There are many things that government does that shock me with its utter stupidity and narrow-mindedness, but this now is near the top of the list.  The DC Council voted a preliminary YES to imposing a 5.75% tax on gym, health club, and special studio membership charges.

Although I know it looks like an easy way to squeeze money from a demographic that likely can afford it, that’s a overly-generalized assumption, and it ignores the bigger picture: in a time when obesity and diabetes are on the rise, we should not throw more roadblocks in the way of people getting more fit.  If anything, we should make joining a fitness center easier!

This proposal is absurd since DC was just voted the fittest city in America, the DC Council now wants to basically tax the healthy, who put less of a burden on the city EMS Services, Health Care System, Disability Payments, and productivity and revenue lost to employees calling out sick.

Please voice your opposition before the proposal becomes law on July 1st.  There is an online petition at


About horowitzrun

Jeff is a certified running, cycling, and triathlon coach, and is the author of "My First 100 Marathons" (Skyhorse Press 2008) and "Smart Marathon Training" (Velo Press 2011). An obviously addicted runner, Jeff has run at least one marathon in every state and on 6 continents, including marathons in South Africa, China, Bangkok, and Antarctica. Jeff is available for group, one-on-one, and virtual coaching. Options include: 1. Basic Training Plan. This includes a customized training schedule geared towards a goal race, with a detailed running schedule that would include all distances and target times for each workout, including speedwork, tempo, and endurance sessions. 2. Complete Fitness and Race Plan. This includes the plan listed above, plus the non-running workouts and drills that runners need for better overall fitness and performance. You would get strength & core workouts, as well as run-specific training drills and stretches. 3. Virtual Coaching. This includes all of the above, implemented on a week-by-week basis. We review each week's progress at week's end so that adjustments can be made. The program is tailored to suit you right up to race day. It involves more contact, on a weekly or even daily basis. 4. Full Coaching for athletes in the Washington DC area. All of the above, plus a weekly workout together including speedwork, drills, and strength training. 5. Individual track sessions. One-on-one track-based workouts. Contact Jeff for pricing.
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