Photo via OrangeTheory FitnessA national fitness chain apparently has plans to open in the Navy Yard neighborhood.

Orangetheory Fitness will open in ORE 82, a mixed-use development at New Jersey and I streets SE., according to a newsletter sent out by the Capitol Riverfront BID.

The new gym is slated to open in 2017, the BID wrote in its email.

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Rappaport, who represented Greystar in the signing of Orangetheory, recently announced the exciting news of ORE 82’s first retail tenant. ORE 82 is comprised of 227 apartment units and 6,000 SF of street level retail space that can be subdivided. Residents will have access to a variety of amenities including a clubhouse with gathering and meeting spaces, afitness center, and a rooftop terrace with a swimming pool. ORE 82 is currently under construction and scheduled to deliver in late 2016.

Photo via Facebook / OrangeTheory Fitness Mt. Vernon Triagle


DCBFit, photo via Eat DC

A Navy Yard gym centered on boxing fitness and boot camp workouts has closed.

DCBFit (1000 New Jersey Ave. SE) closed its doors on Feb. 13, according to a notice posted to its website. “DCBFIT is Officially CLOSED As of February 13, 2016,” the notice reads.

Prior to closing, the gym received relatively mixed reviews on Yelp.

Photo and tip courtesy of Eat DC


Hill residents can spend their early mornings learning to hula hoop and even dance with fire from a Burning Man performer.

Professional hula hooper and fire entertainer Caitlin Matanle, aka Spinnabel Lee, is teaching lessons at CrossFit Capitol Hill (1502 Massachusetts Ave. SE). The private sessions offer playful cardio exercise and creative expression, she said.

“Depending on your personal style, you can run away and join the circus for an hour, or have a meditative experience, or dance, or all three,” she said.

Dancers learn to twirl hoops around their waists, arms, hands and legs. Once they master basic moves, they graduate to spinning multiple hoops and even working with hoops set on fire. Those students get extensive safety training in the physics of fire and how to avoid burns, Matanle said.

“There’s no secret,” she said, noting that spokes on the hoops are set on fire, not the hoops themselves.

Matanle, 30, started offering lessons on the Hill in September and will start small-group sessions soon. She teaches outdoors in the warmer months, on the tennis courts at Payne Elementary School (1445 C St. SE).

The Reston resident first saw fire performance in 2006, in Guatemala. She learned hoop dance in 2009 and now teaches and performs full time, doing shows everywhere from “buttoned-up” corporate events to weddings to churches. She has performed three times at Burning Man, the wild festival held annually in the northern Nevada desert.

Hula hooping offers much-needed play to people with serious jobs, Matanle said.

“The thing about hula hooping is it’s not just good exercise — it’s playful and fun,” she said. “You kind of forget that you’re exercising. I never forget that I went to the gym.”

Photos courtesy of Caitlin Matanle/Devon Rowland Photography/Heather Coburn Photography

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Photo via Facebook/CrossFit DCCrossFit DC wants you to do burpees, squats and pushups before you sit down for Thanksgiving dinner.

The high-intensity gym will offer special members-only Thanksgiving workouts at 9:30 a.m. Thursday at its 1365 H St. NE and 1722 14th St. NW locations.

The sessions are designed to let participants do more than work out, CrossFit DC co-owner Tom Brose said.

“People work hard to earn their pumpkin pie, but it’s more about getting together as a group and trying to be thankful for our community,” he said.

One Thanksgiving, CrossFit DC honored a gym member who was serving in Afghanistan with a “hero” workout of a mile-long run followed by 100 pullups, 200 pushups, 300 squats and another mile-long run. Last year, participants did a workout called Grace that combined 30 reps of lifting 135 lbs with the weight-lifting move “clean and jerk.”

This year’s Thanksgiving workout will be secret until it begins, but Brose said it will combine a normal session and a “hero” routine.

“This is going to be a pretty tough workout,” he said.

All of the routines can be adjusted to accommodate different ability levels, he added.

Photo via Facebook/CrossFit DC


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