Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
After jumping into the fitness industry at age 16, Cameron Macdonald built up a series of overuse injuries from her athletic lifestyle. She turned to Pilates as a way to rehabilitate her body—but she also had a knack for the method that others noticed. In 2002, Peak Pilates asked her to become one of their teacher trainers, and she has since instructed and certified more than 100 protégés.
At The Cameron Macdonald Studio, she and her staff lead private, semi-private, and small-group Pilates classes for all experience levels. The team demonstrates exercises on both mats and apparatuses such as the reformer and Wunda Chair. Through the Cameron Macdonald Teacher Training, they can also certify guests to teach others, thereby ensuring that knowledge of the method is passed down without mummifying top students in their own mats.
The epicenter of the Annapolis Recreation & Parks’ programs is the 80,000-square-foot Roger “Pip” Moyer Community Recreation Center, which includes a 3,000-square-foot fitness center with myriad amenities, such as seas of cardio- and strength-training machines, and indoor track, and a towering indoor rock-climbing wall. The expansive three-court gymnasium welcomes athletes to hone their dunks, setting skills, and ability to derail a basketball game by chucking the ball off-court.
In the fitness center, a troupe of experienced fitness specialists leads group classes, ranging from Zumba’s high-energy Latin-dance-inspired moves to the boot-camp-style Body Work Challenge to Vinyasa yoga, which helps participants increase their flexibility while incorporating mediation strategies.
Brian Johnson puts the "personal" in personal trainer. Yes, the fitness expert works one-on-one with clients to reach their fitness goals, but he's also willing to meet them at their homes, create fitness plans for the whole family, weed out pantries, and plan meals that rely on more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer photos torn from the Sunday produce-market circular. Alongside these individual lifestyle services, he also summons the power of group camaraderie in boot camp classes, which eschew complicated equipment for taxing, quick-change combinations of jumping jacks, pushups, crunches, and other movements.
Kicked Up Fitness isn't just some run-of-the-mill gym where people come to put in a few listless hours on a treadmill. Instead, the center's trainers challenge their students with the same intense workout techniques used by special ops forces, champion martial artists, and athletes of every stripe. Many of these lessons emerge during boxing and kickboxing classes, which find students pummeling heavy bags before testing their newfound talents during sparring sessions in an actual boxing ring. Kicked Up Fitness hosts non-combat classes as well, boosting total-body tone with power yoga sessions or increasing endurance with suspension training.
Usually, runners swig water during a race. But at the Annapolis Beer Week 5K Beer Run, participants stop at beer stations to rehydrate with samples of various brews?drink packages are available for purchase on-site?before continuing their dash for the finish line. The event encourages racers to dress creatively, awarding distinctive costumes such as old bridesmaid's dresses, team uniforms, or running shorts made from two miniature kegs. Proceeds benefit the MSBusters Support Group of Edgewater, a community organization that provides financial and emotional support for those living with multiple sclerosis.