Best DC-Area Deals for Federal Employees During the Shutdown

For those currently affected by the government shutdown, many studios and gyms in the DC metro area are offering free or reduced pricing until the shutdown ends, so you can still get your sweat on! We found the best deals to our favorite studios across the District, Maryland and Virginia and put them into one convenient list for you.

Did we miss any deals? Let us know in the comments!

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202strong, rated the best HIIT studio in DC by the Washingtonian, is offering government employees their first class free by showing a federal ID. Bonus - after your first class, you can participate in up to 5 classes for only $5 each! Whether it’s their signature class, their Fightstrong class or their Girlstrong class, we can assure you that you’ll get sweaty and strong!


Locations: 1822 I St. NW, Washington, DC 20006 & 12077 Nebel St., North Bethesda, MD 20852

((305)) Fitness

This addictive cardio dance party’will have you sweating while having a blast. During the government shutdown, ((305)) Fitness is offering $10 drop-in classes to all off-peak classes (Mon-Fri: 6AM, 8AM, 9:30AM, 4:30PM, 8:30PM and Sundays: 5PM). Bring your federal ID to show at the front desk, and you will be set!


Location: 1328 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20009

Ascend Cycle + Underground

Ascend Cycle + Underground has classes crafted to help you reach peak performance, and their tagline - Climb higher, sprint faster, Ascend - couldn’t be more fitting. They are offering 5 classes for $75 or 10 classes for $150 for government employees. To lock in this deal, email and share a photo of your federal ID.


Address: 2413 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandra, VA 22301

Balance Gym

Get your sweat on at one of Balance Gym’s 4 convenient locations in DC. Monday to Friday between 1 and 4 pm EST, Balance is offering free gym access. This includes any of their fitness classes within this timeframe. Just show up and show your federal ID to get this deal.


Addresses: 1111 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005; 2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037; 214 D St SE, Washington, DC 20003 & 2121 Wisconsin Ave NW #110, Washington, DC 20007

Bar Method

The Bar Method touts its safe, challenging and graceful workout to build long, lean sculpted muscles and a feeling of personal strength, confidence and poise. Bar Method DC is offering 2 weeks of unlimited classes for new clients for $39. To access this sweet deal, use the code “shutdown” at checkout.


Location: 750 9th Street NW, Suite 103, Washington, DC 20001

B. Fit

Drop in anytime at this cute barre studio in Logan Circle for a $5 furlough class. Simply show your federal ID, and don't forget your grippy socks!


Location: 1339 14th St NW #3, Washington, DC 20005


Get a free cycling class at the Silver Spring location or a cycling, barre or yoga sculpt class at the Takoma Park location. Use the code SweatItOut@CYCLED! and make sure to bring your federal ID with you to class.


Locations: 1110 Ripley St, Silver Spring, MD 20910 & 6960 Carroll St NW, Washington, DC 20012

DC Row

Monday through Fridays, government employees get a free class at 5 pm Mondays through Fridays at their Wharf location.

All federal employees row for free Monday through Friday at 5 PM (Southwest location) and Monday and Wednesday at 8 AM and Tuesday and Thursday at 9 AM at the Georgetown pop-up. To reserve a spot, you must email and present valid federal ID upon arrival.


Locations: 790 Maine Ave. SW, Washington, DC, 20024


Government employees can claim a free class from Elevate! Elevate boasts a sweaty, HIIT-style workout, and includes treadmills, floorwork, a rowing machine, TRX bands and more. Email Laura at to confirm your free class.


Location: 2428 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Pilates ProWorks Alexandria

Escape the stress with some therapeutic relief and sweat at Pilates ProWorks Alexandria. Join for a free class on Sunday, Jan. 13 at 11:30 am; Monday, Jan. 14 at 10:30 am and Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 10:30 am. Make sure to bring your federal ID to check-in.


Location: 1103 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Sweat DC

Sweat DC is a judgement-free, fun boutique fitness studio, specializing in a 45-minute HIIT circuit training party, and they are offering a free 2 week class pass to Sweat DC’s studio in Petworth. Sign up on their website today!


Location: 3232 Georgia Ave NW, Ste 105, Washington, DC 20010