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Fit City Guide: Washington DC

Photo courtesy of @run_with_us_dc

Each year, the American College of Sports Medicine releases the American Fitness Index reporting on how people in the top fifty metropolitan areas in the United States live. We reached out to unique businesses in each of the top five rated cities across the country. Read on to learn about what an active lifestyle looks like in Washington DC.

Overall Rank: 1

Overall Score: 77.9

Personal Health Rank: 2

Community Health Rank: 3

“Washingtonians are intense and they love to be on the cutting edge of everything, fitness included.  They have to find an outlet for the stress that many of them experience on a daily basis, and they typically don't have a lot of time.” -[solidcore]

Studio 1: Pop Pilates on the Patio | Chauna Bryant

“Join us for a 45 minute class…followed by a refreshing glass.”

Every summer, POP: Pilates on the Patio takes over a restaurant or apartment roof top and holds an all-levels Pilates mat class followed by a glass of champagne on Saturday Mornings. The classes, taught by Pilates lover, yogi and triathlete Chauna Bryant aim to firm the core and increase flexibility.

“POP is unique because it is outdoors and in unconventional locations,” Chaunta says. “I also think the promise of après cocktails brings a fun and less competitive vibe to the class.”

Chauna also sees fitness camaraderie in her daily life in DC. “My favorite moments in DC happen early in the morning running down on the National Mall. A light will turn red and I, along with 30 other people on bikes, roller blades, all pause watches, adjust outfits and take off the second the light turns green.”

Where you can find it: Where: The Swift Apartments, 3828 Georgia Ave NW

Studio 2: Off Road Indoor Cycling

Off Road is a boutique fitness studio that offers a wide variety of classes for all fitness levels including cycling, boxing, TRX, kettlebells and boot camp. The two-time winner of Best Indoor Cycling Studio in Best of D.C. two years in a row is one of few in the world that are licensed to offer high quality virtual rides called Sufferfest. Sufferfest allows you to ride around the world to take on competitors on the toughest routes or alone in the beautiful countryside.

Co-Owner Tali loves owning a fitness studio in Washington DC. “It is a phenomenal city for a fitness studio like Off Road,” Tali explains. “In DC we also have a lot of clients involved in charity work or who work for non-profits. We fully support their organizations by offering monthly charity rides as well as donating classes to auctions and events throughout our city. As a locally-owned business, being part of our community is the most important thing to our team.”

Where you can find it: 905 U St. NW

Studio 3: [solidcore]

“Create the strongest version of yourself”

[solidcore] is a high-intensity, low-impact 50-minute session that is done as slow as possible to lengthen and tone your body in ways that may have seemed impossible. But don’t let the slow fool you…it’s hard. With hundreds of moves stemming from planks, lunges and squats-as well as many different resistance options – every class is different so your body and mind will be challenged in each and every class.

The team at [solidcore] says, “Washingtonians are intense and they [love] to be on the cutting edge of everything, fitness included. They have to find an outlet for the stress that many of them experience on a daily basis, and they typically don't have a lot of time.  That's why 50 minutes of [solidcore] a few times a week appeals to them.”

Where you can find it: 4 Washington DC locations; Adams Morgan, Cathedral Commons, Mt. Vernon Triangle, Shaw

Book your next fitness adventure at one of these businesses—or thousands of others—on the MINDBODY app.

This blog post is the first in our series on the cities ranked in the American Fitness Index. Read our other posts in the series here. You can access the full American Fitness Index here.

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