The clientele that use the place must have changed. I live two minutes away from the place, and I left after a year to join up at the Washington Sports Club in Fairfax.
A few things turned me off from the place - both in Centreville and the "Executive Club" in Fairfax.
One was the crowded conditions until 11 PM. For someone who has to get up at 5:30 AM and drive an hour to work, starting a work out at 11 PM wasn't going to cut it.
Another annoyance the constant entourages of high school kids and college-age kids that hovered around the benches or the dumbbell racks. I remember one night there were a group of Lithuanian or Russian dudes working out with the token girl just following them around. The girl wasn't working out. All she did was sit next to them working out and watched them for over an hour while talking on her cell phone.
Besides the cell phones, constantly dealing with kids horseplaying in the locker room just annoyed the hell out of me. Several times I would get bumped by a 10-year old who was chasing another 10-year old around or trying to hit them with a towel.
The facility is first-rate, but the place wants to be "family friendly" with the pool, kid activities, rock climbing way, and racquetball courts.
What I like about WSC in Fairfax is that the equipment is in great shape, there is very little wait time, even during peak hours, and the emphasis is on working out. There are some powerlifters that work out there and some that just want to do whatever. That I can handle. Trying to get changed in the locker room while four rugrats are wrestling on the ground or whacking each other with towels, I don't, especially after a day of teaching high school kids and coaching high school kids.
The Worldgate facility is awesome, and so is the one in McLean as well. I've worked out at the one in McLean several times when my brother used to live in McLean and I would come visit up from North Carolina. The McLean facility is almost identical to the Lifetime in C'ville and Fairfax, but I never encountered any of the problems that I did at Lifetime.
However, Lifetime is better than the Gold's Gyms in Fairfax County. That is the only positive I can say about the place.