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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | January 16, 2010
Members of the Columbia Association's three gyms can wave their free towels goodbye starting Nov. 1, the result of an austere budget proposed for the next two years that would also reduce employee pay raises but leave residents' property lien fees unchanged. The towel move would save up to $5 million over a decade and also help the environment, officials said. But some of the few residents who've heard about the idea aren't buying it. "I no way agree it's environmental," said Cynthia Coyle of Harper's Choice, the elected CA board member who heads the committee examining the budget.
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By Lorraine Mirabella and The Baltimore Sun | September 27, 2014
Kevin Luskin comes from a Baltimore-based retail family known for building businesses on cutting-edge home products. Today, it's curved-screen, smart televisions. But at one time it was refrigerators. Luskin's father, Jack, and uncle, Joe, started the Luskins' home appliance business after World War II by convincing consumers to switch from iceboxes to refrigerators. Jack Luskin eventually expanded into electronics and grew to 60 stores in 21 states with the help of his famous slogan, "The Cheapest Guy in Town.
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September 23, 2011
Is anyone else annoyed with the Columbia Association ads depicting CA President Phil Nelson as the spokesperson for the CA athletic facilities? As a six time a week user, I have never seen the man, except on the TV monitors, and none of my friends have seen him. Is his ego so large that he feels a need to portray himself as our gym spokesperson? Seems to me there are better real candidates for this ad campaign. Wayne Zimmerman Clarksville
ENTERTAINMENT
By Donna M. Owens and For The Baltimore Sun | July 22, 2014
It's a Wednesday evening at the Pop Physique studio in downtown Baltimore, and a dozen women -- most clad in leggings, T-shirts and socks -- are rotating their hips while trying to hold an exercise ball between their thighs.   "Great job, guys!" says instructor Smithy Onattu, directing her students via a headset as a playlist with songs such as Lana Del Rey's "Florida Kilos" and "Tumblr Girls" by rapper G-Eazy pumps through the art-filled space. Over the course of an hour, the group will tackle a series of exercises: planks and push-ups, plies and other ballet moves.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Planet Fitness, known for a "no judgment" atmosphere, will open its first Baltimore city facility Wednesday. The gym at 5201 Belair Road is one of 800 Planet Fitness locations nationwide -- and 25 in Maryland --  all run by franchise owners and billing themselves as low-cost health club alternatives designed to promote general fitness.  "We believe no one should ever feel Gymtimidated by Lunky behavior and that everyone should feel at ease...
HEALTH
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | January 1, 2012
Douglas Bayne joined the Merritt Athletic Club in downtown Baltimore about five years ago, but he hasn't exactly been a gym rat. "I work out for two weeks and I'll take off for eight months," the 38-year-old social worker said. So like many other Americans, Bayne resolved to get healthy in 2012. He spent New Year's Day at the gym, hopping onto the treadmill for a 60-minute walk. He hopes to gain energy and improve his health as approaches "the big 4-0," he said. "I don't feel as healthy as I used to feel," Bayne said.
SPORTS
By Mike Klingaman | mike.klingaman@baltsun.com | April 11, 2010
At 51, Rodney "Pop" Wright is as buoyant as ever as he bursts into a high school gym amid cheers from the crowd. But where the one-time Lake Clifton basketball star once wowed them with jump shots, his game now is all talk - though just as electric. Wright's message is a slam-dunk. Steer clear of drugs and booze, he tells the Iowa teens who pack the room. For almost an hour, Wright, 6 feet 3, 240 pounds, shares the tale of a promising young athlete from East Baltimore whose addiction to heroin, cocaine and alcohol cost him his basketball career, his freedom and, very nearly, his life.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2011
Go ahead and bang a drum, hang from the curtains and spin that hula hoop. Area gym instructors say it's good for you, even if you don't realize it. The unconventional workouts are part of a movement to keep the masses focused on their fitness by disguising exercise as playtime, like spinach in brownies. And while more conventional spin, yoga and Latin dance-inspired Zumba aerobics classes remain gym staples, the quirky and even slightly juvenile additions have been attracting regulars.
HEALTH
By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | April 5, 2013
It's a sunny morning in Westminster, and the pulleys are squeaking, the weights clinking as a half-dozen members of a small gym give the equipment a workout. Bouncy music comes though a stereo's speakers. A trainer encourages a client on a treadmill. A large banner on the wall reads, "Believe In Miracles!" Gina Gilligan-Della said she has seen more than her share of those. Gilligan-Della, 48, is the founding president of TheraFit Gym, a fitness center designed to serve individuals with severe physical disabilities from spinal-cord injury to the after-effects of stroke.
