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New Fitness Club Coming to Crystal City

by ARLnow.com — March 10, 2011 at 11:15 am 2,304 11 Comments

An 18,000 square foot fitness club may be coming to the southern end of Crystal City.

Fitness First, which operates a club in the Verizon building in Courthouse, is asking the county board to approve the conversion of unoccupied office and retail space for health club use at 2450 Crystal Drive.

The building, which houses DeVry University and recently became the home of a new Pizza Autentica restaurant, sits between 23rd Street and the ramp from Reagan National Airport. If its site plan amendment is approved, Fitness First would occupy the last available ground floor retail space in the building.

County staff is recommending the board approve the conversion as well as a greatly reduced parking ratio that would only require about 40 reserved garage parking spots. The spots would be monitored to see if additional parking becomes necessary.

The Fitness First location in Courthouse charges a $19.95 monthly fee. The company has 17 locations in the D.C. area.

No word on when the Crystal City location might open should the board approve its site plan request this weekend.

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  • V Dizzle

    Yep,$19.95 a month, never increases, no contract, as good as Gold’s equipment and class-wise, and less crowded… oh, and they aren’t jerks like Gold’s customer service.

  • jar

    I was a member of FF out in Falls Church and thought it was great. When I moved to CCity area I was opted to switch to Ballys…that was a huge, smelly mistake. Looking forward to having a good gym at a good price in the area

  • OX4

    Sounds like a much better deal than the $69.95 Sport and Health in Crystal Gateway.

    • lily

      Fitness First seriously is a way better value than S&H. The classes are basically the same, the equipment is actually nicer, and you get access to all their locations instead of just the one you sign up for.

      The locker rooms leave something to be desired… and you do have to pay for shower towels… but the 50 bucks a month you save in membership fees pays for a whole lot of towels.

  • Artie Fufkin

    I quit the FF in Courthouse after I moved down to Crystal City because it wasn’t convenient. Maybe I will rejoin if this comes to fruition.

  • CrystalMikey

    Good to hear that this is a nice gym.

  • MIchael H.

    Sport & Health Crystal Park is almost directly across the street. Much more expensive but they have an indoor pool. The Fitness First gym could be a good option for those who don’t need access to a pool. Then again, there’s also the nearby Mount Vernon Trail and Four Mile Run Trail for running and cycling.

  • ArlG

    And they have great childcare too, at some of their locations (yes in FC, no in Courthouse).

  • Arlingtonian

    Sweet, I just won a one year Fitness First membership back in January … would be awesome to use it closer to home :)

  • curious

    does anyone know if this actually got approved?

  • Michael H.

    I haven’t seen any signs of construction for a new gym, while the Sport & Health across the street has been undergoing a major renovation.

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