Chesapeake Health and Fitness Club prioritizes support and courtesy over the kind of cutthroat competition seen in pro sports and suburban landscaping. This attitude is a constant across the diverse curriculum of group fitness classes, which includes Zumba, kickboxing, Pilates, and spinning sessions. During Drums Alive, students beat elevated stability balls with drumsticks, participating in a safer percussive cardio workout than catching a medicine ball with the double-sided tape on your face. For one-on-one routines, certified personal trainers draft plans to suit clients' fitness and nutrition goals. They balance encouragement with expertise and use the club's exercise equipment to lead patrons from stationary cycles to free weights and strength machinery.
Visitors can supplement their reps with facials, reflexology treatments, or waxing at the onsite spa. The kids' club allows exercising parents to leave their children playing games and watching Dora the Explorer instead of playing hot potato with the massage therapist's hot stones.
CrossFit South River's coaches liken their system to a kid's time on the playground. They motivate their students to shimmy up ropes, sway from gymnastics rings, and play games of toss-back with medicine balls. These are just a few of the engaging exercises that fill out the CrossFit method. All the exercises condition participants with functional movements, prepping them to excel at sports, physical work tasks, and everyday activities. Routines are switched up every day, too, to keep everyone interested while bolstering their cross-training prowess. To ensure everyone can succeed, they can scale the workouts to suit any age and fitness level, and offer an optional fundamentals class in which first-timers can learn safety measures and proper technique.
Dr. Sanjiv Saini and the team of physician assistants and registered nurses at MD Dermatology of Maryland tend to the medical and aesthetic needs of skin at their state-of-the-art facilities. They perform scalp-to-toe screenings to check for malicious moles, growths, or "kick me" signs, and they treat conditions such as acne, eczema, and melasma. On the medical spa side of things, they offer beauty injections and chemical peels, as well as laser skin surfacing, laser hair removal, and professional-grade products for purchase.
The 60,000 square feet of space at South River Fitness is divvied up between cardio and weight-training equipment and classrooms for Yoga, Pilates, and Zumba classes. But the amenities don't stop there--an on-site day care keeps watch over members’ kids and sensitive houseplants during workouts, while an organic smoothie bar refuels guests post-workout.
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.