Maisha McCoy made it her mission to be a health and fitness resource for her community. And her community is in good hands: along with experiences as a group fitness instructor, she was also a retail pharmacist. She currently runs Breathe4Sure Pharmacy Solutions, a diabetes consulting company. This health-fitness background also comes into play at Zumba with Maisha, where she leads Zumba classes at local churches such as Perkins Square Church. Everyone is welcome—including kids, adults, or those with no Zumba experience—to have fun while working hard as they blast calories and tone up during the aerobic workouts.
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.
Fantasy Fitness LLC’s classes for women fuse sexy and exotic movements with a fitness regimen that tightens and tones muscles throughout the body. It’s a system that elicits an energetic, positive vibe and bolsters self-confidence as participants shimmy down poles, dance around chairs in high heels, or gyrate hips to Latin beats. The studio's list of 10 classes also includes a mommy-and-me dance class, where moms can burn calories while the little ones learns dance steps and the importance of exercise.
In a story by Patch reporter Elizabeth Janney, owner David Sturman described Elkridge Athletic Club as "a friendly gym," stating that “no matter what your fitness level is or what your shape is, you feel comfortable here." The welcoming environment—together with high-energy classes and cutting-edge equipment—may be why voters named the health club as the best local gym in an Elkridge Patch poll.
Each initiation-fee-free, month-to-month membership includes access to the sauna and hot tub along with unlimited group classes. Guests dance to straightforward moves set to Latin beats in Zumba workouts, and combine cardio and mind-body techniques in Hour of Power classes. Members also receive a complimentary personal-training session to design a customized fitness plan or learn to make a black leather purse that looks just like a kettlebell.
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.
With 13 Zumba classes a week—as well as yoga, Turbo Kick, hip-hop, and Total Body Sculpt sessions—Brickhouse Cardio Club keeps its vibrant green-and-blue studio jamming with energetic tunes and the sound of feet thumping the floor in rhythm. This haven for cardio is one of many locations of its kind, its success having spread the studio’s reach to many states, including West Virginia and Texas. This location’s special lighting and club vibe put the focus on having fun with each workout, but that doesn't get in the way of the serious sweating that takes place. Instructor Karen Taitano says she's seen many members slim down by two or more dress sizes.
Zumba's international beats and easy-to-imitate movements tone bodies with moves that draw from merengue, calypso, belly dancing, and other styles. This varied approach to dance fitness gets heart rates up more effectively than just doing the moonwalk for an hour, unless you’re moonwalking while carrying a piano. A specially designed floor goes easy on joints as students stretch themselves into yoga poses or strengthen physiques during Total Body Sculpt sessions.