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Meet Whitney Paterson - Balance Gym Thomas Circle’s Group Fitness Instructor
Balance Gym is excited to welcome Whitney Paterson to the Thomas Circle team as its new Group Fitness Director. Whitney has taught yoga at Balance for just over a year, and has taught yoga for the last six years. She developed the Vigorous Vinyasa yoga class (Wednesdays at 6 pm at Balance Gym Thomas Circle), which has become very popular over time.
"I’m most looking forward to getting to know the teachers and members better, and building a strong community around the group fitness classes at Balance," Whitney said. "I’d like to put new teachers and class formats on the schedule, and to get our most popular classes on the schedule at additional time-slots so that everyone can attend."
From Bootcamp to yoga to Spin and Piloxing, Balance offers a variety of classes at all three locations to provide members with almost any kind of workout. If you feel like your workouts are getting stale, there are many reasons to check out a new class:
- Variety: You’ll learn new moves to incorporate into your workouts. In addition, if you’ve been doing the same types of workouts for a while, a group exercise class can give you a new workout without having to think much about it, preventing boredom and injury.
- Motivation: Group fitness teachers have a way of pushing your limits in a way that it’s much harder to do alone. Being in a class with others can also get you to push yourself harder, so that you can keep up with (and outdo) everyone else.
- Accountability: Since group exercise classes are scheduled on a certain day at a certain time, it’s harder to bail if you treat the class like an appointment (since you can’t really take your 6 pm spin class at 6:17…)
- Community: Like most things, working out is more funw hen you do it with others. Once you find a class you love, you’ll start to see familiar faces week after week. These people will push you harder than you would on your own, and keep you coming back for more. You’ll also improve over time, and get stronger and fitter.
If you have any questions or feedback about our program please feel free to email Whitney at email@example.com.
Someone called in to a local radio station with a shout out to Balance Gym Thomas Circle’s Tony Martin! Tony is always ready to make your morning better with a smile!
Member Spotlight - Andy Leddy
Because of Devin’s Boot Camps and Balance Body classes, I am at the gym 4 times per week. All these courses, in conjunction with my running days, are really great for keeping me in shape over the winter months. I’m also in the pool after every workout, so I feel like Balance is perfect for giving me every kind of exercise and challenge I could want. It’s a really fun place with a great atmosphere and lots of regulars in all the classes.
I’m planning to run the Maryland Challenge (the Appalachian Trail in MD - 40.9 miles - from Harper’s Ferry to PA border) on Saturday, April 5. I’ve been thinking of doing that for a while, and I figured that now would be a good time to try. I’m also running a 177-mile path in Wales this summer, so the Challenge will be a good warm up. I’m not really an extreme runner - I only run half-marathons and 10 milers - but, as they say, I’m not getting any younger… I’ve tried to get people to join me by going on meetup.com and looking for people on craigslist. The only takers so far are two colleagues of mine from school. I am definitely interested in getting the word out and getting more runners to take part.
As I mentioned, I’m doing as many classes and mixing it up with all sorts of distances on my running days. I’m going to be increasing my mileage starting this week as the weather turns and warms up. I like focused, concentrated workouts at the gym and I mix in interval training and runs from 6-18 miles.
Balance Gym is perfectly located for me to get to for classes or whenever I can fit it into my schedule. The facilities are great and though I am the worst swimmer in the world, it’s great to be able to finish my workouts with a swim in the salt water pool. I am getting my money’s worth!
I guess the best thing about the gym is the incredible variety of classes and all the equipment and space available. The location and the excellent classes make it easy to stay committed. I religiously attend classes and love getting all I can out of them.
Procrastination is not Laziness. It is fear. Call it by its right name, and forgive yourself.
Member Spotlight - Amiko Glasford
The Balance Gym that Amiko Glasford joined in 2009 is very different than the one she’s leaving behind in 2014. “Balance Gym only had one location and no CrossFit,” she said. Now there are three locations, CrossFit, and the Balance family and programming has grown substantially.” As Amiko leaves Balance and DC for her next adventure in New York City, she took some time to share how she’s seen the gym change, and how it’s impacted her view of health and fitness. “Balance changed my life by making fitness an enjoyable part of it,” she said. “For that I will be forever grateful. Thank you!”
We wish Amiko the best of luck on her next adventure (and on finding a gym as amazing as Balance) - we’ll miss you!
Name: Amiko Glasford
Occupation: Private Equity Associate
Balance Location: Thomas Circle/Crossfit Balance
Member Since: June 2009
Why did you join Balance?
The day after my free trial class I could hardly walk and I realized how out of shape I was (although I’d been going to another gym somewhat regularly to run and do yoga). Despite the pain, I had so much fun and got such a good workout at Balance Bootcamp that I had to join.
How has Balance helped you with your training?
