Tysons, VA

As fitness centers are starting to reopen in the Tysons area as Virginia continues to roll back COVID-19 restrictions. 

Currently, Northern Virginia is in Phase Two and plans to enter Phase Three on Wednesday (July 1).

Here are a few updates on which gyms are reopening, which are staying virtual and which are closing for good. 

Solidcore in Tysons is offering in-person classes as of June 23. They are enforcing a variety of measures to enforce social distancing, such as “alternating machines back-to-front” to maintain 6 feet of distance.

They are asking customers to “minimize gathering in common areas,” to use the bathroom at home and to bring duffles to be stored in the pit of their machine rather than in a common area, according to procedures posted on their website.

Additionally, coaches will not be giving hands-on corrections and will be wearing masks and gloves at all times. 

Crunch in Vienna is offering special reopening hours from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Monday-Friday and 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. on the weekend.

 24 Hour Fitness has closed permanently in Tysons. However, the Falls Church location plans to reopen soon with new protocols to maintain safety. They have created a way for customers to check-in on their own, make workout reservations and even continue working out at home via digital instruction through a mobile app.

Hot Yoga Tysons is offering “two to three” virtual classes each day throughout the week for people who are craving yoga and pilates sessions from their homes.  

1 To 1 Fitness in Tysons is also continuing to offer virtual personal training. Their sign-up provides users the opportunity to request a trainer who meets their specific preferences in a coach and a workout.

May gyms and fitness centers may start to open up in July as future guidelines have fewer restrictions. Virginia’s Phase Three will allow fitness centers and pools to open up to 75% capacity.

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People who have missed hitting the gym for the last few months are seeing options reopen.

Several gyms and yoga studios in the Tysons-area pivoted to online classes in April. Ahead of Northern Virginia starting to ease COVID-19 restrictions, some fitness center owners and clients pushed for more opportunities.

Now, fitness centers are allowed to open indoor spaces at 30% occupancy under Phase Two, which Northern Virginia entered June 12.

Fairfax County offers indoor and outdoor public swimming only for lap swimming, diving, exercise and instruction. Public pools, including community pools, are not allowed to open for recreational use.

When Virginia enters Phase Three, Gov. Ralph Northam said that pools and gyms may open at 75% capacity. The date for when Virginia will enter that phase has not been announced yet.

Just because pools and gyms can open in limited capacities doesn’t mean that they will. Some gyms, like 24 Hour Fitness in Tysons, won’t reopen at all.

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After a temporary closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 24 Hour Fitness location in Tysons is now closed permanently.

The facility at 1500 Cornerside Blvd previously offered a variety of workout membership services, according to its website.

Guests who visited the website for the Tysons location were greeted with a notice that read, “This Location Has Closed,” accompanied by a link to find other facilities in the area.

The Tysons gym is also on a list of 24 Hour Fitness location around the U.S. that are closed: “24 Hour Fitness has made the difficult decision to close the following locations.”

CNN reported today that 24 Hour Fitness has filed for bankruptcy and permanently closed 100 locations in 14 states — about a quarter of its gyms.

The gym chain now only lists two locations left in Virginia.

For people who want to take advantage of the company’s offerings, they can visit the Falls Church location (1000 E. Broad Street), which is set to reopen July 7, according to the website.

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Owners of CrossFit gyms in the Tysons area are distancing themselves from an insensitive tweet by CrossFit’s CEO.

Greg Glassman, the CEO, recently apologized for saying “It’s FLOYD-19” in response to the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s tweet calling racism a public health issue, according to BET.

Reebok and several CrossFit athletes have since cut ties with the branded fitness regimen because of the tweet, and hundreds of gyms across the U.S. have disaffiliated from CrossFit over the tweet, according to reports from Forbes and People.

Tysons Reporter reached out to CrossFit gyms located in Vienna, Falls Church and Tysons. Six of them have  Glassman’s tweet.

The staff behind the CrossFit Tysons Corner (8453-K Tyco Road) told Tysons Reporter in an email that they do not condone Glassman’s statements. “We are exploring options for de-affiliation,” the email said.

Curtis Blake of CrossFit Falls Church (130 W. Jefferson Street) said that its members are aware of the gym’s stance.

“I was deeply saddened by the insensitivity that was shown and/or the malice in Glassman’s post,” Blake told Tysons Reporter. “I would like to see him step down and a change in leadership before we personally [make] a decision.” Blake declined to comment further.

CrossFit Route 7 (8504-B Tyco R0ad) and CrossFit North Vienna (234 Dominion Road NE) — a.k.a. the Phoenix Athletix Club — both shared on social media that they do not support Glassman’s comments.

“At this point, we do not know exactly what the next steps look like for the gym,” CrossFit Route 7 said in its Facebook post.

