Working out can be more fun with others than alone, as these folks can attest. Check out our profiles of fitness classes held around the area or informal social groups who work out together. Then get moving.
Yoga¿s image might be that of youthful, athletic women in skintight pants, but its popularity has mushroomed to include kids, the elderly, pregnant women and people with disabilities, all of whom are turning to the practice for its health benefits.
The lights are low and the bass is thumping, but the cycle room at Rev Cycle Studio in McHenry Row is no dance club. Halfway into the studio's Rev60 Zen class — a "fusion" of 40 minutes of cycling and 20 of yoga — a dozen cyclists are pedaling (and sweating) hard, following instructor Esther Collinetti's demands to go harder.
Within a few minutes of starting the workout, all four students in the class were sweating and breathing hard. This is high-intensity interval training. Heavy on the intensity.
In the cavernous space of Mobtown Ballroom in Pigtown, a small group of women shimmy their hips and move their arms in time to drum solos and Middle Eastern pop music.
While the thought of stretching the body in any number of directions might scare most men, instructor Paul Shapiro says that once you get used to yoga, it brings positive change. "Yoga is a lifestyle," said Shapiro, who holds classes at Yoga on York in Baltimore.
With a song list that includes "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," the Greater Baltimore Medical Center-sponsored Fit for Life program prides itself on exercising and having fun.
Led by Bob Hunter, the activities director for Glen Meadows Retirement Community in Glen Arm, the 30-minute Music N' Motion class is a physical, social, intellectual and spiritual experience.
Taught by personal trainer Jeff Sherman and his group of staff in Timonium, workouts include intense boot camp-style circuit exercises that rotate with every class.
Four times a week at Millbrook Community Hall in Pikesville, the overhead lights are dimmed, the disco lights go on, the music starts and Dancematic Fitness gets the party started.