This week, I’ve been visiting a bunch of area gyms for a Bethesda Magazine feature (stay tuned for details in a month or so). I’ve been amazed at the diverse array of fitness centers located within a 15-square-mile area, and yesterday, was amazed by … well, *everything* at Equinox, a luxury gym where you can wipe your sweat with eucalyptus-scented, chilled towels, and where you can work out on an incredible-looking lower-impact treadmill I’d never even *heard* of before (again, stay tuned for details).
Tomorrow morning, I’m slated to try a CrossFit class at CrossFit Bethesda. Something tells me CrossFit won’t have eucalyptus-scented anything, and when I met up with Steve yesterday evening, I told him how funny it will be to visit those seemingly opposite gyms back-to-back. I also confessed that I felt just a little too smelly and gross to for pretty, elegant Equinox, and said I anticipated fitting in a little better at CrossFit, where my perma-stinky running shorts, mud-stained trail-runners and random race T-shirt will likely blend right in.
Steve nodded thoughtfully, and said, “Yeah. You’re looking for more of the ‘still blood on the wall from last night’s cage fight’ sort of atmosphere, huh?”
Well … yeah.
I’m not done with my gym visits, and I expect to be thoroughly impressed with some of Equinox’s group classes, including one 6 a.m. circuit class simply called “Whipped.” But I’m pretty sure that when my visits are all done, I’ll head back to the free (to me) gym at National Naval Medical Center, which until a few weeks ago was located in a gigantic temporary trailer. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s where I’m most comfortable.
Do you ever work out at a gym or fitness center? If so, what kind of vibe do you like? Are you a class person, or more of a lone ranger?