Meanwhile, CrossFit Fairfax (2831 Dorr Ave) wrote on Facebook that it will honor the Black Lives Matter movement on Saturday, June 13, but did not include a direct mention of Glassman’s tweet.

“Racism and discrimination have no place in our gym, the broader fitness community, or the world at large,” the post said.

Marcus Ford of Tinner Hill CrossFit (336 S. Washington Street) said that the gym took to Facebook yesterday to reaffirm the location’s beliefs.

“I simply wanted to iterate to our extended community that we are steadfast in our beliefs, have always and will always operate without discrimination,” Ford told Tysons Reporter. “We openly welcome ALL people with no concern for race, religion, gender(s), sexualities or otherwise.”

Ford said that the incident “called into question the beliefs of CrossFit affiliates all over the world, and I personally and professionally felt the need to remind our community that no matter what methodology we use for fitness, we are resolute in the principles we’ve been known for by our community.”

The location is still a CrossFit gym, “however only time will tell what the future may hold for us in terms of affiliation,” Ford said.

Photo via CrossFit Tysons Corner/Facebook

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Later today (Thursday), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will consider allowing easier expansion of outdoor dining and exercise activity.

Fairfax County announced the meeting yesterday following news that the county will start easing COVID-19 restrictions on businesses on Friday (May 29).

The meeting’s only agenda item is the emergency ordinance, which would temporarily allow “the expanded use of outdoor space for outdoor dining and for outdoor fitness and exercise activities, all under specified conditions and without the need for individualized determinations.”

The ordinance would kick in when the county starts the first phase on Friday of the governor’s reopening plan.

The meeting is set to start at 3 p.m.

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The owner of a Tysons gym is gaining traction with an online petition asking that some restrictions get lifted for small gyms and fitness centers in Northern Virginia.

As Virginia readies to start its first reopening phase tomorrow (Friday), Gov. Ralph Northam has ordered that Northern Virginia maintain current COVID-19 restrictions until after Memorial Day.

Fairfax County has had the highest reported number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the state, and top officials in Northern Virginia have been pushing for more time to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.

But Tucker Jones, who WJLA reported is the owner of CrossFit gyms in Tysons and Arlington, thinks that the soon-approaching rollback of business restrictions in the rest of the state should also apply to small gyms in Northern Virginia.

“We strongly feel that we can continue to provide access to health and wellness through fitness in a way that keeps everyone safe,” the petition says.

Jones started the online petition three days ago and, at the time of this article, it has gathered more than 2,000 signatures.

The petition says that small class gyms that are about 3,000-8,000-square feet with a maximum capacity of 25-75 people can take the following safety steps:

  • capping class sizes at 10 people
  • daily deep cleaning
  • disinfecting equipment before and after every use
  • starting contactless check-in
  • switching to reservation-only
  • taking away access to showers and water fountains
  • requiring employees and asking clients to wear masks

“We believe we can begin to provide our services to members following very strict guidelines of social distancing and extreme cleanliness just as other businesses are providing as they reopen,” the petition says.

Jones told WJLA he had to cancel his plans to offer outdoor fitness classes after Northam announced earlier this week the reopening delay for Northern Virginia.

Currently, CrossFit in Tysons has turned to online fitness classes, a nutrition challenge on social media and equipment rentals to keep the business going while the gyms are temporarily closed.

Photo via CrossFit Tysons Corner/Facebook

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People looking to exercise with someone while staying home can turn to their local gyms and fitness studios.

While Gov. Ralph Northam’s stay-at-home order is in place, many fitness studios in Tysons have decided to offer virtual classes.

A few months ago, Tysons Reporter rounded up the gyms and fitness studios around Tysons. Now, we took a look to see which ones have pivoted to online services, including group classes and one-on-one sessions.

From boxing videos to yoga classes, here’s what we found:

Interested people can check out each studio’s website for more information.

Photo via BREAKAWAY/Facebook

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Tysons’ eight neighborhoods have several gyms and fitness studios are people looking for places to exercise indoors.

Tysons Reporter did some research and has been chronicling where to break a sweat around Tysons.

A few weeks ago, we looked at options in Tysons West and Tysons Central 7. This week, we’re profiling the ones in Tysons Central 123, North Central and Old Courthouse.

Tysons Central 123

[solidcore] has 50-minute classes of slow and controlled resistance training at 7911 Westpark Drive. Most weekday classes are offered between 6 a.m.-7:30 p.m., while weekend classes tend to be held from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Packages start at $20 per class.

Located near Tysons Corner Center, N2Shape (8000 Towers Crescent Drive) offers personal training, small group training, senior fitness and corporate fitness. According to the online schedule, the group classes are scheduled in the morning.

Later this year, people can look for CycleBar in Tysons Galleria.

North Central 

Custom Kinetics (7921 Jones Branch Drive) is a personal training company. The training options include strength, weight loss, performance and kettlebell.

