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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Former H Street Playhouse Site to Become CrossFit Gym


The Washington Business Journal brings news that we're getting a new CrossFit gym at 1365 H Street. This will be the second CrossFit gym to open on our stretch of H Street. Old City CrossFit (810 H Street) opened in late October. The new gym will be called CrossFit DC Northeast. If you ever visited the H Street Playhouse, you already know the space is absolutely huge (4,500 square feet).

CrossFit DC currently has another location on 14th Street. The demographics of the two sites are different, but the business owners expressed in the WBJ article that they very much like the fact that H Street is home to many smaller & independent businesses. This can lead to a strong feeling of community along the Corridor.

One very exciting, yet less obvious, aspect of this gym news is that it could help boost daytime foot traffic along this portion of H Street.


Anonymous grr said...

not really excited about this CrossFit news, but am more excited about this streetcar news:


Dec 12, 2013, 8:15:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

seriously...we don't need another cross fit gym and especially at that location.

Dec 12, 2013, 9:35:00 AM

Blogger V+ said...

Seems to me a more conventional gym would make more sense. Two crossfit gyms but no traditional gyms.

Dec 12, 2013, 9:47:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a regular gym that regular people can afford? Sigh.

Dec 12, 2013, 9:47:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't we just get a regular gym with treadmills and regular machines. And I know.....a gym is coming to the Whole Foods site....blah blah blah. But I'm tired of having to go across town and not much in the mood to do it for two more years. This new crossfire is not a very good use for that space.

And by the way, who can do a crossfire in the middle of the day and get all the ways down there? People with real jobs (I.e. Doctor, lawyer, accountant, engineer, NOT waitress, bartender, community activit) can't get all the way over there from downtown in the middle of the day.

Dec 12, 2013, 9:53:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

A real gym would have been much better. . . kind of lame.

Dec 12, 2013, 10:06:00 AM

Blogger inked said...

Was that really necessary for you to specifically list jobs you seem to consider fake jobs? Believe it or not, I know plenty of people around here with what I think you would consider real jobs who have somewhat flexible hours, & sometimes work from home. Or maybe they could just hit the gym early in the morning.

Dec 12, 2013, 10:06:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please add crossfit trainer to the list of jobs that are NOT real.

Dec 12, 2013, 10:17:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't feed the trolls.

Dec 12, 2013, 10:18:00 AM

Anonymous npm said...

All jobs are real. But it's true that people working as waitresses, bartenders, community activists are less likely to be able to afford the $225 a month fees that their 14th St location currently charges than people with jobs with more regular business hour schedules. So yes, there will be some added daytime foot traffic, but I'd be surprised if there were a lot of people walking there between 9 am and 5 pm on weekdays

Dec 12, 2013, 10:43:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice to see this coming to H st, rather this than the standard bar. It's good to have a mix. The owners of this crossfit affiliate have been training/instructing for a long time and I think they will be successful. Nothing is stopping a "real gym" from coming to H st, it's the business owners decision.

Dec 12, 2013, 10:49:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is @anon 10:49am - BTW, I've never done crossfit.

Dec 12, 2013, 10:53:00 AM

Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, a normal gym would be more useful for this space. Crossfit if for a specific type of person who works out. A regular gym would get more day time foot traffic (older, retired residents) and would kill after 5 with the young crowd.

Dec 12, 2013, 1:55:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Insight Properties developing the Murrays/H Street Storage site is currently in talks with a gym. The gym (a Vida or similar quality gym)would go in at 7th and H. The Whole Foods is going at 6th & H.

It's a few years out, but would be great addition

Dec 12, 2013, 2:01:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crossfit is expensive. But if you actually want to get in shape, you could try it out for three months, learn the techniques, see/feel the results, invest $200-500 in some free weights and other stuff and do it in your basement for free for the rest of your life. An hour or less three times a week should be enough.

Or you can pay $80 a month for the rest of your life, dick around on am eliptical for an hour and a half five times a week, and see zero results.

Look at the people in a crossfit gym, then look at the people at a regular gym. You tell me which ones are getting results for their money

Dec 12, 2013, 2:41:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Crossfit if for a specific type of person who works out"

and gyms are for...people who want to watch netflix and pretend to work out???

Dec 12, 2013, 3:08:00 PM

Anonymous clark w griswold said...

internet access + blog + opinion = good times for all

Dec 12, 2013, 3:11:00 PM

Anonymous fatty said...

A crossfit gym is much cheaper to open, no?

Dec 12, 2013, 5:27:00 PM

Anonymous Ne-YO said...

people pay actual money to join this shit? LOL@yuppies...

Dec 12, 2013, 11:55:00 PM

Blogger Scott said...

Welcome CrossFitDC to H st! I will definitely be hitting your classes as much as I can. Gyms (regardless of type) need to be clean, professionally organized and to the point. Having been a member at their 14th street location, I have no reason to believe the H st. location will be any different.

Dec 15, 2013, 8:51:00 PM

Blogger heyktb said...

I want zumba!!!!

Dec 16, 2013, 11:22:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also welcome a crossfit gym to H St. It is encouraging to see a business that invests in community (Crossfit is big on community) and strives to help people be healthy. a "regular gym" is a passive business model that doesn't help people get in shape. They just open their doors and let people have at it. An earlier commenter said it perfectly, "Crossfit if (sic) for a specific person who works out." EXACTLY!

Dec 17, 2013, 2:25:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

The reason why CrossFit Gyms are popping up all over even though membership costs about 2x-3x regular gyms? Because you get the results with CrossFit that you hoped to get but never could with regular gyms. I had been a member of WSC for a decade. I worked out regularly there and still ended up overweight and with cardiac problems....which all cleared up when I joined CF-DC on 14th St. So, before you go on hating, ask your friends who do CrossFit—you'll hear similar stories.

Dec 17, 2013, 8:22:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Its sad to see so many people willing to write of a locally owned small business in favor of corporate owned chains.

Dec 17, 2013, 11:27:00 PM


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