Reston, VA

Over the weekend, parents, students and community members gathered to say goodbye to Herndon High School‘s gym with a silent disco and auction.

The gym is now closed off as the renovation project begins. The project — which will expand the gym by roughly one-third — will be completed over the summer. It will also include new boys and girls locker rooms, a new weight room, team rooms, training rooms, and storage areas.

The goodbye event included a moment of silence to “remember the good times” as the school celebrates the beginning of the construction project, according to the school. All proceeds from the event will be used to outfit the newly-renovated athletic facilities once they are completed. Around 250 people attended the event, according to the school’s assistant principal Jim Hannon.

The school has been an active construction area for more than a year. A new wing was added to the back and front of the building, including a new library, main office, and administrative and counseling offices.

Future phrases include a new wrestling and gymnastics room, renovated music rooms, an expanded auditorium, and new baseball and softball structures.

In the final phase of the project, the cafeteria will be modified into a food court design and the stadium press box and tennis courts will be renovated.

Photo via Jim Hannon

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The opening of LA Fitness in Herndon Centre has been delayed to March.

This is not the first time the opening date of the fitness gym, which will open in Herndon Centre (494 Elden Street), has been pushed back.

Last year, the business was expected to open Jan. 16, a few weeks earlier than originally anticipated. Then, the gym announced it would open sometime in early 2020.

Now, the Kristhian Reyes, the general manager of the location, says the “best-case scenario” is that the gym will open by the beginning of March. In any case, he hopes the gym will be up and running by the end of next month.

“We understand everyone’s concerns on our opening date, but some things have been out of our hands,” Reyes said.

The delay was caused by delays in the permitting and inspection process, according to the general manager.

“We have people working 5 a.m. to 12 a.m. seven days a week trying to make sure the gym gets finished as quickly as possible now,” Reyes said.

Anyone who already signed up to use the facility will have access to other LA Fitness locations in the area.

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LA Fitness plans to open in Herndon by late February, according to a company representative.

The gym, which has more than 700 across the country and Canada, originally expected to open by Feb. 1 in the Herndon Centre. But the opening date was delayed due hiccups in the permitting process.

Equipment — which is expected to arrive in early February — will require one week for set-up, the representative said.

The business expects to open between Feb. 15 and 26.  Pre-sale rates are expected to end on Feb. 1.

Staff photo by Jay Westcott

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Editor’s note: A press release from the company previously misstated a location was planned at Reston Station.

Australian fitness company F45 Training will open a location in Reston Town Center, according to a company news release.

F45 Training plans to open at 11840 Freedom Drive in Reston Town Center by May this year.

Here’s more from the company about the expansion in Reston:

The rapid growth of F45 Training indicates that F45 is filling the gap left in the fitness industry by traditional gyms, where members commit to a cheap membership fee to work out individually, but pay for high-cost personal training sessions.

“We are very excited to have F45 Training as a part of Reston,” says Tariq Mojadidi, Studio Manager of F45 Reston Town Center and F45 Reston Station. “What we will bring to the Reston community is very unique and unlike anything else that is offered in terms of boutique fitness. F45 offers a unique concept, where personal training is offered in a group team environment, and trainers will work with you to correct your form, prevent injuries and offer nutritional support. The concept is a perfect fit for the Reston community.”

F45 Training combines elements of three separate cutting-edge fitness training styles: High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training. The blend of these three training concepts offers a variety of different 45 minute workout experiences, keeping F45 members challenged, eager to grow and set to have fun. This combination of cardiovascular, strength and resistance training has been proven to be most effective in burning fat and building lean muscle.

The business will begin offering limited memberships on March 1. Membership reservations — which include discounted month-to-month rates — are available online.

F45 also plans to open a location in South Riding in April.

Photo courtesy F45/Facebook

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A new fitness center devoted to children’s health is setting its eyes for a location in Reston.

My Gym, which offers programs that help children six weeks through 10 years of age to develop physically, plans to open in Reston within the next year, according to the owner of the company’s Vienna location.

The business, which has locations in more than 30 countries, celebrated its grand opening this week. It has another location in Tysons and also plans to expand to Ashburn.

