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Readers' Choice: Step Ahead Wins Perry Hall's Best Gym, Fitness Center

Readers raved over A Step Ahead Dance Center's Zumba classes.

UPDATE (Noon, March 9)—Nearly 500 readers voted this week for their favorite place to work out in Perry Hall.

And the winner is ...

at 3615 E Joppa Rd.—it got 177 votes in the poll, in addition to positive reviews on its and in the comments.

Including positive comments, reviews and poll votes, it was one tight race. ended the week with 115 votes, received 95 votes and got 68 votes. Perry Hallers certainly are passionate about where they go to stay in shape!

"Thank you to all those who voted for us. A Step Ahead Dance Center is committed to providing quality dance and fitness classes in a fun, comfortable atmosphere. We are honored to be a part of the Perry Hall community!" stated Kristin Celano of the center.

Here's what some readers had to say about A Step Ahead Dance Center:

- A Step Ahead Dance Center is amazing! They offer classes for the whole family in virtually every genre including but not limited to Tap, Musical Theater and Zumba! The instructors are highly qualified, know their students AND their families by name, and support their students in other community efforts through monetary donations, personal attention and mentions in studio newsletters. If its the best "community gym" you're looking for, A Step Ahead Dance Center is just that, a wonderful community to be a part of!

- I am so grateful for the teachers and staff at a Step Ahead Dance Center! Both of my daughters have taken a variety of classes there over the years and I have seen their confidence and abilities grow. This is my third year taking tap and zumba and I love it!

- My daughter has been taken dance lessons at A Step Ahead Dance Studio for several years. The teachers, Karen and Kristen, are amazing teachers. They truly relate and inspire children to dance. Their annual recital is unbelievable. It's a great place for children to dance and have fun while exercising.

Be sure to tune in Monday morning for our third round of the contest, What is Perry Hall's Best St. Patrick's Day Celebration?

Check out the winner of last week's contest:

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UPDATE (9 a.m., March 9)—Voting is now closed. We're counting up the results! Watch to find out the winner at noon today.

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UPDATE (5 a.m., March 5)—Swimsuit season is just around the corner—time to stop panicking and start getting back into shape.

Fortunately, Perry Hall offers plenty of options to help you get moving. But which local gym or fitness center does it best? Take our poll to help us decide.

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Here are some of our favorite places, but if your favorite spot got left off the list, please let us know in the comments:

  • , 9634 Belair Rd.
  • , 5002 Honeygo Center Dr.
  • , 4375 Ebenezer Rd.
  • , 9440 Belair Rd.
  • , 3615 E Joppa Rd.
  • LA Fitness (former Bally Total Fitness), 8221 Town Center Dr.
  • Art & Strength, 4115 Wholesale Club Dr.

Voting in the poll below is open until 9 a.m. Friday.

  • Because this poll is not scientific, it is not the sole consideration in choosing a winner. The winner will be determined by the Patch editor, based on poll results, positive comments below and in reviews on each of the businesses' Patch Places directory listings (you can reach them by clicking on the businesses above). 
  • Please vote only once per survey, per Patch.

If your business is listed here, learn how to claim your listing for free on Perry Hall Patch in .

We will announce the winner at noon Friday.

So tell us which is your favorite place to work out. And don't forget to tell us why in the comments below. 

(Editor's Note: This feature has changed from "Best Of" to "Patch Readers' Choice.") 

Sharon Schwarz March 09, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Core Concepts Personal Training -- just starting working with Nicole and she's great! Really holding me accounable.
Emily Kimball March 09, 2012 at 02:26 PM
UPDATE (9 a.m., March 9)—Voting is now closed. We're counting up the results! Watch to find out the winner at noon today.
Emily Kimball March 09, 2012 at 05:15 PM
UPDATE (Noon, March 9)—Nearly 500 readers voted this week for their favorite place to work out in Perry Hall. And the winner is ... A Step Ahead Dance Center at 3615 E Joppa Rd.—it got 177 votes in the poll, in addition to positive reviews on its listing and in the comments.
Dan Cenidoza March 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Nadine, respectfully, I believe you are misunderstanding me (and after re-reading what I wrote I can see how they could be taken as such). Please understand that my comments are coming from a trainers perspective, and while yes, doing something is better than doing nothing (as long as what you're doing doesn't hurt you), my professional career has been all about finding the most effective exercise modalities. I am not trying to put down other gyms and am certainly not being derogatory to the people that frequent them, but the point I am trying to make is that most of the equipment in these gyms is unnecessary, in some cases dangerous and almost always leads people away from productive training. This, and the wealth of misinformation, is what I mean by "fluff" in the industry. Trust me when I say that I have a deep concern for people who are lost when it comes to fitness and don't know how to take control of their health. I have a heart for these folks because I was one of them. I know how frustrating it is to feel like you are spinning your wheels at the gym. My experience in these gyms and with their equipment is what makes me feel the way I do. Although I did say that some of these gyms were "lame" (probably too strong of a word, I should have said "inadequate") I DID NOT put down any person. I even said if you enjoy what you are doing to keep doing it. I apologize if I offended you or anyone else reading this. This is a passionate subject that I have strong opinions about.
Dan Cenidoza March 09, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Not sure what happened to Nadine's post but apparently she wasn't too happy with my comments and I hope she reads my reply.

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