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TOTAL BODY STRENGTH. A circuit-based fusion class utilizing TRX suspension straps and kettlebells, alternating between different functional exercises. These two in combination are excellent tools for developing total body strength and power as well as metabolic conditioning.

Zoe Pond-McPherson

Zoe fell in love with CrossFit when she joined Balance Thomas Circle in 2013 and began competing when she moved to the Philippines. She competed at Regionals as and Individual in 2016 and 2017, but […]

Wanda Bamberg Tia

Wanda Bamberg Tia, well known as “WandaWoman”, is a dancer, choreographer, fitness expert, and creator of the “Wanda Woman Dance Workout” (a fusion of African, hip-hop, and jazz) with over 30 years of experience. Recognized […]

Tarah Romano

Stephanie Fiore

Stephanie has been sidelining as a certified group fitness instructor (ACE) for 10 years and counting. She currently instructs our Monday evening Burn classes, and also teaches Wednesday BodyPump and Sunday “Yoga for Meatsticks” at […]

Sophie Z

Shane O’Donnell

Shane’s experience in training and sport provides his clients an appropriate blend of strength, conditioning, and injury prevention. His model of training is based on proper technique of movement, while incorporating fundamental, functional movements that […]

Sarah Miller

Butt tight, belly tight! Sarah has been active for most of her life. She cheered in college and briefly tried her hand at running after her cheer days were done. She began crossfit in 2012 […]

Sarah Hornsby

An ACE Certified Personal Trainer, Sarah backs it up with 7 years of experience in many aspects of the field. With a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology/Nutrition from Louisiana State University and years of experience in […]

Ryan Kirkpatrick

“Progression not perfection.” Ryan first got into fitness seriously as he was preparing to leave for boot camp for the U.S. Navy. After boot camp and his job training he realized he needed to get […]

Robert Howe

Rob found CrossFit in 2011 as an alternative to the traditional approaches of picking up weights. He was drawn to the competitive aspect of it as former semi professional hockey player. He is most drawn […]

Rachel Garmon

Whether new to exercise or a long time athlete, Rachel works with each client to develop the right path towards their goals. She is a certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine […]

Owen Browne

“Fun and relevant fitness.” Owen’s interest in health and fitness began when he was 10 years-old, and he’s never stopped pushing himself from learning more, getting stronger, or running faster. Now, as a personal trainer, […]

Olumide Olamigoke

“Providing discipline, motivation, and a fun environment will help people of all abilities succeed.” Olumide is a Rio 2016 Olympian representing the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the Triple Jump. He is a USA Track […]

Noel Pleitez

Naomi Osborne

Naomi Osborne started in the fitness industry as a personal trainer in 2005, and has has spent the last decade launching, managing and overseeing multiple fitness brands across multiple states. As a former competitive soccer […]

Nader Tabbara

“Less Talking, More Lifting.” -Nader, Summer 2013 Nader Tabbara started CrossFit in 2012 as a natural progression from being a couch potato. This new adventure lead to a love of barbell movements and everything heavy. […]

Monique Cherry

Monique’s classes are tough and designed to ensure you get a full body workout, but her awesome playlists and high energy help to motivate everyone in her class. As a dancer for most of her […]

Michelle Carrigan

Michael Threadgill

Sports have always been a part of Michael’s life – from lifting his father’s dumbbells, playing Little League Sports, and designing his own strength programs to improve as a multi-sport athlete in high school. Today, […]

Micha Shines

Micha (Mee-ka) Shines, a mom of 4, brings nearly 30 years of personal and professional experience to your workouts. Fitness has been a lifestyle for most of her life as a softball player, martial artist, […]

Melanie Keer

Melanie has been playing competitive sports as long as she can remember, but was involved in track and soccer her entire life. She played D1 soccer at GW and studied Exercise Science, graduating in 2014. […]

Megan X

Megan was born in DC and grew up just over the river in Alexandria, VA.  At a young age, she discovered her love for gymnastics and threw herself into the sport for 12 years – […]

Megan Davey

Meet Coach Megan! Megan found her calling in life – to lift heavy things – at the young age of 15 when some boy bet her that she couldn’t deadlift the weight he deadlifted. Of […]

Megan B

Megan is an amazing trainer. Having taught group ex classes as well as carrying a large number of PT clients, Megan has not seen a dull day since she’s been in the business. We’re excited […]

Mark Crick

Mark Crick, co-owner and founder of Balance Gym, believes everyone can train like an athlete to achieve results regardless of age or current physique… To excel as an athlete you need to develop lean muscle […]

Marianne H

Marianne is an amazing trainer. Having taught group ex classes as well as carrying a large number of PT clients, Marianne has not seen a dull day since she’s been in the business. We’re excited […]

Marc Hernandez

Maher Jabr

After years of having a sedentary lifestyle, Maher walked into his first CrossFit box in early 2012 hoping to find a way to get a little healthier. Soon he found himself working out on a […]