FEATURES
By KEVIN COWHERD | June 4, 2008
If you belong to a gym, you know that people do all sorts of annoying things during workouts. They sweat all over the exercise equipment and don't bother to wipe it off. They park themselves on a machine and yak for 20 minutes with friends, preventing others from using it. They sing loudly - and badly - when listening to their iPods on treadmills and stair-steppers. And they grunt and groan and shout things like "Yeah, baby!" to psych themselves and show everyone what a killer workout they're having.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Planet Fitness, known for a "no judgment" atmosphere, will open its first Baltimore city facility Wednesday. The gym at 5201 Belair Road is one of 800 Planet Fitness locations nationwide -- and 25 in Maryland --  all run by franchise owners and billing themselves as low-cost health club alternatives designed to promote general fitness.  "We believe no one should ever feel Gymtimidated by Lunky behavior and that everyone should feel at ease...
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Joshua Cain felt miserable as his Engine 58 crew gathered in the kitchen of their Annapolis Road firehouse after a brutal blaze that ripped through several rowhouses and took hours to control. Only two months into the job as a Baltimore firefighter, he had found a dog that looked just like his childhood Belgian shepherd-poodle badly burned and not moving inside one of the ravaged homes. Cain and his colleagues sat around the kitchen table, telling stories of their own dogs. The camaraderie made him feel "like part of the team," Cain said.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A phone number for filing complaints about Baltimore police officers connected callers this week instead to an adult chat line advertising "hot ladies. " The toll-free 800 number listed on the site until earlier this week was supposed be a 24-7 hot line for an internal investigations detective. But that's not what greeted callers. "Welcome to America's hottest talk line," a recorded female voice said. "Guys, hot ladies are waiting to talk with you. " The Web page was dated April 28, 2008, at 4:24 a.m. but a note at the bottom said it was updated on Dec. 18, 2012, at 11:39 p.m. It listed only the Public Affairs Office as its author.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
When it comes to restaurants, never underestimate the role of location. For Plates, a casual American eatery located in the Downtown Athletic Club and surrounded by midtown office buildings, the location means a busy lunch but not much of a dinner rush. Sometimes the best time to visit a restaurant is in its off hours. At Plates, we found good service, well-executed, familiar food and a quiet - though sometimes slightly odd - atmosphere, right in the center of the city.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 26, 2013
I t looks like the bastardized version of a gymnast's somersault, the parkour roll, but it's the most difficult parkour technique to master. In its own deceptive way, it's also the most dangerous. Start with the stance, a squatting position with the knee of your dominant foot pointed forward, the other knee at a perpendicular angle to the side. With back straight, turn your torso slightly away from your dominant knee, cock your head toward your other knee, and push your arms straight in front of you with elbows locked and palms facing outward.
NEWS
By Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | September 19, 2013
The family of a Baltimore school student was awarded a $50,000 settlement after their son was severely injured on a faulty playground at Francis Scott Key Elementary/Middle School last year. The city's Board of Estimates approved the settlement this week, which stemmed from a $100,000 negligence lawsuit against the city school board for the boy's injuries. According to the claim approved by the city's board, the boy fractured his arms in March 2012 when he was pushed from the school's jungle gym. The jungle gym, the suit claimed, did not have retaining panels on the platform, which would have provided protection from a fall.
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By David Folkenflik and David Folkenflik,Sun Staff Writer | April 21, 1995
For the past decade, the Washington Bullets basketball team has paid Bowie State University about $9,000 a year to practice at an old campus gym, an arrangement that costs the state-supported institution about $100,000 annually."
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By Andrew Conrad | December 12, 2011
It is said that when it comes to exercise, you get out what you put in. And for some women in Howard County, 20 minutes on the treadmill simply doesn't produce satisfactory returns. For these women, a workout means attacking a giant tire with a sledgehammer, lifting heavy barbells over their heads, or even grappling and throwing punches with workout partners. These adrenaline junkies have found their fix at gyms that cater to those who crave intense workouts. Howard Magazine checked out a couple of gyms in Columbia, and this is what we found.
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 20, 2013
The online videos show young men leaping over fences, running up walls and flipping off roofs. It's called parkour and the videos are wildly popular. One on YouTube called "The World's Best Parkour and Freerunning 2012" has had more than 22 million views. A new gym that opened Saturday in a converted industrial building off Eastern Avenue near Baltimore Community High School aims to capitalize on that popularity by offering customers training in parkour, free-running and a variation of cross-fit it calls urban fit. "We're not in the fitness business," said Adam McConnell, owner of Urban Evolution.
NEWS
By Pete Pichaske | August 6, 2013
In the weight room at the Deerfield Run Community Center, 12-year-old Ashaki Gittens-Smith, wearing red gym shorts and a red tank top, is trying out the exercise machines with a friend: running on a treadmill for a couple of minutes, walking on an elliptical trainer, lifting a dumbbell or two. Down the hall in the gym, meanwhile, his two older brothers are playing a fast-paced game of basketball. Fourteen-year-old Adisa, his white T-shirt soaked with sweat, is darting around the court tirelessly, often with the ball; 16-year-old Ayinde, taller and wearing a sleeveless "Deerfield Run Mustangs" shirt, spends more time under the backboard.
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