High-energy Zumba classes join a handful of other group classes, including Pilates and cycling, inside Flex World Fitness. The rest of the gym holds racks of free weights and plenty of weight and cardio machines for people working out on their own or with an invisible friend.
Inside an unassuming brick building, Ridgely Retreat takes its name seriously. The multifaceted spa, wellness center, and yoga studio offers mental escapes in the form of hot-stone massages and meditation classes as well as physical relief in the form of acupuncture and chiropractic services. The eclectic yoga offerings range from gentle and Vinyasa classes to yoga dance, wine-and-cheese yoga, children’s yoga, and the newly added aerial yoga. On the spa side, services such as glycolic peels and Fraxel laser resurfacing flaunt a modern edge, though the cherry-blossom facial, detox body wrap, and warm bamboo treatment let clients experience the kind of classic relaxation enjoyed by hedonistic pandas the world over.
Emily and Philip Vendemmia look after their students by wrangling a massive schedule of more than 72 classes per week spread over three locations. Bolstered by a strong team of certified Bikram yoga instructors, the duo guides students through Bikram’s 90-minute routine, consisting of 26 postures and two breathing exercises. Instructors crank each studio’s practice space to a hot and humid 105 degrees to help pupils’ muscles safely sink into deep, healing stretches and purge harmful toxins from the body. Each of the standing and seated poses is designed to work every muscle, ligament, and joint while sending freshly oxygenated vampire food to the organs to help support health and fitness.
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.
After jumping into the fitness industry at age 16, Cameron Macdonald built up a series of overuse injuries from her athletic lifestyle. She turned to Pilates as a way to rehabilitate her body?but she also had a knack for the method that others noticed. In 2002, Peak Pilates asked her to become one of their teacher trainers, and she has since instructed and certified more than 100 prot?g?s.
At The Cameron Macdonald Studio, she and her staff lead private, semi-private, and small-group Pilates classes for all experience levels. The team demonstrates exercises on both mats and apparatuses such as the reformer and Wunda Chair. Through the Cameron Macdonald Teacher Training, they can also certify guests to teach others, thereby ensuring that knowledge of the method is passed down without mummifying top students in their own mats.
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.