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.
The martial-arts instructors at Maryland Mixed Martial Arts are dedicated solely to improving fighting skills—but don't tell your waistline that. As students pick up potentially life-saving techniques designed to deter and defeat aggressors, their metabolism is vanquishing scores of calories, and their muscles are developing into angular lines of meat and sinew.
Although the instructors take martial arts seriously, they temper their approach to accommodate any level of skill and fitness. In fact, they encourage first-timers to try out a class, extolling the mental and physical gains that occur in their classes almost immediately.
For the staff at CrossFit Catonsville, intensity is about the sweat on the shirt, instead of the weights on the bar. The experienced coaches at this facility understand that each client is unique, which is why their workouts are tailored to each individual person. Those who complete the CrossFit Catonsville program should see improvements in their strength, speed, agility, and cardiovascular health. In addition to tough workouts, they also offer on-site nutrition counseling and body composition testing. This way, each person has the motivation, guidance and expert knowledge they need to become their best self.
At PhabFuzion, personal training doesn't necessarily refer to a one-on-one, in-studio workout. The business's personal trainers also take on small-group and partner training in their studio, outdoors, or in clients' homes via personalized workouts put online (plus weekly phone or email check-ins). All three programs also incorporate nutritional help with weight-management specialists. For those who prefer to work out in a larger crowd, there are also Zumba, Tai Chi, Pilates Fuzion, and other group fitness classes.
The inspiring trainers at each MetaBody location lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 5 or 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
US Tae Kwon Do classes are taught by martial-arts experts and help students achieve peace of mind, personal confidence, better understanding of physical capabilities, self-defense techniques applicable to the real world, and the ability to knock a jar of pickles off the top shelf with a roundhouse kick. With class schedules modeled on the ancient art of busy lifestyles, those with busy lifestyles will be able to easily squeeze in a kicking-and-punching jam session that can breathe new life into a stale exercise regimen. Class offerings and times vary at each location—call ahead to begin your membership and schedule your first foray into one of the world's most practiced martial arts.