Get fit in 2016: Hyattsville edition

December 14, 2015

ILoveKickboxing at University Town Center, opened for business on Dec. 14. Photo courtesy Rebecca Bennett.

BY MARIA D. JAMES — For many, January 1 is a reminder of failed efforts the previous year to successfully lose weight. Losing weight almost always tops the list of New Year’s resolutions set every year. Often barriers to achieving this goal can usually be summed up in one of three words: time, cost or motivation. The good news is Hyattsville offers uniquely different options that appeal to every fitness level, from the couch-to-gym type to the fitness enthusiast. Get ready to tackle those barriers and accomplish your health and fitness goals for 2016.

Looking for motivation? Consider hiring a personal trainer or taking classes at LA Fitness, located at 2970 Belcrest Center Drive “We have four personal trainers on staff and they are all certified,” said operations manager Ashley Goodwin. Once certified, Goodwin says all trainers are required to take classes to stay up-to-date on the latest in health and fitness.The gym offers a variety of classes – everything from Zumba to aqua aerobics. A full schedule can be found online at www.LAFitness.com. In addition to physical needs, LA Fitness also addresses practical needs, such as child care. Kids Klub is a fun and safe place for kids to stay while parents workout. Cost is an extra $10 per child or a drop-in fee of $5.

For those who feel the itch to try something completely new, visit Hyattsville’s newest gym, iLoveKickboxing, at 6451 America Blvd, Suite 104. Established in 2009, the Hyattsville location is the company’s first to be located in the D.C. metro area. Manager Radames Arocho encourages those considering joining to be unphased by the name. “This is kickboxing for fitness, not combat,” said Arocho. “Our classes cater to all fitness levels. During the class, you can go at your own pace.”  The gym, which opens at the end of December, will offer several hour-long classes. Thanks to heavy marketing on social media, the gym already has over 600 people registered to take classes. The current special is three classes at $19.99 or five classes at $29.99, and includes a free set of boxing gloves. Visit www.ilovekickboxing.com to learn how to join.

Nearby at Landover Road and also on Greenbelt Road is Planet Fitness. For just $10 per month members have access to the gym 24 hours a day, seven days per week. “We’re busy all year round, but it really picks up in January and February” said Assata Coward, general manager of Planet Fitness. “The main thing is we help members understand this is a lifestyle change.”

Another cost-friendly and convenient option is Fitness Evolution, located in the Mall at Prince Georges. Members pay $9.99 per month for a basic membership or $19.99 per month for a premium membership that includes unlimited fitness classes, guest privileges and nationwide club access.

If a gym is not your scene, there are other local opportunities to get moving.  Several yoga studios offer a range of classes: Love Yoga on Baltimore Avenue, Yoga Space on Gallatin Street and Bikram (Hot) Yoga on Queensbury Road in Riverdale Park. Ballet, Tap and All That Jazz dance studio offers several fitness classes for adults. Zumba is available at both the Prince George’s Plaza Community Center and Wells Ice Rink. Arrow Bicycle organizes a Sunday group ride, which meets at 5108 Baltimore Avenue at 9 a.m.

The City of Hyattsville also holds Ageless Grace seated exercise classes at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays at the Hyattsville Municipal Building.  And the city just began a series of free “Movin with the Mayor” classes, which will bring Tai Chi with Dancing in Silence to the Hyattsville Municipal Building on Saturday, Dec. 19 at 1 p.m. Visit www.hyattsville.org for other upcoming classes.