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
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
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
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.
SoulCycle West End, 2301 M St NW, Washington, D.C., USA, +1 202 659 7685