Personal trainer Gerard Shaber's CrossFit background shows at Towson Fitness Concepts. During one-on-one personal-training sessions, he incorporates squats, pushups, and other bodyweight exercises popular with CrossFit adherents into each 30- or 60-minute workout. Before exercisers break a sweat, Shaber assesses important body stats such as weight and how an individual's abs compare to beverage packaging.
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. Lauren and Donna use more than 37 years of combined professional fitness experience guiding clients through workouts of the day since 2007 opening suburban Baltimore's first CrossFit affiliate and then establishing Arenal Fitness in 2010. 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 both of Arenal?s 5,000-square-foot facilities. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt the physique you have always wanted. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the exhilarating 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.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
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.
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.
Coach Falcon—the certified personal trainer, sports nutritionist, and cardio-kickboxing instructor behind Believer's Fitness Boot Camp—thinks that one simple thing is key to changing mental and physical habits: faith in oneself. For more than 15 years, Coach Falcon has helped people reach their health and wellness goals by encouraging them to believe in their own strength and power. He also shares bits of wisdom he gained as a sports-conditioning coach. You can learn to improve speed and agility in boxing-technique and muscle-endurance exercises. His program also encompasses meal plans that initially avoid sugar, salt, grains, and dairy products, or any ingredients that rhyme with "hypotrithixaline."