Sports, Fitness, & Aquatics
Programs in the Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Department meet the needs of individuals of all ages and levels of ability. Click below to learn more.
The Sports, Fitness & Aquatics Department is partially underwritten by the following funds:
SFA Fund, Stephen Reich Endowment Fund, Goulde-Kamen Endowment Fund
The focus of the Sports, Fitness and Aquatics (SFA) Department can be seen in the array of interactive fitness and physical educational programs offered for people of all ages (preschool-age to adult). The department creates opportunities for individuals to get healthy and fit, meet and make new friends, and encourage and support individuals to begin and/or continue their fitness journeys. The SFA department offers a wide-variety of health and wellness opportunities including a lifestyle and weight management program, women’s basketball league, youth leagues, cycling and running clubs, group exercise classes, personal training, swim teams, and senior strength training.
The SFA facilities are open seven days per week, for a total of 104 hours. On a weekly basis, the department offers more than 40 group exercise classes, more than 40 personal training sessions, 4 preschool sports classes, 12 preschool swim classes, more than 30 private swim lessons, 15 swim team practices, and 3 master swim practices.
In 2012, the JCCNV Sports and Fitness Department received a top rating for a quality health club from the Washington Consumers' Checkbook Magazine. Click here to learn more.
Percent of customers rating firm superior for:
- Overall value for your money 85%
- Quality/maintenance of facilities and equipment 90%
- Cleanliness 90%
- Adequacy of facilities/equipment for demand 65%
- Quality of instruction 100% (no other club received 100% in this category)
- Availability of organized group activities 93%
- Friendliness 95%
- Providing what the sales staff promised 94%
What Makes the JCCNV So Unique?
Paula Cole, SFA Director
Nowadays, there seems to be a health club opening in every shopping center. As the Director of the JCCNV Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics Department, I often find myself wondering what key factors play a role in a person’s decision to join a health club — and whether or not our Center currently meets those criteria.
If amenities and convenience are a deciding factor, the JCCNV’s Fitness Center operates seven days per week, for a total of 104 hours. We provide free childcare services for our members and charge a nominal fee for nonmembers. The Center is home to a regulationsize gymnasium, a 25-meter, heated, indoor pool, a fitness center stocked with cardio equipment (most with attached video monitors),weight-training machines, free weights, and floor-to-ceiling mirrors to help members maintain proper form to prevent injury and maximize results. We also offer locker rooms with showers, hair-dryers, sinks, bathroom stalls, and lockers for member-use, and a family changing room with a shower and restroom facility.
If personal training and group exercise classes are at the top of your list, the JCCNV offers sports, fitness, and aquatics classes for all ages — from preschool-aged children to active adults. We offer personal training and more than 40 group exercise classes every week. We strive to keep our members engaged and motivated through individual and group fitness challenges such as the Golden Gladiator Games for adults 65+, the Indoor Rowing Championships — going on its 9th year, and the Big Shlep Walk/Run-A-Thon — going on its 5th year!
To prevent workout routines from getting stale, we offer special interest clubs such as our Cycling Club, which meets at least twice a year for rides 30+ miles long around Northern Virginia. But what if you desire more? In addition to providing sports, fitness, and aquatics classes and challenges, the SFA department also offers monthly lifestyle and wellness programming designed to engage, educate and motivate members to adopt healthier lifestyles both inside and outside of the Center. Each month features a different program, event, or publication that helps bring awareness to current health topics that may affect a person’s social, emotional, occupational, physical, intellectual, environmental or spiritual wellness.
Outside of the SFA Department, members come together to enjoy the many classes, programs, and events that the JCCNV has to offer on a daily basis. From cultural arts programs to social action projects; family programs to social clubs; and infant, toddler, preschool, school-age, teen, and adult educational programs, the Center staff is here to help fully engage the whole you — mind, body, and soul.
So what makes the JCC of Northern Virginia stand out from the numerous health and fitness clubs in our area? For many of our members, the JCCNV is not just a health and fitness club, but a way of life. Our Center serves as a place to come challenge your mind as well as your body. Two of the 10 Commandments of Physical Education and Judaism are Unity and Responsibility. Here at the Center, you’ll forge new friendships with fellow members and Center staff, and support one another in our ongoing responsibility, and mitzvah, of taking care of ourselves and each other.
JCCNV G.I.R.L.S. Wellness Program
Giving Back. Independence. Ruach (spirit). Leadership. Strength.
With a generous grant from the Arbonne Charitable Foundation, this past March the JCCNV SFA Department launched a brand new pilot program developed to inspire, educate, and encourage life-long healthy habits, positive thinking, and character building for girls in grades 4–6 in our community. During the 10-week program, participants in the G.I.R.L.S. Wellness Program took part in group exercise classes, self-esteem building activities, guest speakers from the local community, and tikkun olam (repairing the world) through a social action project. The grant also allowed the SFA Department to offer this program free for all participants. The program was a huge success as 17 girls from all over Northern Virginia participated!