Shopping for body shops

December 29, 1992|By Laura Lippman | Laura Lippman,Staff Writer

So, is anyone out there resolving to gain weight in 1993? Become more sedentary, get less exercise, eat more saturated fat?

Hmmmm, thought so. The new year looms, and most of us are in the planning stages of our next incarnation.

Of course, some people never get past the planning stages. Others, those who can calculate the percentage of fat calories in a candy bar in their head, will check with a doctor and develop their own sensible eating-and-exercise regimen, but will die alone and friendless because they're absolutely unbearable.

And then there's the rest of us. We need health clubs. We need camaraderie, competition, instructors, or at least a financial VTC investment to keep us going.

To get a sense of what the Baltimore area offers in the way of health clubs, The Sun sent a reporter to try a sampling of the many facilities available.

In an attempt to evaluate clubs objectively, we came up with these other categories: equipment; size; extras (such as day care and juice bars); cost; convenience; and "hard bodies," which measures the number of people with impossibly perfect bodies whom you want to kill. It's a reasonable set of standards to carry to any health club you might be considering, whether listed here or not.

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