After my post about nobody liking the Washington Sports Club in DCUSA, I got an email from a reader raving about the new YMCA at 14th and W. I asked her to write more about it, and here's the result! Sounds great to me.
By Danielle Lapierre
After reading the NCH post on all the WSC hate, I wanted to tell those that don’t already know about the latest and greatest WSC alternative that came to our hood in the last 6 months. I've actually had memberships at several gyms over the past few years but nothing drove me thru the door...until now.
The Y Anthony Bowen is a brand new facility on 14th and W that boasts state-of-the-art equipment, awesome group exercise classes, a pool, and a rock-climbing wall. Since I made my way into the gym, over 4 weeks ago, I have been 6-7 days a week and honestly have loved every second of it. I've enjoyed some pretty rock star classes, a personal trainer that showed me how to use all the things women fear in the weights section of the gym, and some sweet equipment some of which you can use to charge your phone, track your daily progress (with the use of jump drive), watch television, and for the must-always-be-connected types, check your email, log onto FB, and even send a few tweets.
The locker room reminds me of the $120/mth Equinox membership I had in
years ago with a spa-like feel, but most importantly, it's clean and always
fully-stocked with towels. It is a decent size and has lockers that do not
require your own padlocks. Oh, and the sauna? Sooo good. Manhattan
The spin room is supposedly the largest in the city (but I haven’t confirmed this with management), with over 40-something bikes and the instructors are some of the best I've had. There are seriously so many classes with a variety of types and times, from Barre and Body Pump to Vinyasa Yoga and Zumba. Some classes, like Aerial Yoga, require a few extra bucks, but from I hear, are an incredible and unique workout. And when the weather clears up, they will hold yoga on the roof deck. What’s better than that?
I signed on early so I scored 3 free personal training sessions with the Best Start Program but all members get a 30 min assessment and 1 free session. You can pick your fave from a catalog with trainer picks and experience descriptions.
And to bring your healthy lifestyle full circle, the Y offers cooking classes too!
The staff is super nice and always willing to help. Oh, and the best part of the Y, is that your $$ goes towards the community which offers “subsidies and scholarships to YMCA programs, such as membership, swim lessons, and summer camp.” It’s not just some massive corporation that cares less about where they are and who they serve. With that, you will probably see more kids on the weekends compared to most gyms in the city but they have a great kids program that seems to keep them secretly hidden from the working out world once they walk in.
So if you live in Columbia Heights and hate WSC or Gold's) as much as I do, check out the Y, at $78/mth (it’s cheaper if you join with another person or family), it's worth it. With a charter membership, you get access to all facilities in the DC Metro area and up to 2400 eligible Y’s across the country, with their AWAY program.
As much as it kills me to think that this gym could get overcrowded with the right publicity, I really do think everyone should get a taste of the Y Anthony Bowen, so stop in soon!
Monday - Thursday • 5:30AM to 11:00PM
Friday • 5:30AM to 10:00PM
Saturday • 7:00AM to 7:00PM