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.
The trainers at Canton Club work as a team to motivate and guide clients through their fitness programs. Panoramic views of Baltimore's Inner Harbor probably don't hurt, either. In this positive atmosphere, exercise regimens combine holistic and functional-fitness training methods, all of which are constantly updated to keep participants' health evolving and their muscles from slowly turning into stone.
Small group and team-training programs alike include ample individual attention for every member. Between scheduled meetings with advisers, these custom programs plunge clients into Turbo Kick, Zumba, TRX suspension training, suspension-based aerial yoga, and other group classes. Some programs also offer workouts designed in-house, like XPF, which includes high-intensity interval training and kettlebells.
Oftentimes when people participate in fitness classes, they undergo something akin to a spiritual experience. This is particularly true of people who take classes at Sanctuary Bodyworks, which is housed in a former church.
The rows of pews have long disappeared, but the walls still boast mosaic tiles arranged to resemble religious figures and symbols, and the windows still hold panes of stained glass. Sunlight streaming through those windows sends splashes of color across the room as people dance their way through Zumba routines, sculpt muscles during barre classes, and learn belly-dancing moves mesmerizing enough to charm a snake. The fitness studio?s peaceful space also includes a loft area used for yoga and Pilates classes.
In addition to fitness classes, Sanctuary offers acupuncture and massage-therapy sessions. And health coaches help clients improve their health by making small, manageable lifestyle adjustments.
Cadet Martial Arts & Fitness helps clients get in shape with a variety of different workout disciplines. Their martial arts program incorporates taekwondo and self-defense techniques that work to improve peoples? strength and flexibility. The pace gets turned up even more to burn calories during fitness kickboxing and Zumba classes. Instructors slow things down while helping people bend and twist their way into yoga poses or leading core-strengthening hula classes. Kids learn the principles and discipline of martial arts during classes for ages 3-12 and at a special after-school program where staffers pick up children from school, help them complete their homework, and sharpen pencils with precise roundhouse kicks.
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.