The Summit Effect personal-trainer roster includes an ocean-rescue expert, two US national-team athletes, and a military-reserve trainer who specializes in yoga, Thai massage, and swimming. Long story short, you're in good hands. Group and private training sessions are a diverse blend of CrossFit-style exercises, military training, and competitive athletics. That said, fitness at Summit Effect is always tailored to the individual, so clients can work toward specific goals, such as weight loss or injury recovery.
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.
The body sculptors at Universal Fitness put their yoga and personal-training experience to work, leading fitness fans through 60-minute stretching, strengthening, and heart-pumping group workouts. Exercisers can follow choreographed moves in the high-energy Drums Alive class instead, or demolish around 400–800 calories with one session of Kombat Kickboxing. Diva Bootcamp swivels hips and twists torsos into a triad of physical fitness with ticker-charging belly dance, muscle-toning strength training, and traditional yoga stretching for increased flexibility. Yoga Blast, with rigorous, breath-focused moves modeled after the Vinyasa style, stretches limbs to a nimbleness that cooked spaghetti would admire. For a gentler stretch, Sivananda yoga combines 12 sun salutations with meditation and chanting, and Rush Hour Yoga bends bodies out of road-rage gestures and into traditional hatha stances to encourage relaxation and balance.
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.
Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Center's experienced trainers lead fitness seekers through flexible schedules of group classes six days a week. Strengthen and condition cores during CrossFit classes, where supportive groups of fitness friends jog across a calorie-crushing spectrum of exercises that boosts endurance, accelerates agility, and promotes strength until participants can roundhouse kick through a vending machine. The certified coaches of Sports Performance Training guide students to fitness with a scientifically designed program that blends performance training with agility ladders, hurdles, and harnesses in a fast-paced quest to improve athleticism and empathize with superheroes. Finally, SoulBody classes squash stress while centering on cores and aligning posture, promoting stamina and power during sessions filled with motivational music.
Body Bank Fitness Center’s instructors view exercise as an investment: when students put in the effort to exercise, they can reap the results of fat loss and muscle gain. They motivate students to gain the maximum returns on their efforts during group fitness classes such as kickboxing, circuit training, and Shred 2 Shred—an intense workout designed to quickly burn calories and sculpt the physique. Zumba and Caribbean Rhythm classes pair easy-to-follow aerobic dance moves with thumping beats, making students feel like they’re at a dance party while whipping into shape.
At 10,000 square feet, No Limits Gym is one of the largest martial-arts facilities in Baltimore. Each of the instructors on staff is equipped with a black belt, a stunt double, and extensive training in a variety of fitness and combat styles. In addition to teaching karate, their specialties include jiu jitsu, muay thai, boxing, MMA, and TRX suspension training.