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.
AAU kickboxing champion. SEAL Adventure Challenge competitor. SWAT team member. Fitness instructor for the Army National Guard. Michael Parrish’s resume is a testament to his hard-as-nails approach to staying fit. At Drop Zone Extreme Fitness, he calls upon all of his muscle-sculpting experience to help exercisers achieve dramatic physical results. He does this along with Donavan “I’m a Fair Man” Cox, who draws on his 22 years of experience as a Military Fitness Specialist and Law Enforcement Physical Training Coordinator. These two hardcore instructors help students achieve goals and maintain their fitness progress. Students arrive for boot camp armed with only jump ropes, hand weights, and a water bottle. They can also receive one-on-one guidance during in-home personal training sessions, and additional classes are also available, which include Zumba classes and a Zumba/bootcamp combination class.
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.
title: Brickhouse Cardio Club
With 13 Zumba classes a week—as well as yoga, Turbo Kick, hip-hop, and Total Body Sculpt sessions—Brickhouse Cardio Club keeps its vibrant green-and-blue studio jamming with energetic tunes and the sound of feet thumping the floor in rhythm. This haven for cardio is one of many locations of its kind, its success having spread the studio’s reach to many states, including West Virginia and Texas. This location’s special lighting and club vibe put the focus on having fun with each workout, but that doesn't get in the way of the serious sweating that takes place. Instructor Karen Taitano says she's seen many members slim down by two or more dress sizes.
Zumba's international beats and easy-to-imitate movements tone bodies with moves that draw from merengue, calypso, belly dancing, and other styles. This varied approach to dance fitness gets heart rates up more effectively than just doing the moonwalk for an hour, unless you’re moonwalking while carrying a piano. A specially designed floor goes easy on joints as students stretch themselves into yoga poses or strengthen physiques during Total Body Sculpt sessions.
title: Top Shape Fitness
html_text: The staff at Top Shape Fitness, led by principal trainer George Tyler, believes that expert guidance is key to workouts. To that end, the fitness center focuses entirely on personal-training sessions and group fitness classes. The company's freakishly strong roots lie in its signature cardio kickboxing class, known as GT Box. In these sessions, trainers blend kickboxing movements with dumbbell training, plyometrics, and other toning exercises. Elsewhere on the weekly schedule, minds and bodies meld in yoga classes, and TRX suspension classes employ equipment developed by US Navy SEALs.