ó Itís easy to let summer fitness goals fall by the
wayside once colder weather sets in.
indoor workouts might seem monotonous. The fear of
frostbitten ears and fingertips might make you give that
run a second thought. But there are ways to incorporate
engaging fitness activities within the comfort of the
all it takes is a little research ó and a lot more
might not become a pro in months, but you have plenty of
unconventional options to get a fitness fix indoors.
LaTempa, a 28-year-old Graceland Park resident, began
her search for a year-round fitness regimen more than
three years ago. She tried lifting weights and ran a 5K
race, but she was looking for something that would keep
her interest. LaTempa opted for aerial silks, an
exercise reminiscent of Cirque du Soleil acrobats who
perform dance routines from fabrics hung from the
remember thinking, ĎThis is so hard. This is the
hardest thing Iíve ever done,í" said LaTempa.
Around a year later, she became an instructor at
Baltimoreís Urban Evolution gym.
rope climbing, dance and acrobatics-hybrid helps develop
body awareness and strength while creating routines,
according to LaTempa, who now teaches aerial silks
classes to ages 6 and up.
a total-body workout, from your legs to your hip flexors
to your glutes, your abs, arms and your shoulders. Ö
Many muscles are working together to achieve a
goal," she said.
work to master grips, knots, splits and drops using the
silks, and when theyíre ready, they perform full
routines at recitals for friends and family.
body has really changed," said Erin Draper, 26, of
Canton, who has taken the class for the past two years.
"Itís a really great physical and creative outlet
for me. It gets me to the gym because Iím focusing on
what Iím learning and how I can put the moves together
rather than just coming with the goal of changing my
body and being fit."
on a National Hockey League-size ice rink, broomballís
concept and positioning is similar to that of ice
hockey, but donít worry: "If youíre not good at
skating, you donít have to learn," said Beth
Williams, 41, who founded the Baltimore Broomball Club
10 years ago.
of skates, players wear spongy-soled shoes to gain
traction while running on ice and using sticks with
molded, broom-shaped heads to maneuver an inflatable
ball on the ice. Two teams, each with six players, go
head-to-head trying to score the most goals in 50
minutes, which makes for a good aerobic workout,
according to Williams.
trying to stand on ice. Ö Your inner thighs hate you.
Itís a leg workout. Itís also a pretty healthy arm
workout," she said.
Finke, 29, of Parkville, Md., joined the club, which
features around 250 members, about a year ago after a
colleague introduced him to the sport.
unique, and itís definitely demanding from an athletic
perspective," he said, but the team aspect and
running around on the ice make it fun, he said.
parks like Sky Zone and Rockiní Jump are known for
wall-to-wall bouncy recreation, but fitness is also an
Bellamy, 23, an instructor at Sky Zoneís Timonium,
Md., location, teaches SkyFit, an array of low-impact
core exercises and strength-building aerobics performed
are said to burn up to 1,000 calories in an hour. The
classes consist of jumping and running exercises, abs
and core workouts, squats and interval training,
sometimes aided by additional equipment, he said.
you put in is what you get out. Ö Nothing is too harsh
on your body," Bellamy said.
Garnher, 27, of Timonium has knee problems and said he
was hesitant at first to try the workout, but he was
surprised to find that he could sprint from wall to wall
without hurting himself. And if there was a workout that
was too strenuous, Bellamy "had no issue with
modifying the exercise."
gadgets are just what you need to spice up a workout.
Classes that require participants to wear Kangoo Jumps
shoes, which lift people into the air with every jump,
are an alternative to the average aerobics class. Some
even argue that theyíre safer.
a high-intensity, low-impact aerobic fitness tool that
is versatile in every environment. You can use these
Kangoo Jumps boots indoors and outdoors, in the studio,
on fitness runs. Ö Theyíre rehab for runners with
leg injuries," said Amy Willis, 54, a Kangoo Jumps
instructor at Club De Cycle in Windsor Mill and
Swingtime Ballroom in Hydes, Md.
Bailey-Carter, 56, of Belcamp, Md., said Kangoo Jumps
classes are one of the few exercises that donít
irritate her hip replacement or her knee, which she
damaged during a standard aerobics class.
gives me the illusion that I am in a pool of water. I
have no impact, and cardio-wise, itís an awesome
exercise," Bailey-Carter said.
