The "M" in M.Power Yoga has probably done some yoga itself—it's very flexible, standing for several different things. First and foremost, it stands for moxie, which groups will acquire through force of character, determination, and nerve while achieving physical breakthroughs. It also stands for mastery of the moment, a quality each of the studio's instructors exhibit through his or her teachings.
M.Power Yoga offers a variety of class offerings including Power Vinyasa, Melt Hot Fusion class, and Barre. Music is a vital element, too. In fact, musicians perform live during classes on a regular basis, cranking up the creative energy so nobody has to practice on top of a painting instead of a mat. Additionally, the studio space goes a long way in making the M.Power Yoga experience unique. That's especially true of the bright, uncluttered main studio on the first floor, which is equipped with anti-microbial cork floors and a radiant heating system for comfortably heated classes. The locker rooms present a spa-like atmosphere with plenty of safes to lock up your belongings and the retail boutique has unique, yoga-inspired clothing as well as many accessories you might need for a stretchy night out on the town.
Gary Ostroski was bored. He was tired of workout routines that followed the same pattern of arms one day, back the next, and so on. He wanted a challenge, and he found it in CrossFit. His first CrossFit workout left him drained, but it also left him with a new passion. He founded 410 CrossFit to help people like himself push themselves to new levels of fitness through CrossFit's ever-changing workouts. Each class showcases new challenges designed to balance muscle development and weight loss so clients don't develop bulky silhouettes or float away on strong breezes.
At the age of 14, Baltimore Yoga Village founder Anjali Sunita traveled to India, where she discovered the joys of simple living mixed with the sorrows of yearning for a greater purpose. After years of expanding her education and worldview through reading and the guidance of a college mentor, Anjali found peace within the rigid discipline and spiritual focus of a South Indian ashram. Soon setting her mind to sharing the physical and mental benefits of yoga with others, she taught in private homes and underserved schools before opening her own pair of studios known collectively as Baltimore Yoga Village.
There, a team of certified yoga instructors oversees a supportive community dedicated to peace, health, and spiritual growth. Whereas many studios’ teachers spend too much time teaching students to knit their own mats, Baltimore Yoga Village’s programs focus on the ancient practice of Hatha yoga, which includes deep breathing techniques, yoga postures with attention to physical alignment, and guided relaxation. The staff also leads regular workshops in a variety of topics, from Thai-yoga bodywork to meditation through devotional songs.
After navigating through the plethora of weightlifting and cardio equipment, guests at 40,000-square-foot Meadow Mill Athletic Club stand before a glass wall protecting them from the ricocheting squash balls speeding back and forth on 16 courts. Meadow Mill’s team of squash instructors leads personal sessions and group clinics on the indoor racket sport for youths and adults, and more seasoned players compete in tournaments often held at the facility.
Just beyond the workout floor and racket courts lie separate fitness studios, in which guests tone their bodies in yoga, Pilates, and 17 spin classes per week, led by certified trainers, who also tailor fitness programs to meet clients' needs in one-on-one sessions. Youth and toddler programs introduce kids as young as 18 months old to fitness with playful movements in Mini Movers, basic skills in Ballet, and fitness-focused games in Toddlercise, such as Pin the Javelin on the Donkey. Furthering demonstrating a dedication to health and wellness, an onsite therapist treats overworked muscles with acupuncture, stretch, and massage treatments.
To symbolize the raw energy and intensity of their training program, Donna Pierce and Lauren Bunney named their gym—named "Baltimore's Best" by Baltimore magazine in 2010—after Costa Rica’s active Arenal Volcano, which relentlessly spews hot smoke and molten lava. Lauren and Donna use more than 37 years of combined professional fitness experience guiding clients through workouts of the day since 2007 opening suburban Baltimore's first CrossFit affiliate and then establishing Arenal Fitness in 2010. The fitness team turns up the heat of their fitness routines with the CrossFit regimen, which transforms bodies through simple, rigorous, no-frills workouts. Exercisers won’t find circuit training strength machines at both of Arenal’s 5,000-square-foot facilities. Instead, they use free weights, medicines balls, and kettlebells to sculpt the physique you have always wanted. All students start out learning the proper form of CrossFit's functional movements before taking on the exhilarating workout of the day. Sessions can be scaled to meet the fitness level of each participant, but always keep muscles guessing with varying reps, weight levels, and surprise trust falls.
Designed by founder and renaissance woman Lynne Brick and her accomplished husband, Victor, Brick Bodies and Lynne Brick's health clubs share a fitness cornucopia of group classes, personal-training sessions, and women’s health tips. They stock their workout facilities with premium cardio and strength-training equipment, as well as offer amenities that may include pools, childcare services, and volcano-free saunas. Each of the seven locations sports its own personality, including the Owings Mills and Belvedere facilities, which operate as all-female communities.
The Brick's also employ a team of certified instructors, who lead more than 30 types of group fitness classes, allowing students of all skill levels access to sessions that range from low-impact workouts, such as BodyVive, to more intense courses, such as the kickboxing-inspired BodyCombat classes.