Truebody Fitness Center To Open Next Week in Historic Bethesda Post Office

Studio to offer yoga, individual and group training


The historic Bethesda Post Office building near the Metro station.

File photo

Fitness club Truebody will open next week in the historic Bethesda Post Office building, the company announced Monday.

The stone building at the corner of Montgomery Lane and Wisconsin Avenue was built in 1938. On Feb. 26, the building will open as a 15,000-square-foot gym with eight studios, a space for rooftop yoga, a courtyard for outdoor classes and a meditation labyrinth, according to a press release.

The Donohoe Cos. bought the building in 2012 and announced in 2015 that a fitness and yoga studio would move in. The studio—initially called Bridges Fitness & Yoga—had intended to open in 2015 and, later, 2017, before delays set back the opening date.

A yoga studio with 25 televisions tiled together on a wall. Via Truebody

The gym is owned by brothers Alain and Marc Cohen, who founded application performance management firm Opnet and sold the company for $1 billion in 2012.

Though the name changed during the process, representatives from Truebody said the essential idea behind the club hadn't changed.

The Cohens decided to open Truebody to “address a gap in the fitness industry” and offer a wide selection of classes as well as the personal touch of a small studio, according to a press release. It will offer classes in yoga, barre, indoor cycling, strength, circuit and other disciplines.

Robert Sherman, the general manager of Truebody, said Monday that he had worked in the fitness industry for 30 years and wanted Truebody to be something different.

"I wanted do something that was unique and something that was more member-focused and more personalized," he said. "And yet at the same time offer a wide variety of classes that small studios don’t do but also offer a more personalized service that health clubs don’t do."

He said the building has been modernized inside but that Truebody was careful to keep the facade and exterior intact, even restoring its 1930s-style windows. Sherman said he hopes the club becomes a community hub to Bethesda like the post office once was.

"A unique feature with taking on this building, taking the idea of what was the center hub of this community … and now retrofitting what was a post office into a health club facility, which is I believe is about building community and wellness."

Truebody will hold an open house Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday with tours and free classes. Membership is $149, or $129 for people who sign up before opening day.

The lobby (right) and a circuit studio. Via Truebody.

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