10 Outdoor Fitness Classes In D.C.

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Washington, D.C., is a fantastic place to call home if you’re a health and fitness buff. It’s been named the nation’s fittest city several times in the American Fitness Index by the American College of Sports Medicine and is still in the top 10 as of 2021. 

The city is full of opportunities when it comes to staying healthy. Clean-eating restaurants abound, fitness studios are plentiful, and many hiking trails and swimming areas are open to the public. Training in any restorative discipline, from dance to yoga or martial arts, is easy to find. 

Outdoor fitness classes are a fun option when weather permits. They also provide a slew of health benefits in addition to physical activity. This easy-to-follow guide details some of the best outdoor fitness classes in D.C.

Benefits of Outdoor Fitness Classes 

Outdoor Fitness Classes in DC

Exercising outside has several proven health benefits. Even short spans of 10 to 15 minutes in the open air can be beneficial. Some unique benefits that often surprise people include:

  • Outdoor activity is a natural antidepressant 

  • Exercising on outdoor terrain can be more challenging

  • Exercising outdoors is usually cheaper

  • Assess to outdoor activities is typically easier

There are many types of outdoor fitness classes available in D.C., depending on the season. Warm months have the most to offer, but there are options for the cold weather buffs too.

Outdoor Fitness Classes in D.C.

Fitness classes held outdoors in the D.C. area include yoga, strength training, running, Pilates, and high-intensity interval training (HIIT). No matter how you want to work out, you can find a way to do it outside in D.C.

FIT360 DC

3058 Mt. Pleasant St. NW

Washington, DC 20009

202-588-0988

This D.C. gym has everything you’d expect a gym to have, and sometimes they take it outside. The folks at FIT360 DC provide an array of outdoor classes, including strength training, HIIT, Yoga, and athletic conditioning. They also have certified personal trainers who work with clients’ strengths and weaknesses to build a better body in an outdoor environment. Classes are held outdoors in the summer and fall.

YOKO Fitness

3058 Mt. Pleasant St. NW

Washington, DC 20009

202-487-5741

Yoko Fitness is personal training from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified trainer Cornelius Yoko. He offers services tailored to his clients’ needs to achieve a specific result, such as boxing, boot camps, body sculpting, and sport-specific training. He also provides classes for pre and post-natal women. All classes are offered indoors or outdoors when weather permits. 

Past Tense

3221 Mt Pleasant St. NW

Washington, DC 20010

202-462-9642

Outdoor Yoga

Past Tense is a community-oriented yoga studio.  They offer an online community and on-demand videos in addition to a full spectrum of yoga classes indoors and out. Classes are based on vinyasa yoga and are available for all skill levels. Their sessions are held in the studio, outdoors, or at clients’ workplaces. 

Cut Seven

1401 Swann St. NW

Washington, DC 20001

202-599-6772‬

This full-service gym focuses on total body fitness. Clients target specific muscle groups with a wide array of gym equipment and fitness classes. The 2,000-square-foot open-air studio is used for yoga, Pilates, HIIT, spin, and cardio classes. 

Hustle

101 District Square SW

Washington, DC 20024

Sunny Miller of SoulCycle fame launched her own workout group in Hustle DC, where members participate in high-impact workouts and strength training. She also offers outdoor classes in HIIT and cycling at The Wharf’s pier. Members also have access to virtual and on-demand courses. 

The REACH at the Kennedy Center

700 F St., NW

Washington, DC 20566

202-416-8000

Saturdays in summer are for outdoor vinyasa yoga classes at The REACH at the Kennedy Center. It’s limited to 50 participants, and although there is no registration, a waiver is required. Instructors are yogis from various D.C. yoga studios. 

Barry’s

1345 19th St. NW

Washington, DC 20036

202-758-0789

This upscale gym offers daily outdoor classes in their signature high-intensity workout using weights and bands. Participants enjoy curated playlists from silent headphones during every activity. This gym provides many extras such as clean towels, toiletries, and a fuel bar full of protein-packed snacks, shakes, and water. 

Mint DC

1724 California St. NW

Washington, DC 20009

202-470-5238

The D.C. gym offers outdoor class packages in HIIT, Zumba, Pilates, cycling, rowing, barre, strength training, and boxing. Class packages include gym use and virtual and on-demand classes. It holds its outdoor classes at the Marie Reed Community Center’s field in Adams Morgan.

Boot Camp With Jenny

100 Potomac Ave., SW

Washington, DC 20009

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Fitness trainer Jenny Harper hosts her signature boot camps outside Audi Field on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Participants can catch two classes each day – either an hour-long session or a 45-minute version. The workouts include a blend of strength training and cardio blasts using bodyweight and neighboring stairs and benches. All participants are required to bring resistance bands and mats.

Rock Creek National Park

5200 Glover Road NW

Washington, DC 20015

202-895-6000

Rock Creek National Park is a perfect environment for any outdoor exercise. There are 1,754 acres of beautiful flora and fauna to enjoy while running, hiking, and biking. Visitors enjoy the civil war relics and opportunities to learn about boating, horseback riding, tennis, and golf.

D.C. is a beautiful place to live a life of urban wellness. Enjoying its splendor during a fitness class is an excellent perk of local life and a fun way to meet the neighbors. 

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