When walking into CrossFit Nation’s fitness facility for the first time, attendants will notice one thing quickly—there are no machines. That’s because the instructors lead workouts that use natural movements and body resistance to strengthen and tone. Each day, they sweat alongside attendants in a Workout of the Day composed of varying movements and different exercises, which may include pull-ups, squats, pushups, and pinkie curls. Instructors ensure that each attendant can keep up with the program by making modifications to the daily workout based on the individual’s fitness level.
Trainer Jacob Bedard knows that an active lifestyle doesn't come naturally to everyone—he confesses to having lived a sedentary life throughout his high-school days. After graduation, he discovered the positive effects that fitness and proper nutrition had on his life and dedicated himself to helping others lead healthier lives as well. At GroupFit Boot Camp, Jacob motivates his clients to reach their fitness goals through a results-oriented program featuring workouts that change daily, a process that maximizes impact by keeping muscles confused. These outdoor boot-camp sessions are designed to suit clients of all ages and abilities—from those who want to shed a few vanity pounds to those looking to lose some serious weight—and may include resistance training, core-strengthening exercises, and cardio. To help his clients keep up a healthier lifestyle outside of camp, he also posts workouts that can easily be done at home and maintains a comprehensive online nutrition program.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
For seven consecutive years, Annapolis Athletic Club has earned What's Up? Annapolis magazine's award for Best Annapolis Gym, and a quick walk around the 20,000-square-foot fitness club is enough to see why. Welcoming grunts emanate from workout rooms as first-time visitors make their way along rows of strength and cardio equipment, through stylish specialty fitness studios, and into a full-service dressing room complete with a sauna and steam room.When they aren’t working with clients in one-on-one personal training sessions, the gym’s experienced instructors fill their schedules with more than 60 group-fitness classes a week. After particularly grueling workouts, certified massage therapists ease sore muscles with various modalities of therapeutic and restorative massage. A staff of health coaches hand out nutritional advice during private consultations, which parents can attend after sending their kids off to an interactive childcare center complete with fun crafts and video games with weighted, barbell-shaped controllers.
After jumping into the fitness industry at age 16, Cameron Macdonald built up a series of overuse injuries from her athletic lifestyle. She turned to Pilates as a way to rehabilitate her body—but she also had a knack for the method that others noticed. In 2002, Peak Pilates asked her to become one of their teacher trainers, and she has since instructed and certified more than 100 protégés.
At The Cameron Macdonald Studio, she and her staff lead private, semi-private, and small-group Pilates classes for all experience levels. The team demonstrates exercises on both mats and apparatuses such as the reformer and Wunda Chair. Through the Peak Pilatesystem Series, they can also certify guests to teach others, thereby ensuring that knowledge of the method is passed down without mummifying top students in their own mats.
At the end of Annapolis Beer Week, the 2nd Annual Maryland Drafts and Laughs event pairs more than 50 craft beers with uproarious sets by area comedians. Guests can sample sips including Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, Yuengling Porter, Flying Dog Woody Creek White, and Fordham Brewing Company’s Copperhead Ale. An hour into each session, standups launch into their sets, sharing humorous insights or asking brewmasters what the deal is with fermentation. A portion of the proceeds go toward The Foundation for Community Betterment, a philanthropic organization that supports local individuals and groups.
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Annapolis Beer Week 5K Beer Run Usually, runners swig water during a race. But at the Annapolis Beer Week 5K Beer Run, participants stop at beer stations to rehydrate with samples of various brews before continuing their dash for the finish line. The event encourages racers to dress creatively, awarding distinctive costumes such as old bridesmaid's dresses, team uniforms, or running shorts made from two miniature kegs. Proceeds benefit the MSBusters Support Group of Edgewater, a community organization that provides financial and emotional support for those living with multiple sclerosis.
It may seem intimidating that Annapolis Boot-Camp places beginners and seasoned athletes side-by-side, but classes are about camaraderie rather than competition. Newcomers strive for their goals with encouragement from experienced students and fitness knowledge from personal trainer and boot-camp instructor Sandra Turner. During each session, participants perform scalable cardio, strength, and interval-training exercises that suit their individual abilities. A day's workout may include jumping rope to elevate heart rates, squats to develop muscle endurance, or TRX suspension exercises to show barbells how easily they can be replaced.