5 Best Gyms in Washington, DC

Best Gyms in Washington, DC

Below is a list of the top and high-rated gyms in Washington, DC. To help you find the best gym located near you in Washington, we put together our own list based on this rating points list.

Washington’s Best Gyms:

The top-rated gyms in Washington, DC are:

  • VIDA Fitness U Street – voted as Best gym in Washington in 2020 with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities
  • MADabolic DC H Street – fitness gym that practices industry-leading training methods by top-notch trainers
  • Balance Gym – DC born and bred gym owned by Rugby player Mark Crick
  • Sport & Health Capitol Hill – family-friendly gym that offers classes for kids and adults
  • Gold’s Gym – the oldest gym in Washington with world’s best fitness trainors

VIDA Fitness U Street 

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VIDA Fitness U Street was voted number 1 in fitness in DC by Washingtonian, DC City Paper, and the Blade in 2020. Members can access state-of-the-art, socially distanced facilities, and group fitness classes that may be live or pre-recorded. Members also have access to the 5-star locker rooms that have Bang Salon products available to use in one of the steam rooms, saunas or shower rooms.

You can create a VIDA account on the website or get the link to download the VIDA App. A full list of amenities and gym services offered can also be viewed on their website.


State-of-the-art gym, spa, shower/locker room, personal training


Address: 1612 U St NW 4th Floor, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 939 2577
Website: vidafitness.com


“VIDA is beautiful, has great classes, has creative programs, and offers all the services I could want at a gym. It’s the best gym I’ve ever been to, and the prettiest. Spin outside is really cool. Pool deck is fun. Good trainers. Great classes. Shout outs to Michael, Ny, Luke, Alex, and Camille! You guys make it great!” – Falynn Schimdt

MADabolic DC H Street

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MADabolic DC H Street is a gym at Washington, DC, led by co-founders, Brandon Cullen and Kirk Dewaele who constantly innovates while developing industry-leading training methods used in MADabolic Gym. They have top-notch trainers that monitor members’ progress and motivate them to yield results.

Frequently-Asked-Questions can also be found on their website as well as a welcome video to help walk through aspiring members before their first session at the MADabolic Gym.

Gym, personal trainers, fitness class
Address: 701 2nd St NE, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 629 2012
Website: madabolic.com
“This gym is phenomenally ran with the owner being transparent about transactions and providing regular updates (especially during COVID). The actual gym has everything you need with great personality. It’s the perfect place to push yourself!” – Richard Gomez

Balance Gym 

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Balance Gym dubbed as “your Neighborhood Gym” was founded by an Australian rugby player, Mark Crick, who immigrated to the United States and played in World Cup for the USA. Born and bred in DC, Balance Gym has 4 award-winning gym locations around Washington. Over time, they acquired and improved facilities and amenities wich can be accessed by members to achieve their goal of staying fit.

Gym information can be accessed through their websites such as locations, class schedules, personal training and Free Pass. Several reviews from satisfied members can also be found on their website.


Gym, crossfit, personal training, balance classes


Address: 214 D St SE, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 450 5448
Website: balancegym.com


“My mother and I were so satisfied with the experience we had at this gym because we were properly taken care of! The coaches were so helpful and they always make sure to check up on us every time!” – Judith James

Sport & Health Capitol Hill

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Sport & Health Capitol Hill welcomes members from all age groups – it may be a baby boomer or generation X and provides classes for all fitness levels. This locally-owned and operated fitness gym have various locations aside from DC and offer multi-club membership so members can work out wherever they are.

Membership options are available on their website as well as training options and sports and activities fit for kids and adults. They also offer free guest pass for aspiring members who wish to visit the gym prior to membership.


Fitness center, health club, classes for kids and adults, sports, spa


Address: 315 G St SE, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 234 5678
Website: sportandhealth.com


“I can’t say enough great things about S&H! The staff is wonderful & the trainers are committed and professional. I have trained with 2 outstanding trainers – Liz & Raz, my husband trains with Tyler, and my son with Joseph. We have all seen the mental benefits (especially during this past year!) and have had great physical results! We returned to S&H the day they re-opened in June 2020 and felt very comfortable. S&H did a great job keeping staff and clients safe during Covid. Hats off to Chang & Ben & the rest of the crew!” – Tiffany Barnard Davidson

Gold’s Gym

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Gold’s Gym started as a body-building gym in 1965 have grown to become one of the best membership fitness facilities in the US that gives its members access to  state-of-the-art amenities, a variety of classes tailored to members’ fitness needs, and the world’s best personal trainers.

Their website contains gym photos, list of available amenities and class schedules. Aspiring members can also avail Free Pass and sign up for registration thru their website.


Fitness gym, group classes, personal training, locker rooms


Address: 409 3rd St SW, Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 554 4653
Website: goldsgym.com


“Gold’s Gym has a ton of equipment and a great old school vibe. It’s a true bodybuilding gym and a refreshing change from a commercial gym. The owner, staff, and members are friendly and people are there to actually workout.” – Jeffrey Richardson