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Welcome to CrossFit Balance

We're home to the most comprehensive CrossFit programs in Washington DC. Awarded with "Best CrossFit Box" by the Washington Post Express for 2013, we take pride in busting your butt and raising the bar to whole new levels. Come in and try us for FREE.

Location & Contact Info

Balance Gym - Thomas Circle
1111 14th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20005
Main Gym Phone: 202.730.0308 
Questions? Need more information? Want to try a Free Class or Get Started? --Click Here-- 
General gym inquiries: info@balancegym.com

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

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Introducing Marianne from Foundations to regular classes!  Nice work!  This is what Marianne has to say about her experiences with Crossfit at CF Balance:

“Crossfit has had a huge impact – already feel stronger physically and mentally. I’m constantly setting bigger goals for myself with every class attended. Crossfit makes strength training fun. I get personalized attention, and I’ve already seen and felt results. I also injured my knee running last fall and realized that I had to start cross training.  The coaches are amazing, innovative, the workouts can be scaled up or down so that every person can perform them, and the facilities are top-notch.”

WOD for Wednesday:

Bench Press


Complete for time:


Pull-ups (Men- Weighted Vest 20lbs-Kipping with vest; Women- Strict pull-ups)

Lateral Jump Burpees (1 burpee and 1 lateral jump equals 1 repetition)

Following each couplet complete 20 Double-Unders

Notes on scaling:

*Men Rx’d- will perform entire workout with weighted vest (kipping pull-ups allowed) and complete lateral hop burpees and double-unders

*Women- strict pull-ups

*Non-Rx’d- Pull-up bands/scale double-unders to tuck jumps


Congratulations to Michael Hall for completing a marathon this past weekend!  Our next blog posting will be highlighting his experience.  Tell Michael congrats when you see him.  Go Michael!!!!!!!!!!

Upcoming Foundation Courses start next Tuesday!  Please contact Danielle at danielle@balancegym.com

Zone Challenge for the current Foundation trainees continues till Thursday!  Keep up the good work!  This Wed/Thurs will be our last Foundation session for you.

Don’t forget about the 6:15pm Death Row class this evening with Meghan.  If you need help with rowing technique, take the evening to do this class!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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Last week we played with weighted vests, which attracted a drive-by from local police.  Mark Crick pictured.

WOD for Tuesday:  

Burgener Warm-up

AMRAP: 20 minutes

3 Handstand Push-ups

7 Sumo Deadlift High Pulls (115/75lbs)

9 Box Jumps (24 inch/20 inch)

Rest 5 minutes

3 X Max Attempts at Knees to Elbows (Strict- no kipping)

Monday, March 22, 2010

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Strength Grid Races from last week!  Lauren and Crystin fighting it out.

 Lauren meets Camron!

WOD for Monday:

Power Cleans

2RM (You will have 15 minutes following your warm-up to work up to this max).

Complete the following for time:

800 m run

100 Wall Ball Shots (20lbs/16lbs)

800 m run

Friday, March 18, 2010

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NEW FOUNDATION COURSE DATES: (Tuesday/Thursday at 12:00 pm, 6:15 pm, 7:15 pm )

At the following dates: 3/30, 4/1, 4/6, 4/8, 4/13, 4/15

Taylor and Justin in their 4th Foundation’s Class battling through an AMRAP with Sumo-Deadlift High Pulls

WOD for Friday:

“Crossfit Total”




-Score is determined by adding up highest max achieved for each lift.

“CrossFit Total”  – Suggested Strategy from Mark Rippetoe CF Journal Issue 52 December 2006

-No time limit to be performed, but must be during 1 session

-Squat, Press, Deadlift is the order performed

-3 attempts at each lift

-Suggested strategy:

1.) First attempt should be a weight you know you can do for a heavy set of 3.

2.) Second attempt should be a weight you know without any doubt you can do for a single, having done first attempt.

3.) Third attempt is the weight you want to do based on the previous performance of the first two attempts.

-Warm-up weight? Use the lightest weight that you normally start with your warm-up when you train, 90% of first attempt for last warm-up set; suggested fewer shoulder press warm-up sets and deadlift warm-up sets (heavier warm-up first set, followed by only 2-3 intermediate warm-up sets)


For those of you who need a rest day….don’t forget about Hall’s Happy Hour-Friday Flexibility Training starting at 6:15pm.

HAPPY HOUR: Join us tonight at a Balance Gym Networking Happy Hour at Recess DC Lounge- 727 15th street (15th and H next door to Potenza Restaurant, downstairs), from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM featuring Tony Cord and top DJ Heather Femia.  RSVP to Mark at mark@balancegym.com by Noon on March 19th.  Guests allowed but names must also be included in the RSVP.

Read the following article: Ex-Marine, with severe injuries, embraces Crossfit – Compliments of Emily Gallop!

Free Intro Class

Free Intro Classes Thursdays at Noon & 7pm and Saturdays at 11am.

Reserve a spot here!

CrossFit Foundations

E-mail Danielle at danielle@balancegym.com for pre-registration and availability. Purchasing online will not guarantee you a spot until you are confirmed.

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