The landmark Results Gym at 1612 U Street NW will be closing its doors at the end of the month after 15 years at the location. The tale behind the closing has been aired in many regional publications including the City Paper, Washington Post and Washington Business Journal. (See Gym Wars: VIDA Fitness Gets Zoning Approval for U Street.)
In a nutshell, the building where Results is located is owned by David von Storch, a local entrepreneur with his own health club chain, VIDA Fitness. With Results’s lease on the space ending, it was the opportunity for VIDA to take over. Bang Salon, also part of von Storch’s business empire, already occupies part of the ground floor retail space. (He got his start in 1992 with Capitol City Brewing Company, which has three locations.)
What are your gym options in the area? Check out the list at the bottom of this story.
Once Results closes, the building will undergo an impressive $13 million renovation and expansion, and reopen as a VIDA Fitness. In addition to the gym and Bang Salon, an Aura Spa and restaurant will also be part of the complex. All entities are segments of von Storch’s Urban Adventures Companies, Inc. The renovation will also add a 60-foot rooftop pool complex that will be heated by re-captured heat from the HVAC systems.
The History of Results
Results owner Doug Jeffries first started a personal training business in a garage over the basement apartment where he lived on the west side of Dupont Circle. In 1994 he opened Training for Results, located in a townhouse at 1704 R Street NW, to accommodate his growing client list. Jeffries expanded to the U Street location in December 1996, setting up Results in a 25,000 square foot space that was part of the mixed-use historic building that von Storch had redeveloped earlier that year.
Von Storch excercised an option to purchase the building for $5.8 million in 2005. With the end of its lease looming, Results needed a new location. Jeffries, who also owns Stroga in Adams Morgan, told Borderstan that searches over the past few years for suitable locations in the surrounding neighborhood were unsuccessful. Some buildings that were on the list included the building that is now Room & Board at 14th and T Streets NW, the space above the Harris Teeter on Kalorama Road NW and the Central Union Mission building at 14th and R Streets NW.
The space at 1612 U Street has some features almost unheard of in an urban gym — high ceilings, expansive, uninterrupted floor space and large windows. The fitness-conscious joined right away, with membership peaking at 4,300 a few years ago. The E.B. Adams restaurant supply company had occupied the building for decades. At one time the building was home to the H.B. Leary Jr. and Bros. Chrysler dealership. Longtime residents will recall the now demolished car ramp on the east side of the property.
Work at 1612 U Street
Results U Street will remain open through February 28. The Bang Salon remains open until March 15. Two days later, on March 17, the entire building will be vacated as extensive renovations take place; renderings, updates on the construction schedule and a virtual tour of the new flagship VIDA Fitness are available through their Facebook page. VIDA will re-open in phases, with phase I (floors 1-3) and Bang Salon having a target date of May 31, phase II (floor 4) on July 2, the rooftop pool on August 9 and finally the restaurant in spring 2012. von Storch told Borderstan the restaurant will likely be a variation on a restaurant concept he has in the works at 901 9th Street NW, but slightly less formal, with more of a lounge feel.
Current Results members may continue their memberships at the Downtown or Capitol Hill locations. Results members who terminated their membership and joined VIDA Fitness as new members have been given the option to use any one of the three other VIDA Fitness locations for the same rate as their one-location membership. Von Storch is very optimistic of reaching his goal of 1,500 members by opening day in May. They currently have more than 1,200 members with 70% coming from Results. “We are already getting a tremendous response from people who live in the neighborhood but do not currently go to this location for their fitness and wellness needs,” said von Storch.
Full disclosure: The author was a member of Results for over 10 years and recently joined VIDA Fitness.
Other Gym Options in Borderstan
- Results — Downtown and Capitol Hill
- VIDA Fitness — Logan Circle, Verizon Center and Renaissance Hotel (U Street in May 2011)
- FIT — 1633 Q Street NW
- Body Smith — 1622 14th Street NW
- YMCA — 1711 Rhode Island Avenue NW
- Balance Gym — 1111 14th Street NW
- Mint — 1724 California Street NW (intersection of U Street, Florida Avenue and California Street)
- Washington Sports Club — 1835 Connecticut Avenue NW
- DC Jewish Community Center — 1529 16th Street NW
- One World Fitness — 1738 14th Street NW
- Hilton Hotel, Living Well — 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW