Vida Fitness at City Vista opens Tuesday Jan 24

The new Vida Fitness at City Vista opens on Tuesday January 24th.

For the full press release follow the jump.

Washington, DC – VIDA Fitness is muscling its way into the New Year with the grand opening of a new location. Urban Adventures Companies, Inc., the parent corporation for VIDA Fitness, announced today that VIDA Fitness-City Vista will open its doors for business this Tuesday, January 24 at 12:30 p.m. making it the company’s fifth facility in Washington at 445 K Street, NW in the City Vista “city within a city” mixed-use residential complex in DC’s Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood. After a two-month, $500,000 intensified renovation of the former gym, Urban Adventures will unveil more than 25,000 square feet of upscale fitness space devoted to cardio, strength, group and personal training amenities.

Designed by Stoneking-von Storch Architects of Charlottesville, VA and Hallock Design Group of Miami, FL, VIDA’s newest location is strategically divided into sections to maximize members and guests’ wellness experience exhibiting a highly-stylized atmosphere that has become the hallmark of VIDA Fitness. Like its VIDA counterparts, throughout the Mt. Vernon facility VIDA’s inventive and creative design is separated into transitional spaces through the use of texture and color featuring a variety of health, fitness and personal training services.

A 35-foot vestibule and grand staircase greets members upon entry. VIDA’s signature programmable color changing LED lights illuminate and enhance the grand stairway and pendant above creating altered changes in ambiance. A guest lounge is located at the top of the grand stair with the popular Fuel Bar serving nutritional smoothies and healthy snacks, which will open in the second delivery phase slated for late 2012. Further down the corridor are the men’s and women’s locker rooms, which include private saunas and steam rooms that are specific to this location highlighting rainfall showers that are heat generated from the air conditioning and heating systems powered by Wind Energy. The reinvigorating Aura Spa will also occupy this area and is slated to open its fourth location in 2013.

VIDA Fitness-City Vista’s workout spaces are artfully designed into three main zones. Zone one is dedicated to cardiovascular exercise housing state-of-the-art cardio machines, which include individual viewing screens, and the revolutionary Spin Studio. Imaginatively terraced to enhance the riding experience, the Spin Studio features innovative Keiser Cycles. Divided by the VIDA Altar communal area that accommodates exercise towels and big screen television monitors, Zone Two is devoted to strength training with free weight equipment by Life Fitness and Precor and dumbbells provided by Intek. Zone Three is reserved for flexibility training and accommodates the Group Fitness Studio, Inner Fitness Studio and abdominal stretch areas.

VIDA Fitness-City Vista delivers a premier health club facility offering classes, state-of-the-art machines, personal trainers and extra high-end amenities that are characteristically found in VIDA’s other four locations at Verizon Center, Logan Circle, the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel and the recently opened 51,000-square-foot flagship on U Street. VIDA Fitness provides the most extensive array of fitness equipment and group fitness programming, which includes: Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Cybex, Precor, StairMaster, Keiser, and Hoist. VIDA Fitness-City Vista services also include:

  • Three group exercise studios that include: Yoga, Pilates, Group Fitness, Inner Fitness, Spinning and TRX.
  • Aura Spa – revitalizing day spa with four full treatment rooms and spa concierge opening in 2013.
  • Zen Spa – Private saunas and steam rooms in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms.
  • VIDA quality, brand new cutting-edge strength fitness and cardio machines with individual viewing screens.
  • Customized personal training program with nationally accredited personal trainers.
  • Exclusive Bang Salon brand hair and body care products in showers and throughout locker rooms.
  • Nutrition and group wellness instruction.
  • Luxury-appointed locker rooms with rainfall showers and optional laundry and locker service.

We’ve made VIDA Fitness a desirable urban lifestyle locale and are excited to bring our wellness concept to the Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhood,” says David von Storch, president of Urban Adventures Companies. “Whether you want to workout, chill out or simply hang out VIDA is an artful arrangement of activity and atmosphere and offers something for everyone.”

By 2015, von Storch plans to have a total of eight VIDA Fitness locations opened and operating throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area. Completion of VIDA Fitness-City Vista brings them more than halfway toward that goal.

