Make good on last year’s resolution to confront your milkshake-stealing backyard raccoon with today’s deal. For $20, today’s Groupon gets you a 30-day membership, including access to fitness classes and equipment, plus a one-hour fitness assessment at Fitness First Health Clubs (a $175 value). Redeem your Groupon at any of Fitness First’s 17 area locations in DC, Maryland, and Virginia.
Your Fitness First experience will begin appropriately enough with fitness first. Under the guidance of a personal trainer, you’ll undergo a professional fitness assessment to pinpoint your current fitness level. During this workout, you’ll perform exercises to test your balance, coordination, core stability, flexibility, muscular imbalances, strength, and endurance. Your trainer will give you his analysis, advice for improvement, and a regimen to meet your non-hoagie-eating fitness goals. (Hoagie-related goals are easily met without the aid of a trainer.) With this newfound self-awareness, you can hit the barbells, elliptical, and water cooler with confidence and focus.
As you fall into your healthy new habit, keep your muscles guessing with Fitness First’s wide array of group exercise classes, including aerobics, Zumba, boot camp, kick boxing, Pilates, yoga, and spinning. Check out Fitness First’s schedules for individual class times by location. Working out as part of a group can motivate you to push yourself harder and allows you to bond with fellow crunchers, rollers, sweaters, and olly olly oxen freers. Your expert fitness instructors will invigorate your routine and keep your workout moving at a steady pace, so you don’t have a chance to slouch, slack, or slobber. Reward yourself after your workout by taking full advantage of Fitness First’s locker room amenities, including saunas and steam rooms.
New clients only. You must begin your 30-day membership within 45 days of purchase.
Washingtonian rates Fitness First as the gym with the best deal in the DC metro:
- [Fitness First is] a happy gym. Staffers smile at you. In Bethesda, they'll feed your parking meter...In Alexandria, the manager will change the television station if you ask, but not before he checks with each member nearby...I visited four Fitness Firsts--Bethesda, Tysons Corner, Alexandria, and downtown DC--and never waited for equipment. – Cindy Rich, Washingtonian
- They have lots of equipment and the locker rooms are clean at all times. The hours of operation are terrific. They also have a babysitting service as well which makes it difficult to find an excuse not to complete your scheduled workouts. This club has it all. – Diane H., Insider Pages
- The staff are [sic] friendly and the equipment is in good shape. Great value... – Samantha P., Insider Pages
- This gym is for people who like to focus and work out... – M. A., Insider Pages
Fitness First Health Club
CEO Peter Harvey believes that a quality gym staff must demonstrate more than technical expertise. "Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl," he says. Certified personal trainers develop workouts that zero in on each person’s specific goals, giving clients the skills to pole-vault over impassable plateaus. By steadfastly refusing to hand out fish in favor of putting on master classes in fishing, they help clients become self-sufficient, educating them on fundamentals.
During these one-on-one sessions, and in solo workouts, guests set calories ablaze atop rows of continually updated equipment. Treadmills, recumbent bikes, and strength-training tools line the walls.
Members can also drop in for as many group classes as they can muster. Inside a separate studio, stationary cycles whir in time with galvanizing music, kickboxing strikes arc through the air, and barbells rise with each BodyPump rep. For more meditative practices, Pilates sessions and several types of yoga enhance flexibility and focus.