I learned lots of new exercises. I learned the importance of varying my workouts. I also learned the importance of rest days and clean eating (with some cheat days). I had never worked with barbells or lifted heavy weight before Balance. Balance coaches taught me proper technique and encouraged me to get stronger by lifting heavier with free weights and barbells. Balance also taught me that working out can and should be fun. Working out regularly is now a habit that I’ll have with me forever and for that I credit Balance Gym.
What will you take away from working out at Balance when you move to New York (in terms of training, finding a new gym, etc.)?
The most important thing that I’ll take away is that working out should be fun. I hope to find a gym that has a good sense of community like Balance. I’m looking for a gym that will allow me to continue barbell work (including power and olympic lifting), metabolic conditioning, yoga and running.
How has Balance helped you achieve your goals?
At Balance, my fitness goals evolved to include strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. Over the years, I have achieved these goals through Balance Bootcamp, CrossFit, running and yoga. I’ve been able to maintain a strong core without doing much isolated core work (by doing full body exercises that engage the core). Most importantly, at Balance I’ve become consistent with training hard several times a week.
What will you miss the most about the gym?
The camaraderie and outside-of-the-gym socializing among members, coaches and staff have been a very special part of my Balance experience. I will miss having coaches and staff that know my name. It is such a great community. I will also miss the music in the crossfit box. It’s like a party in there.
You’ve been involved with pretty much every program the gym has ever implemented. What are some of the highlights of your Balance experience?
Highlights from my Balance experience: Trail running with Balance Bootcamp at Dumbarton Oaks, hill sprints at Rock Creek Park, CrossFit open, tubing outing in West Virginia, Sunday afternoon yoga at Glover Park, Thomas Circle open house parties, member organized group dinners and game nights, carpooling home after the gym, being cheered on by members when struggling to finish a workout, partner/team workouts.
How do you fit working out into your busy schedule?
I prioritize working out. If I have to work late, I go to the gym and then head back to work. If I have dinner plans with friends, I get in a work out before dinner. On average, I work out 4 times a week for an hour each time. Each week, we have 168 hours to spend. For me, spending just 4 of these hours at Balance Gym has gotten me in the best shape of my life.
#BalanceLife is: a year-round beach body.
Glover Park Expansion Party a Success!
Balance members have seen some big changes at the Glover Park location over the last few weeks, all of which were unveiled and celebrated at the Glover Park Expansion and Open House Party.
Some things that members can now enjoy are a new Spin studio, dynamic training area compete with astroturf, hammer strength machines, dumbbells, pull-up rigs, a larger and soon-to-be-refinished group fitness studio, additional classes, a soon-to-be CrossFit Kids! program, new locker rooms with additional lockers and showers, and additional cardio machines.
The increased space also allows for programs like small group personal training (Personal Training Director AC Cowie said it’s “set to explode,” so you should probably go try it out), and personal training will improve with more space for people to work out.
To celebrate the new space, members and neighbors gathered for a Power Hour Workout. For this unique gathering, local band - Lunch Money Bandits, played 60 songs in 60 minutes, while Balance Gym team members introduced a new workout with the change-up of every song.
Balance took over Somafit in Glover Park in 2012, which owner and CEO Mark Crick says “was far too good a facility for the grungy fitness guys who started a gym in the back of a high school gymnasium.”
"Balance has always believed that training should revolve around moving," Mark said. "To move you need space, and space is expensive in DC! Despite the fact that the business we inherited was under performing we managed to prove ourselves enough to the landlord that we had the ability and resources to turn the facility around. So, after 16 stressful months we have finally followed through with our promise in delivering to our loyal members and clients a facility that will provide an incredible training experience. Improving the facility has been only a small part of the puzzle in bringing the business back to life."
General Manager Andrew Shniderman said the gym’s biggest problem was a lack of space.
"BootCamps, training, individual member were forced to workout on top of each other," Andrew said. "I even rearranged the group fitness schedule to make it so that BootCamps could be outside and not in the gym…even when it was raining. Or dark." Other classes were so packed that it felt like you were working out in the rainforest, and "yogis had to demonstrate true focus and ignore the crashing of titans (CrossFit) that was occurring on the other side of a 4" collapsable wall."
Andrew said that, in addition to the CrossFit Kids! program, he’s most excited to offer a space that can handle the gym’s larger community. Glover Park takes advantage of a lot of the surrounding area, such as Dumbarton Park, Hardie Middle School, and the nearby grassy knoll, and now the indoor space will be fully functional as well.
All of the Glover Park staff was thankful for the members that have welcomed Balance to the neighborhood. “It’s never easy taking over an existing business but I have to say that we were really lucky in the fact we inherited the foundation of a great team with great clients,” Mark said. “I really hope everyone takes advantage of the new space. Take a look around DC and its hard to find a better gym than Balance that allows people to experience such a diverse array of fitness options under one roof. Balance Gym Glover Park has arrived after many years and I truly hope you find your passion for fitness within our business, one that allows you to live a healthy and happy life.”