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CrossFit may sound like the latest fitness fad to hit the workout scene, but it’s actually a well-known strength and conditioning exercise program used among members of the military, police, champion martial artists and other elite athletes around the world. Now available at a gym near you, the customizable workout program is suitable for almost everyone regardless of age, skills and abilities. For more information, check out one of these CrossFit studios near you. As always, speak with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. 

CrossFit Balance
1111 14th St. NW
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 216-9000

Price: $25 drop-in class/$200 10-pack of classes/other membership options available

Whether you are bored with your current fitness routine or have already started the CrossFit training program at home, CrossFit Balance at Thomas Circle is the gym for you. The 2,700-square-foot studio features a wide variety of CrossFit equipment including an Olympic platform, rowing machines, bumper plates and a 30-foot pull-up bar. The studio is also part of a larger fitness facility, Balance Gym, which features traditional cardio and strength-training equipment as well as a variety of workout classes including Pilates, yoga and pole dancing. Stop by Thursday or Saturday at 1 p.m. for a free CrossFit intro class.

Primal Fitness
219 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 596-9348

Price: $170 a month with one-year contract/$205 month-to-month membership/other membership options available

Primal Fitness may not look as pretty as other fancy shmancy gyms, but that doesn’t take away from its high-quality customer service and equipment. The facility features two levels of essential CrossFit fitness gear including pull-up bars, rings, towers, dumbbells, parallel bars and an Olympic weight-lifting space. Head upstairs and train on the floor-to-ceiling bar system, jump over vault boxes or improve your balance with a balance trainer. Primal Fitness also features kids’ gymnastics, a barbell club and Parkour training, another up-and-coming fitness program. Membership to Primal Fitness includes one-on-one training consultations, including the Strongman competition and marathons. Personal training is also available.

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District CrossFit
1525 Half St. SW
Washington, DC 20024
(202) 642-5144

Price: $30 one-on-one introduction/$20 drop-in fee

If the CrossFit training program feels a little intimidating, then head on over to District CrossFit where genuine trainers will help find the inner-athlete in you. The 10,000-square-foot facility features platforms, squat racks, sleds, rings and other essential CrossFit training equipment, plus room for individual training, locker rooms as well as a CrossFit program for kids. Members rave about the gym’s knowledgeable and accommodating trainers and friendly gym community. District CrossFit is located in the ever-developing Capitol Riverfront neighborhood, home to Nationals Park, a one-mile riverwalk trail and dozens of shops, restaurants and residential communities.

CrossFit Fairfax
2831 Dorr Ave.
Fairfax, VA 22031
(571) 449-7059

Price: $20 drop-in rate/$50 weekly drop-in rate/memberships options available

For those who are strictly devoted to the CrossFit training program, then CrossFit Fairfax is the place to be. The facility offers the best in CrossFit training equipment with a focus on kettlebell training, Olympic and power lifting, plyometrics and athletic conditioning. CrossFit Fairfax offers both classroom and private training, nutritional guidance and special discounts for members of the military, fire and rescue, law enforcement, senior citizens and full-time undergraduate students. New members receive a complementary CrossFit introductory session.

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CrossFit Done Right
12105 Nebel St.
Rockville, MD 20852
(301) 535-1316

Price: $219 a month unlimited classes/$570 six one-on-one sessions/membership options available

At CrossFit Done Right, all new members receive a complementary intro session in which a CrossFit trainer reviews your health and fitness background, discusses your health and fitness goals and explains the CrossFit training program. The complementary intro session also allows new students to try a sample CrossFit workout. Upon completion, the studio’s coaches and trainers will recommend which beginner option will work best for you. The facility features all essential CrossFit training equipment, including dumbbells, rope climb, kettlebells, planks and pull-up bars, as well as a kids’ CrossFit program.

Susan Diranian is a freelance writer living in Ashburn, VA. She is covering Travel & Outdoors. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.