A member of the PGA since 2005, Mark Russo helps golfers of every age and skill level unlock professional-grade play during lessons at Night Hawk Golf Center. He boils down the complicated game to a three-pronged teaching philosophy that focuses on establishing fundamentals, trusting the swing to produce consistently positive results, and relying on feel as opposed to technical perfection or the advice of a talking divot. Ultimately, students should be able to get the hang of a swing that’s well suited to their bodies and can be comfortably repeated when facing down a tough shot.
Fists fly and reflexes fire at Xtreme Mpact. Though its name has changed (from Macon's Karate and Fitness), the academy still upholds the principles that have brought its students success since 1988. Instructors specialize in American kenpo. This brand of karate is characterized by the blending of Eastern and Western traditions, meaning it's similar to original karate but with far more post-tournament apple pie. Black-belt-clad instructors impart their knowledge of Kenpo to students of all stripes, from toddlers in Little Dragons classes to experienced trainees in the Black Belt Club.
Regardless of whether it belongs to a couch potato or an Olympic swimmer, the human body is always capable of an improvement in fitness. The trainers at CrossFit Glen Burnie seek to communicate this principle to those who think it's too hard or too late to get fit, and encourage those who already live by it to continue the quest. Their CrossFit programs build a broad base of strength, conditioning, and endurance, which can even help with performance in outside pursuits such as throwing old ladies over your shoulder and helping them across the street. A Workout of the Day might be assembled from Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and cardiovascular exercises, and can be scaled to fit all ages—even kids and senior citizens. Beginning CrossFitters may enroll in an on-ramp class to learn the basic techniques, while more experienced exercisers have their choice of basic, competitive, and weightlifting-oriented programs.
Kicking, punching and jabbing are typically discouraged, but not at Transformations Fitness for Women. The women’s-only gym’s kickboxing-style workouts give athletes the moves they need to tone physiques and brush up on their fighting maneuvers, no matter their level of experience. The gym’s two locations boast eclectic class schedules, with classes ranging from Zumba dance fitness workouts, which burn calories with sultry Latin moves, to sessions that enhance strength and flexibility through a fusion of yoga and Pilates. While guests work out, they can drop kids off at the gym’s complimentary daycare.
Within each noncompetitive Curves facility, female fitness seekers are invited to move through a 30-minute circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that are designed to promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. Shunning cumbersome weight stacks, the hydraulic gadgets adapt to each exerciser's body weight and fitness level to complement her individual abilities, subsequently decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. And because traditional lift-and-lower motions tend to create bulky muscles, Curves' machines promote push-and-pull movements to sculpt toned, lean muscles, perfect for crushing unsuspecting grapefruit. Experienced trainers are always nearby to help clients manage their machine maneuvering, and a soundtrack of fun, upbeat music includes cues to let women know when it's time to move on to the next station or break for an air viola solo. Customers who wish to continue their membership after the trial will need to pay an enrollment fee of $49 in addition to the monthly rate.