Best gyms & other memberships in DC

With these diverse gyms in DC, working out is more fun and accessible than ever before.

Editorial Team

By Editorial Team

gyms in DC rack of dumbbells against a mirror with weight benches and treadmills

While planning your move to D.C., joining a gym can be high on your list of to-dos. These gyms in D.C. are highly rated by their current members. Each of these gyms provides a diversity of classes, exercise disciplines and varies in size.

So, whether you’re looking for a CrossFit gym, dance classes, or a boxing studio, there is a gym for you in D.C.

But, what about the days when the snow is coming down hard, or you’re tight on time. In these instances, having a gym at your apartment would be ideal. Many of the apartments listed by Blueground feature a fitness center inside the building.

Other amenities include a sauna or jacuzzi for a little post-gym relaxation.

So, regardless of the gym, you choose it’s nice to know that you have a backup at home.

202 Strong

Neighborhoods: Farragut North and North Bethesda
This gym has two locations in the D.C. area. Both locations are class-oriented gyms and teach their members proper form and ways to modify a given exercise. All their instructors are experts who help members achieve their desired results.

Here are some examples of the classes they offer.

Types of classes

  • 202 strong signature: Full-body movement class with strength and circuit training for a complete workout
  • Fighter fitness: Train like a professional fighter during this 45-minute class. Learn how to kick, punch, and build your endurance. All levels are welcome to join
  • Fight strong fundamentals: A more advanced version of the fighter fitness class by learning more in-depth fighting techniques
  • Self-defense grappling: The most skilled and advanced class offered at the 202 Strong gyms in D.C. Students learn grappling and self-defense techniques in this class
  • Girl strong: This intimidation free class is for women who want to learn lifting techniques during a circuit training class

Types of memberships

  • First-class: $5
  • New member 30-day trial: $79
  • Monthly membership, unlimited classes at both locations: $199/month
  • Personal training starts at $99/session

Urban Boxing

Neighborhood: West End

Located in D.C.’s West End neighborhood is Urban Boxing. They provide members with group fitness workouts and individual personal training.

Above all, a combination of self-defense along with high-energy training gives students a fun and engaging workout.

gyms in DC men and woman practicing a jab punch in boxing class

More than 60 group classes are on the schedule on weekdays and weekends. These hour-long classes turn up the intensity with heart-pumping music and exercises. Classes include boxing, kickboxing, muay thai, jiu-jitsu, abs, yoga, and glow boxing (with glow lights and a live DJ).

If interested in training at Urban Boxing, contact the gym for pricing details.

Balance Gym

Neighborhoods: Thomas Circle, Foggy Bottom, Glover Park, Capitol Hill

With four locations, these gyms in D.C. offer their members a wide variety of membership options, amenities, and classes.

There are over 25 types of fitness classes. They include balance barre, WandaWoman dance, aquatics, kickboxing, pilates, spin, boot camp, BODYPUMP, and more.

Crossfit is also offered at three of the four locations and has a separate membership plan.

Moreover, there are cardio machines and strength training equipment available for guest use.

Some of the perks of membership include happy hours, parties, and charity events involving fitness to raise money. There’s also towel service and shower facilities at all gym locations.

Even more, certain memberships give you access to the salt-water lap pool and jacuzzi at the Foggy Bottom location.

Types of memberships

  • Annual plan for one gym location: $69/month, $0 enrollment fee
  • Month-to-month plan for one gym location: $79/month
  • Annual plan for all four locations: $84/month, $0 enrollment fee
  • Month-to-month plan for all four locations: $94/month  
  • 12-month agreement for Crossfit membership: $179/month, $0 enrollment fee
  • 6-month agreement for Crossfit membership: $199/month
  • The month-to-month agreement for Crossfit membership: $229/month

Crunch Fitness Metro Center

Neighborhood: Penn Quarter

Crunch gyms are widely known for their ‘no judgments’ philosophy. For them, “it’s a way of life…our Monday-thru-every-day mantra.”

Needless to say, they have created a space where all in the community are welcome. The atmosphere is positive, inclusive, and encouraging.

So, regardless of your fitness level, Crunch employees want you to have fun above all else. You’ll feel empowered and supported while reaching your goals no matter how big or small.

gyms in DC woman laying down on her yoga mat in child's pose during class

Known for their signature classes that are upbeat and entertaining, you’ll find something on the schedule that calls your name.

All in all, classes include Zumba, Pound, yin yoga, HIIT, kettlebell conditioning, party ride (spin), aerial yoga, cardio/strength blend, TRX chisel, and others.

Contact them for information about membership pricing.


Neighborhood: Mt Pleasant

FIT360DC is a fitness facility that concentrates on functional training. Members have the option to train individually, with small groups, or one-on-one personal training. This small community gym in D.C. provides a range of functional training equipment for beginners to advanced athletes.

Above all, the group class offerings include pilates, boxing, kickboxing, foundations, group X, HIIT, weightlifting, and yoga.  

Types of memberships

  • Annual commitment membership: $0 enrollment fee, gym access, one class pass, and access to online exercise library for $65/month
  • Month-to-month membership: $0 enrollment fee, gym access, one class pass, and access to online exercise library for $79/month
  • The basic month-to-month membership: Includes up to five classes each month and unlimited use of the gym for $110/month
  • The premium #1 class membership: You get unlimited classes, unlimited gym use, one monthly personal assessment. And nutritional coaching with a three-month commitment for $180/month
  • The premium #2 class membership: The same features as the premium #1 class membership, but with a six-month commitment for $159/month
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