1TO1 Fitness also offers personal training in Northern Virginia and D.C. The Tysons location is at 7900 Westpark Drive.

Old Courthouse

Fitness Together at 8300 Boone Blvd, Suite 160 has personalized training with a resistance training program, cardio program and nutrition help.

For spin classes, Tai Chi and pilates, Equinox is at 8065 Leesburg Pike. The luxury fitness studio is open 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. on Fridays and from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekends. Equinox also offers treadmills, spas and cardio workouts.

For the rest of Tysons’ neighborhoods, there’s a Sport and Health (1800 Old Meadow Road) in East Side and 7Core Fitness (1735 Burning Tree Drive) in the area between the Vienna area and the West Side neighborhood.

Photo via Custom Kinetics/Facebook

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Tysons has several gyms and fitness studios are people looking for places to exercise indoors.

Tysons Reporter did some research on gyms and fitness studios in the area and separated them into Tysons’ eight neighborhoods.

A few weeks ago, we looked at fitness options in Tysons West. This week, we’re profiling the ones in Tysons Central 7.

The newly opened F45 in The Boro offers a variety of classes: cardio every Monday, Wednesday and Friday; strength and resistance training on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; and mixed-exercise classes on Saturdays. While most of the classes appear to be in the morning, people can take some at 5:30 p.m. or 6:30 p.m. on certain weekdays.

For late-night gym-goers, Crunch Fitness is open until 11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, until 10 p.m. on Fridays and until 8 p.m. on the weekends. In addition to traditional gym offerings, Crunch Fitness has ballet barre and cycling classes.

Tysons Sport and Health (8250 Greensboro Drive) offers group fitness classes like cycling and yoga, along with racquetball, a kids’ club and indoor and outdoor pools. The gym is open from 5 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m. on Fridays, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturdays and from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. on Sundays.

The Bar Method Tysons Corner (2070 Chain Bridge Road, Suite 185) is a boutique fitness studio that has two workout stations for barre and core exercise classes. People can choose between the Bar Method, Bar Advanced and Our Bar Move classes, which are 60 minutes, and the Bar Express class, which is 45 minutes. Classes are usually offered between 6 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays, between 8-11 a.m. on Saturdays and between 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sundays.

While not a gym, EMP 180 Weight Loss (8397 Leesburg Pike) has one-on-one coaching to help people with nutrition and weight loss.

Photo via F45/Facebook

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Tysons may not have the liveliest nightlife at the moment, but that could soon change as more late-night restaurants and places to hang out open. “Tysons After Dark” will highlight a different spot every week.

Whether you’re already into fitness or one of the many people making a New Year’s goal to exercise more in 2020, there are several gyms around Tysons to check out.

Tysons Reporter did some research on gyms and fitness studios in the area and separated them into Tysons’ eight neighborhoods. This week, we’re profiling the ones in Tysons West.

24 Hour Fitness (1500 Cornerside Blvd, Suite A) has typical gym offerings, including an indoor pool, weights, cardio equipment, racquetball court, sauna and basketball court. The club offers groups for cycling and exercise, classes and training. The club is open from 4 a.m. to midnight every day of the week, according to its website.

Tysons Playground Fitness & Performance Center is a family-oriented space with youth programs for kids ages 8 and up and weight loss programs for adults at 8502 Tyco Road, Suite B. Members have 24-hour access to the facility, according to the website.

Tysons City Boxing (8501- 2A Tyco Road) offers boxing, kickboxing, Muay Thai and circuit training for beginners and advanced people. Most of the classes appear to be scheduled in the afternoon, with ones extending into the evening at 5:45 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., according to the schedule.

Another boxing studio — Rock Steady Boxing — has a non-contact boxing-based fitness curriculum for people with Parkinson’s Disease. The facility is located at 8501 Tyco Road A-2.

Hot Yoga Tysons has “hot, warm and cool” classes running as later as 9 p.m. on certain days. The studio is at 1420 Spring Hill Road, Suite 130.

BREAKAWAY Fitness has treadmills, an open floor, cable cross, hammer strength, ellipticals, bikes and rowers, along with personal training, massages and group exercise, according to its website. The facility is open from 6 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 7 a.m.-noon on Saturday at 1524 Springhill Road, Unit GG.

Fitness chain CrossFit has two locations — one called “Route 7” (8504-B Tyco Road) and another called “Tysons Corner” (8453 Tyco Road, Suite K). Both have classes in the evenings.

Fans of Orangetheory Fitness can find the hour-long classes at 1430 Spring Hill Road, Suite 150. The studio offers classes in the evenings, with the latest ones starting around 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. on certain weekdays.

The Edge Strongman 2.0 (8502-B Tyco Road) “is dedicated to providing elite-level strongman coaching to both men and women with the equipment, personalized service and extensive knowledge,” according to its Facebook page. It is open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and until 4 p.m. on weekends, according to its website.

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