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.
The muscle tutors at Fitness Together will work with you to determine your goals (drop pounds, run a marathon, get strong enough to finally confront Douglas) and develop a customized workout plan designed to help you reach your true fitness potential. They’ll supervise your squats, offer nutritional advice, and push you until you see results. Individualized attention means it’s all about you—your trainer can point out when you’re doing a stretch incorrectly, help you tone the trouble zones, and push you to keep going when you’d otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Helmed by Eddie Hall, a seasoned personal trainer and semifinalist in the 2011 Yoga Asana National Championship, Baltimore Fitness & Tennis sculpts strong, fit physiques with a collection 30 weekly exercise classes for all fitness levels. Available by reservation, four types of spin sessions, including yoga and muscle-toning variations, partner exercisers with stationary bikes to elevate energy levels more than a pedal-powered espresso machine. Latin-inspired choreography and rhythmic world music inspire students of all levels to sweat during Zumba workouts, and Hatha yoga classes cultivate flexibility through poses that bulk up both strength and serenity. In addition to building cardiovascular endurance, Turbo Kick’s kickboxing moves burn up calories quickly and without accusations of calorie insurance fraud.
With a dollop each of love, joy, peace, and patience, Little Hands Cookie Company enriches young lives with creative baking sessions bringing parents, children, teachers, and community members together with fresh ingredients and tasty morsels. Sixty-minutes of drop-in baking and cookie decorating includes icing, sprinkles, and an apron and chef's hat, allowing youngsters to bake and decorate their delicious treats in batter-proofed style. Each dessert progeny walks away with a tummy filled with wholesome sweets and a new skill set perfect for wowing the critics at the teddy-bear picnic.
Staffed by experienced local musicians and DJs, One Sound Music Academy instructs tune-crafters of all disciplines. Brass, woodwind, string, percussion, and voice lessons hone skills for players of all ages and skill levels. The academy’s traditional music programs take their cues from the Maryland state music curriculum, and courses can culminate in student recitals. Group and private DJ lessons cover topics such as music theory, genre mixing, and blending, teaching aspiring jockeys how to mix floor-filling party anthems from vinyl or CDs.
Influenced by her upbringing in Sierra Leone—where the food culture emphasizes local, artisanal ingredients shared by neighbors—Jeanette Warne guides small groups of adults, teens, and kids in themed cooking classes geared toward age group. In how to-style classes, budding chefs learn such fundamentals as how to cook with wine, how to prepare classic French dishes, or how to tell the difference between a baguette and a baseball bat. The class lineup also covers specializations, such as pastry-chef techniques and cooking for specific dietary needs. Courses typically yield 3–4 dishes.
Warne also lends her expertise to party planners by catering international-themed feasts that feature passed hors d'oeuvres, Mediterranean dinners, and eclectic four-course buffets. The company maintains environmentalist practices, not only through sourcing ingredients locally, but also by buying biodegradable flatware and minimizing the use of single-use paper airplanes that carry food to diners' plates.