Readers' Pick

Life Time Athletic

What makes an athletic club the “Best Gym for People Over 40”? Part of it’s the full selection of cardio machines and strength-training equipment. But what really makes Rockville’s Life Time Athletic stand out are the group exercise classes (ballet body fusion, circuit training, cycle, kickboxing, yoga, Zumba and more).

“They give you a lot of different choices and even different levels within the classes,” says Carol Klein, a member from Bethesda who’s in her 60s. “You can push yourself to do the work at a higher level or you can choose not to—and you’re not frowned upon.”

Little wonder Life Time’s gym classes were also deemed the best in 2012. Another perk: easy, convenient, free parking. Individual memberships start at $110 a month, with a start-up administration fee of $50.

1151 Seven Locks Road, Rockville, 240-314-7022,

Other Top Vote Getters: Equinox, Sport & Health, Fitness First, Washington Sports Club, Pulse Fitness, Bethesda Sport & Health, Rock Creek Sports Club, Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA