have communicated that you prefer that. They’re like good parents with healthy boundaries, guiding you only when you seem like you need it or if you ask.

Blast DC, 2311 M St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 733 3762

SoulCycle West End

Anyone with a foot on the fitness treadmill of the world will know that indoor cycling is becoming a really big deal. That’s because places such as SoulCycle have reinvented this type of exercise and made it a gamechanger. It supplies fat-burning cardio and a full-body workout, with choreography that targets your core and the use of hand weights as you climb, sprint, and dance atop your bike.

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