BY MARIBEL PADIAL
Union is a popular destination for “foodies.” It’s the new epicenter of delicious cuisine with over 40 local vendors all located under one roof. The venue looks like a warehouse but inside, it’s a sea of deliciousness. On the outskirts of Union Market sit a number of popup shops and clothing vendors. Then, right next to the parking lot is a complex that looks like your run-of-the mill industrial building.
Honestly, I thought it was an abandoned building. There are virtually no signs of life around the building most days. But, lo and behold, inside may be the best and cheapest bodybuilding gym in DC.
Total Source Fitness is a full-fledged gym that not many people know exists. Over the door or on the building there are no signs. There is only a single banner chained on the fence in the front entrance. No advertisements are placed around the vicinity promoting the venue and I have yet to come across any sort of promotion in the northeast area.
Ask around the gym and all the members say they stumbled into the gym.
When I walked through the front door of the building, I was pleasantly surprised to see how massive the space was and all the equipment that was available.
The gym offers a vast amount of workout equipment, including barbells, dumbbells up to 130 pounds, squat racks, lat-pull down machines, cable pulley systems, bench presses, and more. There is also an area with cardio machines specifically, treadmills, ellipticals, rowers, and bikes. T.S.F also offers personal training classes, but there is an extra fee.
My favorite part is the open mat area that is available. Every time I have visited the gym I do a HIIT workout there because there is so much room for me to do my burpees, lunges, step-ups, abdominal exercises, and more. Thanks to the amount of space, I am able to workout without feeling as if I’m about to careen into other members – a rarity, as many other workout facilities do not offer a large open area for their clients.
Another great thing about TSF is the music. In my opinion, a hard workout is so much more bearable when you have great music in the background that can help motivate you to finish the workout strong. T.S.F. has a large stereo that plays all fast paced, electric house music.
T.S.F is not a swanky gym by any means, but that is what I like most about it. All the other members are very respectful and everyone seems to have a very similar mindset when they are working out there: workout hard and go home. No one really talks to one another or disrupts anyone during their workout. I have been in gyms where people will interrupt me while I’m doing jump squats and it irritates me so much. Not at this gym. No one will bother you, which I greatly appreciate because the hour I cut out to workout is my time and I don’t like being interrupted.
T.S.F is very affordable, especially compared to the other gyms in the Washington, D.C. area. A monthly membership is $40 and there is no contract. If you want to try out the gym, they will grant you a three-day pass. T.S.F also offers a drop in rate for $10, which is the lowest price I have ever seen for drop-ins. At Vida, the drop in fee is $30 and Planet Fitness is $25.
All in all, I think T.S.F is a great facility and you guys should check it out! You may be surprised by how much you like working out there.