Maddie Mitchell

Grad student by day, fitness instructor by night, Maddie is passionate about the social and functional benefits of group exercise and brings that passion to each of her classes. Her fitness journey started on an […]

Mackenzie M

Macknzie is an amazing trainer. Having taught group ex classes as well as carrying a large number of PT clients, Mackenzie has not seen a dull day since she’s been in the business. We’re excited […]

Liv Weller

Liv Weller is a former collegiate fencer and a lifelong athlete. She is passionate about living an active lifestyle and believes the strength you build physically can transcend every aspect of your life! Devoted Balance […]

Lissa Piercy

Lissa Piercy is the Balance Lagree Director at Balance Gym Glover Park and works on Corporate Projects across all Balance locations. She joined Balance as a member in 2017 and quickly fell in love with […]

Lauren Kline

Lauren received her Bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.  She is a Certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and a Certified Yoga Instructor through the […]

Laura Baker

We want to know more about Laura Baker too!

Lars Pettygrove

Growing up a multi-sport athlete in an active household Lars Pettygrove came to appreciate the value of training not only to improve performance but overall quality of life. As a former college lacrosse player and […]

Korey Bissonnette

“Don’t measure yourself by what you have accomplished, but by what you should have accomplished with your ability” – John Wooden As a 12 year member of the United States Air Force, Korey served as […]

Kevin Kimble

Kevin graduated from Penn State, where he was a two time rugby collegiate All-American. He is a certified trainer with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and currently plays rugby for the Potomac Exiles. Kevin […]

Kevin Carlson

Kevin has over 10 years of experience in personal training, working with people of all athletic abilities and physical talents. He spent multiple years working as a strength and conditioning coach at both the high […]

Kathryn Larson

Kathryn Kelly

Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly has been teaching Balance Lagree since the megaformers first arrived at Balance Glover Park back in 2016. In addition to being Lagree-certified, Kathryn is certified in a variety of styles of Barre, […]

Kathleen S

Kathleen is an amazing trainer. Having taught group ex classes as well as carrying a large number of PT clients, Kathleen has not seen a dull day since she’s been in the business. We’re excited […]

Karolin Nilsson

“Self esteem, optimism, self control and a lot of hard work will give you success in life!” Karolin is the director at CrossFit Balance Foggy Bottom, where she oversees all programming for our members. Her […]

Kacie Harrington

“Patience, discipline, and determination lead to progress.” Kacie is an avid athlete and food lover. She has competed in numerous events including the Tough Mudder, Spartan Race, and GORUCK Challenge as well as marathons and […]

Julia Snyder

Julia Snyder is a rare native of the DMV, having grown up in Greenbelt, MD. In addition to hanging out in her hometown, she enjoys eating oreos (double stuff only) and hanging out with her family, […]

Jordan McGillis

Jordan McGillis has been coaching CrossFit in the DC area since September of 2013. His two favorite movements both to coach and perform are the muscle up and the burpee–a movement with which he has […]

Joe Smackum

“Exercise will not make up for poor nutrition.” Joe is a certified personal trainer from the National Personal Training Institute with over 10 years experience. He has many specialties including Olympic weightlifting, functional training, and […]

Joe Barlia

“Proper training takes your performance and fitness to the next level.” Joe is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist who is experienced in training athletes of all types. Growing up in DC, Joe played a […]

Jobei-Wan Gazhette

Jobei-Wan has more than 20 years of experience in the fitness industry, and has worked for several gyms in the DC area. A former defensive end for three NFL teams, Jobei-Wan fell in love with […]

Jhonatan Bakovic

“Be yourself; no base imitator of another, but your best self. There is something which you can do better than another. Listen to the inward voice and bravely obey that. Do the things at which […]

Jermaine Ennis

“The best part of working out is similar to solving a puzzle and finding the pieces that fit. Once all of the pieces are correct, it becomes a beautiful picture. Pick your plan wisely.” Jermaine […]

Janine Visconti-Spinner

Janine has been a strength coach and personal trainer for more than 20 years. She has worked with a wide range of clients — everyone from those looking to increase their fitness levels to coaching […]

Jacob Kass

Hailey B

Hailey has been pole dancing for over a decade.  Her class brings a variety of dance styles to Balance, with her class choreography ranging from lyrical, ballroom dance, gymnastics and exotic style movement.  She has […]

Glenn McLoughlin

Gabe Free

“When you’re good at something, you’ll tell people about it. When you’re great at something, they’ll tell you about it” – Walter Payton Gabe is a Capitol Hill born and bred athlete. He attended Gonzaga […]

Erin Hill

As the former Director of Group Exercise and a former Fitness Consultant at Balance Gym Glover Park, Erin has been immersed in the fitness culture and the Balance family. Erin has been involved in Group […]

Erika Cole

Elizabeth Davis

We’d love to hear more about Elizabeth too!

