Washington Sports Club on the Hill Changes Hands

Balance Gym Takes Over Washington Sports Club

Balance Gym on the 200 block of D Street SE. (Photo courtesy Ori Gorfine)

A fourth locally owned Balance Gym opened on Dec. 1 on the 200 block of D Street SE. The full service gym took over management of the 14,000-square-foot building previously owned by the Washington Sports Club and the Capitol Hill Squash Club starting in 1981. Members of the gym can still work out at the site as Balance rebrands the business.

Ori Gorfine, the chief operating officer for Balance, said during December the gym’s staff will focus on replacing 20-year-old cardio and weight equipment, upgrading the décor and paint and introducing new classes designed by Balance trainers. Balance will bring in a new general manager and key employees who know the culture of the business.

Staff will also reach out to the current members of the gym with surveys to learn what changes the community does and does not want. As far as community, Gorfine said they want to collaborate with local businesses like Biker Barre to host fitness and family-friendly activities.

“We’re super excited. Balance started in the back of an old church in 2006,” Gorfine said. “In the last five years, we’ve grown.”

Balance plans to coordinate with local schools to set up before and after school programs for children and teens ages five to 18, Gorfine said. This will include financial support for students considered at risk. Mother’s can also sign up for stroller classes and bring their infants to the gym while they work out.

“We’re excited to get into this community,” Gorfine said. “We always try to bring a local touch to our operations.”

A Balance full-service gym includes cardio equipment, weights, fitness classrooms, a locker room, sauna, and access to private trainers. The site has about 13 parking spots, but parking is available on the street.

Balance operates four full-service gyms in Thomas Circle, Glover Park, Foggy Bottom, and Capitol Hill. The Georgetown location focuses on CrossFit only. The membership cost for access to a single Balance gym is $74 month-to-month or $64 a month if purchased for the year. The cost for access to all Balance Gyms in the area is $89 month-to-month or $79 annual.