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Kevin Carlson on Balance

May 19, 2014

Kevin Carlson (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Kevin Carlson

If you ask Kevin Carlson what it takes for a fitness program to be effective, he'll stress the education of the trainer and the culture of the gym. In DC and at Balance Gym for the past year and a half, Kevin has trained at the high school and college level and has clients from 7 to 70 plus. "It's so important to get good training," he says. "Everyone thinks they can be a personal trainer, the profession gets a bad name."

Helping people and teaching them how to be physically active and move properly is the reason Kevin got into the field. What he wants to get across is simple: "Just like any other profession, not all personal trainers are created equal and the market has become quite saturated lately. With the right person you can see tremendous results. Unfortunately, certified doesn’t equal qualified."

Balnce Gym (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Balnce Gym

With an holistic approach, Kevin emphasizes being healthy as a lifestyle, not a gym workout once or twice a week. Adopting healthy habits both in and out of the gym is the only way to see the results you want.

After a tour of Balance Gym, which include a recent 5,000 square foot addition in the basement, Kevin was quick to add, "This is one of the best gyms around. When the addition was completed and members wanted a change, it was quickly made. The people here have a voice. With the company's commitment to community events, the place also has a great family atmosphere."

In addition to a full service gym dedicated to weight loss, functional training, sports conditioning, Pilates, strength training, and post rehabilitation, the facility has Soma Spa upstairs, with its luxurious environment, a relaxing getaway with experienced therapists and estheticians.

"Blast through your comfort zone," a smiling Kevin advises as he resumes his own workout.

Balance Gym is located at 2121 Wisconsin Avenue. Tel. 202 965.2121


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CAG Concerts in the Park: Keepin' it Green May 18th

May 14, 2014

Shake out your blankets, prepare your picnics and dig out your unwanted files and papers!  What's up? The Citizen's Association of Georgetown's Concerts in the Parks -- Keepin' it Green!

For the first concert of the season, Gypsy Sally's (3401 K St. NW) presents Georgetown resident singer songwriter Rebecca McCabe as she teams up with Human Country Jukebox for a little Dixie in the District! This amazing pop country team will perform on Sunday, May 18 from 5 to 6:30 pm in Volta Park (34 St. and Volta Pl NW).

Fans of Little and Big from Disney'sFrozen won't want to miss the on-stage sing along! In addition to all the fantastic musical fun, Concerts in the Parks is "Keepin' it Green" by hosting a community shred. The 'Shred Instead' truck will be on site between 4:30 and 6:30 pm. to shred your old bank statements, medical records...and embarrassing old high school love letters.

The 'Shred Instead' high-tech truck destroys your personal records while you watch via CCTV monitor mounted on the truck. Their commercial-grade machine even handles hanging file folders, staples, paper clips, and binder and alligator clips. The shredders can take up to five boxes per person with a requested donation of $10 per box to cover the cost to CAG.

For more information about Concerts in the Parks and upcoming CAG sponsored events, click here




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Gondola Across the Potomac?

February 23, 2014

The recently released Georgetown 2028 Plan includes a bold idea: connecting Georgetown's commercial district with the Rosslyn Metro station via a gondola lift which would consist of a loop cable between two stations with individual cabins accommodating anywhere from four to 20 passengers. The cable moves continuously, driven by a bullwheel powered by an electric motor in one of the end terminals. A gondola lift can carry more than 4,000 passengers in each direction per hour. Their efficiency and  reasonable construction costs make them an attractive option in cities. Gondolas are now operating in London (2012), Caracas (2010), Medellin, Colombia (2004) and Portland, Oregon (2006).

Similarly, Georgetown University would benefit from a lift, given the traffic issues confronting its campus shuttle.

The Plan proposes a hassle-free, scenic four-minute ride across the Potomac River. Of course, what's needed first is a feasibility study on the construction, costs, and operation of an aerial gondola. Then , if found technically and financially feasible, a community planning process would be initiated to determine next steps leading to construction of the gondola

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