After one month in business at its new spot at 12100 Sunset Hills Blvd, Krystal Capasso, the studio manager for the Reston location, shared some details with Reston Now on how the pilates-focused fitness chain is faring in Reston.
Before coming to Solidcore, Capasso worked at pilates and barre studios in Arlington and Ashburn. She also served in the Marines for several years.
Reston Now: How has it been going since opening?
Krystal Capasso: We’ve had a lot of people come in. It’s a cool mix of people.
RN: Do you know why the Reston location was chosen?
KC: Not really, but I can tell you we are right next to Reston Town Center and then there are also some businesses right nearby.
RN: What is your customer base like at Reston?
KC: We’ve had a lot of people coming during lunch or right before or after work and also people who live nearby — Reston, Herndon and Fairfax. It’s more of a mix of people who are coming from work or who live in the area. I think we have a fair amount of men and women coming into the studio.
RN: What do you think is the appeal of the Reston location?
KC: The [D.C.-area] people are already familiar with Solidcore. This location may be more convenient for them than other studios in Northern Virginia — filing gaps between studios. I think also generally as a workout, the cool thing about Solidcore — it’s a workout that they can use as their primary workout, but it’s also a really good complimentary workout to something else that people are doing. It’s a good way to reach other people, people who are already fit and have a routine in place but want some diversity and change.
RN: Generally, do people who go to studios to work out stick to the same spot or do they frequent multiple ones?
KC: Usually, people come to a studio and stay there and only go to those studios. I think a unique thing about Solidcore is we do have people who do that exclusively, but then people who will use Solidcore as another thing to do to supplement their workouts.
RN: What do you enjoy the most about Solidcore?
KC: When I come into this studio and take a Solidcore class, I am always challenged. It doesn’t get easier. You are always going to get stronger.
RN: What do you think makes people return for more classes?
KC: The community keeps people coming back. We try to get people excited about working out together. It’s a really team-oriented environment.
For people who might be hesitant about trying out Solidcore, Capasso said at the end of the interview that there is a beginner’s class that moves at a slower pace to allow coaches to give more instructions and to demo moves before class starts so that people can feel more comfortable.
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Spring is less than two weeks away, and the change in seasons will also coincides with some new nail salons, fitness studios and restaurants at Reston Town Center and RTC West.
A fine-dining Indian restaurant, a brunch place and a nail salon are expected to arrive soon at RTC West.
Signs say that Infinity Spa and Nails is “coming soon” to 12120 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 105.
Over at Reston Town Center, several of the announced newcomers have told Reston Now when they plan to open their doors.
Peet’s Coffee will hold a pre-opening party on Saturday (March 9) ahead of its official debut next week at 11830 Freedom Drive. While Peet’s throws its party, fitness studio Solidcore is slated to open its doors for the first time.
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News of the Reston location first appeared in late January when it was named as one of the six anticipated newcomers for Reston Town Center. The address has not been announced yet.
DC Row’s General Manager Brittany Brunch told Reston Now earlier this month that the Reston location will offer similar classes to the ones currently at the D.C. location (790 Maine Avenue SW). Reston’s DC Row will cater to specialized groups, including happy hour events for corporations and more time slots during the day for moms.
Locals can expect a pop-up near Reston Town Center before the grand opening, which has not been announced.
D.C.-based fitness chain Solidcore plans to open its doors in about three weeks at RTC West.
Solidcore plans to open its Reston studio at 12100 Sunset Hills Blvd on March 9, according to an email yesterday (Feb. 14) to potential customers.
The opening is part of a larger expansion of Solidcore, with more than a dozen new locations slated to open in the next year, along with ones in Arlington and D.C.
Started in D.C. in 2013, Solidcore offers pilates classes, along with a boot camp for full-body workouts. The fitness chain has more than 40 locations across the country, including nearby ones in Tysons Corner and the Mosaic District.
The schedule for the grand opening is set to get posted on Feb. 25.
Photo via Solidcore
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