Fitness and Recreation

Best CrossFit Alternative (Editors' Pick)

Orangetheory Fitness

The Right Fit

Call us early adopters—Bethesda has long been a hot spot for national boutique fitness chains looking to expand their reach into the Washington area. The past couple of years have seen a few notable additions, each with its own charm and niche. Here are a few of our favorites, including a newcomer we’re particularly excited about.

CrossFit is no longer the only high-intensity, interval-training game in town. Orangetheory Fitness consists of 30 minutes of interval training on a treadmill and 30 minutes of training with resistance straps, medicine balls and free weights. Participants wear heart-rate monitors and follow cues from instructors to stay in designated heart-rate zones. Beware: The “push pace” and “all-out pace” are intense.

622 Center Point Way, Gaithersburg; 301-250-1060; www.orangetheoryfitness.com