Fitness Center

Become a fitness member and take advantage of our partner facilities during the renovation.

We’ve been working closely with community partners to ensure you continue to have access to quality fitness options — including a fitness center, pool, and group exercise classes — all within a quick walk of the Edlavitch DCJCC. To learn more, please scroll to the “EDCJCC Membership Renovation FAQs” below, or contact tenah@edcjcc.org.

EDLAVITCH DCJCC MEMBERSHIP FAQS

In general, what about the fitness center will change with the renovation?
Your fitness center and locker rooms are being completely renovated! In addition to all the things you won’t “see,” such as HVAC, plumbing, and electrical upgrades, you can look forward to all new finishes, fixtures, fitness equipment, and lockers. We’ll also be adding a family friendly private changing room with its own shower and restroom.

What options are available to fitness members?

  • VIDA Fitness (1517 15th Street, NW): includes cardio and strength and weight training equipment, group exercise classes, locker rooms with amenities and towel service, sauna and steam rooms, and access to Endless Pools® by reservation.
  • University Club (1135 16th Street, NW): includes access to five-lane indoor lap pool (60’ long, 5’ deep, heated to 84 degrees), locker rooms, a casual cafe at the aquatic facility, and aqua fitness classes for an additional fee.
  • Strength & Stretch Class at Foundry United Methodist Church (1500 16th Street, NW): classes will be offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9:00 AM with a monthly class enrollment fee. Drop-in classes available as space allows.

Can I still join the EDCJCC?
Yes! Please contact Member Services to discuss new membership benefits during renovation.

UPDATED! When are we no longer able to use the JCC gym?
The pool, courts, gymnasium, and group exercise classes will be open with a normal schedule through August 31. The fitness center will be closed on August 30 and 31 to move the equipment. If you have opted-in to use VIDA, you will be able to start there on August 30. If you have not yet opted-in, please contact Member Services to do so.

How do I confirm I’m staying a member during the renovation?
Please fill out this Google Form to confirm your continued membership, or reach out to Tena Howell at TenaH@edcjcc.org. Be sure to let us know which facilities you’d like access to.

How do I get started?

  • VIDA: confirm your continued membership with the EDCJCC by filling out this Google Form or contacting TenaH@edcjcc.org – make sure to note you’ll be accessing Vida. On September 1, simply walk into VIDA with your driver’s license and finalize your waiver.
  • University Club: confirm your continued membership with the EDCJCC by filling out this Google Form or contacting TenaH@edcjcc.org – make sure to note you’ll be accessing University Club. Member Services will issue you a membership status letter that you’ll need to bring, along with your JCC Photo ID, to your first visit.
  • Strength & Stretch: Class enrollment is now available online. The monthly enrollment fee is $40. Drop in classes will be offered as space allows at a fee of $7/class.
What is the membership cost during the renovation?
  • All monthly memberships will cost $85 + tax per adult per month beginning with September billing. Billing will continue to go through the EDCJCC Membership office.
  • Memberships paid in advance will renew at the monthly price above at the end of the current term.
  • Membership dues include both VIDA Fitness Center and The University Club lap pool.

Will I be able to meet with my EDCJCC Personal Trainer at VIDA?

  • Many of our trainers work with VIDA Fitness, or at other locations close by. We recommend speaking with your trainer about their plans, then following up with Tena Howell in Membership to find the best fit.
  • VIDA does offer personal training on-site. For more information about working with a current VIDA trainer, contact Catherine Doyle, VIDA PT Manager, at cdoyle@vidafitness.com.

Will Vida or University Club allow me a one-day pass before making a decision?
Both locations offer a tour. Memberships are month-to-month with a one month notice to cancel, so give it a try for the first month! VIDA offers tours between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM. University Club offers tours by appointment – to make a reservation, email athletic@universityclub.com.

If I try continuing with VIDA/University Club for a month or two and it’s not working for me, are you saying that I can cancel my EDCJCC membership with no penalty as long as I give 30 days’ notice?
That’s correct. We ask for one month notice to cancel, and there is no cancellation fee.

Is there an expected rate increases once everything is back open?

We’re still exploring the details of what equipment, programs, and amenities we’ll be offering when we reopen, which will help us determine rates moving forward. As soon as we know, we’ll post an update.

If I stop my membership and come back when the renovation is finished, will we be grandfathered back in to what our rate was before?
Once we’ve set rates moving forward we will reach out to all of our past members with updates specific to their previous membership packages.

What will happen to the children’s classes and private swim?

  • All children’s aquatics classes and private lessons will be paused during the renovation.
  • There will be limited offerings of Parenting Center classes for children and parents during the renovation. You can find Fall 2018 schedule information here or by contacting Miriam Szubin at MiriamS@edcjcc.org.

What will happen to current EDCJCC group exercise classes (body pump, yoga, etc.)?

Will I be able to use squash courts at University Club?

  • EDCJCC Members will only have access to the aquatics center at the University Club

For current fitness members only:

  • University Club (1135 16th Street, NW): includes access to five-lane indoor lap pool (60’ long, 5’ deep, heated to 84 degrees), locker rooms, a casual cafe at the aquatic facility, and aqua fitness classes for an additional fee.


What are the guest pass policies?

  • VIDA: Members receive two free anytime/anyone guest passes, plus once monthly free guest days as part of a member appreciation day. You can also provide references for up to five guests who will each be offered a one-week trial.
  • University Club: EDCJCC Members cannot bring guests to the University Club pool.