Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
Though it was originally designed only for starship evacuations and hikes through goblin-infested forests, the buddy system is also an excellent way to stay in shape, as today's deal proves. For $20, you get an hour-long personal training session (a $60 value) and two-month membership (a $168 value) to Federal Hill Fitness, a Baltimore magazine top gym. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
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.
The coaches at CrossFit Towson are living proof that each WOD—workout of the day—can benefit anyone, regardless of his or her fitness goals. The staff includes a rower, a marathoner, lacrosse players, a football player, and a world-ranked kettlebell lifter, all of whom would perform the same movements if they participated in a class. So, too, would a housewife or a high school student. That's because CrossFit's exercises scale by intensity, not by form. Its weightlifts and cardio drills can be performed by students of all experience levels, and the shared workout—not to mention the instructors non-intimidating approach—can lead to a strong sense of camaraderie. CrossFit Towson schedules standard CrossFit classes in addition to open gym time, when guests can plan their own routines and target weak points such as the one pack on their six-pack that creaks.
The MAC's state-of-the-art clubs offer experienced exercisers and more leisure-inclined visitors fun and encouraging environments in which to blast body fat and tone limbs. Group exercise reigns as MAC’s most popular amenity, and each session bulks muscles, fosters pliability, or burns calories without forcing participants to kiss firebreathers after each meal. The Harbor East locale promotes camaraderie with more than 60 group classes each week, headlined by a slew of Pilates reformer classes. Session pair each participant with a reformer, a Pilates apparatus whose moving parts increase one’s range of motion in order to mimic the waving arms and flailing legs of a cartoon character slipping on a banana on ice. The reformer also helps the Pilates exercises hone in on specific muscles, working to chisel core muscles in order to keep the body aligned, balanced, and strong. The Timonium location presents more than 25 classes in everything from yoga, Pilates, and Zumba to kickboxing and spinning.
From its scenic perch upon Baltimore's Inner Harbor, Canton Club rallies small groups for fun, distinctive, strength-building workouts. Air yoga elevates traditional yoga poses with a supportive silk hammock and shoulder-stretching trapeze, enabling a greater exploration of the body's range of motion. The airborne equipment helps strengthen core muscles without straining joints or compressing vertebrae, allowing necks and backs to attain giraffe-like grace and browse from the highest PowerBar trees. FitWall classes gift bodies a spider-like workout, requiring all muscles to band together to adjust to a new, vertical universe. Designed to burn 900-plus calories per hour, workouts order up a menu of more than 100 cardio, climbing, and resistance-training moves to buff up biceps and prolong endurance.
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