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.
Reisterstown Sportsplex seamlessly melds competitive fire and ice with a regulation NHL skating rink and a similarly spacious indoor field for lacrosse and soccer. Since opening in 2008, the facility has expanded to host both serious and recreational events, from birthday parties and broomball matches to figure-skating lessons and hockey leagues for all ages. The center frequently hosts open public-skating hours, giving fledgling figure skaters the chance to prepare for real-world, high-pressure job interviews at the local RollerBurger.
Morning Breeze Yoga Studio welcomes students of all experience levels to enjoy the benefits of yoga. Whether they're looking to get fit, relax, or a little bit of both, the studio's beginner and mixed-level yoga classes are designed to help. Certified yoga instructor Jennifer Lerche leads students through poses that connect breath to movement, in addition to meditations that release tension and help unite body, mind, and spirit. On the more fitness-focused end of the spectrum, she also offers balance ball and core bodywork classes.
Jump!Zone is an inflatable indoor play center packed with moonwalks, bouncers, and giant slides for children up to age 12. Landlocked kids can enjoy the 23-foot inflatable pirate ship at the Owings Mills location, while arboreal buccaneers can scale the pirate ship tree house in Columbia, made from a real tree that once ate real pirate-ship replicas. Grade-schoolers looking to book the perfect destination play date can check out Columbia's volcano slide in the Jurassic Adventure. Or let mini adults plan future medieval sports careers on the Dragon's Castle Basketball Bounce at Owings Mills.
A frequent qualifying course for the U.S. Amateur, Piney Branch Golf Club's 18-hole course has a reputation as one of Maryland's best designs. The course arcs fairways over rolling hills and through clusters of trees, all leading to challenging greens. But while its 6,781-yard length from the tips may bring scratch golfers to their knees, the course offers five tee options to make the test passable for players of all abilities. Before teeing off, players can warm up with unlimited range balls at the driving range, practice their touch on the short game range, or bury underperforming drivers in a practice bunker. Those who aren't concerned with their handicap can simply enjoy the grounds' beautiful gardens and impeccable landscaping, best enjoyed from the massive windows of the hilltop clubhouse.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Length of 6,781 yards from the tips * Course rating of 73.9 from the tips * Slope rating of 130 from the tips * Five tee options