High-Intensity Fitness Studio Coming to the Hill

OffRoad Bike, Box and Build Opens in the Late Fall

New high-intensity, “stackable” fitness classes will open up in time for the holiday season in OffRoad Bike, Box and Build at 637 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

The class-based fitness program plans to open its 2,000-square-foot, two-room studio in the late fall or just before the New Year, said OffRoad co-owner Tammar Berger. It’s the program’s second location; the first opened in 2012 at 905 U St. NW.

OffRoad plans to offer the same 30 or 50 minute cycling, boxing and strength training classes as at its U Street location. This includes a metric-based indoor cycling program; a boxing program with heavy bag workouts, jump roping, strength building and defense and footwork drills; and a building program that uses kettle bells, TRX equipment, resistance bands and free weights.

Unlike other fitness programs, Berger said their method focuses on high-intensity full body workouts and encourages clients to “stack” their classes — do a back-to-back cycling and building class to get a cardio and strength workout in, for example.

“[Capitol Hill] is a very active, fit and vibrant community,” Berger said. “That’s exactly who is an OffRoad client.” 

For cyclists, the program uses high-end, performance-based Stages bicycles that track watts, rpms, mph and VismoX software to track and record workouts. Cycling classes are capped at 30 people, building classes at 12 and boxing at 15. The new studio also includes two showers and two changing rooms for clients.

“You can’t get used to [the programs],” Berger said of the intentional mixing up of workouts. “You’re constantly challenging and tricking your muscles.”

Berger and her business partner Tali Wenger settled on Capitol Hill for their second location because of the area’s history in DC. They also work with the DC Triathlon Club and DC Road Runners to offer a space for the members to cross train on off days.

Their classes at OffRoad complement yoga, running, outdoor cycling, Pilates, barre and other fitness classes in the area, she said.

“We don’t see ourselves as a competitor — what we teach is very different from what they teach,” Berger said. “Some people will like our style and some people will like another style.”

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