Here’s more from the company:

Our programs focus on growth in all three categories because we view each step of development in these areas as an essential “building block” toward becoming a happy, healthy, well-adjusted human being.

My Gym Vienna owner Guillermo Herboza said a location has not been finalized yet in Reston.

Photo via My Gym Vienna/Facebook

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A fallen tree from Tuesday’s storms has prompted the closure of several studios at Onelife Fitness in Reston.

The fitness center’s mind body studio, kidz klub, pilates studio, mind body studio and the women’s locker are closed until further notice.

All group classes that are held in the mind body and main group fitness studios are cancelled as well.

We apologize for the inconvenience and Reston Onelife Fitness members will have access to all other Onelife or Sport & Health clubs until the studios, Kidz Klub, and Women’s Locker Room reopen,” the business wrote on Facebook.

Other damage from the storm was also reported at South Lakes Drive near the U.S. Geological Survey building.

Onelife Fitness is located at 11445 Isaac Newton Square.

Photo via @codesurfer_/Twitter

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Locals looking to diversity their workout options will soon be able to do so at Plaza America, which welcomes a new fitness business this month.

UFC Gym plans to open on August 19 at 11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 40, a company representative told Reston Now.

The business, which joins Gold’s Gym around the corner, has 70 locations across the country.

The newest location in Reston will offer a mix of mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing glasses for individuals and groups.

UFC Gym is also located at Woodland Park Crossing at 12971 Highland Crossing Drive, Suite 6.

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Locals getting or staying in shape can expect new work out options like jiu-jitsu and boxing at Plaza America.

UFC Gym recently signed a lease for a 4,834 square-foot space at 11710 Plaza America Drive, Suite 40.

The fitness franchise has more than 70 locations spanning the country, along with a handful in Canada. The gyms offer a range of mixed martial arts, Brazilian jiu-jitsu and boxing classes for individuals and groups, along with standard gym equipment like ellipticals, bikes and treadmills.

Currently, there is a UFC Gym in Woodland Park Crossing at 12973 Highland Crossing Drive, Suite C.

Photos via UFC Gym Reston Herndon/Facebook

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Updated at 2:05 p.m. — The owner confirmed that the store is closing today.

Less than a month after the Koko FitClub closed in the North Point Village Center, the Herndon location is set to close as well.

“We are closing this location as we have another place in Herndon but waiting on permission and buildout, but our landlord did not agree for a short term lease,” Kavitha Reddy, the owner and managing director for the Herndon location, told Reston Now in an email.

Reddy said that the spot at 2537 John Milton Drive in the Fox Mill Shopping Center will close by the end of today (Jan. 25). 

“[We are] hoping to start back in April [or] May as so many members shared their story on how Koko helped improve their health,” Reddy wrote, adding that the new location is slated to be along Sunset Park Drive. “We want to give something back to the community.”

Back in December, Koko FitClub closed at 1424 North Point Village Center. The owner of that location declined to say why the Reston spot shuttered. 

The “digital gym” offers a three-step Koko Smartraining System, individualized coaching, personalized nutrition, 30-minute strength conditioning and 15-minute HIIT cardio training.

More than 60 locations span 20 states and Canada. The Herndon and Reston closures will leave Koko FitClub without any locations in Virginia.

Image via Google Maps

This story has been updated

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(Updated at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 30) Koko FitClub closed its doors in North Point Village Center last week.

The fitness club closed at 1424 North Point Village Center last Friday (Dec. 21), Owner Cheryl Butz told Reston Now. She declined to say what prompted the closure.

The club underwent renovations in 2017.

Koko FitClub has more than 60 locations spanning 21 states and Canada.

The “digital gym” offers a three-step Koko Smartraining System, individualized coaching, personalized nutrition, 30-minute strength conditioning and 15-minute HIIT cardio training.

Image via Google Maps

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Big plans are in the works to expand Solidcore, a DC-based fitness chain. Founder and CEO Anne Mahlum hopes to open 125 studios by 2022 and Reston is one location on the list.

The fitness company offers pilates classes, a boot camp for full-body workouts and other classes. It has locations throughout the country, including Arlington, Ashburn, Tysons Corner and the Mosaic District in Virginia.

