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Best Alternative Workouts In Baltimore

June 29, 2013 6:00 AM

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If the idea of working out and getting fit has you feeling less than motivated, maybe it is time to try something new. There are a multitude of alternative workout opportunities right here in the Baltimore area. Options such as rock climbing, obstacle-laden races, rowing, zumba and yoga are sure to fulfill the diverse fitness needs and interests of just about anyone. Don’t let another summer pass by without working toward achieving your personal fitness goals.

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Super Spartan Race Virginia
Wintergreen Resort
Route 664
Wintergreen, Va. 22958
(855) 699-1858
www.spartanrace.com

Date: Aug. 24 and 25, 2013

If you are looking for more than just another run or marathon race, it may be time to give the Spartan Race a shot. Are you tough enough to compete in one of the world’s most difficult obstacle-laden races? Spartan races strive to test not only your individual strength, drive and determination; but also test your ability to work as a team and encourage athletes to work together to overcome even the toughest of obstacles in an effort to reach the finish line. Subscribe to the Spartan email list to receive information about the Workout of the Day. Sign up now for the Super Spartan taking place in Virginia. Check the FAQ page for information pertaining to race details and locations. Discounts are available to students and military. Spend some time checking out the website for obstacle information, encouragement and maybe even a few laughs.

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Charm City Yoga
Inner Harbor in West Shore Park
Baltimore, Md. 21207
(800) 336-9624
www.charmcityyoga.com

Date: Every Sunday through Sept. 29, 2013

Yoga strengthens both the mind and body. Test your physical and mental limits and open your mind to experience peace, tranquility and balance all while strengthening your body, toning your muscles and increasing flexibility. Benefits of yoga include stress and pain relief even from chronic conditions, weight loss, an increase in strength and flexibility, improved ability to focus, increased circulation and better body alignment. Charm City Yoga offers classes for all skill levels including meditation classes. Free classes are offered at the Harbor on Sunday mornings.

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Baltimore Rowing Club
3301 Waterview Ave.
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 355-5649
www.baltimorerowing.org

Whether you have been rowing for years or are new to the sport, Baltimore Rowing Club welcomes you. The purpose of this club is to promote the sport of rowing whether it be strictly recreational, to achieve personal fitness goals or to row competitively. All individuals, regardless of age or skill level, are encouraged to learn more about the sport of rowing and how it can positively impact your life. To learn more about the club and events that it is involved in, be sure to check out the blog. If you are interested in learning to row, consider attending an introductory class. Classes are held on Monday and Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m. or Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. No prior experience is required. Teams, classes and divisions are also held for those of higher experience levels.

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Earth Treks
Timonium Climbing Center
1930 Greenspring Drive
Timonium, Md. 21093
(410) 560-5665
www.earthtreksclimbing.com

Earth Treks is an indoor climbing facility with several convenient locations to suit your schedule. This climbing gym is for anyone of any skill level. Earth Treks instructors teach thousands of people to climb each year. Summer passes and free introductory classes are offered as well as climbing clinics for Earth Treks members. Open-climb sessions are available, as well as classes for children, teens and adults. Earth Treks offers opportunities for indoor, outdoor and ice climbing. If you are an experienced climber, you may be interested in joining one of the upcoming expeditions to explore places like Argentina, Ecuador and Kilimanjaro.

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Brick Bodies Downtown
218 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, Md. 21201
(410) 547-0053
www.brickbodies.com

Brick Bodies is a full-service fitness center offering a variety of workout options and classes to meet your diverse needs and interests. If you are looking for something a little out of the ordinary, AquaZumba or water aerobics may be worth a try. The added resistance you get from working out in the pool is a great way to get fit and healthy. Water aerobics offers a very low-impact workout that is perfect for anyone of any age, while AquaZumba offers a more upbeat and lively experience.

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Jillian Amodio is an author, writer, and public speaker.There is nothing she enjoys more than being a stay-at-home mom. In addition to having recently published her first novel, Jillian also writes for her local Pasadena newspaper and on Examiner.com.
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