Chandini Hemrajani, Personal Training Manager at VIDA Fitness at The Yards, began working in the Capitol Riverfront when VIDA Fitness opened in October 2014. During the time that she’s been at VIDA, Chandini has seen the neighborhood thrive and is excited for what’s to come, including summer events. Check out Chandini’s thoughts on the Capitol Riverfront and her neighborhood favorites!

How would you describe the Capitol Riverfront to friends/visitors?

The Capitol Riverfront is an amazing and evolving area. I’ve lived in Glover Park, Logan Circle, and Bloomingdale, and the energy here is so different than any of the other neighborhoods in DC.

What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?

My favorite place in the neighborhood (besides VIDA Fitness) is Yards Park since it’s near the water. I grew up on an island, so I was thrilled when I found out about the Friday night concerts near the water. I have been coming to this neighborhood for the past 3 years. Not only am I happy about the changes I have seen during that time, but I’m also excited to see all the changes to come.

As a personal trainer, you’re very health-conscious. Which Capitol Riverfront restaurant is your go-to for a healthy meal, and what do you order?

It is always a toss up between Sweetgreen’s Guacamole Greens and Nando’s grilled chicken breast, butternut squash, & couscous salad.

This will be your first summer as an employee in the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood—what summer event(s) are you most looking forward to?

DC JazzFest, Nationals games, and Friday night concerts.

Use one word to describe the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood.


The Penthouse Pool Club is opening in just a couple of weeks! What do you like most about the rooftop pool?

Well, I’m a sucker for trips to Miami and Vegas, so having a membership to The Penthouse Pool Club allows me a similar experience with a little bit more luxury and exclusivity.

Are there any current VIDA Fitness specials that you’d like Front Page News readers to know about?

The hot ticket items at VIDA Fitness at The Yards right now are Pre-Opening Membership Specials for the Penthouse Pool Club, which is opening on May 1st.  Our morning and evening outdoor bootcamp programs are starting as well. Bootcamp is available to both members and non-members.  For more information, visit