Fitness First inspires our members to acheive their fitness goals. Over 22 years, Fitness First grew to 18 locations throughout MD/DC/VA and became the largest privately-run chain in the metro area.

Recently, Fitness First sold 17 of its locations, but opted to maintain its upscale, trendy Bethesda facility.

With Fitness First focusing its experience and success on one club, you will never find a better-run, lower-price, higher-quality, friendlier fitness club than Fitness First Bethesda.

Our club is trendy, yet down-to-earth, and spaciously designed to facilitate an enjoyable and productive exercise regimen. We pride ourselves in having the latest fitness equipment as well as group exercise, cycling, Pilates, yoga, and more. All classes offered at Fitness First are included in your membership.

We also offer childcare in our club, so bring your kids and take comfort in the fact that our professional staff will take care of your children while you enjoy your work out.

Our professional PT Department boasts the area's top Personal Trainers at the most competitive rates, and they are compensated extra by getting you results.

Fitness First is committed to building upon its position as a leader in the fitness service industry. Fitness First inspires our members to achieve their fitness goals with the finest fitness equipment, knowledgeable instructors and a safe, fun and friendly atmosphere.

At Fitness First, you'll feel welcome, and you will see results.

"Best of Bethesda"

Best Place for Zumba, Bethesda Magazine


Fitness First Bethesda, MD

President and CEO

Peter Harvey, a native Bostonian, managed health clubs in the late 1970's in Massachusetts, Virginia and the Carolinas for European Health Spas, a forerunner in the industry.

The difference between then and now, says Harvey, "Is that it used to be, 'Why should I join a club?' Now it's, 'Which one should I join?'

Harvey operated 19 Fitness First locations in the metro area and recently decided to downsize, making its only location in Bethesda arguably the best-run, most experienced fitness club the area has ever seen.

Peter HarveyAsked his formula, Harvey replied, "Service is the key, and the customer is always right. After all, they pay our salaries. Service doesn't only mean showing someone how to do an arm curl, it means taking an interest and asking them about their day. Members must look forward to their workouts. They want a clean facility where the equipment is maintained and upgraded, the staff is knowledgeable as well as friendly, and the membership rates are low. That's who we are."

Harvey goes on to say, "I believe in being accessible, and I am. Email me and I'll prove it!"