As she walked out of the studio after her first Bikram-yoga class in 2005, Deborah Vojik knew she’d discovered something amazing. She eagerly began attending as many as sessions as she could, even offering to tidy up the studio twice a week in exchange for free classes. After nine weeks of training completed in 2006, Deborah earned her certification as a Bikram-yoga instructor, opening her own studio in 2012. She brings knowledge from her career as a registered nurse to the teachings she learned while studying Bikram.
Today, inside Bikram Yoga Mid Atlantic’s 1,625-square-foot heated room, Deborah and her staff of highly trained, certified instructors conduct sessions seven days a week. Upon the antimicrobial, hypoallergenic floors, the yogis lead students through 26 traditional postures as the higher temperature relieves muscle tension and causes bodies to sweat out toxins. To keep the atmosphere serene and focused, the instructors discourage cell phones and late arrivals.
Fueled by an extensive fitness background, including experience in the Army Reserve and wins in competitive bodybuilding featured on Lift for Life, LT Thomas pushes ladies to reshape their physiques in a supportive environment. His training credo puts safety and common sense before overwhelming the muscles, basing workouts on an initial health assessment to set challenging yet doable personal goals. In addition to private training sessions, LT leads women-only boot camps, specializing in programs for the exercise newbie as well as the experienced athlete who swallows five raw kettlebells a day. Throughout both boot camps and personal-training sessions, manageable progressions in patrons’ fitness regimens keep them motivated as they discover hidden reserves of inner strength.
Co-owners Paul Davis, Catherine Chasen, and Brandon Chasen are highly qualified trainers and have a lot in common: they all played sports in college and they’re all CrossFit Level 1 instructors. Catherine and Brandon have even competed in the 2012 CrossFit Games as seen on ESPN. At their fitness studio, CrossFit Owings Mills, they and their similarly fitness-minded staff will challenge you to a slate of constantly varied, high-intensity, functional workouts that utilize everything from weights and pull-up bars to ropes, running, kettle bells, and sleds. The program pushes its followers to the limit, but also offers them an encouraging group environment and the dream of someday having a body as chiseled as the Statue of Liberty.
Not many events can combine puzzles, obstacle races, and charitable giving-all while filling the downtown area with people in gorilla suits. Gorilla Challenge accomplishes all of these things in a single afternoon. With annual events held across the country, it is quickly becoming the premier event for raising fun and social responsibility. Several of the event's clues are designed to bring awareness to topics such as literacy, poverty, environmental concerns, animal welfare, and elder care. Amid these consciousness-raising events, the company's gorilla-suit-clad staffers make surprise appearances to award participants prizes and collect bribes in the form of fresh bananas or sign-language-speaking kittens.
Coach Falcon—the certified personal trainer, sports nutritionist, and cardio-kickboxing instructor behind Believer's Fitness Boot Camp—thinks that one simple thing is key to changing mental and physical habits: faith in oneself. For more than 15 years, Coach Falcon has helped people reach their health and wellness goals by encouraging them to believe in their own strength and power. He also shares bits of wisdom he gained as a sports-conditioning coach. You can learn to improve speed and agility in boxing-technique and muscle-endurance exercises. His program also encompasses meal plans that initially avoid sugar, salt, grains, and dairy products, or any ingredients that rhyme with "hypotrithixaline."
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.