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Gym Coming to the Pike, At Last

by ARLnow.com — December 28, 2010 at 3:47 pm 1,861 14 Comments

The rapidly developing Columbia Pike corridor is finally getting a commercial gym.

An outpost of the World Gym franchise will be opening next month at 1058 South Walter Reed Drive, on the ground floor of the Halstead apartment building.

The 11,000 square foot facility will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“The neighborhood has been waiting for a gym forever,” said Connie Pappas, the wife of one of the gym’s co-owners, who was manning the gym’s next door sales office today as a steady stream of curious potential patrons walked through the door armed with questions about equipment and pricing.

Currently, the closest comparable gyms for Pike residents are the Bally Total Fitness on Pentagon Row or the Gold’s Gym on South Glebe Road. There’s also a large membership-based fitness center in the Thomas Jefferson Community Center at 3501 2nd Street South.

World Gym may not be the only gym in the area for much longer, however. There are rumors that an XSport Fitness club is coming to the Siena Park apartment building at 2301 Columbia Pike in mid-2011. (Update at 4:30 p.m. — Staff at Siena Park say the rumors are true.)

Pappas says the World Gym’s main selling points are the modern equipment and friendly staff. Certainly the hours can’t hurt, either.

The gym is still under construction, but Pappas says she expects it to open the week of Jan. 11. The parking arrangement for gym customers is still being worked out, but Pappas hopes to reach a parking validation deal with the manager of the Halstead’s underground parking garage.

World Gym is offering a special membership deal for anyone who signs up before it officially opens business. The pre-sale price is a $1 one-time enrollment fee plus $15.99 per month, with the guarantee that the monthly rate will never increase (although a separate $20.00 annual club enhancement fee is also assessed). The deal requires no commitment or contract.

Pappas is also offering a package of eight one-hour personal training sessions for $200.

The World Gym sales office is open from noon until 8:00 p.m. weekdays, and can be reached at 703-892-1861.

The gym will have the following equipment:

  • Exercise bikes
  • Treadmills
  • Ellipticals
  • Sectorized strength training machines
  • Free weights
  • Benches
  • Dumbbells
  • HEX tanning units
  • Chris Slatt

    The “rumor” about the XSport is because CPRO announced it in their October 2010 newsletter. Unfortunately CPRO’s recent website re-design has wrecked their newsletter archive, but it’s likely preserved on several of the local mailing lists.

  • http://www.sienaparkapts.com Lauren Sauter

    It’s confirmed – XSport Fitness will be coming to 2301 Columbia Pike/Siena Park!

  • AnonARLgirl

    Thanks for doing this story! I hope they extend the opening membership deal ($16/month, not to increase) longer so that folks can see the finished gym before they decide to sign on the dotted line. I am interested in possibly joining, but I would want to see all the equipment first and the classes schedule, and there would have to be free validated parking in the garage before I would join. It is great to see they are coming to the neighborhood.

    I was a member of TJ Community Center, and while I liked it, I found it unworkable for my weekday schedule. So disappointing. They open weekday mornings at 6:30am which is way TOO LATE on a weekday morning for me to work out for 30-60 min, get home and shower, and still commute and get to work at 8:30 or 9. Any gym needs to open at least by 5am. TJ also closes a lot for holidays because they are connected to the school, and I question their willingness to really serve the needs of their members.

    • Katie

      Per the manager, there will be no classes. It’s just equipment.

  • John Fontain

    Kudos to Pappas family for opening an affordable gym in Arlington.

  • The Dope of South Arlington

    Will the illegals in the area get a discounted membership?

    • g_clifford_prout

      No they’ll just be picking up your dirty towels and cleaning the toilets for you. Our local white-trash unemployed don’t stoop that low.

  • Lola

    I used to live in the area and agree that something like this was sorely needed. The Bally at Pentagon Row sucks and the other gym was a bit of drive from the Pike, especially during rush hour traffic. The Pappas are smart business people to open a gym here.

  • el fat kid

    nice. the pike was starting to get a little chubby, not that there’s anything wrong with being fat… :)

    good to see tho, it’d be nice if they made the area a little more free-exercise friendly, the width of the sidewalks in the new development areas is going to be a problem in the future if foot traffic expands they way it likely will and the yups start jogging everywhere.

  • gym

    I’m sure low income residents will get deep discounts. They always seem to. Middle-class getting the shaft once again.

  • Marie

    It’s about time the Pike got a gym and its an affordable one with great hours! Middle class folks can certainly afford $16 for a gym membership, they probably spend at least that much on their coffees and beers.

    The article says the $16 deal requires no commitment. Anyone who has talked with the sales office staff, does that mean I can cancel without penatly after the gym opens in case the promised equipment isn’t as promised?

    • Jane Fonda

      For that answer, I suggest you read reviews of other World Gyms. Check yelp.com

      As for the 24/7 thing, I don’t like it. Apparently they’re not going to have staff monitoring the place but will allow members to use their passes to get in at any hour.

      I’m holding out for the gym with classes.

  • Shane

    The 24×7 schedule is amazing.

  • LOLA

    Consumers beware of this place. I was briefly a member of one of their other locations. You pay for training that you never can seem to have an available trainer to train you. The workers have no previous gym experience and can not assist with simple equipment questions.

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