Armed with several hundred hours of yoga training and Yoga Alliance certifications, the instructors at Sage Yoga are well-versed in the traditional ways of yoga. They guide students of all ages and ability levels through the sequences of hot yoga, Vinyasa flow, and classical Hatha yoga. Whether in group classes or private training sessions, they give each student personal attention—and often incorporate essential oil compresses to ease tight muscles. All classes are held inside Sage Yoga's 1,500-square-foot studio space, where warm earth tones foster relaxation, and healthy drinks are available for purchase. Friday evenings showcase a Happy Hour Flow theme where students can sample healthy drink offerings after class.
At Potomac Paddlesports, the first professional kayak school to be endorsed by the American Canoe Association, the team of American Canoe Association– and British Canoe Union–certified instructors patiently lead students through a methodical progression of flat-water paddling skills. The classes cover a variety of watersports, including whitewater rafting, river and sea kayaking, and standup paddling. The small-group classes are designed to keep students engaged, and longer trips down the Potomac challenge their skills with powerful rapids surrounded by lush scenery, interspersed with rare glimpses of bears putting on their bear suits. Outside of class, students can bond with fellow paddlers during weekly sushi meals and occasional movie nights. Further demonstrating their dedication to bodies of water, Potomac Paddlesports works to preserve the nation’s rivers, estuaries, and oceans, sharing this passion with its members through advocacy and donations to conservation programs.
Evolutions Body Clinic's staff promotes healthy lifestyles and holistic well-being with an array of services, including a full schedule of yoga classes. Vinyasa accommodates beginners, practiced yogis, and nimble hula-hoop champions, helping pupils to strengthen limbs with a dynamic sequence of cascading poses that concludes with introspective deep relaxation. To ensure that seasoned yogis can find a more physically demanding experience, the Vinyasa Hot class bombards ligaments with equatorial heat in order to facilitate deeper stretching and detoxifying perspiration. Yin yoga focuses thoughts inward with sustained, floor-held poses intended to shake down the ne’er-do-well connective tissues that shoot dice in the back alleys of the hips and lower back, unleashing torrents of flowing energy throughout the body and eroding away unsightly peninsulas of mental stress.
The experienced fitness instructors at Center Street Yoga aim to promote healthier lifestyles through exercise, meditation, and controlled breathing. Their group yoga classes—with sessions available for beginner, intermediate, and advanced practitioners—can help students reduce stress and joint pain while toning their muscles and shedding fat.
Four different types of classes are offered, including a slower-paced beginner class that focuses on learning the postures and nursing newborn spirit animals. The Vinyasa class is more intensive, with instructors assuming students will be familiar with yoga fundamentals. But if you really want to get a vigorous workout in, head to one of the hot Vinyasa classes, where the room is heated between 85 and 95 degrees to allow for deep stretches.
Thick battle ropes, hefty barbells, and TRX suspension cables create an unusual fitness playground at B-More Fit 4 Life’s private training gym. Personal trainer Jamie Reisinger helps students build muscle in the softly lit, warehouse-like space. Through personal training, one-on-one nutrition counseling, and whole life wellness classes to motivate and educate her clients, she shares the knowledge she gained as an exercise-science student at Salisbury University.
The coaches at CrossFit Towson are living proof that each WOD—workout of the day—can benefit anyone, regardless of his or her fitness goals. The staff includes a rower, a marathoner, lacrosse players, a football player, and a world-ranked kettlebell lifter, all of whom would perform the same movements if they participated in a class. So, too, would a housewife or a high school student. That's because CrossFit's exercises scale by intensity, not by form. Its weightlifts and cardio drills can be performed by students of all experience levels, and the shared workout—not to mention the instructors non-intimidating approach—can lead to a strong sense of camaraderie. CrossFit Towson schedules standard CrossFit classes in addition to open gym time, when guests can plan their own routines and target weak points such as the one pack on their six-pack that creaks.
Divinefiesta Fitness Studio's peppy, certified instructors pump up heart rates and tone muscles with the festive cardio dance routines of Zumba, Zumba Toning, and Zumbatomic kids' classes. As high-energy Latin tunes animate the room, instructors lead easy-to-follow moves culled from dances such as salsa, rumba, and the graceful arc of a taco flying through a grade-school cafeteria. They marry calorie-melting steps with slow swivels that tighten hips and abs to help clients to shimmy up to their fitness goals.