Eileen B

Eileen is an amazing trainer. Having taught group ex classes as well as carrying a large number of PT clients, Eileen has not seen a dull day since she’s been in the business. We’re excited […]

Doris S

Doris started pole in 2012 and has been a member of Balance Gym since 2013. The strength-training challenge of the sport hooked her immediately and she incorporates pole climbs, core conditioning, and tricks into her […]

Devin Maier

Devin Maier was born and raised in the heart of DC, and fitness and fun have been flowing through his veins since his mom made him work out to her Jane Fonda records in the […]

Danielle Dionne

“No excuses, just G.S.D.! (Get “Stuff” Done)” Danielle Dionne has served as the Managing Director of CrossFit Balance since 2009, where she led the development, staffing, and growth of the program, and oversees CrossFit at […]

Craig Williams

“To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift.” Craig is the Director of CrossFit Balance Thomas Circle. Growing up, Craig was a multi-sport athlete playing soccer, lacrosse, street hockey, and baseball. […]

Courtney X

Courtney comes to use from San Francisco, CA where she spent the last few years crafting her killer Lagree chops and is thrilled to bring her style to Balance. She loves taking a thoughtful approach […]

Clinton James

Clinton is a movement geek with over 13 years experience personal training and a passion for helping people. Graduating with a degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland in 2006, Clinton set out to […]

CJ Finlay

“Be your own competition.” CJ has worked over a decade in the fitness industry. As a youth he played baseball, basketball, football, soccer, wrestling, tennis, and swam competitively. His competitive drive and exceptional coaching produced […]

Chris Oak

“I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” – Michael Jordan Chris Oak is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) certified personal trainer and strives to […]

Chi Anh Do

Chi Anh is a fitness fanatic who always makes time to work out (it’s her most important meeting of the day!). Chi Anh has explored countless fitness classes in DC but nothing compares to the […]

Cassia Denton

Cassia is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC) and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), which enables her to incorporate a vast knowledge of anatomy and kinesiology into her practice. Cassia has been involved in […]

Carmen Martin-Day

“Bring fitness and health into your life. When you feel good, life is good.” Carmen has been a successful certified personal trainer for 15 years and loves her job. She welcomes men and women of […]

Caitlin Jones

Growing up, Caitlin was never really “into” sports and didn’t really become active until college when a friend convinced her to stop being so lazy and join the crew team at ODU. Being part of […]

Brian Matero

Faith, Family, Friends and Fitness. These four pillars developed Brian into the person he is today. Brian aims to train with a purpose in mind, to make people better inside and outside of the gym. […]

Bill Walker

“The thing can be done if the desire be coupled with courage.” Formally a Financial Services professional and a 2005 alumni of Florida A&M University, Bill Walker entered the fitness world in 2010 at first […]

Betsy Huffman

“Be thankful!” Betsy combines her passion for teaching yoga with her zest for life to create a truly memorable class experience. Through college Betsy was a competitive swimmer, and now stays active through yoga, lifting, […]

Beth Barrett

Beth Barrett, now known around Foggy Bottom as “Coach Beth” is originally from Michigan, but has been in DC almost long enough to be considered a native – 8 years. Her weekdays are spent helping clients sell, […]

Ben Wiedemer

Ben is the operations manager at Balance Gym Thomas Circle.

Ben Hoffman

“Scientifically-based programs lead to accomplished goals.” Ben utilizes scientifically-based programs to help his clients accomplish their goals. Whether you want to increase strength and power, improve body composition, improve mobility and movement quality, or just […]

Balance Instructor

We know you LOVE your regular instructor! Balance hires talent that connects with our students and keeps them engaged and sweating. If you see this message, it just means your instructor has not been assigned […]

Angela Cole

Growing up Angela played sports, you could say she was born with a competitive spirit. Sports included sailing, soccer, basketball, swimming, and rugby after grade school. Her first experience with CrossFit was in 2013 and […]

Andrew Shniderman

“Sports teach important values for life including sportsmanship, teamwork, determination and hard work.” Health and fitness have always been front and center for Andrew. He knows the value of incorporating different training styles to keep […]

Amanda Rose Destefano

Amanda’s most important goal for her clients is to create a level of comfort and familiarity with the gym during their sessions so they have the ability to make fitness a lifestyle. She aims to […]

Alex Bruno

Alex Bruno has been part of the CrossFit Balance community for the past several years both head coaching our regular CrossFit classes and developing our Barbell classes at several of our locations. Prior to being […]

Ahmed Gadalla

Ahmed Gadalla was born in Cairo, Egypt where he received his Engineering degree from the university there. Ahmed began his fitness journey as a youth swimming for the Egyptian National Team. Eventually, Ahmed began strength […]

AC Cowie

“Continuous learning is the key to success.” AC has been a Personal Trainer at Balance Gym since 2009 and a trainer since the late 90’s. He focuses on providing personal and small group training services. […]

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