Registration Open for Bluemont EOD Warrior Foundation 5K and 10K Races - Balance Gym
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Registration OpenforBluemontEODWarriorFoundation5Kand10KRaces

Registration OpenforBluemontEODWarriorFoundation5Kand10KRaces

Balance Gym is proud to sponsor the Bluemont EOD Warrior Foundation 5K and 10K Race on September 17, 2017. 

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“Trusts and Estates Attorney Kerri Castellini, a Washington D.C. based lawyer, who also practices in both Maryland and Virginia is sponsoring the Arlington, VA Bluemont EOD Warrior Foundation 5K & 10K race and is encouraging members of the community to participate.

The EOD Warrior Foundation serves the military community by providing financial support to veteran and active-duty wounded, injured, ill and fallen EOD warriors by maintaining their memorial.

This is a perfect opportunity for community members to come together and run for a deserving cause on September 17th at the Washington & Old Dominion Trail. The 10K race starts at 8:45 am and 5K begins at 10 am, taking place until 11 am. Additional Perks include T-shirts given to participants arriving around 45 minutes before the race to get registered for the event.

Make sure to stop by our booth for a chance to grab well-earned swag bags after enduring a long run in the park! For more information on the race and to register, visit our website here.”

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Balance Burn Member Spotlight: Cam Mackey

Cam Mackey joined Balance Gym in 2013 after losing 120 pounds on his own (read his original member spotlight here!), and had been focusing on lifting and mobility when his trainer, Shawn Morris, told him about Balance Burn – Balance’s Megaformer program. Cam has been doing Burn since the very beginning – he even came to the first demo class! – and now he takes Burn classes three times a week in addition to lifting/training twice a week. Read on to find out why he loves Balance Burn so much, how it’s helped him become a better, stronger lifter – and why being the only guy in the class is NBD.

Name: Cam Mackey

Occupation: SVP of Operations for a nonprofit

Balance Location: Glover Park

How long have you been coming to Balance? How long have you been doing Balance Burn?

I’ve been coming to Balance for 4 years now, and doing Burn since it started at the beginning of 2016. I was there for the first demo class, in fact!

What kinds of workouts were you doing before Balance Burn? What made you decide to try out the class?

Before Burn, my go-to workouts were lifting and training. My trainer (Shawn Morris) told me about Burn, and since he’s pretty much the most amazing person on earth, I jumped at the chance to try something new.

How often do you take Balance Burn classes? Do you take other classes outside of Balance Burn, or is that your primary workout?

I do Burn 3 days per week, and then do weight training 2-3 days per week. I’ve found Burn and weight training are very complementary. Thanks to Burn, my squats are deeper, my lower back doesn’t hurt anymore, and I can do a plank to pike without wanting to die.

Why did you decide to participate in the Balance Burn Spring Challenge? What kinds of results did you see during the Challenge?

I’m competitive, and really liked the idea of pushing myself.

What were your favorite parts about the Challenge? What were the most challenging?

While I was really pleased with my results (fat loss, increased flexibility, etc.), my favorite part of the challenge was the camaraderie. I enjoyed meeting some great fellow Burn-ers, who’ve actually turned into great friends.

What is your favorite thing about Balance Burn? Why should other people try it out?

My favorite things about Burn are actually my favorite things about Balance. The workouts are great, and so are the people (both the members and the coaches). Because the Balance Burn community is so strong, it really helps with accountability and sticking to a program. When I know my friends are taking class at 6 am and expect me to show up, there’s no way I’m going to miss it.

Shawn’s done a fantastic job building a great team of Burn coaches, like Baihly, Kathryn, Micha, Stephanie, and Cassia. I’ve been to several Megaformer studios around the country, and without a doubt Balance has the best coaches. Their programming is top notch, they make the workout fun, and best of all, every day they help us become better versions of ourselves.

Specifically, what would you tell other men who were thinking about trying Balance Burn?

Yeah, sure there are some classes where I’m the only guy. But so what? It’s a dynamite workout, the coaches are outstanding, and it feels great knowing I’m getting stronger and more flexible than other guys who only lift.

Do you have any gym must-haves (can be gear, music, post-workout snacks, etc.)?

Balance Burn makes me sweat like nobody’s business, so a water bottle is a must!

How do you fit working out into your busy schedule?

We all have the time to work out. It’s just a question of how important it is to us. It’s part of who I am, so I make the time for it. It’s that simple.

Complete this sentence: #BalanceLife is: a better me.