Power Workouts: Not for the Faint of Heart

by Catherine Trifiletti

Power exercise classes for overachieving Washingtonians in pursuit of pushing their physical limits.

Photo Courtesy of Barry’s Bootcamp.

Details: 1345 19th Street, NW | $34/class | barrysbootcamp.com

Need to Know: Get your energy boost at the studio’s Fuel Bar.

What to Expect: Known as the original high-intensity workout, Barry’s Boot Camp opened its first Washington outpost in Dupont Circle last year. The program combines interval cardio and strength-training, and is said to burn up to 1,000 calories per class.

Takeaway: If you do the workout consistently, you’ll see results, promises client-turned-CEO Joey Gonzalez. “No matter where you’re starting, you will lose fat and gain lean muscle.”

Photo Courtesy of Corepower Yoga.

Details: Various locations | $27/class | corepoweryoga.com

Need to Know: Mats and towels (you will need one) can be rented. All classes require bare feet or socks. New members get an unlimited week for free.

What to Expect: The Denver-based workout combines traditional yoga poses with high intensity cardio, to work a wide range of muscle groups while providing the mindfulness encouraged by standard yoga practice. Corepower offers five class options, from beginner (C1) to heart-pumping Yoga Sculpt. Most classes are heated between 90 to 100 degrees.

Takeaway: Mental and physical detox.

Photo Courtesy of Rumble.


Details: 2001 M Street, NW | $34/class | rumble-boxing.com

Need to Know: Boxing gloves can be rented for $3 and wraps must be purchased for $8. Try Rumble’s antioxidant packed juice for $5.

What to Expect: The trendy boxing studio, which opened in the West End in April, was founded in 2016 and counts Justin Bieber and Sylvester Stallone among its investors. The studio holds 60 people and is divided into two sections where participants alternate between boxing on water-filled bags and strength training with dumbbells and brass knuckle weights. There are no beginner or advanced classes.

Takeaway: Rumble’s CEO and co-founder Andrew Stenzler sums up the workout best: “It’s flat out FUN.”

STUDIO SIGHTINGS: Former first lady Michelle Obama famously took SoulCycle classes. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife Louise Linton are also fans. NBC4 anchor Eun Yang and CNN White House reporter Kate Bennett are regulars at [solidcore], sources say. And when in town, CNN anchor Anderson Cooper has been spotted at Vida on 15th Street, NW.

This article appeared in the May 2019 issue of Washington Life magazine (page 70). 


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