7 Insanely Tough D.C. Workouts To Get You Pumped

Photographed by Jens Ingvarsson.
Whoa, it's March — what happened to February? If you've let your New Year’s resolutions fall by the wayside over the past two months, don't stress — those 2014 fitness goals aren't out of reach. Thankfully, the DMV is teeming with intense workout classes and savvy trainers who can whip your butt into shape. Like martial arts? Got it covered. Crave spinning with a Zen-like atmosphere? Done and done.
No matter how you like to get your endorphins pumping, the most important thing is that you do — and we're here to help. Ahead, your guide to the most butt-kicking workouts in town. Now, go get your sweat on!
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Photo: Courtesy of SolidCore.
SolidCore’s three D.C. locations house the mighty megaformer, which is essentially a Pilates reformer on steroids. The name says it all — get ready to feel your core burning as you use your own body as resistance. After class? Expect satisfying, exercise-induced soreness in muscles you never even knew existed.

SolidCore, 1841 Columbia Road NW; 1821 7th Street NW; 433 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Phone number for all locations is 267-455-6457.
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Photo: Courtesy of Equinox.
"Tabata" might sound more like an appetizer than an exercise, but it's actually an Equinox interval-training workout designed to push your fat-burning potential to the max. How it works: You do 20 seconds of intense exercise, followed by 10 seconds of rest — then repeat eight times. It'll leave you breathless — and exhilarated.

Equinox, 8065 Leesburg Pike, Vienna; 703-790-6193; 4905 Elm Street, Bethesda; 301-652-1078.
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Photo: Courtesy of Crunch.
Crunch’s two D.C. locations offer a pumped-up version of a gym-class staple: tug-of-war. During a Powerwave Battle Roping class, you’ll grasp and “wave” heavy ropes to tone your entire bod. It probably won’t be as joyful as your elementary school experiences, but with the right attitude, you'll have some serious fun and get stronger, too.

Crunch, 555 12th Street NW, 202-621-6698; 5100 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-621-7622.
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Photo: Courtesy of Trident CrossFit.
Trident CrossFit in Alexandria stands out from the pack for its 10-person-max classes, where attendees are trained by a certified staffer. Afraid that you aren’t, um, fit enough for CrossFit? Students are challenged based on their individual skill levels, whether you’re an Olympic hopeful or a coach potato.

Trident CrossFit, 2504 Oakville Street, Alexandria; 240-230-7705.
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Photo: Courtesy of Athlete Studio.
If reformer sessions leave you craving a bit of sweat-inducing cardio, Athlete Studio has the solution. Alternate between bouncing on a trampoline and toning up on a reformer during the Jump & Tone classes. You'll leave with an elevated heart rate and a chiseled physique.

Athlete Studio,1730 Connecticut Avenue NW; 202-506-5780.
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Photo: Courtesy of Krav Maga DC.
Krav Maga is a favorite of the Israeli Defense Army and fitness enthusiasts alike, so you know it packs a powerful punch. Students at Krav Maga DC should be prepared for a killer combo of kickboxing and martial arts. Even though the hand-to-hand combat techniques taught at this H Street spot are pretty intense, you can use them just to get in shape, too.

Krav Maga DC, 616 H Street NW; 202-328-1201.
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Photo: Courtesy of Zengo Cycle.
Lights are low; music is up. Even in the spa-like atmosphere at Zengo Cycle, you’ll be sweating it out as you spin like a madwoman. The two locations in D.C. and Bethesda aim to challenge experienced athletes and cycling novices alike, and leave you feeling a bit more Zen when it's over.

Zengo Cycle, 4866 Cordell Avenue, Bethesda, 301-312-6658; 1508 14th Street NW, 202-588-1600.
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