Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
The SSI-certified dive-masters at Scuba Hut of Maryland drill amateur amphibians in proper subaquatic conduct with introductory and open-water scuba classes. Solo swimmers and pairs can report to the Try Scuba class for a run-down on flipper fundamentals, in which teachers outfit figures with diving equipment and all other necessary materials. Pupils then spread their maritime wings inside a pool, acclimating to their scuba gear as they navigate both the shallow and deep ends, making sure to avoid crashing into chlorine-water manatees.
Owner Anita Ammon’s disinterest in logging jogging hours on the treadmill led her to develop Xpose’s approach to keeping fitness fun. The class schedule offers 50-minute sessions organized into varying degrees of difficulty by the cheerful staff. Beginner sessions prep strengthening, walking, and transitional moves while advanced offerings focus on climbing, inverted moves, intricate spins, and introductory astrophysics. Choose the classes that are right for you, and then call ahead to make a reservation. Both pole and chair classes employ natural movements to increase flexibility, improve cardiovascular fitness, and produce long, lean muscles while maintaining a fun environment.
Art Exposure was established a decade ago to bring a splash of color to the Baltimore community through exhibits, education, events, and splashes of color. The collective also nurtures the burgeoning art community by helping young artists find a canvas through a series of different courses. Your Groupon is good for any five-week course (as opposed to five random classes) falling under the Art Classes for Adults category. The once-a-week classes are offered for artists of all levels and across various styles and mediums. The current course lineup includes introduction to digital photography, abstract painting, oil painting (beginner/intermediate/advanced), watercolor painting (beginner/intermediate), and connect-the-dot masterpieces. Friendly and skilled instructors lead each course and all are well versed in the art of art (and secretly versed in the art of break-dancing). Many classes begin in early March and April, with different lessons added all the time, so check the schedule for upcoming dates, times, and locations.
Though it was originally designed only for starship evacuations and hikes through goblin-infested forests, the buddy system is also an excellent way to stay in shape, as today's deal proves. For $20, you get an hour-long personal training session (a $60 value) and two-month membership (a $168 value) to Federal Hill Fitness, a Baltimore magazine top gym. Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.