We could go on and on about these amazing clubs, but you must see one for yourself. Because only a handful exists across the country, if you find yourself near one and guest access is permitted, we strongly recommend a field trip. D.C.'s version tops out at 100,000 square-feet. How big is that? Consider that the average size of a U.S. hospital is 75,000 square-feet, so it's big! In addition to its impressive size, the volume and assortment of equipment and classes are mind-blowing.
More than 35 stack-loaded machines, close to 10 Hammer Strength stations and a ton of free weights populate the 10,000 square-foot strength area, the size of some entire clubs. In the 4,000 square-foot cardio zone, the latest and greatest endurance machines are provided including Life Fitness' newer machines. Every exercise class you have ever heard of convenes under this roof, and we understand the club restricts membership to avoid excessive waiting and overcrowding. Basketball and squash courts are also here, as well as a spa and restaurant.
We have only one criticism, with so much space, why did the club design its pool 5-yards short of regulation length? Its short stature lowers our rating to a "B-." However, the rest of the lapper is fantastic, aesthetically pleasing, toys supplied, floating lines and stripes. A little more length and we'd be happy campers, but isn't that always the case?
Note: Ritz guests pay a fee. They are the ONLY outsiders allowed. No day passes.