After studying homeopathy and holistic remedies from a young age in her native Brazil, Lola Manekin traveled stateside to hone her acupuncture and massage-therapy techniques. At Nia Baltimore, she draws on her holistic knowledge and teaches students an empowering mix of uninhibited dance moves, martial arts, and healing techniques. Each of Nia's 52 expressive movements are intended to promote a specific outcome, such as the release of negative emotions or the building of inner and outer strength. These movements also target and strengthen specific muscle groups, including the core, arms, and prehensile tail.
Certified Nia instructors also include Claudia Soloman and Julia Basset Morrow.
The team members at Soldierfit are just like anyone else?dads and moms, sons and daughters, neighbors and friends. Where they set themselves apart, though, is at the gym. At Soldierfit, this tight-knit group carves out a community of likeminded folks who pursue both the physical and intangible benefits of fitness. Confidence, camaraderie, and character are all natural byproducts of Soldierfit classes, which are heavily rooted in intense military-style workouts. During sessions, exercisers must overcome any number of challenges, from drills and calisthenics to body weight exercises and weight training.
Center Ring Circus School believes that learning is best achieved through play and that a relaxed mind is the only way to approach complex physical tasks. Founded by Gregory May, a former clown with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey, the school seeks to share the magical quality of circus-arts skills with a broader audience. Students study and master the trapeze, silks, stilt-walking, and partner acrobatics in a supportive and noncompetitive environment.
After training clients for 15 years in outdoor boot camps, Mac Cassity finally figured out how to control the weather. He yearned for an improvement over sessions that were dictated by capricious rain, stifling heat, and the never-ending nuclear winter rather than by their instructors. So he moved the whole operation inside, transferring his campers and his 60-minute routines inside, where padding and various exercise equipment provide engaging and effective workouts.
Mac's one-hour sessions rely on positive encouragement and teamwork to motivate students, who forge strong social bonds in their quest for fitter physiques. The classes sync partner work and exercises that leverage body weight and utilize fitness equipment to burn off fat and build muscle?all to the beat of invigorating songs.To keep the slimming, toning programs lively, Mac holds contests for weekly and monthly prizes to provide extra incentive for patrons to drop unwanted pounds. For a more tranquil athletic approach, the center also hosts yoga classes that help students strengthen their cores, boost their flexibility, and center their minds.
Though Synergy Pilates & Yoga has the spacious rooms, owner Charmaine Gordon keeps class-sizes small. This gives each participant focused attention from her team of trained instructors. Charmaine is a classically-trained Pilates instructor herself and has spent 20 years helping others stay fit, both at her Pilates and yoga studio, as well as at Synergy Women's Fitness, which she has owned and operated for 22 years with her husband, Rod.
The team at Charm City Yoga helps clients get fit, live well, and connect with the community through three simple steps; practice, thrive, and transform. Practice is attained at each of Charm City Yoga's 7 locations; where they offer a diverse selection of classes including their signature, Hot Yoga. Staffers help clients through regular practice to transform and deepen their knowledge of yoga, while also helping build muscle, improving flexibility, and quieting the mind.