Upon entering Rival Fitness, a plethora of activities are within sight. Choose what you are interested in doing, and go for it.
This is exactly what Rival Fitness owner Jim Mahan imagined when he conceived of his vision for this Capitol Hill gym. Here, members don’t so much exercise as they are simply active. In the “Playground,” monkey bars run between two concrete columns allowing for a little recess time while also getting in a workout. Underneath, an unexpected field of sports turf does double duty – making life easier on the knees while also reinforcing the idea of play.
The spare, industrial space is marked by bright white elements that evoke a clean, modern sensibility while reflecting natural light from the nearly floor to ceiling windows. Pools of directed LED lights pour down on equipment and open areas and dim to allow for varying light levels depending on the activity. A few strategically placed TVs entertain but don’t distract. Transom windows line “Group Fit,” a bamboo floored room dedicated to classes tucked behind the smaller “FitSquad” space, to allow more natural light into the core.
On the entry level a bright white desk welcomes members, while two delineated areas – Group Fit and Fit Squad – host classes with a collection of private changing rooms and showers behind. One (short) level down is the free weight and cardio areas with the Playground lining the far wall. Something for everyone.