214 D Street, SE courtesy Balance Gym
From a press release:
“Balance Gym is excited to announce it will open its fourth full service fitness facility in Washington, D.C., in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Balance Gym has signed a deal to assume management of the club that is currently operating as a Washington Sports Club, located at 214 D Street SE. On December 1, the doors will reopen as Balance Gym Capitol Hill.
“I am extremely excited to bring our distinct brand of fitness to one of the nations most recognizable neighborhoods,” said Mark Crick, founder and owner of Balance Gym. “Over the past 10 years, our company has been steadily building a strong foundation to support growth. This foundation is pillared by our unwavering commitment to our core beliefs of hiring and retaining the best staff and of creating an athletic community that is fun, not intimidating, and focused on results.”
This location has a long and rich history operating as a health and fitness center for more than 30 years. It first opened on February 16, 1981, as the Capitol Hill Squash Club, and the renowned actress Elizabeth Taylor was there to cut the ribbon. Since then, the gym has evolved into a full service fitness facility catering to the Capitol Hill neighborhood’s abundant local residents, government staffers, and office workers.
Balance Gym recognizes there are many long-standing members of the gym who have supported the business over the years, and it will focus on making the transition smooth and positive. The gym will remain open in full as Balance begins with improving the member experience and classes, based on member surveys and its know-how of turning outdated gyms into modern, fun, and community-focused functional training hubs.”