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Question for DC/MD Area Lifters


#1

I'm going to be moving down to the Gaithersburg area and, based on the few people I've talked to, SSPT seems to be the gym of choice. I was curious if there any other gyms that compare favorably.

Also, the place I was looking at renting is (according to Google) ~25 minutes away from SSPT. Is this going to be a realistic drive with traffic or should I be looking for a place closer to Rockville?


#2

That SSPT is a bit of a hike. If I recall correctly, there's a Gold's Gym that's a bit farther north. The closer to rush hour you try to go to the gym, the more that will make a difference. The Rockville Pike is total hell.


#3

If google is telling you its 25 minutes, double that and this is the time it will take you to get there on a good day if you are lucky...nobody in maryland can drive, so if its raining out, plan to triple that time....

But the trainers/owners at SSPT are top notch...so worth the drive...if you can afford Rockville, do it...otherwise, plan to fight traffic


#4

Thanks guys! I had a feeling that I'd have to live in the Rockville area to make the commute reasonable.


#5

Rockville is really packed. My parents moved out of Rockville 22 years ago...in 1989....because the traffic was bad then.

Not sure if you're solo or with a family, but maybe hit Craigs List and look to rent out a small apartment in someone's house in Rockville?


#6

Also depending on how far away the gym is from the metro, that could be an option...G-Burg is at the end of the red line, so parking is kind of a pain in the early morning hours since everyone commutes in and takes it from there, but if you're going later in the day you would probably be alright...