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Woodridge gym will open Dec. 7

Personal trainer and Woodridge resident Larry Carroll, Sr. is putting the finishing touches on a gym set to open December 7.
Located at 2304 Rhode Island Ave. NE, the KAAOS Gym and Athletic Training Center will offer customized fitness plans and programs for just about everybody - including the 70-something grandma trying to develop more stamina to keep up with grandchildren to the teenager who wants to make the varsity football team. At KAAOS, Carroll will offer group classes, sport-specific training and personal training sessions.
Carroll, 45, a father/stepfather of eight and grandfather to seven, described to Elevation DC his approach to improving clients’ physical fitness, which is reflected in the name of his new gym.
“When I train my clients, they don’t always see the pattern in the exercises I am giving them,” he said. “They sometimes think they’re all over the place. But when they are able to finish the marathon,” or even meet a more modest goal, like carrying their own groceries, Carroll’s directions suddenly make sense. (The name is also a tip of the hat to a 2008 film he liked, Chaos Theory, starring Ryan Reynolds.) 
He’s taught and trained for decades through his personal training business, Larry’s World of Fitness, and also at a range of federal agencies, from the Department of Education (whose fitness center he currently runs, and where his wife is an attorney) to the General Accounting Office and the Department of Transportation. He’s also done training and fitness consultation with the staff at the Inter-American Development Bank.
But opening his own shop? That’s a whole new thing for the seasoned Carroll, a member of the American Council on Exercise.
“The painting and the mat and equipment [installation] is all done,” he says. Once KAAOS clears inspection, the path is cleared for opening day. 

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Amy Rogers Nazarov is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist with more than 25 years experience as a staff reporter and a freelance writer, covering technology, adoption, real estate, and lifestyle topics from food & drink to home organizing. Her byline has appeared in Cooking Light, The Washington Post, Slate, Washingtonian, The Writer, Smithsonian, The Washington Post Express, The Baltimore Examiner, The Sacramento Bee, Cure, The Washington Times, Museum, and many other outlets. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists & Authors and tweets at @WordKitchenDC.
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