Located in Pikesville, B-More Yoga was founded by Integrative Yoga Therapist Jeff Arenberg as a way to help members of the community journey toward physical and mental wellness. Jeff offers small group classes for all levels, fusing yoga with traditional psychiatric counseling to create a powerful tool for improving health. In these classes, participants get a cardio workout and gain strength and flexibility as they listen to and meditate on classic wisdom, receiving individual attention as needed. As the limbs open, so does the heart, allowing your entire being to begin the healing process.
Under the guidance of fitness director and National Asana Yoga competitor Eddie Hall, Baltimore Fitness & Tennis furnishes its 55,000-square-foot facility with exercise equipment and arenas for group classes. More than 35 cardio machines—including treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, and rowers—tone physiques while eyes gander at affixed screens or motion-powered zoetropes of a pumping heart. Strength-training machines from Cybex and Life Fitness challenge muscles alongside a catalog of free weights. During group fitness classes, yoga instructors demonstrate poses and breathing for an enhanced sense of balance, and kickboxing strikes or Zumba moves keep feet from staging revolts against hand favoritism. Following workouts, exercisers can lounge in the toasty air of onsite saunas or the spray of locker-room showers.
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.
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. Similarly, 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 Arenal’s 4,800-square-foot facility. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt chiseled physiques. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the rigorous “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.
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."
Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Center's experienced trainers lead fitness seekers through flexible schedules of group classes six days a week. Strengthen and condition cores during CrossFit classes, where supportive groups of fitness friends jog across a calorie-crushing spectrum of exercises that boosts endurance, accelerates agility, and promotes strength until participants can roundhouse kick through a vending machine. The certified coaches of Sports Performance Training guide students to fitness with a scientifically designed program that blends performance training with agility ladders, hurdles, and harnesses in a fast-paced quest to improve athleticism and empathize with superheroes. Finally, SoulBody classes squash stress while centering on cores and aligning posture, promoting stamina and power during sessions filled with motivational music.
Recognizing the quirks of peoples' exercise routines—some feel intimidated by other exercisers, others prefer the support of a group—Kenneth Reed and his staff at Fit For Life Personal Training stage their workouts in private and small group settings. For even more community, exercisers can sign up for one of Fit for Life's boot camps or upbeat Zumba dance-fitness classes. To supplement workouts with healthful foods, the facility also supplies nutritional counseling.