California is said to be home to the first CrossFit affiliate gym. But DC is home to CrossFit Headquarters, located right on Connecticut Ave.
Besides HQ, DC offers a variety of CrossFit gyms. No matter what you look for in a box (aka CrossFit gym), be it the latest and greatest equipment, a packed and energetic class, or a tight-knit community with experienced coaches, you’ll find it in DC Which means that, no matter where you go, you’re guaranteed a heart-pumping muscle-plying WOD (Workout of the Day).
So whether you’re a newbie or CrossFit junkie, all you need to do is follow this list to find the CrossFit in DC that’s right for you.
Voted as the best CrossFit gym of 2015 by Washington City Paper, CrossFit Balance has established itself in four different locations. Members have access to all four locations, which feature different amenities like a saltwater lap pool in Foggy Bottom and a ropes course in Georgetown. If you’re new, sign up for a free Intro to CrossFit Beginner Workout or one-on-one with a CrossFit director. What are you waiting for? Swing by and start sweating—the perk is that once you’re sweaty, the towels and shampoo are free!
Humble Beast CrossFit
Train hard, stay humble. That’s what this gym is about, as well as an approach to exercise and movement backed with research and science. Besides CrossFit classes, the gym offers Humble Beginnings, a foundational class for newbies, and a Barbell Club that meets twice a week.
Founded in the Capital in 2005, CrossFit DC has grown and spread to two locations. Check them out in the hub of DC, right near Metro Center station. Or head to a second location on H Street NE. With experienced coaches—like a Head Coach and Co-Owner who trained under the CrossFit founder Greg Glassman—and an Olympic weightlifting coach, CrossFit DC also brings a community-focused approach. If you’re new, you can sign up for a free intro workout. If you’re experienced, you can test out of their beginner Elements course and get to work.
CrossFit Primal Fitness
The oldest CrossFit gym in DC, CrossFit Primal is located in an old Firehouse on M Street. Pretty cool, but it gets better. They also offer Parkour classes. So if your legs are busting and you need a break from squats, try a Parkour class. Might not be easier, but it’s boss and will have you ready for some DC street running. If you haven’t done high intensity before, or need a refresher, their beginner program will quickly bring you up to speed. You’ll be a CrossFit disciple in no time.
In addition to CrossFit classes, this gym also hosts a Praxis Competition Program for athletes looking to compete, with classes three times a week. No, it’s not Hunger Games—although the arena might look intimidating. If you like the competitive edge or want to a new challenge, join the Praxis Program and prepare for CrossFit and other all-around fitness competitions. You don’t have to be a pro, there’s competition for all levels; just come ready! Located on 14 St. NW, this gym offers experienced coaches as well as motivation and recognition through their Athlete of the Month award and Praxis blog posts.
Old City CrossFit
Call Old City CrossFit old-school, because they go to work from sun-up to sundown. A family friendly environment, Old City CrossFit offers CrossFit Kids, with classes for tots up through high school. There’s even a CrossFit Moms class with a toned down WOD and emphasis on mobility. Come for a good workout and bring the family! The gym is located on H St. offers a variety of membership options, including unlimited CrossFit classes, yoga, and open gym. If you like swimming, many of the coaches have extensive swimming experience, and the gym also offers swimming WODs.
Boasting the largest CrossFit gym in DC (no big deal!), District CrossFit offers group classes, personal training, and specialty classes. You can sign up for a one-on-one trial including a tour of the gym, a customized WOD, goal setting, and a personalized plan. When you’re ready, pick your choice of memberships and specialty classes.
With t-shirts that say ‘Social Club’, this gym isn’t afraid to work and play together. Besides WODs, they have workout parties, and they aren’t afraid to bring out the grill…or the karaoke. Their Foundations class is free—six classes over two weeks—and required for new-comers. They also teach Boot Camp Saturday mornings for beginners. If you get hooked, who knows? You might start sporting their Social Club tees.
Their motto is “the fittest in DC” See if they hold up to their boast and go to a free workout, every Saturday at 12pm. They also offer On-Ramp classes to bolster technique. They have regular classes and customized plans for competitors, as well as yoga and barbell classes. If you stick with it, you too can join the ranks of the “fittest in DC”.