Washington, DC is a power city full of exclusivity, which is why finding fitness classes outside of a membership can be difficult. Whether your budget is too tight for a membership or you just want to take a few classes without commitment, DC has options for every budget and fitness interest. From dance to yoga and tai chi to aqua classes, there are options to keep you fit without spending too much. You can even stay fit and give back at the same time with charitable donation classes.
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mt. Rainier, MD 20712
Joe’s Movement Emporium will lighten your body and not your wallet by offering some of the best deals on fitness classes in DC. With classes from the relaxing stretching of Astanga Yoga to the sweating, swinging movements of the DC Hand Dance, there’s a class for everyone. At only $7 for yoga, zumba and family tai chi and $10 for Hand Dance, it’s a bargain. For a fun time with hula hoops, try the hoop jam, which will be sure to get your core moving for only $5 per class. Joe’s provides hoops or you can bring your own. For the family on a budget, there’s a tai chi class that integrates both youth and adults into a relaxed, controlled-movement Chinese martial arts practice. For those looking to improve their dance technique, try the Deviated Theatre company’s technique class that improves your level of dance, incorporating ballet, jazz, contemporary, theatre and other types of fitness techniques.
Joy of Motion
1333 H St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20002
Dance is a great way to get moving, keep yourself motivated through music and burn tons of calories. Joy of Motion offers many different types of dance including Argentine tango, ballet, belly dance, club Latin, flamenco, jazz and many more. Add to that its trademark classes like zumba, piloxing and belly dance for larger bodies and there’s something for everyone. Couples can engage in the social dance program for $99 per student for a six-week session on classes like salsa, ballroom or swing. This brings the per-class cost to $16.50, making it a real bargain for dance lessons in DC. The per-class rate is $17, but it has drop-in packages for most classes. Students, adults 65 and older and professional artists can get a drop-in class for only $12. For more savings, try the drop-in class packages, which can save you some cash as well.
Zumba is a great way to get fit or stay in shape. Many people get bored with their daily routine of just running on a treadmill. Zumba incorporates dance and fitness moves to the sound of Latin beats and hip hop music. An average one-hour class will burn between 400-1,000 calories. And the best part is that you don’t need to have a beginner class because you can just dive right in. While zumba is offered in many health clubs, taking a county class is a great option for those on a budget because there’s no membership needed. At $40 for four sessions, the cost is less than most clubs in the area and it offers different types of zumba all over the county taught by trained fitness professionals.
1808 Adams Mill Road N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
Offered on Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m., the Power Flow donation-only class at Stroga offers you the chance to enjoy asana yoga while sweating for a cause. The suggested donation of $10 goes toward relief efforts in Haiti through the charity Mission: Results. Stroga’s usual drop-in rate is $18, so you can save money and feel good about doing so. This one-hour class takes place in the ballroom studio, which is ornately decorated with gorgeous stucco and hardwood floors from this 2nd floor Adams Morgan studio. While you’re breathing with movement, take the time to enjoy the view of the heart of Adams Morgan and relax with this great class that’s a budget with a cause.
Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center
1529 16th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Water is the perfect medium for those that have joint issues or an injury. It provides resistance and a workout without the added pressure on a sensitive area. The DC JCC club offers Aquafitness classes on Mondays and Thursdays at 6:45 p.m. Aquafitness offers an hour of aerobic movement to get your heart rate up. And with the low cost of only $8 for non-member classes, it’s a great way to stay in shape on a budget. There’s also a senior class offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9 a.m. You do not have to be of the Jewish faith to join.
Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isnt enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.