5 Best Options for Gyms in Bethesda, MD

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When it comes to places to live, Bethesda, MD, is a pretty cool option. A mere seven miles from Washington D.C., Bethesda has a reputation for being both beautiful and one of the more unique places in the area. A large number of the residents are members of the military, employed in the medical community, or work in D.C., but all enjoy outstanding educational choices, family-friendly neighborhoods, and short commutes. 

If you enjoy working out, you’ll love how many high-quality options there are for gyms that are both reasonably priced and close to your home. This guide will help you find the perfect spot to accommodate everything you like to do to stay active.

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Tips to Help you Choose the Best Gym in Bethesda

If you have spent any time in a gym, you know not all are created equal. Some are better than others, but you owe it to yourself to find a setup that will suit your needs. You want to make a good choice when you purchase a membership, after all, and that means you want to join a place you’ll feel comfortable while getting into the best shape of your life.

There are a few things you should keep in mind while you’re looking for a new gym in Bethesda.

  • Location matters.

Let’s face it: The easier it is for you to get to your gym, the more diligent you’ll be about working out regularly. Take a look at your schedule and decide what time of the day you want to work out. Based on this information, you can decide if you should select a gym that’s close to your home, your place of work, or the school where you pick up your kids. 

  • The average demographic of the membership is important.

You want to work out with people you can relate to. Not only will they help motivate you, but some of the members will likely also become your friends. If possible, choose a gym that features a membership that’s close to you in age, gender, and interests.

  • Check the hours of availability.

You already know the time of the day you prefer working out, so make sure your gym will be open during those periods. You should also find out how busy the gym is during that time frame. You don’t want them to be so busy that you constantly have to stop your workout because you’re waiting for a piece of equipment to become available.

  • Do they offer the types of services you desire?

There’s no point in joining a gym if it doesn’t offer the things you enjoy. Find out if it has personal trainers, group classes, and specific pieces of equipment. You should only join if you’re excited about the type of things they can bring to your daily workout routine.

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The Best Gyms in Bethesda, MD

Are you looking for a new gym in Bethesda? Here is a look at some of the best in the area, including what they offer in terms of workouts, classes, machines, and more.

F45 Training Bethesda

You can’t go wrong with F45 Training in Bethesda. This gym focuses on functional training for both men and women. The idea of the workout is overall body fitness which the gym helps you achieve with a mixture of circuit training and HIIT-Style workouts. During your time there, you’ll sweat, feel your heart rate soar, and notice your entire body tone up. Since this particular fitness program features different workout routines for each day, it’s the perfect choice for individuals who grow bored when they do the same old workout from one day to the next.

F45 caters to clients of all fitness levels. In an attempt to provide services for everyone, they currently offer in-person classes and have also created some wonderful virtual programs.

Club Pilates

If you prefer Pilates and yoga over cross-fitness training, check out Bethesda’s Club Pilates. This gym features a soothing environment, several skilled personal trainers, and a wide assortment of classes that will help you reach the fitness levels and look you crave. Some of the group classes you can take as a Club Pilates member include:

  • Control
  • Cardio Sculpt
  • Center + Balance
  • F.I.T.

In addition to the fitness classes, you can also enjoy a Pilates massage.

Next Phase

If getting stronger is the ultimate goal of your workout routine, Next Phase might be the perfect place for you. The gym focuses on building strength through a group fitness program that has four different modules, and is great for the driven person who wants a quick and effective workout. Next Phase doesn’t just want to make you stronger and healthier, but is also on a mission to spread happiness and offers virtual training, personal training, and corporate wellness programs.


Do you have a difficult time motivating yourself? If so, consider Equinox. Every staff member at this gym takes a personal interest in your physical health, and the facility offers more than just workout classes and top-tier equipment. As a member, you’ll enjoy unlimited group fitness classes plus access to the gym’s Variis by Equinox app — which provides on-demand classes as well as access to the popular workout routines created by other leading brands, virtual yoga sessions, virtual discussions with experts, and even daily nutritional advice.

CrossFit Hard

Is it time for you to tackle cross-training? CrossFit Hard is a great place to start. It doesn’t just offer private and group training, but also works hard to create a sense of community that improves the quality of their clients’ workouts. Many members who have joined this gym have made life-long friends out of their workout buddies. Every single instructor at CrossFit hard is committed to keeping the facility an ego-free training gym where clients can feel both safe and confident.

If you need a new Bethesda address as well as a new gym, contact Nomadic Real Estate today!  We can help you rent, buy, sell, or manage a property in in Bethesda, and the rest of the Metro D.C. area. When you touch base with us, you’ll be working with a local real estate expert who will help you find the perfect new home — plus answer all your questions about what makes life in Bethesda so great. 

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Your portal includes a selection of extremely useful reports. Reports are available in the “Reports” section, and are distinct from the financial statements. Unlike financial statements which are static records, Reports are dynamic real-time records that will update with current data every time you view them. 

Scroll down to learn more about Reports:

Navigate to the "Reports" module in your portal:

Owner Portal Reports
  • Keep in mind, these reports are dynamic records. They will refresh to display current information every time you view them. 

Enhanced Rent Roll Report:

Enhanced Rent Roll Report
  • The Enhanced Rent Roll Report will show the rent amount, last payment date, move-in date, lease expiration date, and security deposit amount for each of your tenants. 
  • It will also show a portfolio summary with occupancy percentage, vacancy loss, and more!

