At 10,000 square feet, No Limits Gym is one of the largest martial-arts facilities in Baltimore. Each of the instructors on staff is equipped with a black belt, a stunt double, and extensive training in a variety of fitness and combat styles. In addition to teaching karate, their specialties include jiu jitsu, muay thai, boxing, MMA, and TRX suspension training.
Equipment: Modern and classic athletic equipment used for cross training
Students should bring: Water, towels and workout attire
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be well-hydrated and ready to have fun while getting fit.
The volunteer-based school banks on the enthusiasm and passion of its dedicated instructors. Located in Baltimore County in Owings Mills, Maryland, the 3,000-square-foot studio features two training rooms plus changing areas for men and women. Calligraphy and paintings line the wall space of the spirited studio. Its Tai Chi program also emphasizes the Tien Shan Pai motto, "Virtue, Wisdom, Humility, Martial Arts," and is suited for students of all age and skill levels. Group classes are offered Saturday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. View a complete course schedule here. Studies have shown the unhurried exercise can help prevent or ease aging ills and may be beneficial for an exhaustive list of medical conditions including heart problems, high blood pressure, and arthritis. Call ahead to schedule your first session.
Body Bank Fitness Center’s instructors view exercise as an investment: when students put in the effort to exercise, they can reap the results of fat loss and muscle gain. They motivate students to gain the maximum returns on their efforts during group fitness classes such as kickboxing, circuit training, and Shred 2 Shred—an intense workout designed to quickly burn calories and sculpt the physique. Zumba and Caribbean Rhythm classes pair easy-to-follow aerobic dance moves with thumping beats, making students feel like they’re at a dance party while whipping into shape.
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.
US Tae Kwon Do classes are taught by martial-arts experts and help students achieve peace of mind, personal confidence, better understanding of physical capabilities, self-defense techniques applicable to the real world, and the ability to knock a jar of pickles off the top shelf with a roundhouse kick. With class schedules modeled on the ancient art of busy lifestyles, those with busy lifestyles will be able to easily squeeze in a kicking-and-punching jam session that can breathe new life into a stale exercise regimen. Class offerings and times vary at each location—call ahead to begin your membership and schedule your first foray into one of the world's most practiced martial arts.