Charm City residents looking to tone up for beach season have a number of options. They can hit the treadmill, take up yoga or start dancing off the pounds with Zumba.
But there’s another, more extreme way to get in shape that’s gaining popularity in Baltimore: training with cage fighters.
At Ground Control Academy in Canton, where some of the area’s top mixed martial arts fighters train, owners are seeing an increasing number of members who never plan to step foot in a cage, but value what the intense MMA workouts can do for their bodies.
“90 percent of our students aren’t going to compete, they’re here to work out,” said Nick Ehrlich,...