Traveling to other Gyms. Review of LA Fitness in White Marsh (8221 Town Center Drive, Nottingham MD)

Bally Total FitnessOn Monday night my son had his usual Chorus practice.  In the spring, this means a nice run outside in Baltimore, sometimes through sketchy neighborhoods where people wonder what I am running from.   In the Winter/Fall, I’m not brave enough to go running in the dark in a town that can have a beautiful, safe(ish) neighborhood directly next to a scarey  unsafe(ish) neighborhood.  I have enough problems picking the safe areas to run in! (To the point that my son’s chorus director for the Maryland State Boychoir – Hi Steve! – found my blog, and let me know he would help me find better areas to run!)  With this in mind, and the fact that my gym is a chain – I thought to look to see where the local LA Fitness was.  A Town like Baltimore had to have a few right?  It sure did! 20 minutes away was an LA Fitness in White Marsh.  So I headed there.


I can’t show you a picture of the outside, because I didn’t take one.  I figured that would be easy to find on google.  I was wrong, There are no good pictures of hte building.  I will update this with one when i can.   It seems that this used to be a Bally’s, and when LA Fitness bought out the chain – they picked up this location.  The building has three floors

Floor 1 – Locker rooms, classrooms, racquetball courts.
Floor 2- Pool, lifting equipment (free weights and machines), small store and smoothie bar.
Floor 3 – Cardio equipment and an indoor track.

View from one of the corners (trying to be subtle)

View from one of the corners (trying to be subtle)

Most of the online reviews I have seen – give it a horrible review.  Google has an average review of 2.2 stars with 17 reviews, although all of the reviews seem to be a year or more old.  Yelp has 12 reviews and comes in at 2.5 stars, also a year or so old.   I will admit that it did not have the newest equipment.  Many of the reviews mention that it still has the same equipment from when it was Bally’s, and I have no doubt that this is indeed the case.  However, they all seemed to be working – and were functional and safe.  I understand people’s desire to have brand-new gear, but I didn’t find this to be an issue.  Many of the reviews also talked about the restroom/locker room – I never went in so I can’t give any reviews on that.

Now, for my workout.  My goal had been to run a few miles, and my confusion at the multi-level setup did not change this.  I briefly contemplated running the track instead, but since I didn’t know the length or their “Rules of the Road” – I decided to stick with the treadmill.  Not a lot to say about running on a treadmill today.  I put my foot down, it moved behind me as I pushed with my muscles, picked it up when it got behind me and put it back in front of me – all while doing the same thing with the other leg (just at slightly different times!)    I pounded out 4 miles at 7 mph, and finished with a nice 1 mile walk to kill some more time.  My legs were letting me know I had run sunday as well -but didn’t overly object to some more miles.  The treadmill was still boring though, even watching people run by on a track….

Picture of Shop/Smoothie Bar through Entryway

Picture of Shop/Smoothie Bar through Entryway

Overall, I give the Gym a 3.5 star rating.  It was clean, and while I wouldn’t classify it as “run-down” – it was older in appearance.  There were no wait lines for a cardio-equipment, I hogged a treadmill for almost an hour – and there were always a bunch of others free.   The weight area looked like there were no real wait times, and the pool had a lane free when I came in and when I left.


I run, because I am a runner. Having realized that I have always "been a runner" - even when I went years with out running, I am learning how it has integrated itself in all aspects of my life. When I started running in highschool, my perspective on life changed. Funny that I didn't realize how much it had affected it until just recently.

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