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Get Buff in Baltimore

Baltimore has an incredibly rich sports history, producing legendary athletes throughout the decades (we’re talking most decorated Olympian of all time – Michael Phelps kind of legendary). So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Charm City is also a hot spot to get chiseled. Even if you’re more along the lines of amateur yogi than elite athlete, Baltimore offers a wealth of wellness opportunities.

In the ’90s, when Phelps was still perfecting his fly stroke, one man had the idea to change the way athletes perform, revolutionizing the athletic apparel industry. Twenty years later, Under Amour’s Baltimore-based headquarters attracts the best athletes to our city. And with Baltimore experiencing one of the largest millennial booms in the nation, young professionals passionate about a healthy lifestyle are turning Baltimore into a thriving health-and-wellness destination. From miles of waterfront courses to state-of-the-art studios, we have your workouts covered during your Baltimore stay.

 

Out & About Workouts

Warm weather in Baltimore calls for outdoor activities. Get outside and get moving with these fitness options:

Take Advantage of Waterfront Wellness

Multiple Locations
Waterfront Partnership
The Waterfront Partnership of Baltimore and Medifast, Inc. team up every summer for the Waterfront Wellness series featuring free fitness classes, four days a week along the famed Inner Harbor. May through September, visitors can head to West Shore Park (Saturdays and Sundays, 8 – 10 a.m.) and Pierce’s Park (Tuesdays and Wednesday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.) for classes ranging from dance to boot camp, barre and yoga, as well as high intensity classes.

Go Up Federal Hill

300 Warren Avenue
Federal Hill Park
Don't let the quaint size of Federal Hill Park fool you – its exercise potential is mostly vertical. A steep hill and 99 steps will bring new challenges to your typical outdoor workout. The top of the hill offers unparalleled views of downtown Baltimore and the Inner Harbor. You can walk or jog around any of the various elevations or, if you really want to feel the burn, run straight up the giant bank of stairs. The surrounding neighborhood of Federal Hill, which sports some of the oldest homes in Baltimore, also makes for a pretty picturesque running course.

Run Along The Water

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Some of the best running routes are along the waterfront, starting in Harbor East and going as far west around the waterfront to Fort McHenry (seven miles total). Surrounded by water on three sides, Fort McHenry, the birthplace of the “The Star-Spangled Banner,” sits at the mouth of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. From the Charm City Run shop in Locust Point (1713 Whetstone Way), it’s about a three-mile loop down Fort Avenue and around the Fort.

Enjoy Urban Green Space

Patterson Park, 27 South Patterson Park Avenue
Druid Hill Park, 900 Druid Park Lake Drive
Take advantage of lush urban green spaces throughout the city’s 278 neighborhoods. An anchor of several neighborhoods in southeast Baltimore, Patterson Park offers a scenic two-mile perimeter run, where you can pass a duck pond and a popular dog park. In northern Baltimore, Druid Hill Park has a 1.5-mile loop around the Druid Hill Reservoir, which is great for walking, biking or running.

 

Bike Baltimore

Pedal your way through Charm City with these unique biking options:

Baltimore Bike Share

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Baltimore Bike Share
Baltimore City is making the investment to grow its cycling infrastructure and recently launched the largest pedelec (electric-assist) bicycle fleet in North America. Baltimore Bike Share is available 24/7 and offers both pedelec and traditional eight-gear bicycles for residents and visitors to explore the city, car-free.

Jones Falls Bike Trail

Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street
Jones Falls Bike Trail
Walkers, runners or bikers seeking a more intense workout can follow the eleven mile Jones Fall Trail. The southern terminus of the trail begins at the newly renovated Baltimore Visitor Center where you can find directions for the entire route. The route takes you from the Inner Harbor to Penn Station, and on to the Woodberry neighborhood. Stop by Woodberry Kitchen for a post-bike dinner or Union Craft Brewing for a post-bike pint in the taproom. The last portion of the trail then leads you to the Cylburn Arboretum, a public garden and nature preserve, with more than three miles of trails, wetland areas, and historic Cylburn Mansion.

Gwynns Falls Bike Trail

Baltimore Visitor Center, 401 Light Street
Gwynns Falls Bike Trail
All 15 miles of the Gwynns Falls Trail offer another picturesque workout route along the historic greenway stream valley in Baltimore City. The easiest way to get on the trail is to start at one of the nine trailheads (most with parking). Trailhead 1 is at the I-70 Park & Ride near Security Blvd. at the City-County boundary. From there, the Trail generally follows the Gwynns Falls stream southeast to the Middle Branch and the Inner Harbor of the Northwest Branch of the Patapsco River.

Baltimore Bike Parties

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Baltimore Bike Parties
Part fitness, part fun, join Baltimore’s Bike Parties for a workout with music, lights and costumes! These monthly meet-ups feature different themes and new routes for every ride. The Bike Party meets at the St. Mary’s Park in Seton Hill (600 North Paca Street –the starting point does not change, but final destination varies from month to month) on the last Friday of each month at 7 p.m. Rides typically end at 9:30 p.m. with one or two stops along the way.

Carroll Park Skateboarding & Bike Facility

800 Bayard Street
Carroll Park Skateboarding & Bike Facility
BYOB – Bring your own bike and enjoy some extreme fun! Test your skills at the Skateboard Park behind the Carroll Park Recreation Center on Bayard Street. Participants must use helmet, kneepads and elbow pads.

 

Charm City Classes

If you prefer a leader or a community of fellow class-takers to keep you motivated, check out these studio and class options:

Movement Lab

301 West 29th Street
Movement Lab
On the second level of R House (Baltimore’s newest food hall concept), discover Movement Lab, an epic space with two rooms for movement: The Alchemy and The Chemistry Room. Here, mind-body classes redefine health and fitness. The lab offers a variety of classes and workshops for people of all fitness levels. It also happens to be the only studio in Maryland where you can practice AntiGravity Fitness, with aerial fitness and yoga classes. The space also offers life coaching, acupuncture and massage, as well artisan kombucha on tap.

FloYo at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore

200 International Drive
FloYo at the Four Seasons Hotel
Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore and FloYo have joined forces to bring standup paddleboard yoga to the Hotel’s outdoor infinity pool, with the city’s Inner Harbor as its picturesque backdrop. FloYo is a fusion of Vinyasa yoga sequences and Pilates that blends the fundamentals of each discipline while incorporating the added core challenges of balancing on a standup paddle board. Classes are open to the public, and offered Sunday at 8 a.m. from August 20 through September 24.

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