In addition to the physical aspects of the art form, yoga, for some, can take on a deeper meaning than a traditional workout involving weights and treadmills and frozen turkeys. For the instructors at Rehoboth Beach Power Yoga, the ancient discipline has come to mean several things. It’s a way to empower the self, it’s a way to watch others grow, and it’s a way to thoroughly enjoy the journey of life. The instructors' omnipresent enthusiasm for movement infuses itself into each session of yoga at their studio, promoting a positive atmosphere.
Classes take place in a heated room to warm the joints, muscles, and breakfast pastries. Beginner classes acquaint new practitioners to basic postures in a pressure-free setting. Open-level courses—such as the therapeutic slow flow or cardio-boosting Vinyasa—can challenge students after they have mastered the basics.
Emily and Philip Vendemmia look after their students by wrangling a massive schedule of more than 72 classes per week spread over three locations. Bolstered by a strong team of certified Bikram yoga instructors, the duo guides students through Bikram’s 90-minute routine, consisting of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Instructors crank each studio’s practice space to a hot and humid 105 degrees to help pupils’ muscles safely sink into deep, healing stretches and purge harmful toxins from the body. Each of the standing and seated poses is designed to work every muscle, ligament, and joint while sending freshly oxygenated vampire food to the organs to help support health and fitness.
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Sport Fit's gold membership grants aspiring athletes and established exercisers 30 consecutive days of calisthenics, including unfettered access to fitness centers and motivational group-exercise classes. Sport Fit's Bowie location boasts basketball and tennis courts, as well as a variety of indoor pools for swimming laps, alleviating aches, and trying to find Nemo. Bowie's group-exercise schedule is brimming with brawn-boosting group classes, including Pump Fit, Zumba, and 2K Knockout Fitness. For restless gym-goers, the Laurel Fitness and Swim and the Laurel Racquet club offer two separate locations from which to lift weights, labor over lay-ups, or lounge in a whirlpool or sauna. Athletic endeavors abound at Sport Fit in Severna, where a long list of weekly workouts displays a wealth of ways to maximize musculature and tone tendons.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
At First Class Martial Arts, children may learn basic martial arts strikes. On the other hand, they could learn how to play dodge-ball like a ninja. The coaching studio enrolls students of all ages in structured programs, but also organizes camps and birthday parties around whimsical martial arts games. The age-appropriate classes draw elements from several disciplines, including tae kwon do, kickboxing, karate, and judo. In each, instructors introduce practical self-defense skills alongside core martial arts principles. Each class takes place in First Class's airy, well-lit studio, where padded floors provide ample room for learning new techniques and sparring with an imaginary though still impossible-to-beat Jackie Chan.