Unit Comparison Report:

Unit Comparison Report
  • If you own multiple units (or buildings) with Nomadic, you’ll get access to the Unit Comparison Report. 
  • This report enables you to quickly compare financial performance between your units at a glance without toggling between individual reports. 

Income Statement Month-Over-Month:

Income Statement by Month Report
  • The Income Statement Detail – Monthly Report serves as a month-over-month record of portfolio performance. You’ll see itemized income and expense categories and can track monthly. This report will update with fresh data every time you view it. 

Financial Statements

Financial statements will be published to your portal on a monthly basis. The statements are found in your Documents library, and provide a historical record of all financial performance. The statements serve as a snapshot of financial performance over a given period, and are static documents (unlike Reports, the statements do not update/change in real-time). 

Scroll down for more info about the Financial Statements in your Documents library:

The Documents area contains monthly financial statements:

Owner Portal Documents
  • The statements in the Documents are are static documents. They are posted to the portal once a month to serve as a historical record of financial performance. 

Download a statement to see month and YTD financials:

Owner Portal Property Statement

You'll also find a month-over-month operating statement:

Month over Month Statement

Portal Communication Tool

You can use your owner portal to communicate with our team. Any messages you send through the portal will go straight to your Account Manager. When we reply, you’ll get an email notification and you’ll also see the message in your portal next time you log in. 

Here’s an overview of using the communication platform:

Click "Communications" and navigate to "Conversations":

Commincation Dashboard Screenshot
  • The communications module will contain a record of all messages that you create through the portal. 

Click the "New Message" button and send your message:

Owner Portal New Message Screenshot

Responses will show up in the conversation ticket:

Portal Conversation Response Screenshot
  • You’ll get an email notification whenever you get a response, and you’ll also see the message in your portal next time you log in. 

You can reply in-line using the comment box:

Owner Portal Comment

Each conversation will be logged in its entirety:

Portal Conversation Snapshot

Understanding the Ledger

Your portal includes a ledger with all transactions. The ledger is populated with data in real-time as transactions flow through our accounting software. Much of this information is also available in the Reports area, as well as the Statements in your Documents library, but the ledger is the most comprehensive resource for diving into the details. 

Please scroll through the sections below to get a better understanding of how to interpret the ledger. 

By default, transactions are sorted chronologically:

Owner Ledger Dates
  • The date reflected in the lefthand column is the actual transaction date, not the “bill date”. This is the date the transaction was actually processed. 

If you have multiple properties with Nomadic, you'll see the address for each transaction in the "Location" column:

Ledger Property Column
  • You can filter the ledger to look at just one property, all properties, or specific sets of properties. 
  • If you only have one property with us, you’ll just see the ledger for that property. 

The Description column displays the transaction type:

Owner Ledger Description Column
  • BILL: this is an expense transaction, such as for repair costs or management fees.
  • CHARGE: this is a transaction  billed to the tenant, most typically a rent payment. 
  • NACHA EXPORT: this is a credit we processed to your distribution account. This type of transaction is how you get paid! 

The Amount column shows the dollar value of each transaction:

Owner Ledger Amount Column
  • Positive Amounts: if an amount is positive, it reflects a transaction that is payable to you. Typically, this will be a rent payment that we collected from your tenants. On occasion, a positive number could also signify a journal entry or credit adjustment. 
  • Negative Amounts:  if an amount is negative, this is a transaction that is either payable to Nomadic or is an amount that has already been paid to you. Typically this will be for repair costs or management/leasing fees. Owner draws (net distributions into your checking/savings account) also reflect as negative amounts, since they have already been paid to you. 

The Account Balance column shows a sum of positive/negative transactions at a given point in time:

Owner Ledger Account Balance Column
  • Account Balance should always equal zero after a net distribution has been processed. When the balance is zero, this means that all expenses have been paid and you’ve received the remainder as net operating income, leaving a balance of zero (meaning: no one is due any money, as all funds have been distributed appropriately). 

Navigating the Propertyware Owner Portal

Your portal includes some extremely useful features that help you understand your property’s financial performance at a new level, with real-time transparency into every transaction.

Scroll through the snapshots below for an overview of portal navigation! If you need more help or have specific questions about using the portal, you can reach out to your Account Manager any time for a screen share. 

You can filter all info by date range or property:

PW Portal Filters

View a snapshot of income and expenses on your dashboard:

PW Owner Dashboard View

See every transaction in real-time on your ledger:

Owner Portal Ledger View

Statements and forms will be posted to your documents library:

Owner Portal Document Library

View a suite of real-time financial reports:

Portal Reports View

See a running list of all bills, and drill down for more detail:

Owner Portal Bills View

Under Bill Details, you'll find dates/descriptions/amounts and more:

Portal Bill Details

You can also communicate with your Account Manager through the portal:

Owner Portal Communication Tools

How do net distributions work?

Net distributions keep your accounting clean and simple. Each month we’ll collect rent from the tenants, deduct any repair expenses for the previous month and any management/leasing fees for the current month, and credit the remaining net operating income to your account. 

Net Distribution

You’ll receive a statement via email each time a net distribution is processed, and can view all transaction details in your Propertyware owner portal.