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Name: Michelle Risinger

Occupation: Head of Innovation, Pact (global nonprofit)

Hometown: Wilmette, IL

How long have you been with Balance? Which classes/locations do you teach at? 

3.5 years!! How is that possible?! I teach Piloxing Mondays at Glover Park and Thursdays at Foggy Bottom both 7pm, and Barre 6pm on Wednesdays. I also teach the adult swim lessons at Foggy Bottom and sub Bootcamp!

Tell us a little about yourself, your background, and your fitness background?

I once had a friend tell me “They should tie you to a dynamo” – I think that about sums me up. The water is my sanctuary – I’ve swum competitively for 26 years and swam Division I in college. I’ve played water polo for 20 years and still compete internationally. I also played semi-pro in Europe for the Scottish National team. I got into group fitness 4 years ago when I was recovering from injuries and the journey has been incredible.

I also have this whole other life in the international development industry, I have a Masters in International Peace and Conflict Studies and was living on a military base in Afghanistan before moving back to DC and starting at Balance!

What is Piloxing? 

Piloxing is a non-stop, cardio fusion of standing Pilates, boxing and dance that will push you past your limits for a sleek, sexy, and powerful you! PILOXING® cardio fusion incorporates cutting edge research and fitness techniques to burn maximum calories, build lean muscles, and increase stamina. The program uniquely blends the power, speed, and agility of boxing with the targeted sculpting and flexibility of Pilates. These techniques are also supplemented by the use of weighted gloves, further toning the arms and maximizing cardiovascular health. Add to that exhilarating dance moves and you have a muscle-toning, fat-burning workout that will make you feel physically and mentally empowered!

Why should people try Piloxing, and what can they expect when they get there? 

Piloxing is a high-intensity, low-impact format making it easy on the joints and open to all levels. If you love high intensity movement, dancing and sweating you’ll love this! We are so excited that Piloxing is now offered Tuesdays and Saturdays at Thomas Circle!

What are some of your gym must-haves? (can be gear, clothing, snacks, etc.)

Haha, like most women in fitness I have a serious weakness for workout clothes- if my day job would let me in rocking yoga pants, a tank top and a strappy bra I’d be in heaven.

What’s your favorite healthy meal or snack (to cook at home or to eat on the go)? 

I actually try to eat a plant-based diet so I am all about the veggies. I always carry a piece of fruit on me in case I get hungry and I make homemade protein balls with sunflower seed butter, honey, tons of seeds, dark chocolate and dried cherries which are sooo good!

How do you suggest people fit working out into their busy schedules?

Remembering that investing in your health is the best investment you will EVER make. Find people who lift you up, find the workouts that inspire you and a gym that meets your needs!

What are your favorite things about Balance? Why do you love working here?

I love that Balance is always willing to try new things! They took a chance on Piloxing, a class they’d never heard of and it’s been really successful, I feel like I’m always coming to them with new ideas and they are willing to take a risk for success!

#BalanceLife is: boundless opportunity!!

Anything else you’d like to add? I love this quote: “When life knocks you down… do a burpee!”