Fantasy Fitness LLC’s classes for women fuse sexy and exotic movements with a fitness regimen that tightens and tones muscles throughout the body. It’s a system that elicits an energetic, positive vibe and bolsters self-confidence as participants shimmy down poles, dance around chairs in high heels, or gyrate hips to Latin beats. The studio's list of 10 classes also includes a mommy-and-me dance class, where moms can burn calories while the little ones learns dance steps and the importance of exercise.
Recognizing the quirks of peoples' exercise routines—some feel intimidated by other exercisers, others prefer the support of a group—Kenneth Reed and his staff at Fit For Life Personal Training stage their workouts in private and small group settings. For even more community, exercisers can sign up for one of Fit for Life's boot camps or upbeat Zumba dance-fitness classes. To supplement workouts with healthful foods, the facility also supplies nutritional counseling.
Located in Pikesville, B-More Yoga was founded by Integrative Yoga Therapist Jeff Arenberg as a way to help members of the community journey toward physical and mental wellness. Jeff offers small group classes for all levels, fusing yoga with traditional psychiatric counseling to create a powerful tool for improving health. In these classes, participants get a cardio workout and gain strength and flexibility as they listen to and meditate on classic wisdom, receiving individual attention as needed. As the limbs open, so does the heart, allowing your entire being to begin the healing process.
Under the guidance of fitness director and National Asana Yoga competitor Eddie Hall, Baltimore Fitness & Tennis furnishes its 55,000-square-foot facility with exercise equipment and arenas for group classes. More than 35 cardio machines—including treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, and rowers—tone physiques while eyes gander at affixed screens or motion-powered zoetropes of a pumping heart. Strength-training machines from Cybex and Life Fitness challenge muscles alongside a catalog of free weights. During group fitness classes, yoga instructors demonstrate poses and breathing for an enhanced sense of balance, and kickboxing strikes or Zumba moves keep feet from staging revolts against hand favoritism. Following workouts, exercisers can lounge in the toasty air of onsite saunas or the spray of locker-room showers.
Life Bridge Health & Fitness partners with Parisi Speed School to form a fitness duo that produces top performing athletes. Hosted inside of the center, the school focuses on training young athletes in nutrition education and bolstering their agility and endurance. Parisi uses traditional speed and strength training methods that have cultivated more than 190 NFL draft picks to increase muscle stamina and teach students how to avoid injuries.
With collective experience in physical therapy, athletic training, exercise physiology, and sports performance, the certified staff trainers at Life Bridge Health & Fitness can address the individual fitness needs of just about any client. They conduct their programs inside a nearly 70,000-square foot facility. The center caters to a range of fitness needs with amenities such as metabolic rate-test machines, massage studios, an indoor swimming pool, and a 30-foot rock-climbing wall with three auto-belay systems. Their connection to LifeBridge Regional Health means they have a team of hospital-worthy medical personnel inside the building at all times, should any injuries occur.
Inside the fitness center, instructors also conduct one-on-one and small group personal training sessions designed to help clients with aspirations such as losing weight, improving flexibility, and outrunning a smug neighborhood squirrel. Coaches also helm group exercise classes in yoga, Pilates, cardio-building aquatics, cycling, TRX, and barre fitness. Inside the private massage rooms, licensed therapists knead away pain and stress using 10 modalities such as neuromuscular therapy, deep-tissue, Thai, and muscle energy technique.
To symbolize the raw energy and intensity of their training program, Donna Pierce and Lauren Bunney named their gym—named "Baltimore's Best" by Baltimore magazine in 2010—after Costa Rica’s active Arenal Volcano, which relentlessly spews hot smoke and molten lava. Similarly, the fitness team turns up the heat of their fitness routines with the CrossFit regimen, which transforms bodies through simple, rigorous, no-frills workouts. Exercisers won’t find circuit training strength machines at Arenal’s 4,800-square-foot facility. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt chiseled physiques. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the rigorous “workout of the day.” Sessions can be scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant, but always keep muscles guessing with varying reps, weight levels, and surprise trust falls.