Whether you yearn to tone up, enhance athletic performance, or completely revamp an unhealthy lifestyle, the certified personal trainers, collegiate and pro athletes, and nutritional counselors at The Laws of Health and Fitness can customize a plan of attack. Through fitness boot camps and personal training, the staff pushes clients almost to their breaking point—just as far as it takes to garner results.
After navigating through the plethora of weightlifting and cardio equipment, guests at 40,000-square-foot Meadow Mill Athletic Club stand before a glass wall protecting them from the ricocheting squash balls speeding back and forth on 16 courts. Meadow Mill’s team of squash instructors leads personal sessions and group clinics on the indoor racket sport for youths and adults, and more seasoned players compete in tournaments often held at the facility.
Just beyond the workout floor and racket courts lie separate fitness studios, in which guests tone their bodies in yoga, Pilates, and 17 spin classes per week, led by certified trainers, who also tailor fitness programs to meet clients' needs in one-on-one sessions. Youth and toddler programs introduce kids as young as 18 months old to fitness with playful movements in Mini Movers, basic skills in Ballet, and fitness-focused games in Toddlercise, such as Pin the Javelin on the Donkey. Furthering demonstrating a dedication to health and wellness, an onsite therapist treats overworked muscles with acupuncture, stretch, and massage treatments.
Recognizing the quirks of peoples' exercise routines—some feel intimidated by other exercisers, others prefer the support of a group—Kenneth Reed and his staff at Fit For Life Personal Training stage their workouts in private and small group settings. For even more community, exercisers can sign up for one of Fit for Life's boot camps or upbeat Zumba dance-fitness classes. To supplement workouts with healthful foods, the facility also supplies nutritional counseling.
At Feel Better Fitness, key fobs grant clients 24-hour access to the gym’s facilities. Feel Better purchased all of its gear from the now-defunct Snap Fitness, creating a glorious bodybuilding phoenix out of the old gym’s ashes. Free weights, modern strength-training machines, and cardio equipment from brands such as Cybex and Eagle populate the gym floor, while flat-screen TVs hang from the walls. The staff offers boot camps as early as 5 a.m. and as late as 6 p.m. as well as personal training and nutrition instruction to help guide clients toward their fitness and lifestyle goals.
Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Center's experienced trainers lead fitness seekers through flexible schedules of group classes six days a week. Strengthen and condition cores during CrossFit classes, where supportive groups of fitness friends jog across a calorie-crushing spectrum of exercises that boosts endurance, accelerates agility, and promotes strength until participants can roundhouse kick through a vending machine. The certified coaches of Sports Performance Training guide students to fitness with a scientifically designed program that blends performance training with agility ladders, hurdles, and harnesses in a fast-paced quest to improve athleticism and empathize with superheroes. Finally, SoulBody classes squash stress while centering on cores and aligning posture, promoting stamina and power during sessions filled with motivational music.
In a story by Patch reporter Elizabeth Janney, owner David Sturman described Elkridge Athletic Club as "a friendly gym," stating that “no matter what your fitness level is or what your shape is, you feel comfortable here." The welcoming environment—together with high-energy classes and cutting-edge equipment—may be why voters named the health club as the best local gym in an Elkridge Patch poll.
Each initiation-fee-free, month-to-month membership includes access to the sauna and hot tub along with unlimited group classes. Guests dance to straightforward moves set to Latin beats in Zumba workouts, and combine cardio and mind-body techniques in Hour of Power classes. Members also receive a complimentary personal-training session to design a customized fitness plan or learn to make a black leather purse that looks just like a kettlebell.