Flexing Creative Muscle: How Health & Fitness Studios in Charles County have Adapted in 2020

Posted by: Economic Development Team on Tuesday, December 1, 2020

In a year that’s redefined the way we work and play, the health and fitness industry has been resilient. With characteristic energy, they’ve sprinted toward solutions, quickly adapting to COVID-19 conditions. In this blog, we’ve highlighted the fitness studios in Charles County that are keeping motivation and spirits high.


New Platforms and Procedures

In 2020, Upper Level Fitness Club pivoted quickly, bringing wellness into clients’ homes. Almost immediately, owner Ayssa Dantzler noticed clients participating more frequently at home. “Free time, the quality of virtual content, and lowering stress were main drivers,” said Dantzler. “We received 100 percent buy-in from our fitness family.”


In June, the studio reopened with new procedures. Online registration, contactless payment, mandatory masking, and diligent sanitizing became standard. Hybrid memberships, digital consults, and semi-private classes put safety first. Through January 31, Upper Level offers a 50 percent discount on Essentrics Dynamic Stretch Saturday classes—in-studio or online (promo code HOLIDAY). Contact the club for details.


The Group Effect

The ‘group effect’—motivation inspired by working with others—fuels fitness enthusiasts throughout the County. Zoa Conner, owner of Zen and Vitality with Zoa, hosts in-person and virtual movement classes, meditation workshops, and a weekly wellness book club. From stress relief to immune support, her offerings are perfect for present circumstances. “We provide a safe, supportive community for people looking to be proactive about wellness. We work with your safety concerns, health issues…and financial constraints to keep health a priority,” Conner said.

Meridian Fitness Club encourages the group effect with self-care selfies and 30-day workout challenges. Their recently renovated club runs 50 classes per week, with pre-booked slots, temperature checks for members and staff, and strict sanitation. Check out their membership deals here!


Big Ideas for the Littles

Keeping kids active is essential, and Charles County Parks and Recreation makes movement incredibly fun. In person sports academies, swim clinics, and outdoor skills courses are capped at 50 percent capacity, with mask and sanitation requirements. Moving and Grooving Playdates let tots and moms dance at a distance through virtual classes.



Whether you’re seeking stress relief or new routines, local fitness offerings are creative and customizable. Strengthen your health and small businesses; Shop Safe in Charles County this season.


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