VIDA Fitness-City Vista sales office is offering special grand opening rates and is open Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. and weekends from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

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  1. 1

    M Street says

    This sounds great…except for the operating hours. I’m considering switching from the gym at my office to this one, but I’m not sure I could get a solid workout in before 7pm.

    Has anyone heard what their rates are? I sent an e-mail inquiry bu haven’t heard back.

  2. 2

    FourthandEye says

    @M Street – Those are the Sales center hours, not the operating hours.

    Hours of Operation will be 5am – 11pm (Mon – Fri) & 7am-9pm (Sat – Sun)

  3. 5

    Duh says

    Seriously, who would really think they’d only be open 10-7 weekdays and 10-3 Sat and Sun?!?!?!

  4. 6

    Chris555Mass says

    Worked out there last night instead of my ususal Verizon Center location. In general I think they have made some great improvements in the floor layout and grouping of equipment. I think the lighting is pretty, but far too dim. How do you open a gym in the darkest part of the year when people are suffering Seasonal Affective Disorder that doens’t have bright, inviting lighting? The lighting at Verizon Center Vida is really bright and cheerful – why so dim at City Vista? I hope they are adding some more light so it doesn’t seem like a swanky lounge instead of a gym. I’m also interested in seeing what they do with the old hot tub area. Can it really take them until 2013 to get the spa area done as the signage says? I would love a hot tub, but it has to be something where the water actually gets hot and there are a large number of powerful jets if people are actually going to use it. I had such high hopes for the Results hot tub but it turned out to be so uninspiring – lukewarm water, insufficient jets. I’m also anxious to see if they can make the men’s locker room steam room work. It seems it was such a poor design they might be smarter to rip it out and start over. And WHY did they varnish the wood in the men’s room sauna? I have NEVER seen varnished wood in a sauna and all you smell is varnish when you are in there. Weird. Other than that, a lot of “opening week” quirks like no fingerprint scan check in, no bags for sweaty workout clothes in the locker room, and ongoing construction. A promising start, but come through for us Vida and make this gym work!

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    CVKRez says

    As a CityVista resident who has been waiting more than one year for the gym space to reopen, Vida’s arrival to MVT is very good news. It’s definitely got a sexy, dark, lounge vibe compared to the Results that preceded it, but I’m okay with that. I’ve heard others say that it’s too dark, however.

    I too find the pace of renovations a little slow (phase 2 mid-2012, Aura Spa 2013), but I’m not entirely surprised. Metro Weekly did a profile of the owner, David von Storch and he appears to be a practitioner of fiscal restraint. Probably next to nothing is financed, and he doesn’t want to invest too far ahead of the neighborhood’s density curve. There are A LOT of residential units coming online in the immediate vicinity, mostly rentals, but they’re not there yet. That’s what got Results in trouble.

    I’m bummed that the former hot tub is going to be used for the Aura spa and not a more useful (but not income generating, I get it) infinity lap pool. I like doing laps in CityVista’s rooftop pool during the summer and it would be great to be able to continue that exercise routine all through the winter.

    Nevertheless, welcome Vida!

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    Mike says

    I got confirmation from management over the weekend that they are not done installing lights at CV Vida. The plans sound like it will still give it a good sexy vibe but brighten it up a lot. Looking forward to continuing to see the space come together.

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    K says

    I have also been waiting for this for a very long time! I go to Vida on U Street and Verizon, so this is a fabulous addition to the area and building!

    I went there on Saturday morning, and it was very quiet. It is starting to feel like a Vida. The wall around the cardio equipment was a great touch! It will continue to as they keep working on it, but still needs the last few touches.

    Small things like the wonderful water bottle water fountain and a few types of cardio equipment that the U Street location has…and stretching equipment. To get to the abs/stretching section (which is unclear and not marked), you have to walk all the way across the gym and it is missing a lot of the great items that are at U Street (foam rollers, resistance bands, bosu balls) unless I was in the wrong section.

    I really hope this stays and continues to take on the Vida feel! My guess is that it will end up like the Renaissance, a smaller Vida gym but one that is hopefully busy–but not too too busy :)