In the world of athletic training, Robert Taylor, Jr.?s resume speaks for itself. In addition to stints as the head strength and conditioning coach for two NCAA Division I programs, his expertise also landed him gigs with professional baseball, football, and basketball franchises. Now, along with the other experienced coaches at SMARTER Team Training, Robert shepherds high school athletes toward their full potential at training camps and clinics. Whether they?re honing position-specific skills for football, basketball, field hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, or other sports, or increasing overall athleticism during the school?s signature Speed, Agility, and Conditioning Camp, students always find a challenging itinerary designed to bring skills to a more advanced level. There's even a college prep training program, which gets high school players ready for the increased intensity at the college level.
Licensed acupuncturist Karen S. Oliva embraces toyo hari acupuncture, first developed by blind practitioners in the 1930s. Nicknamed gentle acupuncture, toyo hari employs very subtle palpations to release blockages in the chi—the body's vital energy—that can lead to pain, disease, and March Madness. Karen believes in supplementing acupuncture with holistic therapies such as herbs and facial rejuvenation therapy, which boosts collagen and elasticity in worn-out mugs.
"Running is such a beautiful metaphor for life,” Back on My Feet founder Anne Mahlum says on her organization’s website. “Life is about choosing different roads and our program teaches the importance of choosing roads filled with opportunity, hope and happiness.” Anna’s understanding of life and running intertwined and strengthened during her own daily runs. Every morning she would follow the same route, but despite her conditioning it began to take her longer and longer. This was because her route took her past a homeless shelter, and what began as jogging past without breaking stride turned into waving at familiar faces and then stopping to talk. Today, Back on My Feet is dedicated to the empowerment and self-sufficiency of underserved people. Back on My Feet (BoMF) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to creating independence and self-sufficiency within the homeless and other underserved populations by first engaging them in running as a means to build confidence, strength and self-esteem. Through running, people experiencing homelessness gain community, self-esteem, and confidence alongside other people of all backgrounds. Anna’s efforts have led to a running club in Philadelphia and have since expanded to the Baltimore and Washington DC areas. The organization funds its cause by hosting events and races throughout the year, including various 5Ks, half-marathons, and The AT&T Sneaks Come Out at Night 15K & 3x5K Relay.
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.
When Baltimore Salsa Dance Company's founder Tabitha Hitchye-Holliday isn?t at the helm of one of her daily Latin dance classes at Dance & Artistic Expressions Studio, she?s wearing her sequined performer?s costume and dancing . She?s been dividing her time between teaching, performing, and studying dance for 14 years. She puts all of this experience to use at her Catonsville studio, where she and her staff lead dance lessons in the styles of salsa, bachata, and ballet, as well as fitness programs such as Zumba. Ballet students learn the basic feet and arm positions of classical ballet and practice moves at the barre, while Zumba students burn calories through high energy movements inspired by an array of dance styles, such as salsa and merengue. Additionally, students can attend the RSVP-only weekly salsa practices, every Sunday from 6 to 9 p.m. and monthly salsa parties, hosted every first and third Friday of the month.
Instructors allow students to showcase their newfound moves with fellow enthusiasts during weekly Friday practice sessions and at a monthly social on the last Friday of the month. To ensure students look their best while dancing, staffers vend performance wares such as clothing, shoes, and industry-grade rug-cutting scissors within an attached boutique. Not limited to just dance, students can partake in an array of cultural provisions, including classes in American Sign Language, Introductory Spanish, sewing, arts & crafts, tap, jazz, and barre fitness.
The Works Fun Center opened its doors to provide youngsters with a fun, safe place to let off steam, have a good time, and quite simply, act their age. Inside the entertainment emporium, kids unwind while learning the fine art of tag-team parallel parking while behind the wheel of a bumper car. They can also rack up high scores in an arcade or tumble through the colorful tunnels and tubes of the indoor playground. But, while the focus is on kids, The Works makes sure to help out adults, too, specifically with party-planning packages that include pizza and decorations.