Lifetime Fitness Gets Special Zoning Permit

Health club was seeking approval from Fairfax County zoning in order to build facility in Reston.

Update: The application for Lifetime Fitness' special zoning permit was approved by the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals.

It is the first of many steps necessary at the county level in order to build and open a club in Reston.

Original Story: Lifetime Fitness, the chain of health clubs with 91 locations, has filed an application with the Fairfax County Board of Zoning Appeals to permit a health club to be built at the terminus of Business Center Drive on Reston.

The board of zoning appeals will discuss the matter at its meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 7.

The 11-acre site is located off of Sunset Hills Road near the The land is currently zoned I-3 and I-4, for industrial use.

Lifetime has three locations in Virginia, including one in Centreville and Fairfax. The branch proposed for Reston would have indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor rock climbing wall, an indoor basketball court, as well as weights, cardio equipment and classrooms.

Obtaining zoing approval would be the first in a series of steps to gain clearance to build the club. Lifetime Fitness clubs average more than 100,000 square feet, which is many times larger than a typical health club such as

Check out this map of the amenities in a recently opened Colorado location. 

Janet Cochran December 09, 2011 at 03:20 AM
I've visited the fabulous Lifetime Fitness in Cary, NC. If price beats the Y, I'd switch. However, I agree I'd rather have a bowling alley instead of yet another heath club. I used to belong to Health & Fitness & prefer the Y.
Angela December 10, 2011 at 01:51 PM
Lifetime has month to month plans, the Y and Sport and Health do not. Since I move in and out of Reston every 2-4 years, I don't want to be locked into a contract. Lifetime would get my business!
Salena Jo Day December 12, 2011 at 01:44 PM
We have been making the commute to the Loudoun County Lifetime rather than the dark and dated Reston Sport and Health or the loud and chaotic YMCA. Would love to see a Lifetime in Reston.
Chris Purcell December 14, 2011 at 10:43 PM
I look forward to an indoor pool in Reston where our swimmers can train year-round.
Julie J December 14, 2011 at 11:49 PM
Gee, maybe they'll put indoor tennis courts since there's such pent up demand!! They'll have people knocking down the doors, if you listen to RA! (Sorry, couldn't resist the sarcasm. But it's actually a somewhat serious question. If there are so many who want it, surely some private enterprise should be willing to build it and reap the profits!)
TBC December 15, 2011 at 12:04 PM
Reston Sport and Health is now in the process of renovations. Dark and outdated... we are working on it. We have excellent instructors and trainers even if we are not flashy. I am sad that Lifetime will be competing with Worldgate but I know Reston S&H is less expensive and we have quality instruction.
Colleen Wolak December 15, 2011 at 12:29 PM
Hi Angela - I'll put out the disclaimer that I work for Sport&Health, but we do have month-to-month options at our clubs. You'll pay a little extra per month, but you won't be locked into a contract.
Sport&Health Clubs December 15, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Hi Salena! We are currently updating our Reston club and hope you'll check us out again at some point! We expect renovations to be complete by mid-January. http://www.sportandhealth.com/contact/freetrialmembership.html
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 01:17 PM
I have been working out at Reston Sport and Health for 15 years. While there is no indoor pool (and I am not a swimmer, so I don't care) I would certainly classify it as "decent."
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 01:19 PM
Also, let's keep this thread on topic. The topic is Lifetime getting the first of many permits in order to build a health club in Reston. The topic is not "let's bash Sport and Health." Thanks.
Steve L December 15, 2011 at 01:34 PM
Limiting the discussion to permits sounds awfully boring. Discussing fitness clubs options of Reston residents seems completely acceptable and on-topic to me so long as it does not cross over into the realm of molevolence. Even in the article you've written, these words exist: "...which is many times larger than a typical health club such as Reston Sport & Health." You'd have to remove this from the article to stand up against the criticism that you spurred the negative, albeit truthful, remarks against Sport & Health
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 01:42 PM
Huh? Could you elaborate, Bridget? as far as I know there has been no new development in the Hunters Woods area except for the upcoming Dunkin' Donuts. Steve L, good point and I am not trying to limit anything per se, just trying to keep the conversation on track (I am sure you have visited her before and have seen things spin way off). Ultimately, commentors are going to say what they are going to say, I am just trying to keep it from veering into malevolence (not molevolence, which would be a whole other thing).
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Doh! Steve L I got your last response but had to delete it for inadvertent use of profanity. I hear ya, though. :)
