Recognizing the quirks of peoples' exercise routines—some feel intimidated by other exercisers, others prefer the support of a group—Kenneth Reed and his staff at Fit For Life Personal Training stage their workouts in private and small group settings. For even more community, exercisers can sign up for one of Fit for Life's boot camps or upbeat Zumba dance-fitness classes. To supplement workouts with healthful foods, the facility also supplies nutritional counseling.
Lights Out Gym's passionate trainers show students of all fitness levels how to punch flab in the face during martial arts-inspired group fitness classes scheduled seven days a week. Bodily transformation begins in fight fitness classes, where participants incinerate calorie piles by punching fitness bags, dragging chains, and performing muay thai kickboxing aerobics without actual strikes. Students master the real thing during Muay Thai kickboxing classes, practicing throwing elbows, kicks, and knees in preparation for the rise of sentient, vengeful punching bags. With sledgehammer exercises, suspension training, and other nontraditional lifting techniques, caveman conditioning sessions sculpt tight bodies while buffing upper body and core strength.
The staff at Top Shape Fitness, led by principal trainer George Tyler, believes that expert guidance is key to workouts. To that end, the fitness center focuses entirely on personal-training sessions and group fitness classes. The company's freakishly strong roots lie in its signature cardio kickboxing class, known as GT Box. In these sessions, trainers blend kickboxing movements with dumbbell training, plyometrics, and other toning exercises. Elsewhere on the weekly schedule, Latin music plays during Zumba sessions, minds and bodies meld in yoga classes, and TRX suspension classes employ equipment developed by US Navy SEALs.
From its scenic perch upon Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Canton Club rallies small groups for fun, distinctive, strength-building workouts. Air yoga elevates traditional yoga poses with a supportive silk hammock and shoulder-stretching trapeze, enabling a greater exploration of the body's range of motion. The airborne equipment helps strengthen core muscles without straining joints or compressing vertebrae, allowing necks and backs to attain giraffe-like grace and browse from the highest PowerBar trees. FitWall classes gift bodies a spider-like workout, requiring all muscles to band together to adjust to a new, vertical universe. Designed to burn 900-plus calories per hour, workouts order up a menu of more than 100 cardio, climbing, and resistance-training moves to buff up biceps and prolong endurance.
For more than 10 years, athletes looking to improve their game have turned to Axis Sport. Using their more than 5,000-square-feet of space and equipment including bands, balls, battle ropes, and more, trainers focus on performance training to hone their clients’ agility, strength, speed, power, flexibility, and running mechanics. But you don't have to be an athlete to get fit at Axis. Instructors welcome clients of all levels during group classes, from high-intensity interval training to less intense sessions that aim to get heart rates up and prevent injury.
AAU kickboxing champion. SEAL Adventure Challenge competitor. SWAT team member. Fitness instructor for the Army National Guard. Michael Parrish’s resume is a testament to his hard-as-nails approach to staying fit. At Drop Zone Extreme Fitness, he calls upon all of his muscle-sculpting experience to help exercisers achieve dramatic physical results. He does this along with Donavan “I’m a Fair Man” Cox, who draws on his 22 years of experience as a Military Fitness Specialist and Law Enforcement Physical Training Coordinator. These two hardcore instructors help students achieve goals and maintain their fitness progress. Students arrive for boot camp armed with only jump ropes, hand weights, and a water bottle. They can also receive one-on-one guidance during in-home personal training sessions, and additional classes are also available, which include Zumba classes and a Zumba/bootcamp combination class.
At KMAT Baltimore, fourth-degree tae kwon do expert Travis Jenkins teaches trainees of all ages to turn their fists and feet into formidable tools of self-defense and fitness experts slim and tone bodies with group workouts. Each tae kwon do course celebrates the proud legacy of the martial art⎯developed centuries ago during Korea's turbulent Three Kingdoms period as a method of training warriors to strengthen their bodies, instill a system of values and discipline, and spark fear in pinewood boards. During kids' classes, those as young as 4 build coordination, self-esteem and confidence through practicing the ancient art, whereas the adult classes focus on building muscle tone, agility, and speed.