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.
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.
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.
Students should bring: Feel free to bring water. Mats and towels are provided.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive 10 minutes before a scheduled class.
New York native Kenneatha Grimes has had—and overcome—her own struggles with weight, so she knows what it takes to get in shape and live a healthier life. Through BSB Fitness, this AFAA-certified group fitness instructor and wellness coach offers classes such as the Latin-flavored Zumba and high-energy Hip-Hop Hustle that are designed to get participants up and moving. Turbo kick, PiYoStrength, and boot camp further fuel the caloric burn. She also offers nutritional tips combined with plenty of encouragement.