Okello Dunkley designs his workshops for students who have just bought or are thinking of buying a DLSR camera but are mystified by its myriad gadgets and gizmos. The accessible nature of these classes has helped Okello spread them into more than 30 locations across the country, where students as young as 11 learn how to take a digital camera off automatic mode and manually manipulate ISO light sensors and aperture openings.
For seven consecutive years, Annapolis Athletic Club has earned What's Up? Annapolis magazine's award for Best Annapolis Gym, and a quick walk around the 20,000-square-foot fitness club is enough to see why. Welcoming grunts emanate from workout rooms as first-time visitors make their way along rows of strength and cardio equipment, through stylish specialty fitness studios, and into a full-service dressing room complete with a sauna and steam room.When they aren’t working with clients in one-on-one personal training sessions, the gym’s experienced instructors fill their schedules with more than 60 group-fitness classes a week. After particularly grueling workouts, certified massage therapists ease sore muscles with various modalities of therapeutic and restorative massage. A staff of health coaches hand out nutritional advice during private consultations, which parents can attend after sending their kids off to an interactive childcare center complete with fun crafts and video games with weighted, barbell-shaped controllers.
Evolutions Body Clinic's staff promotes healthy lifestyles and holistic well-being with an array of services, including a full schedule of yoga classes. Vinyasa accommodates beginners, practiced yogis, and nimble hula-hoop champions, helping pupils to strengthen limbs with a dynamic sequence of cascading poses that concludes with introspective deep relaxation. To ensure that seasoned yogis can find a more physically demanding experience, the Vinyasa Hot class bombards ligaments with equatorial heat in order to facilitate deeper stretching and detoxifying perspiration. Yin yoga focuses thoughts inward with sustained, floor-held poses intended to shake down the ne’er-do-well connective tissues that shoot dice in the back alleys of the hips and lower back, unleashing torrents of flowing energy throughout the body and eroding away unsightly peninsulas of mental stress.
All of Fitness Together’s trainers graduate from an in-house educational program, which supplements the staff's requisite degrees and certifications in fitness training. Customized fitness pursuits begin in the personal-training sessions with an analysis in which clients divulge desired results and secret dreams of body doubling for the Brawny man. Trainers then funnel goals into an individualized exercise plan prepared prior to a patron’s first workout.
Emily and Philip Vendemmia look after their students by wrangling a massive schedule of more than 72 classes per week spread over three locations. Bolstered by a strong team of certified Bikram yoga instructors, the duo guides students through Bikram’s 90-minute routine, consisting of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Instructors crank each studio’s practice space to a hot and humid 105 degrees to help pupils’ muscles safely sink into deep, healing stretches and purge harmful toxins from the body. Each of the standing and seated poses is designed to work every muscle, ligament, and joint while sending freshly oxygenated vampire food to the organs to help support health and fitness.
Xpose Fitness transforms its students into fit, confident divas with sultry exercise classes that have been featured on TLC and CNN. Certified instructors lead 50-minute workouts for all fitness levels, pairing muscle-lengthening stretches with isometric exercises to build strong, svelte muscles throughout the body. Floor and chair sessions blend yoga and Pilates poses into a dance routine that makes sexy props out of everyday objects such as desk chairs, loveseats, and throw pillows shaped like Grover Cleveland's moustache. In pole-dancing classes, the teacher imparts basic spins with step-by-step instructions and a steady stream of encouragement. Exercise modifications are available at each workout, helping new exercisers and injured participants move safely and comfortably. Consult the class schedule for times, and visit the FAQ page for a list of items to bring along.
Held in the facility's safe, clean, visually stimulating environment, My Gym's drop-off day-camp classes are designed for the dynamic child of the discerning parent. For three hours, campers from ages three to eight engage in bevy of physical, mental, and social activities to enhance their development, bolster their sense of accomplishment, and tucker them out in time for parents to pack them off home. With such a wide array of ages, pint-sized participants are placed in age-appropriate groups to challenge them with appropriate warm-ups, sports, and games, such as tumbling, dodgeball, and the way of the kinder-dragon. A day's worth of activities also includes free play, an art project, and story time, in addition to a complimentary snack. My Gym camp days change in weekly themes, so repeat campers need never fear the ennui that comes from five days at Camp Glue Factory.