For the staff at CrossFit Catonsville, intensity is about the sweat on the shirt, instead of the weights on the bar. The experienced coaches at this facility understand that each client is unique, which is why their workouts are tailored to each individual person. Those who complete the CrossFit Catonsville program should see improvements in their strength, speed, agility, and cardiovascular health. In addition to tough workouts, they also offer on-site nutrition counseling and body composition testing. This way, each person has the motivation, guidance and expert knowledge they need to become their best self.
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.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor and Navy Corpsman Noel Smith trained under luminaries such as Master Renato Tavares and Roberto Marques DaSilva. These teachers instilled in him a deep respect for and mastery of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. With exercises that build a powerful mind-body connection while burning calories, this hard-hitting martial art empowers students of nearly any body type or fitness level to efficiently take down an attacker, neutralize an opponent in matches, and deliver a devastating leg-sweep to lingering self-doubt.
In addition to classes in his chosen discipline, Noel's studio also hosts other forms of martial arts training. Thai kickboxing classes help students bolster their self-defense skills while building speed and stamina, and kids' martial arts courses promote discipline and leading a healthy lifestyle. The studio's fitness boot camp draws together a supportive community of fellow athletes as they tone muscles and work away fat in a fun, supportive environment.
Goh’s Kung Fu is a traditional kung fu school that teaches children and adults ancient Chinese fighting and exercise techniques. Founded in 1980 by Sifu Anthony Goh, the academy is now run by one of his longest-continuing students, Sifu Kevin Law. Having trained for years under Sifu Anthony Goh, the instructors at Goh’s Kung Fu are experienced, and dedicated to providing fun and healthy classes that encourage non-violence. These teachers will ensure students feel comfortable and welcome at the school, whether you are beginner or you have been studying kung fu since the early 1400s.
Goh’s Kung Fu teaches that Chinese martial arts can aid in weight loss, increase speed and agility, and foster self-confidence, respect, and discipline. Learn to spar in a traditional kung fu class, gain explosive moves in the contemporary Wushu sessions, or learn meditative skills in the Tai Chi courses.
Nearly 300 years ago, the elders of China's Shaolin Temple convened to develop a new kind of martial arts. They dreamt of a style that would eventually overcome all the others, thanks to its combat efficacy and the fact that it would take a much shorter time to learn. They named this style Wing Chun, a Chinese phrase that translates to "forever springtime" and reflected their hope for a renaissance in Shaolin martial arts.
This renaissance never quite arrived, but traditional Wing Chun is still practiced today. This is largely thanks to the efforts of practitioners such as Grandmaster William Cheung and Sifu Tim Berkemeier, the latter of whom founded Traditional Wing Chun Baltimore. It's easy to see Wing Chun's appeal to modern sensibilities, as it emphasizes a scientific approach that draws on biomechanics and angular deflections. It's also ideal for students who don't have the muscles to send their opponents flying across the room, as it focuses on disabling rather than brute strength.
In a story by Patch reporter Elizabeth Janney, owner David Sturman described Elkridge Athletic Club as "a friendly gym," stating that “no matter what your fitness level is or what your shape is, you feel comfortable here." The welcoming environment—together with high-energy classes and cutting-edge equipment—may be why voters named the health club as the best local gym in an Elkridge Patch poll.
Each initiation-fee-free, month-to-month membership includes access to the sauna and hot tub along with unlimited group classes. Guests dance to straightforward moves set to Latin beats in Zumba workouts, and combine cardio and mind-body techniques in Hour of Power classes. Members also receive a complimentary personal-training session to design a customized fitness plan or learn to make a black leather purse that looks just like a kettlebell.