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.
Fantasy Fitness LLC’s classes for women fuse sexy and exotic movements with a fitness regimen that tightens and tones muscles throughout the body. It’s a system that elicits an energetic, positive vibe and bolsters self-confidence as participants shimmy down poles, dance around chairs in high heels, or gyrate hips to Latin beats. The studio's list of 10 classes also includes a mommy-and-me dance class, where moms can burn calories while the little ones learns dance steps and the importance of exercise.
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.
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. Lauren and Donna use more than 37 years of combined professional fitness experience guiding clients through workouts of the day since 2007 opening suburban Baltimore's first CrossFit affiliate and then establishing Arenal Fitness in 2010. 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 both of Arenal?s 5,000-square-foot facilities. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt the physique you have always wanted. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the exhilarating 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.
After studying homeopathy and holistic remedies from a young age in her native Brazil, Lola Manekin traveled stateside to hone her acupuncture and massage-therapy techniques. At Nia Baltimore, she draws on her holistic knowledge and teaches students an empowering mix of uninhibited dance moves, martial arts, and healing techniques. Each of Nia's 52 expressive movements are intended to promote a specific outcome, such as the release of negative emotions or the building of inner and outer strength. These movements also target and strengthen specific muscle groups, including the core, arms, and prehensile tail. Certified Nia instructors also include Claudia Soloman and Julia Basset Morrow.