Inside this charming home-turned-spa, licensed massage therapists lead clients across gleaming hardwood floors, up a mosaic-lined staircase, and into private massage rooms. There, they soothe muscles with deep tissue, Swedish, or reflexology modalities, combining sessions with aromatherapy to rejuvenate the mind and body. The professional atmosphere and minimalist decor keep distractions to a minimum, so clients can focus on de-stressing or drafting multi-layered rants about work.
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.
Every day outside office buildings and alongside parks, food trucks line up to serve their creations. Though tacos, sandwiches, and ice cream are normally on the menu, Side Dish has something else in mind. This mobile business supplies something with far fewer calories: accessories. Within the sleek cobalt-blue trailer, you can find stackable rings, sparkly headbands, and colorful scarves. Side Dish's accessories reflect both modern trends and vintage designs, adding a pop to outfits that you can get anywhere you see food trucks or smell the aroma of percolating fashionistas.
To symbolize the raw energy and intensity of their training program, Donna Pierce and Lauren Bunney named their gym—named "Baltimore's Best" by Baltimore magazine in 2010—after Costa Rica’s active Arenal Volcano, which relentlessly spews hot smoke and molten lava. Similarly, the fitness team turns up the heat of their fitness routines with the CrossFit regimen, which transforms bodies through simple, rigorous, no-frills workouts. Exercisers won’t find circuit training strength machines at Arenal’s 4,800-square-foot facility. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt chiseled physiques. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the rigorous “workout of the day.” Sessions can be scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant, but always keep muscles guessing with varying reps, weight levels, and surprise trust falls.
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.
On a mission to promote physical fitness and spiritual growth, the teachers at Inner Peace Yoga make their practice accessible above all else. That's why, when students sign up for any class, they automatically get a mat and towel to use for the duration of the session. The class schedule includes five types of yoga ranging from hatha yoga, which focuses on physical and mental strength building, to pregnancy yoga, designed for expectant mothers and new mothers in order to relive the stress that comes with carrying a child or making airplane noises at every meal. Vinyasa and hot vinyasa classes offer a flowing practice that links body and mind, with or without the added benefit of sweating out toxins, while ashtanga yoga takes a more vigorous tempo to help put the body into optimal alignment.