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Though athletic performance-analyzing computers and state-of-the-art resistance training gear abound at FX Studios—thanks in part to their partnership with Under Armour—that's only part of the way they help clients. They're also staffed by a team of trainers that come from diverse backgrounds and carry a variety of certifications, which helps FX Studios cater to clients of all ages with a range of fitness goals in mind. Some of these experts lead on-site or at-home personal-training sessions, which use goal-oriented custom fitness programs to build muscle and burn calories. The personal training program allows burgeoning athletes to step outside their homes or office to engage in sessions tailored for their fitness needs. The studio also brings participants together in group classes that include cardio-intensive boot camp and Boxing Fundamentals, which teaches strike combinations and conditioning strategies, such as imagining the punching bag as your least favorite vegetable.
For Bikram Yoga Baltimore's Emily and Eddie Garner, yoga isn't just exercise. It's a dance that purifies the body and silent song that stirs the soul. Drawing upon intensive study with Bikram yoga's founder and Emily's years of ballet training, the couple fills 90-minute classes with 26 graceful poses that stretch and strengthen the entire body. Heated rooms in Cockeysville and Harbor East loosen students' muscles, making them as pliable as a gymnast made entirely of pipe cleaners. Calibrated for both beginners and advanced students, the workout boosts circulation, which can help ease chronic pain and oust pent-up toxins. In addition to hosting classes, each studio rents mats and sells energy boosters such as vitamin-fortified water and Emergen-C supplements.