Although secret societies have terrific members-only benefits, their gorilla-centric initiation rites are often illegal. Make a solemn fitness vow that's legal with today's Groupon: for $25, you get 30 consecutive days of unlimited access and unlimited group fitness classes at the Maryland Athletic Club (a $104 value). The MAC has three area locations that can be visited interchangeably: Harbor East, Timonium, and an Express location in Hunt Valley.
The MAC's state-of-the-art clubs offer experienced exercisers and more leisure-inclined visitors a fun and encouraging environment in which to blast body fat and tone limbs. The Hunt Valley Express location offers quick cardio and strength-training equipment for hurried athletes, and the Timonium and Harbor East locations will impress even the most distinguished club designer. Both locations boast aquatic centers complete with a lap pool; two warm-water therapy pools for relaxing, injury rehabilitation, or training for lazy-river marathons; and a 104-degree coed whirlpool. The Harbor East locale offers more than 50 group classes each week, and Timonium offers more than 100 classes in everything from yoga, Pilates, and Zumba to kickboxing and spinning. Both clubs house more than 100 pieces of cardio and strength equipment, nearly all equipped with personal entertainment systems. The Harbor East location boasts four squash courts for fierce battles of paddling domination, and both locations offer Internet cafés and kids' clubs where pre-Olympians participate in stimulating and creative activities under the watchful eye of the friendly MAC staff.
Flee to the exercise playground for a month of calorie burning and fat-blasting training, and reap the benefits of an exercise-enhanced existence.
The Maryland Athletic Club & Wellness Center
It's hard to be bored at the MAC. With three locations and a host of unique fitness programs, the wellness center has something for even the most indecisive of exercisers. Want to swim in the saltwater lap pools? Play squash on one of the courts? Or start a specialty regimen in the Kinesis, TRX, or Pilates Reformer studio? Committed to a comprehensive wellness program, staffers offer complimentary consultations for new members, as well as nutritional programs. The trainers at MAC Wellness help guests reach their fitness goals while having fun. Athletes looking to restore pre-injury prowess can also dip into one of the therapy pools or whirlpools with the guidance of a personal trainer. MAC also offers a number of programs for children through their Kids Club which offers child care, swimming lessons, and birthday parties.