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.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
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.
Thick battle ropes, hefty barbells, and TRX suspension cables create an unusual fitness playground at B-More Fit 4 Life’s private training gym. Personal trainer Jamie Reisinger helps students build muscle in the softly lit, warehouse-like space. Through personal training, one-on-one nutrition counseling, and whole life wellness classes to motivate and educate her clients, she shares the knowledge she gained as an exercise-science student at Salisbury University.
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.