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.
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.
Fitness guru Brandon Chasen, Sr. oversees four CrossFit facilities around the Baltimore area, including the new 6,000 sq. ft. CrossFit 695 facility. There, the team of coaches push exercisers through the functional exercises of CrossFit's intense workout of the day. That functionality paired with the support from the trainers and fellow exercisers make the workouts manageable for nearly anyone, including Batman when he's sick. That said, newcomers are encouraged to take the CrossFit Fundamentals class to learn proper lifting techniques.
The two owners of CrossFit Humble Beginnings don't care much for flowery biographies and long lists of accomplishments. They'd rather potential clients come visit their gym to see what they're all about: getting people healthier through the functional movements of the CrossFit methodology. They teach CrossFit in both group classes and one-on-one training sessions, challenging their students to push, squat, and lift just a little bit more every time they come in. That said, they keep the focus firmly on achieving personal bests; they want every student to feel comfortable starting at a suitable pace and working upward from there.
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.
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.