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Getting Fit for FREE

Baltimore Martial Arts was recently mentioned in the Baltimore Sun. Below is a brief excerpt. For the complete article click HERE.


Yoga at the Harbor

Free Gym Memberships and Classes

There are at least two paths to travel if you want to work out for free at local gyms and exercise studios. The first is to obtain a pass for a trial run. The second is to work at the business, even part time, since most health clubs give free membership to employees.

Gyms and fitness studios often offer passes entitling users to a week or two of free classes and use of equipment, as a way to lure potential members. Gold’s Gym offers a seven-day pass on its website. Merritt Athletic Club advertises a five-day pass.

“We usually have passes to try the club for 14 days at no risk,” said Josh Gerber, marketing director for Lynne Brick’s and Brick Bodies, the Maryland chain of coed and female-only health clubs. Pass-holders can use all gym equipment and take classes at any location during the two weeks, he said. Instructors and other employees, even part-time ones, get free memberships, he said.

Other local businesses have similar deals, so if there’s a particular venue that interests you, it pays to ask if you can try it for free.

“We always offer a free tryout class,” said Danyelle Berger, who owns the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy with her husband, Gary. And here’s an inside tip: If you ask, you’ll almost certainly get a free week, she said. “It’s almost too much stuff to try to come in and try one class,” she said. Options include judo, Pilates, kettlebell fitness, karate and kickboxing aerobics.

The Bergers, who opened the studio in 1995 and moved it from Howard County to Baltimore County last year, also give memberships to employees, including students who take on such tasks as cleaning, she said. “We just want to make it work.”

By Karen Nitkin, Special to The Baltimore Sun
3:43 p.m. EDT, June 1, 2011

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About Gary Berger

Sensei Gary Berger+1 graduated cum laude from Towson State University with degrees in Biology, Psychology and Animal Behavior. Mr. Berger abandoned a future in science to pursue his true passion: the martial arts. He and his wife, Danyelle Berger, jointly own the Baltimore Martial Arts Academy in Catonsville, Maryland.
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