Editors' Pick

Best Gym for Workout Monsters

CrossFit Bethesda

This spare studio in the basement of a downtown Bethesda building redefines “no frills”: There are no mirrors, no machines and no televisions, only bars, plates, kettlebells and PVC pipes.

Hour-long circuit workouts consist of short bursts of exercises like burpees and kettlebell swings set to music from the likes of Rage Against the Machine.

Members rave about the camaraderie and individual attention from instructors—and the results.

Monthly rates start at roughly $130 for individuals, and vary based on days per week. Initiation fee varies, but can be up to $100.

7920 Norfolk Ave., Bethesda, 301-312-6664, www.crossfitbethesda.com/bethesda