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 01:58 PM
true, but i don't know that anyone "threw" those things there. Developers/owners picked those sites for a reason, either they would do well there or there was some need for that service or there was an appropriate vacancy. Do you know if any of those businesses tried to locate in North Reston?
News Hound December 15, 2011 at 02:09 PM
The proposed indoor track is the main draw for me. With few street lights in Reston, it can be dangerous running at night, even with a headlamp ( which I have). BTW why are there so few street lights in Reston? The sidewalks are pitch black at night.
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Bridget - why does it matter at all where the owner of the laundromat lives? I am still not understanding what you are trying to say.
Reston Mom December 15, 2011 at 04:20 PM
Let Lifetime Fitness build indoor or covered tennis courts as a proffer for building a new club! Solves the entire RA indoor tennis controversy and gives everyone another, non-RA-assessment-funded option. Everyone wins!
Debra J. Fidler December 15, 2011 at 05:08 PM
Something new Fitness wise is desperately needed here in Reston. The one's here are old, Fitness First, Sport and Health at Issac Newton and have rundown equipment and look's well don't get me started. I've visited the one in Sterling, just a lot inconvenient and is hard to find. This one will bring jobs amongst other new and exciting things. Are they starting to build yet?
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Debra. They are just in the permit process. A long way from starting to build.
Richard Holmquist December 15, 2011 at 06:50 PM
I quit the Worldgate Sport & Health after they told me they wouldn't suspend my contract when I was getting deployed to Iraq. Not going back there. If you're not with us you're against us! I'm currently satisfied with my monthly plan at the Y. Nothing cushy about it, but they have everything one would need and it's not overcrowded. I think the fancy new Lifetime Fitness will offer a nice high-end experience for those who want and can afford it, and for those who don't want to sign up with those communists at Worldgate Sport & Health.
Lauren S December 15, 2011 at 08:23 PM
A 24 hour gym in Reston would be great. It would help alleviate the overcrowded Fitness First. They have upgraded the equipment but in turn have doubled the gym memberships, in an already cramped space. As a member of FF and south Reston resident, I've often wondered when a better gym option would be available to Reston area residents. I personally look forward to a better, less congested gym option that it open longer and has more amenities.
Frank Sogandares December 15, 2011 at 09:15 PM
are the weights less heavy at a run-down gym? does the cardio eqpt make you breathe less heavy?
John Farrell December 15, 2011 at 09:17 PM
County site plan processing will take a year+. Building permit 90-180 days. 6-12 mos to build. Opening expected in late 2013, early 2014. Since the Special Permit has been approved, there will be no "proffers" beyond the development conditions approved Wednesday. Is this a franchise operation or corporately owned?
Karen Goff December 15, 2011 at 09:29 PM
Corporately owned, I believe.
Sidney K. August 13, 2012 at 04:50 AM
Just found out today that they have broken ground on the new facility. It will be a "Diamond" level club....It will have a spa, cafe, and what the others have but also a fine dining restaurant inside there as well.....I will forewarn that it is not cheap....I saw the pricing and we are talking approx $225 plus per month just to use the Reston club since you cannot use Reston on their basic level membership.
Tiffany Parker September 28, 2012 at 02:05 AM
Yes a Lifetime Fitness in Reston! If you've never been to a Lifetime Fitness...it's pretty awesome. The Loudoun location is huge and very nice. And they are open 24/7!!!! No disrespect to Sport & Health, but I don't see how they'll compete with a Lifetime club.
Michael Sanio October 10, 2012 at 11:34 PM
So they are now breaking ground, has anyone seen the plans, are there indoor tennis courts?
Ryan April 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM
I have trained at and managed both Sport & Health's and Fitness First's. I currently am and will remain a member of Lifetime Fitness as Lifetime is the category of "gym" I am happy to be a part of. The equipment is top notch and incredibly well maintained. The variety of training methods that many folks entertain are well suited regardless of Lifetime location. The service efforts that Lifetime Fitness applies are unparalleled by most health clubs and to offer a little insight, I have visited well over a hundred gyms throughout the nation. LF's exponential growth in the past decade is for a reason. Visit one of the club's on a trial and see for yourself. Reston will be pleased with such a health center. Especially when the family discounts are fantastic and they go out of their way to truly entertain the children!
Daniel Kauffman August 07, 2013 at 05:23 PM
Life Time Athletic's phone number is 571-512-3514.
Bill Stewart March 18, 2014 at 10:50 PM
I think it would make a great addition. I would love s lifetime fitness close to where I am. I think it would also really help motivate me to get into shape. Bill | http://www.rebalanceweightloss.net/about/


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