It may seem intimidating that Annapolis Boot-Camp places beginners and seasoned athletes side-by-side, but classes are about camaraderie rather than competition. Newcomers strive for their goals with encouragement from experienced students and fitness knowledge from personal trainer and boot-camp instructor Sandra Turner. During each session, participants perform scalable cardio, strength, and interval-training exercises that suit their individual abilities. A day's workout may include jumping rope to elevate heart rates, squats to develop muscle endurance, or TRX suspension exercises to show barbells how easily they can be replaced.
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.
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.
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.
Equipment: body weight exercises
Students should bring: water bottle,
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: we have variations on all exercises for all fitness levels.
Core-Camp classes are part of a full-fledged fitness and nutrition system designed to deliver a healthy lifestyle to dedicated practitioners. With a month of unlimited access to the schedule of indoor and outdoor classes, you'll have ample opportunities to be under the steely but compassionate gaze of a panel of skilled personal trainers. During the classes, you'll engage in boot-camp-style fitness that takes aim with numerous accoutrements, such as kettlebells, stability balls, medicine balls, resistance bands, and more. Flex, bend, and strengthen every expanse in your federation of limbs, all while supporting fitness goals with Core-Camp's nutrition plan. This not-a-diet diet includes grocery lists, meal plans, and face-to-face advice on how to reshape your relationship with food from an episode of Maury to the tail end of a couple's therapy retreat.