Balance Gym Gives the Northwest Renter a Good Workout

Olivia Newton John

You’re the one that I want: You can trace contemporary society’s obsession with fitness (and perhaps hair products) all the way back to Olivia Newton-John. (Epiclectic via Flickr)

I have a female friend who blames Olivia Newton-John for the current obsession some have for fitness. She thinks that the lightweight pop of “Physical” in 1981 was the catalyst for those who longed to hear their bodies talk.

Well, Sandra Dee may or may not have ignited the decades-long fitness craze, but many people make going to the gym – or at least getting in some exercise – a staple of their lives. And this of course is a positive.

For apartment renters in the District, there’s a gym that seems to have it all: Balance Gym.

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Boasting three locations in Northwest, D.C. – Thomas Circle, Kalorama and Glover Park – the people at Balance Gym have your workout bases covered.

We’ll concentrate on the Kalorama location and let them tell you a little about what they offer:

Here you’ll find everything you’ll need for functional and athletic training with equipment including multiple Olympic lifting platforms, free weights, squat racks, medicine balls, sandbags, agility and acceleration ladders, gymnast rings, plyo-boxes, giant tractor tires, and more.

How much more does the renter need to get in shape? OK, so there’s no pool. But who doesn’t want to try their luck on one of those tractor tires you see in strongman contests?

Ah, but there is a basketball court, which features a competitive men’s and coed league, both of which play a fall and winter season. This venue also hosts two fitness boot camps and Crossfit Dupont.

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They have standard amenities like lockers, two private showers, towel service and a filtered water dispenser. Now all you’ve got to do is show up and put in some effort.

The gym, located almost halfway between Adams Morgan and Dupont Circle, is open Monday-Friday from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. If you can walk a bit, you can get there from either the Dupont Circle or Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan stop on Metro’s Red Line.

To join, it’s $79 a month at this location, plus an enrollment fee. If you pay by month, the fee is $149, but if you buy a year’s membership, it’s $99. This may sound like a lot, but the benefits you get from exercise far outweigh other indulgences that aren’t nearly as good for you.

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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