Merritt Clubs Blog


Quiet Your Mind, Free Your Body

Posted by Lori O'Donnell

Mar 14, 2018

There are a lot of fitness trends out there. Have you tried the Star Wars workout, Karaoke Spin or Hula Hooping? What about circus workouts, wearing a high-altitude elevation training mask or crunning (running combined with crawling)? We are encouraged to stand every hour, close our rings, count our steps, count our reps, jump high, squat low, and dance our hearts out. What we really need to do, is…just….breathe.

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Topics: stress relief, back pain exercises, baltimore yoga, yoga

Diary of a Fitness Newbie: I Came In Like a Wrecking Ball

Posted by Leslie Warren

Oct 11, 2017

Hi there loyal followers! 'Tis I, the not-so-new-at-this-anymore fitness newbie! What class did I take this time you may ask? Well I took TWO! *Gasp* It’s getting crazy in here. Sorry, I’m just so awesome now that taking one new class wasn’t enough of a challenge.

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Topics: great core workout, yoga

Diary of a Fitness Newbie: The Sweat Drops Down My Legs

Posted by Leslie Warren

May 9, 2017

Hot Yoga.

It’s pretty hot, I gotta say. I have been dying to try this, especially because my regular Yoga instructor, Abir, who teaches at Buckingham, always says your muscles need to be warm to stretch. So I tried Hot Yoga with Cory at Fort Avenue

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Topics: yoga, hot yoga

Diary of a Fitness Newbie: Who Run The World? (Girls)

Posted by Leslie Warren

Feb 15, 2017

This is a continuing blog series written by our own Leslie Warren about her journey back into fitness. For the previous entry in this series, click here.

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Topics: yoga

Your own worst enemy

Posted by Joanna Meade

Feb 25, 2014

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Topics: CrossFit, Personal Training, health fitness tips, Merritt blog, Weight Loss, baltimore gyms, healthy lifestyle, Fitness Tips, fitness, mindful, Personal trainer, mental health, merritt charm city crossfit, Baltimore fitness, diet lifestyle change, being present, best gyms, yoga

Let Prenatal Yoga Improve Your Healthy Life

Posted by RaySa

Jun 11, 2013

Prenatal yoga is becoming more and more popular, and with good reason. Yoga is capable of improving physical and mental health. Using it as a way to improve your healthy life will become very beneficial to your physical and mental health.

Physical Health
In general yoga makes you stronger with each pose because it relies on your own body weight to perform and hold it. While holding it the move requires correct and controlled breathing techniques. When done correctly it helps us to breathe better where it benefits the whole body including the brain. With each pose your muscles become long and lean. Yoga calms our nerves, keeps our body aligned and eliminates back pain. It makes us flexible in the back, hips, hamstrings and shoulders.

Yoga also has a way of eliminating health dangers. De-stressing with yoga reduces blood pressure and improves blood circulation by slowing down heart rate. This is great for expecting mothers because stress is not good for the baby. It also reduces chances of heart disease, arthritis, asthma and stroke. It boosts immune system activity and lowers cholesterol.

Mental Health
Mentally we have a lot on our mind: work, family, financial issues, life changes. Yoga is the way to calm the mind so you think clearer. Yoga focuses so much on staying in one position and our breathing techniques that it clears our mind of everything else; nothing else matters.

Thinking clearly makes good decision making and great concentration skills. It brings a relaxed and positive mood. Yoga also brings something called body awareness—knowing where to move areas of your body for alignment improvement without hurling yourself. This makes you comfortable in your own skin, improves posture and boosts confidence in yourself.

Prenatal yoga is a great way to improve your body and to help you have a successful delivery. Merritt Athletic Clubs is your premiere place for it. Contact us for more information about it and to schedule a visit to our facility.

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