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.
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.
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.
Fueled by an extensive fitness background, including experience in the Army Reserve and wins in competitive bodybuilding featured on Lift for Life, LT Thomas pushes ladies to reshape their physiques in a supportive environment. His training credo puts safety and common sense before overwhelming the muscles, basing workouts on an initial health assessment to set challenging yet doable personal goals. In addition to private training sessions, LT leads women-only boot camps, specializing in programs for the exercise newbie as well as the experienced athlete who swallows five raw kettlebells a day. Throughout both boot camps and personal-training sessions, manageable progressions in patrons’ fitness regimens keep them motivated as they discover hidden reserves of inner strength.
The body sculptors at Universal Fitness put their yoga and personal-training experience to work, leading fitness fans through 60-minute stretching, strengthening, and heart-pumping group workouts. Exercisers can follow choreographed moves in the high-energy Drums Alive class instead, or demolish around 400–800 calories with one session of Kombat Kickboxing. Diva Bootcamp swivels hips and twists torsos into a triad of physical fitness with ticker-charging belly dance, muscle-toning strength training, and traditional yoga stretching for increased flexibility. Yoga Blast, with rigorous, breath-focused moves modeled after the Vinyasa style, stretches limbs to a nimbleness that cooked spaghetti would admire. For a gentler stretch, Sivananda yoga combines 12 sun salutations with meditation and chanting, and Rush Hour Yoga bends bodies out of road-rage gestures and into traditional hatha stances to encourage relaxation and balance.
Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Center's experienced trainers lead fitness seekers through flexible schedules of group classes six days a week. Strengthen and condition cores during CrossFit classes, where supportive groups of fitness friends jog across a calorie-crushing spectrum of exercises that boosts endurance, accelerates agility, and promotes strength until participants can roundhouse kick through a vending machine. The certified coaches of Sports Performance Training guide students to fitness with a scientifically designed program that blends performance training with agility ladders, hurdles, and harnesses in a fast-paced quest to improve athleticism and empathize with superheroes. Finally, SoulBody classes squash stress while centering on cores and aligning posture, promoting stamina and power during sessions filled with motivational music.
Certified fitness trainer Tony Osondu believes in his clients. He also believes in their ability to get into great shape and maintain it, even if they've never worked out before. At his intense boot camp sessions held in the lower level of Timonium's Interactive Fitness, he leads gymgoers of all skill levels through a focused and heart-pounding workout that blends strength training, cardio, and core work.
The goal is muscle confusion—making sure that the body doesn't get used to any particular movement—which helps prevent boredom. In any one session, boot campers might be pushing giant tractor wheels, racing each other, or jumping onto boxes to work on explosive power or an upcoming community theater role as King Kong. On top of his fitness work, Tony also offers personal training and nutritional coaching, which helps motivate and support his clients as they work towards their fitness goals.