After earning her Bikram yoga instructor certification from the practice's founder in 1999, Bikram Choudhury, studio director Sarah Ittmann traveled the world teaching the 26-posture practice throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Ireland. Now settled in Baltimore, Sarah, her husband Henri, and their team of certified Bikram teachers host daily classes in a 2,000-square-foot space. The studio also features ample free parking in the rear of the building.
Since the hot temperatures?which hover around the 100-degree mark?incite healthy sweating and detoxification, staffers regularly steam-wash the antimicrobial, nonslip floor to keep the studio as clean as Mr. Bubble's standup routine. They also provide men's and women's locker rooms equipped with showers, toiletries, and hair-dryers.
Karen Wright's journey to become a health coach wasn't easy. In the face of hardship, she discovered that her passion for understanding the effects of healthy eating had a positive influence on her family. Her son, diagnosed with ADHD, was less dependent on medication once he changed his diet, and other family members found their high blood pressure and addiction to sugar lessened with her guidance. Karen drew inspiration from seeing the impact that nutrition and holistic healing had on in her own family. It was this same positive energy that spurred her to hunt down the array of certifications necessary to become a holistic health coach. Today, her services include telephone-based classes that help guests take control of their health by arming them with manageable goals and empowering them with information.
Directed by Dr. Lawrence J. Cheskin, Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center focuses on healthy, long-term weight loss plans, personalized to suit each client’s metabolism and individual diet and behavior profile. Their team of dietitians and psychologists work together with an exercise physiologist to craft the programs, which fuse diet modifications, workouts, and occasional prescription appetite suppressants. The team centers their custom diets on natural foods as well as prepackaged meals, working with each participant’s preferences rather than insisting they eat imaginary food made of air.
It's hard to be bored at the MAC. With three locations and a host of unique fitness programs, the fitness center has something for even the most indecisive of exercisers. Want to swim in the saltwater lap pools? Play squash on one of the courts? Take part in a MAC training camp? Or start a specialty regimen in the Kinesis, TRX, or Pilates Reformer studio? Committed to a comprehensive wellness program, staffers offer complimentary consultations for new members, as well as nutritional programs. The trainers at MAC Wellness help guests reach their fitness goals while having fun. Athletes looking to restore pre-injury prowess can also dip into one of the therapy pools or whirlpools with a personal trainer.
The health coaches at Baltimore Nutrition understand that change comes easiest with a net of support. So they created a community-driven approach toward wellness—one in which clients work directly with nutrition experts, but also with each other. Peer guidance helps fitness seekers stick with the weight-loss solutions at Baltimore Nutrition, including one-on-one wellness coaching and programs for improved athletic performance. Participants can even fuel their efforts with Baltimore Nutrition's on-the-go meals, which are ideal for munching during busy work days or stalemated games of hide-and-seek.
GNC's opulent aisles display a wide variety of vitamin and mineral and herbal supplements, as well as sports nutrition, diet, energy, bodycare, and other health products. The Mega Men Sport multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets) supports muscle recovery and energy levels while aiding speedy male metabolisms without dangling steaks in front of their treadmills. Fuel feats of female strength with the Women's Ultra Mega Active multivitamin ($19.99 for 90 caplets), ideal for vigorous women. Two pounds of Pro Performance 100% whey protein ($35.99) distract taste buds with the flavor of chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry while smuggling 20 grams of high-quality protein into the body in each scoop. Promote healthy bones with a calcium supplement, such as coral calcium, sustainably harvested from the Okinawan Sea to provide a healthy 2-to-1 ratio of calcium and magnesium.