Gold's Gym at the Van Ness Metro is most certainly NOT any of the brand new Washington Sports Clubs that are springing up all over the city. But you also won't pay the same outrageous membership fees.
The equipment is standard - treadmills, ellipticals, free and controlled weights. There are classes, although the under 30 crowd should be warned that most of the yoga and body pump classes have been appropriated by the over 55-ers who seem at times to take over the gym.
That said, the trainers and other employees are friendly and make it a great place to work out, especially if you live in the Van Ness neighborhood, but if it means commuting to this gym, you might want to look into other options.