You might see "Motown" or "80s" on the schedule, but InSync Cycle Studio is not a dance venue. These events still involve plenty of legwork, though—students pedal aboard stationary bikes as invigorating music blares all the while. During these sessions, they'll surmount imaginary hills with real resistance, or zoom through long straightaways at high speeds. Some might be marathoners, and others might be first-timers. It doesn't matter to the instructor at the head of the class, who makes sure that everyone's workout is suited to their experience.
Typically, these instructors are the ones in charge of the music. Most classes aren't themed, but follow a mix of tunes that mesh with the teacher's taste. Some will even time the rhythm of their inclines and sprints to match the song, which is why "Flight of the Bumblebee" has been banned forever. Regardless of the soundtrack, each low-impact lesson helps to tone muscle and build endurance in a communal, encouraging space.
The MAC's state-of-the-art clubs offer experienced exercisers and more leisure-inclined visitors fun and encouraging environments in which to blast body fat and tone limbs. Group exercise reigns as MAC’s most popular amenity, and each session bulks muscles, fosters pliability, or burns calories without forcing participants to kiss firebreathers after each meal. The Harbor East locale promotes camaraderie with more than 60 group classes each week, headlined by a slew of Pilates reformer classes. Session pair each participant with a reformer, a Pilates apparatus whose moving parts increase one’s range of motion in order to mimic the waving arms and flailing legs of a cartoon character slipping on a banana on ice. The reformer also helps the Pilates exercises hone in on specific muscles, working to chisel core muscles in order to keep the body aligned, balanced, and strong. The Timonium location presents more than 25 classes in everything from yoga, Pilates, and Zumba to kickboxing and spinning.
Beneath a protective sheet of plastic wrap, newly formed bowls and vases in all shapes wait their turn to enter the fiery kiln that will turn them into finished pieces of pottery. These pieces are the end results of The New Phoenix Pottery's classes, which take place six days a week and allow beginning and advanced students to mold reclaimed clay either by hand or atop a spinning pottery wheel. Both adults and children can attend, providing a multigenerational outlet for artistic dreams or a healthy release of pent-up anger at Clay Aiken.
Interactive Fitness began in 2006 as the personal-training studio of co-founders Cristhian Ruiz and Charlotte Hetterick, and it has since grown into a full gym complete with strength and cardio equipment and a variety of individual or group exercise options. Ruiz, a Colombian-born fourth-degree tae-kwon-do black belt and hapkido black belt, directs the center. He has gathered a team of instructors that includes a triathlete and former University of Kansas football player, a certified Body Pump instructor and marathon runner, and light heavyweight boxer Willie "For Real" Williams. Members and nonmembers pay the same price for services including personal training and group classes. The warehouse-style atmosphere is accented by a large reproduction of The Kiss by Gustav Klimt, an artist renowned for having highly developed biceps and deltoids in his painting arm.
Earth Treks' Climbing Centers are state-of-the-art indoor climbing gyms located in Columbia, Timonium and Rockville, MD. We pride ourselves on offering the best rock climbing in the greater Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland region. Each gym is among the largest in the country with climbing for every skill level.
Inside the lime-green walls of this charming needlepoint establishment, savvy stitchers school students in the basics of needleworking. Bedecked and Beadazzled supplies all the necessary materials for its beginner needlepoint classes, including a hand-painted canvas, stretcher bars and tacks, threads, songs of encouragement, needles, and either a round leather jewelry box or a luggage tag to hold and showcase the finished product.
Designed by founder and renaissance woman Lynne Brick and her accomplished husband, Victor, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's health clubs share a fitness cornucopia of group classes, personal-training sessions, and women’s health tips. They stock their workout facilities with premium cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as offer amenities that may include pools, childcare services, and volcano-free saunas. Each of the seven locations sports its own personality, including the Owings Mills and Belvedere facilities, which operate as all-female communities.
The Brick's also employ a team of certified instructors, who lead more than 30 types of group fitness classes, allowing students of all skill levels access to sessions that range from low-impact workouts, such as BodyVive, to more intense courses, such as the kickboxing-inspired BodyCombat classes.