Rob Pugh completes a set of push press at Odin CrossFit. The 47-year-old Frederick County resident said he enjoys the supportive CrossFit environment and the chance to have intense workouts fit in his busy schedule.

Take a peek into most health clubs, and you'll find scores of people churning out miles on treadmills or repetitions with free weights. But Frederick County offers plenty of alternatives to achieving fitness, with CrossFit, yoga and Zumba being among the most popular.

CrossFit features some of the standard workout routines that involve lifting weights, running and the use of other equipment. While the fittest of participants may pump out high-volume workouts, CrossFit coaches go out of their way to tailor workouts based on fitness level and ability, especially scaling down volume for those who have first ventured into the world of fitness.

CrossFit Frederick, The X Project School of Fitness and Odin CrossFit — all in Frederick — are among the most prominent CrossFit locations in the county.

Started by Colombian dancer Beto Perez in the 1990s, Zumba leans on Latin music and dancing to devise an aerobic fitness program.

Those who have memberships at health clubs such as Onelife Fitness and Gold's Gym in Frederick and FreeZone Fitness in New Market or area YMCAs (YMCA of Frederick County, Frederick YMCA and Green Valley YMCA) can take advantage of the Zumba classes offered there. But several instructors conduct classes at other locations throughout the county.

Performed to enhance emotional and physical wellbeing, yoga utilizes various breathing exercises, a series of postures, meditation and other methods. There are dozens of places that offer yoga throughout the county.

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