Fitness Center


Fitness Center at NSA Bethesda

NOTICE: Effective Monday, March 4, NSA Bethesda's Fitness Center hours will expand for weekday operations. Weekend operations will remain unchanged.

Current Hours:

Monday through Friday:  5AM-7PM

Saturday:  8AM-2PM

Sunday:  Closed

Expanded Hours(Effective March 4):

Monday through Friday:  4:30AM-8:30PM

Saturday:  8AM-2PM

Sunday:  Closed


  • 50 Meter Indoor Pool

  • Gymnasium

  • Locker Rooms

  • Indoor Running Track

  • Cardio Room

  • Weight Room

  • Spinning Bikes

  • Group Fitness Classes

  • Intramural Sports


ELIGIBILITY: Authorized Patrons include Active Duty service members, installation Fire and Security personnel, DoD civilians, dependents, retirees, and contractors. Government-issued ID is required.

USAGE FEES: Current fees for NSAB Contractors: $10/day, $20/week, $50/month. 

CASHLESS: MWR Facilities are cashless. Accepted forms of payments include credit cards, Apple Pay and Google Pay. 

TOWEL SERVICE: Please bring your own towels with you to the Fitness Center. 





Group Fitness Class is FREE for Active Duty Service Members. Class Fees are in effect for non-active duty. $3 per class, $25 for 10 classes, $40 unlimited 30-day pass

Most classes are 50 minutes. Spinning class is 45-50 minutes. Spinning, TBT, and Body Combat classes are FEP approved classes.  



Two new fitness events – the forearm plank and 2,000-meter row – have been incorporated into the Navy Physical Readiness Program, which improve the physical readiness of Sailors in alignment with the Culture of Excellence.

Forearm Plank

The forearm plank will replace curl-ups as the abdominal muscular endurance assessment. The forearm plank is a functional exercise required in 85 percent of shipboard tasks involving pushing, pulling, lifting and carrying. Training for the forearm plank strengthens the core, improves posture and reduces the risk of sustaining lower-back injuries throughout the career of a Sailor.

A video that demonstrates the proper form and testing procedure for the forearm plank is at or

2,000-meter row

A 2,000-meter row on the Concept-2 Rower serves as another alternate cardio option in addition to the 12-minute stationary bike, 500-yard/450-meter swim and 1.5-mile treadmill run.

The 2,000-meter row is a non-weight-bearing, low-impact exercise that reduces impact on the legs. More importantly, rowing provides a full-body cardio workout engaging 80 percent of the body’s muscle system. Also, the rower is space-saving fitness equipment and can be used on any naval vessel or installation.

Physical Readiness Test (PRT)

Service Members medically cleared for the Navy Physical Fitness Assessment will participate in the Body Composition Assessment and Physical Readiness Test (PRT). The new PRT event sequence is:

  • Push-ups

  • Forearm plank

  • Cardio or alternate cardio option

For more information on the new standards and other training resources, visit the Navy Physical Readiness Program website at


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