The team at the Oak Health Club is putting the finishing touches on its new facility off Route 7 on Ashburn’s north side. The Burn got a tour recently and the vibe we got was of a mellow, spa-like fitness club with lots of wood and natural decor touches and spacious locker rooms.
As we’ve been reporting for several years, the Oak Health Club is an anchor tenant at the new Riverside Square shopping center going up north of 7, just east of Ashburn Village Boulevard along Riverside Parkway.
Members are greeted by a guest services counter backed by a huge wall of green faux-liage. No neon lights or shiny metal finishes here. Thanks to COVID, the fitness equipment is well spaced out. There are aerobic machines like treadmills in one area, free weights in another, strength machines in a third. Each of the strength machines comes with a small video screen that automatically engages and gives you demonstrations of how to use the machine, proper form and monitors your reps. These electronic screens can be synced with the Oak Health app to track your workout. There are group fitness rooms as well.
Other features at Oak Health Club include a huge outdoor patio (still under construction) that will include a large turf area for outside exercise classes. There is an onsite spa that will offer various massage therapies as well as an infrared sauna and cryotherapy. Finally, there is a cafe called Canopy where members can get a smoothie, a coffee, or even a light meal — it has a full kitchen — while they relax post workout or do some remote work at a table with the club’s WiFi.
The Oak Health Club is currently targeting a May 8 official opening, as long as the final work on the facility stays on track. The club is coming from a subsidiary of AARP, the organization for older Americans, but there is no age restriction other than 18+. The hope is this location will be the model for a series of Oak Health locations around the nation.
When it opens, Oak Health will join other tenants at Riverside Square that include a Texas Roadhouse restaurant, Sola Salons, Nails by Tiffany, Black Hog BBQ, and a Mattress Warehouse. A new Sheetz gas station and convenience store is under construction, as is a childcare center called The Learning Experience. A future Burger King is also planned for the center.