Dozens of sneakers pound Brickhouse Cardio Club Dover’s hardwood dance floor in time to a pulsating beat. When attending one of the club’s Zumba, Hip Hop Hustle, or TurboKick cardio-kickboxing classes, students can contribute to this booming chorus as they let loose and burn calories in groups of up to 50. Certified fitness instructors set a frenetic pace for most dance classes, though they occasionally slow things down for a relaxing yoga session. As soon as their larger groups file out of the studio, they lead personal-training sessions that allow for a workout experience more intimate than bench-pressing a stack of friends’ diaries.
Trainer Jacob Bedard knows that an active lifestyle doesn't come naturally to everyone—he confesses to having lived a sedentary life throughout his high-school days. After graduation, he discovered the positive effects that fitness and proper nutrition had on his life and dedicated himself to helping others lead healthier lives as well. At GroupFit Boot Camp, Jacob motivates his clients to reach their fitness goals through a results-oriented program featuring workouts that change daily, a process that maximizes impact by keeping muscles confused. These outdoor boot-camp sessions are designed to suit clients of all ages and abilities—from those who want to shed a few vanity pounds to those looking to lose some serious weight—and may include resistance training, core-strengthening exercises, and cardio. To help his clients keep up a healthier lifestyle outside of camp, he also posts workouts that can easily be done at home and maintains a comprehensive online nutrition program.
It may seem intimidating that Annapolis Boot-Camp places beginners and seasoned athletes side-by-side, but classes are about camaraderie rather than competition. Newcomers strive for their goals with encouragement from experienced students and fitness knowledge from personal trainer and boot-camp instructor Sandra Turner. During each session, participants perform scalable cardio, strength, and interval-training exercises that suit their individual abilities. A day's workout may include jumping rope to elevate heart rates, squats to develop muscle endurance, or TRX suspension exercises to show barbells how easily they can be replaced.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
For seven consecutive years, Annapolis Athletic Club has earned What's Up? Annapolis magazine's award for Best Annapolis Gym, and a quick walk around the 20,000-square-foot fitness club is enough to see why. Welcoming grunts emanate from workout rooms as first-time visitors make their way along rows of strength and cardio equipment, through stylish specialty fitness studios, and into a full-service dressing room complete with a sauna and steam room.
When they aren?t working with clients in one-on-one personal training sessions, the gym?s experienced instructors fill their schedules with more than 60 group-fitness classes a week. After particularly grueling workouts, certified massage therapists ease sore muscles with various modalities of therapeutic and restorative massage. A staff of health coaches hand out nutritional advice during private consultations, which parents can attend after sending their kids off to an interactive childcare center complete with fun crafts and video games with weighted, barbell-shaped controllers.
Brian Johnson puts the "personal" in personal trainer. Yes, the fitness expert works one-on-one with clients to reach their fitness goals, but he's also willing to meet them at their homes, create fitness plans for the whole family, weed out pantries, and plan meals that rely on more fresh fruits and vegetables and fewer photos torn from the Sunday produce-market circular. Alongside these individual lifestyle services, he also summons the power of group camaraderie in boot camp classes, which eschew complicated equipment for taxing, quick-change combinations of jumping jacks, pushups, crunches, and other movements.