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.