Personal trainer Gerard Shaber's CrossFit background shows at Towson Fitness Concepts. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, he incorporates squats, pushups, and other bodyweight exercises popular with CrossFit adherents into each 30- or 60-minute workout. Before exercisers break a sweat, Shaber assesses important body stats such as weight and how an individual's abs compare to beverage packaging.
Power Train Sports & Fitness designed their classes for students of all athletic ability. Each workout combines cardio intervals with strength training to build lean muscle and maximize fat burn. Classes are taught with a personalized touch and are designed to keep clients engaged to maximize results.
At 14 facilities across the U.S., Power Train Sports & Fitness' trainers and fitness professionals have helped clients attain their personal goals, whether its a pro football player looking for a professional career or an everyday exerciser trying to find a healthier physique. To do so, trainers don't use a Magic-8 ball; instead, they ask a lot of questions, and then design fitness programs around a client's specific targets. The resulting programs can achieve everything from improved overall fitness and weight loss to enhanced core strength and better flexibility.
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 Mercy High School Alumni Association swears by the notion that "When asked where they went to school, Baltimoreans proudly answer with the name of their high school." In this spirit, they invite their proudest alumni to strap on sneakers, headbands, and souvenir t-shirts to take part in the B-More True to Your School 5K, a friendly fundraising competition between Baltimore-area schools. After running and sweating through the race route together, participants are invited to an all-ages post-race celebration with food, drink, and live music. Though the celebration includes a random prize drawing, prizes also go to the overall winners of the race and whoever stops to help the groundskeeper fight the local squirrel gang. These awards aren't the only incentive to compete: all race fees and donations go to support Mercy High School, and the school with the most registered supporters in the overall competition receives a donation.
To symbolize the raw energy and intensity of their training program, Donna Pierce and Lauren Bunney named their gym?named "Baltimore's Best" by Baltimore magazine in 2010?after Costa Rica?s active Arenal Volcano, which relentlessly spews hot smoke and molten lava. Lauren and Donna use more than 37 years of combined professional fitness experience guiding clients through workouts of the day since 2007 opening suburban Baltimore's first CrossFit affiliate and then establishing Arenal Fitness in 2010. The fitness team turns up the heat of their fitness routines with the CrossFit regimen, which transforms bodies through simple, rigorous, no-frills workouts. Exercisers won?t find circuit training strength machines at both of Arenal?s 5,000-square-foot facilities. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt the physique you have always wanted. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the exhilarating workout of the day. Sessions can be scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant, but always keep muscles guessing with varying reps, weight levels, and surprise trust falls.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.