Robin Diamond, a spokesperson for the company, told Reston Now that a location is planned for 12100 Sunset Hills Boulevard, JBG Smith’s RTC West Development. Thus far, several new restaurants have opened in the mixed-use development.

Diamond said Solidcore is likely to open sometime early next year. The studio will have 13 “sweatlanas,” a machine used for workouts.

An exact opening date has not been determined.

Photo via Solidcore

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Tuesday Morning Notes

What you should know before heading to the polls — View your sample ballot online, which includes a public safety bond referendum and two state constitutional amendments. Voters should bring their photo identification and plan ahead, as poll locations will be very busy during peak commuter hours. [Fairfax County Government]

Solidcore is coming to Reston — The DC-based fitness chain, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary, is opening 125 studios by 2022 and one of them will be located in Reston. [Washingtonian]

Reston Town Center Farmers Market canceled today — Due to inclement weather, the second-to-last farmers market in Reston Town Center has been canceled. Next week is the last day to take advantage of the market, which began this fall. [Reston Town Center]

Flickr pool photo by vantagehill

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Orangetheory Fitness is one of the newest fitness crazes around the nation, and now it’s coming to Reston.

The new location is will be at 11410 Reston Station Blvd., at the Aperture building near the Wiehle-Reston East station. It is scheduled for a September opening, said Maggie Parker, spokesperson for Reston Station developer Comstock Properties.

“They have a kiosk on the [Wiehle-Reston East Metro] plaza and they’re recruiting members,” Parker said.

The Aperture building is being developed by the Bozzuto Group.

The fitness studio offers 60-minute workout classes that operate in the format of a group-personal training. The classes combine 10- to 30-minute intervals of running and weight training that add up to an hour of constant exercise.

According to its website, “Orangetheory’s heart rate monitored training is designed to maintain a target zone that stimulates metabolism and increases energy.”

There is a sign-up for an email newsletter available on the Reston location’s website.

Membership options include a basic package for four classes a month, an elite package with eight classes a month and an unlimited package. For more information on pricing, call 703-822-5272.

The Florida-based chain has hundreds of locations nationwide, including many in the area.

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Reston has a new entry in its growing list of fitness options. CrossFit North Reston opened at 11503 Sunset Hills Rd. last month, and the Plaza America-area facility already has enthusiastic members.

CrossFit is a back-to-basics strength and fitness program that combines weightlifting and high-intensity interval training into a constantly changing hour-long “Workout of the Day (WOD).”

The program was founded in 2000, and today there are more than 10,000 gyms, or “boxes” as they are called in CrossFit-speak, nationwide.

Two of the local boxes are owned by Todd and Melissa Katz and additional partners. Todd Katz, a marathon runner, began doing CrossFit in 2008, and soon was teaching workouts from his garage. After Melissa, a lawyer, became hooked on CrossFit too, they opened up Hammer Down CrossFit in Chantilly in 2009.

They opened CrossFit North Reston in June because this area was lacking CrossFit options, even though there has been a CrossFit Reston (located at 310 Victory Dr. in Herndon) for several years, Todd Katz said.

The Katzes says CrossFit is appealing to people of all fitness levels and ages for many reasons. There is the camaraderie they get from group exercise. Participants say they like the coaching and the ability to challenge oneself but still go at their own pace. CrossFit also includes a Paleo Diet nutritional component, which one CrossFit North Reston member says was life-changing.

Crystal Armes, 35, of Oakton has lost about 60 lbs. in the year since she began CrossFit, first at Hammer Down and now at North Reston as well.

“I lost about 15 lbs. at first, and then when I added Paleo I lost the rest in about three months,” said Armes, a former Division I college athlete who is at the box five to seven times a week now.

Cheryl Lawson of Herndon, has been doing CrossFit about four years. She says she was in “so-so” shape when she started, but the group workouts and the ever-changing WOD have kept her interested and motivated.

The 56-year-old Lawson can now power clean lift 115 lbs. — almost as much as her body weight.

CrossFit North Reston is open daily. For class times and open workout times, visit CrossfitNorthReston.com or call 757-774-8983. Rates start at $139 a month for three classes a week. 

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