True fitness requires more than just exercising – otherwise you only do it once and a while. To find the motivation both mentally and physically to workout and then keep working out is often half the battle when it comes to staying “fit.” This is where gyms and fitness clubs become essential. Trained instructors are able to make a routine feel fun and comfortable while pushing you to accomplish more than you often think you’re capable of. For Baltimore residents, there are countless options for getting a workout routine started this new year, but here’s a list of some of the best to get you started on the right foot. If none of these classes match your fitness style, then also try these Best Budget Fitness Classes In Baltimore.

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

The first club to offer “Baltimore Barre” in the area, Brick Bodies offers both traditional and new workout classes to spice up your fitness regiment. Baltimore Barre is a fusion between ballet, yoga and pilates that works the core and upper body in ways you’ve never imagined. Additional classes range in intensity from TRX Suspension training and bootcamps to R.E.A.C.T. (Resistance, Endurance, Agility and Core Training), Pure Pilates and EmPOWER, the latter of which is specially designed for women’s wellness. This club has several locations including Perry Hall, Lutherville, Padonia and Reisterstown in addition to the downtown location, making it convenient to visit no matter where your travels take you. (Note: Classes vary per location.)

Knockout Fitness
1108 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(443) 703-9260
www.knockoutfitnessmd.com

Intensity, variation, motivation and a sense of accomplishment from day one – if these are important to your ideal workout routine, then Knockout Fitness is a must-visit. As Maryland’s #1 training facility for women’s fitness, Knockout Fitness provides a variety of options for getting toned, increasing endurance, building strength and losing weight all within a “no judgment” zone. Choose from boxing classes like Spartan Training, Blitz and Boxfit, as well as aerobic workouts such as circuit training, TRX and Kettle Bells, among many others. As boxing is becoming a trendy new workout style nationwide, this facility is a great place to start punching with its offer of a free boxing trial.

Maryland Athletic Club (MAC)
655 President St.
Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 625-5000
macwellness.com

MAC is the place to re-energize, work up a sweat and embrace a healthier lifestyle with a community of individuals who share the same goal. With a variety of classes and regular training camp schedules for those seeking a quick, effective training program, MAC’s routines are both easy and fun – meaning members are excited to participate and be challenged every visit. Spin 45, Yoga Fusion, PiYo, Shockwave, Turbokick and Zumba are just a few of the classes offered. Fans of the books and movie will especially appreciate the “Hunger Games” class, which has been offered in the past and simulates warrior drill activities such as archery with a resistance band. With facilities located in Baltimore, Timonium and Hunt Valley, there’s plenty of opportunity to stop in before, during or after work.

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Big Vanilla Athletic Club
26 Magothy Beach Road
Pasadena, MD 21122
(443) 305-9618
www.bigvanilla.com

Big Vanilla Athletic Club has a fitness class for everyone from youth to seniors programs and high intensity to therapeutic – offering an impressive 65 group exercise classes per week. Pick from a long list of unique fitness instructions like Cardio Hip Hop, Dancing with the Big V Stars, Drums Alive!, Gravity Training, Tabata/Spartacus Boot Camp and many others. In the pool you can participate in deep water running, water aerobics, wellness and rehabilitation, or request personal training to fit your unique workout needs. Each class is taught by an experienced trainer who can help you reach, and even surpass, your specific workout goals.

Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Club
1420 Clarkview Road
Baltimore, MD 21209
(410) 823-2500
www.barehills.com

A Best of Baltimore winner in 2014 (by Baltimore Magazine), Bare Hills Racquet and Fitness Club hosts a range of top-notch classes for both beginners and experts. While this club is a premier venue for fitness, it also boasts a reputation for training tennis and squash players. One unique, high-intensity workout that is perfect for tennis players is Cardio Tennis, which provides a full body workout while burning calories and improving game skills. CrossFit workouts, a core strength and conditioning program, is another high-intensity option available here. Professional trainers are specialized in fitness trends such as Gravity, Multi-Sport and many more, and are ready to challenge your mind and body while helping you achieve your fitness goals.

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