Kangoo Jumps are easier on the joints, they work all the
body and help strengthen the spine and reduce back pain
when paired with aerobic workouts, said Wills, who has
been teaching for about a year. Plus, she said, with the
music and Club De Cycleís disco lights, itís easy to
forget that youíre working out.
youíre missing summer waves, thereís a way to
indulge in, or at least mimic, a coastal lifestyle ó
without the water ó no matter the season. Surfset
classes, which incorporate surfboards into 50-minute
aerobic and high-intensity interval-training workouts,
engage the core and toning the arms and legs, according
to BeachFit Baltimore owner Alison Schuch, 38.
class uses smaller-sized surfboards, called Ripsurfer X
boards, which are mounted on three balancing balls and
tied down with stretchy cord so surfers wonít fall
off, Schuch said. Participants must then balance on the
surfboard while doing surfing-like movements and
exercises, including squats and lunges.
incorporates the boards as much as possible," while
providing some beach vibes, she said. (Schuch and her
staff also play surf movies in the background.)
while surfset doesnít necessarily teach you how to
ride a wave, Schuch said the surfboard-based exercises
help build the balance and muscles needed for the sport,
which can keep you in shape until summer returns.
AND NINJA WARRIOR
youíre practicing to become the next American Ninja
Warrior or working on your flips, classes and indoor
obstacle courses can help take your flexibility and
strength to the next level.
Routes Gym, a 5,000-square-foot facility, has zones
dedicated to parkour, along with a ninja warrior
obstacle course, which boasts a double salmon ladder and
the infamous warped wall.
owner Tony Torres, 34, said the gym has seen the likes
of local "American Ninja Warrior" veteran
Geoff Britten and other national competitors. But no
pressure, he said: The gym, which also offers ninja
warrior classes for children, features an "open
gym" for all skill levels to explore. Various
levels of parkour classes are also available, teaching
myriad leaps, flips and jumps, which can easily be done
outside, where parkour is typically performed.
donít have to be doing flips if you donít want to be
doing flips. You donít got to do the big jumps. You
just work on yourself day to day," Torres said.
gymnastics may have been a childhood aspiration for
many, but facilities in the area will allow you to inch
toward your dreams in adulthood. Urban Evolution and
gymnastics center Sokol Baltimore offer classes for all
ages, including parent-child classes for families who
want to practice together and adult-only open gym
sessions and classes.
Sokol, the 90-minute open gym classes begin with
20-minute warmups, followed by tumbling exercises on a
spring floor and free time to use equipment, including
parallel bars, a high bar and balance beams, said
program director Joseph Ehrenberger.
session focuses on strength, flexibility and timing,
often ending with conditioning and stretching exercises.
Skill level and ages vary, he said.
youngest [adult] gymnasts are in their early 20s and the
oldest in their early 60s," Ehrenberger said. Many
are former cheerleaders and competitors who havenít
been on the floor in years.
be surprised how well muscle memory works," he
youíre missing the vastness and adventure of the great
outdoors, indoor rock climbing may help tide you over
during the winter.
rock walls available at various recreation centers,
including some locations of The Y in Central Maryland
and Earth Treks Climbing in Timonium and Columbia, offer
the opportunity to learn rock climbing basics during
classes and to blaze new paths during open sessions.
rock wall is a great place to strengthen the arms and
learn a little bit more technique," said Jill
Black, the vice president of swim and family programming
at the Y of Central Maryland.
some of your layers of fat and opt for a more sensual
Bodies Studio is one of the few places in the city to
host pole dancing classes in different styles.
"Pole Beauty," dubbed "the sexiest way to
work out," focuses on sensual pole movements,
transitions and safety, while the CrossFit-inspired
"Pole Beast" series focuses on strength and
endurance through pole drills, cardio and composition,
according to Katherine Gero, 35, owner of Vertical
Bodies. "Spin Pole Series," which is for the
more advanced dancer, features a spinning pole to
practice perfecting grips and transitions.
an all-body workout," Gero said, noting that the
exercise engages the legs, core and upper body during
grips, which can be the most challenging part. Most
women, however, excel at the leg hangs, which can be a
confidence boost, Gero said.
very empowering to be moving in a sensual or strong way
and experimenting with how far you can take your
body," Gero said.
fuels their mojo."