Vida Fitness

Veni, Vidi, Vida

A Gym with Pools, Fire Pits and Co-Ed Saunas

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Now, you’ve got nothing against boot camps, Navy SEAL training or whatever back-to-basics routine has you heaving sandbags over your head in mud at 5am.

And yet, you also have nothing against state-of-the-art studios, alligator-embossed showers and wrapping up your workout with a margarita in a poolside cabana.

So say hello to Vida Fitness’s flagship location, now open on U Street to give you the 51,000 square feet of well-appointed working out that you’ve been looking for.

If you took away the free weights, Pilates reformer machines and multimedia cardio machines, you might think you were in a really massive wine bar. Ductwork is exposed, walls are lined with brick, and 10,000 square feet of glass looks onto U Street.

Of course, they’ve got your workouts covered: everything from fully replenishing lap pools to upside-down resistance classes to functional personal training (but if you’re still set on World’s Strongest Man, you may have to bring your own Atlas stones).

But post-workout is when things get really interesting. You’ll step under rainfall showers with black, faux-alligator-leather walls and into a “European” sauna (yes, that means it’s co-ed, and yes, a sign warns against “inappropriate behavior”).

And they’re already taking sign-ups for the September opening of their membership-only rooftop pool and sundeck, where you can commandeer a cabana, order from the full bar and kitchen, and huddle around the fire pit when the mercury drops.

We assume inappropriate behavior is fine in the cabanas.


Vida Fitness
1612 U St NW
Washington, DC, 20009


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