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.
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.
Kicking, punching and jabbing are typically discouraged, but not at Transformations Fitness for Women. The women’s-only gym’s kickboxing-style workouts give athletes the moves they need to tone physiques and brush up on their fighting maneuvers, no matter their level of experience. The gym’s two locations boast eclectic class schedules, with classes ranging from Zumba dance fitness workouts, which burn calories with sultry Latin moves, to sessions that enhance strength and flexibility through a fusion of yoga and Pilates. While guests work out, they can drop kids off at the gym’s complimentary daycare, whose staffers stay in touch with each other via two-way talk radios, rather than by sending them regular flocks of carrier pigeons.
Located in Pikesville, B-More Yoga was founded by Integrative Yoga Therapist Jeff Arenberg as a way to help members of the community journey toward physical and mental wellness. Jeff offers small group classes for all levels, fusing yoga with traditional psychiatric counseling to create a powerful tool for improving health. In these classes, participants get a cardio workout and gain strength and flexibility as they listen to and meditate on classic wisdom, receiving individual attention as needed. As the limbs open, so does the heart, allowing your entire being to begin the healing process.
Under the guidance of fitness director and National Asana Yoga competitor Eddie Hall, Baltimore Fitness & Tennis furnishes its 55,000-square-foot facility with exercise equipment and arenas for group classes. More than 35 cardio machines—including treadmills, ellipticals, steppers, and rowers—tone physiques while eyes gander at affixed screens or motion-powered zoetropes of a pumping heart. Strength-training machines from Cybex and Life Fitness challenge muscles alongside a catalog of free weights. During group fitness classes, yoga instructors demonstrate poses and breathing for an enhanced sense of balance, and kickboxing strikes or Zumba moves keep feet from staging revolts against hand favoritism. Following workouts, exercisers can lounge in the toasty air of onsite saunas or the spray of locker-room showers.
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.