Friends, this is a tough time for all of us. We encourage you all to stay home as much as you are able and take good care of yourselves and your loved ones. Like so many of you, I am a fun-loving, active millennial who is eager to get back to enjoying friends, restaurants, and everything the city has to offer.
Until then, while there is an endless supply of fitness videos online, here are a few from local studios offering DC fitness classes at home. Staying active online with our neighborhood friends will hopefully not only keep our bodies moving but keep us connected to each other.
This is an active list so please comment below if your favorite local studio is offering classes online. I will do my best to update this list with more options. Please also be aware that many gyms in the area are offering online classes to their members as part of their dues. I will try to keep this list to classes that are open to the public.
DC Fitness Classes at Home: Cardio
Location: U Street
Black lights. Live DJs. Workouts disguised as a dance party. 305 Fitness at Manhattan Laundry near U Street is one of my favorite places to work up a sweat. They have locations in DC, NYC, and Boston plus pop-ups across the country. Founder Sadie Kurzban also regularly supports women entrepreneurs and takes good care of her staff.
Work out with them on YouTube and follow them on Instagram and Facebook @305Fitness for special live classes. Free.
Locations: Metro Center, Friendship Heights/Chevy Chase, Tyson’s Corner, Reston Town Center
Crunch is a full-service, national gym that offers a well-stocked open gym with cardio equipment, free weights, and strength machines. Plus, you can find a wide variety of dance, HITT, strength, and yoga classes. While they’re closed, you can check out their newly launched Crunch Live including 85+ full videos of many of their classes plus 15-minute videos if you are short on time. You can even organize your favorites into custom playlists.
Crunch Live is free for current members but is also offering a generous 45-day free trial. It’s $9.99/month after that or $90 + 3 months free for the year.
DC Fitness Studios: Yoga
Bluebird Sky Yoga
Bluebird Sky Yoga is offering most of their regular yoga classes online for the prices you would normally pay if you join them at the studio. Drop-in and membership pricing is available. They also offer free (donations welcome) lunchtime classes at 12:30 on Facebook.
Yoga with Monica
One of my favorite yoga instructors Monica, who teaches regularly at Yoga Shala near Dacha in Shaw, is offering Zoom classes online. You can find her schedule on her website and she requests an email about 30 minutes prior to class to sign up. Donations are welcome – recommended $15.
Locations: Dupont, 14th Street, I Street (Farragut Square), H Street, Bloomingdale, Glover Park, Petworth
Yoga District regularly provides affordable yoga classes around The District for $11.50. They are offering a large range of their regular classes online including Restorative, Hatha, Strong + Sweaty, prenatal, and more. They also offer a free meditation session on Sundays at 10:30 am. Plus, find a link about complimentary classes if you are a service industry worker affected by COVID.
DC Fitness at Home: Strength
Locations: Farragut North & Bethesda
202Strong provides a positive environment to improve strength and form while lifting weights. During the closures, join them on YouTube for free live classes.
If you want to check them in person, don’t miss Girlstrong, a class targeted toward females who want to learn to lift weights without the intimidation of some traditional weight rooms.
Location: Mount Pleasant
Already know what you’re doing but need some inspiration? Head over the Fit360 Vimeo page for ideas and demonstrations of quick exercises you can do at home. A statement on social media says they may add full classes so be on the lookout!
Normally, Fit 360 offers a variety of classes including a variety of boxing, total body strength and cardio classes, and yoga.
The Dailey Method
Location: U Street
The Dailey Method offers barre, cycling, and yoga across the country but is found locally on U Street. Join them online free for 14 days. If you enjoy them, consider checking them out in person as they expand their offerings with monthly challenges, a poms dance class, and combo cycle+yoga classes.
Locations Dupont, Adams Morgan, H Street, Georgetown, Tenleytown, Glover Park, City Center, Bethesda, Clarendon, Pentagon City, and more
Take your yoga practice to the next level with CorePower Yoga – a strength training and yoga combo. With locations all over the DMV, this is an easy place to get to once they reopen. In the meantime, check out the very nicely produced videos in their On Demand section on the website or app. There are several free videos available plus a 1 week free trial of the entire library.
Locations: 14th Street, Georgetown, Navy Yard, Union Station, Spring Valley, Old Town, Clarendon, Bethesda
Barre3 is a popular studio with locations across the country and a big presence in the DMV. Work on your strength and balance for two weeks free with their online free trial.