About Physicality DC
Physicality DC is a community of athletes and coaches formed around a shared passion for bodyweight fitness, sustainable health, and continuous self-improvement. We own and operate a fitness studio on the H Street Corridor in Washington, DC that provides world-class instruction and facilitates meaningful life change. It is our goal to continually lead, motivate, and inspire others by taking a genuine, focused, and compassionate approach to health and well-being.
We aim to achieve this vision by offering group classes and personal training focused on building strength and improving flexibility. Our coaches utilize methods drawn from a wide variety of athletic pursuits, including gymnastics, weightlifting, martial arts, and more. When you walk through the door at Physicality DC, expect to be greeted by others ready to work alongside you towards common self-improvement goals.
Owner & Coach
Chris Garay is the owner and operator of Physicality DC. Chris grew up playing multiple sports before shifting his focus to music in high school. After performing at a high level as a snare drummer and drumset player, he then served as Director of the George Mason University Indoor Drumline. Chris attended the University of Virginia, where he earned a degree in philosophy and religious studies and did graduate work in social psychology and well-being.
As an adult Chris has trained in a wide variety of endurance, strength, power, and bodyweight sports. He has spent countless hours attending workshops and studying under many high-level coaches in gymnastics, weightlifting, strength and conditioning, and more. Chris is interested in helping change people’s lives for the better, and he is always striving to learn and improve.
Certifications and Seminars Attended
KILO Strength Society: Primeight, Advanced Strategies to Program Design
Functional Range Conditioning: Mobility Speciality
GymnasticBodies: Trainer, Athlete, and Former Affiliate
Stretch Therapy for Gymnastics Strength Training with Kit Laughlin
Handbalancing and Movement with Yuri Marmerstein
Poliquin Group: PICP Level 3 and BioSignature Level 2
OPEX Fitness CCP: Assessment and Program Design
USA Weightlifting: Sports Performance Coach
Dragon Door: Russian Kettlebell, Progressive Calisthenics
Beast Skills Seminar with Jim Bathurst
CrossFit Level 1 and CrossFit Endurance
Cory Hill is an athlete and coach based in the Washington, DC area. Born in Northern Indiana, Cory grew up competing in Track and Field, Taekwondo, and Boxing. Still a competitive athlete, Cory has won both a Junior World Title in Traditional Taekwondo and a Senior National Championship in Sport Taekwondo.
Cory has certifications in Personal Training, Taekwondo, and Gymnastics Strength Training, and he has also learned a lot from his time at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. He enjoys helping people improve their mobility and bodyweight training, and when not in the gym you can usually find him on the beach or trying to crush some mountain bike trails.
Dark Horse Rowing Coach
Chinese Weightlifting Level 1
GymnasticBodies Certified Trainer
International Sports Science Association Certified Personal Trainer
Kukkiwon Certified Instructor
American Taekwondo Association Instructor
USA Taekwondo Level 1 (in progress)
Shawn Stone has 20 years of gymnastic coaching experience in a myriad of ranges from age, genre, skill level and different regions within the US. He began coaching gymnastics at the age of 16 after starting his own tumbling program for his community in rural Iowa. He is a four-year letterman of NCAA gymnastics from the University of Iowa, where he continued to coach throughout his undergraduate degree. Shawn began his performing artist career as an acrobat in 2006, with his most recent professional acrobatic endeavor in Le Reve, The Dream at Wynn, Las Vegas. Currently, he is in his third year of the MFA program in Dance at the University of Maryland, where he continues to research, expand and explore his knowledge and technique of the body in movement.