The volunteer-based school banks on the enthusiasm and passion of its dedicated instructors. Located in Baltimore County in Owings Mills, Maryland, the 3,000-square-foot studio features two training rooms plus changing areas for men and women. Calligraphy and paintings line the wall space of the spirited studio. Its Tai Chi program also emphasizes the Tien Shan Pai motto, "Virtue, Wisdom, Humility, Martial Arts," and is suited for students of all age and skill levels. Group classes are offered Saturday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday evenings. View a complete course schedule here. Studies have shown the unhurried exercise can help prevent or ease aging ills and may be beneficial for an exhaustive list of medical conditions including heart problems, high blood pressure, and arthritis. Call ahead to schedule your first session.
Designed by founder and renaissance woman Lynne Brick and her accomplished husband, Victor, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's health clubs share a fitness cornucopia of group classes, personal-training sessions, and women’s health tips. They stock their workout facilities with premium cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as offer amenities that may include pools, childcare services, and volcano-free saunas. Each of the seven locations sports its own personality, including the Owings Mills and Belvedere facilities, which operate as all-female communities.
The Brick's also employ a team of certified instructors, who lead more than 30 types of group fitness classes, allowing students of all skill levels access to sessions that range from low-impact workouts, such as BodyVive, to more intense courses, such as the kickboxing-inspired BodyCombat classes.
A former cheerleader for the Canadian Football League’s Baltimore Stallions, Samantha Satchell has racked up plenty of experience in both the dance and fitness worlds. The trained dancer has choreographed half-time shows for the Baltimore Blast, a Major Indoor Soccer League team, and the Baltimore Skipjacks, a minor professional ice-hockey team, as well as taught various fitness classes, such as pilates.
In fact, according to the Baltimore Sun, it was during her time teaching dance fitness at local health clubs that Samantha decided she wanted to start her own class, one that “would give her more freedom to mix things up, incorporate new moves, and have more fun.” She now helms the Maverick Dance Party class, a 60-minute class that, much like a musical about Muscle Beach, combines a healthy mix of fitness and dance.
Samantha puts her choreography skills to work once again as she creates original moves that she teaches in a party-like environment. With its low lights and pulsating beat, the dance party resembles a Saturday night out with the girls, rather than a boring fitness class, and participants both torch calories and tap into their individual sexiness while performing moves from styles such as hip-hop, Latin dance, and swing.
Body Bank Fitness Center’s instructors view exercise as an investment: when students put in the effort to exercise, they can reap the results of fat loss and muscle gain. They motivate students to gain the maximum returns on their efforts during group fitness classes such as kickboxing, circuit training, and Shred 2 Shred—an intense workout designed to quickly burn calories and sculpt the physique. Zumba and Caribbean Rhythm classes pair easy-to-follow aerobic dance moves with thumping beats, making students feel like they’re at a dance party while whipping into shape.
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.
A favorite exercise of telephone-line repairmen, fire fighters, and skyscraper iron workers, pole dancing provides a challenging yet approachable full-body workout for all adult clients. You’ll battle high blood pressure with the power of dance, whirling away stress and weight like a flank steak in a clothes dryer. Classes at Xpose Fitness are a perfect way to spicy up your exercise routine or surprise significant others with an activity more exciting than making them up like a clown while they are sleeping.
Co-owners Paul Davis, Catherine Chasen, and Brandon Chasen are highly qualified trainers and have a lot in common: they all played sports in college and they’re all CrossFit Level 1 instructors. Catherine and Brandon have even competed in the 2012 CrossFit Games as seen on ESPN. At their fitness studio, CrossFit Owings Mills, they and their similarly fitness-minded staff will challenge you to a slate of constantly varied, high-intensity, functional workouts that utilize everything from weights and pull-up bars to ropes, running, kettle bells, and sleds. The program pushes its followers to the limit, but also offers them an encouraging group environment and the dream of someday having a body as chiseled as the Statue of Liberty.