Reflex Functional Fitness Coming to Southside Marketplace

| October 30, 2014 | 4 Comments

photoFitness-crazed South Baltimore will be getting another place to workout as Reflex Functional Fitness will soon be coming to Southside Marketplace in Locust Point in the former home of MedStar Primary Care. The new gym will be owned and operated by Reese Ashe (NSPA, ISCA, and Black Belt), a popular trainer at Federal Hill Fitness for the last 13 years.

Ashe, a City College alum who grew up in West Baltimore and now lives in Homeland with his wife Amanda (an accomplished tri-athlete and marathoner), was a four-year NCAA Division I wrestler at Coppin State. He also has experience in Jiu-Jitsu, boxing, Mui Thai and Mixed Martial Arts.

Ashe, who has been taught and trained by some of the “world’s best,” has more than 15 years experience in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, group fitness leader, and martial arts instructor. He won Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Personal Trainer” in 2010, Baltimore Sun Magazine’s “Top Trainer” in 2011, and Baltimore Magazine’s Best of Baltimore “Best Fitness Class” in 2012. His clients have included members of royal and presidential families, professional and college athletes, and local athletes training for marathons and triathlons.

Construction is currently underway at Reflex, as locally-based Bristol Construction is converting the 2500 sq. ft. space from doctors’ offices to a state-of-the-art gymnasium. The new space will include a turfed main floor, where group classes and group training will take place, as well as a secondary floor for personal training. Reflex will offer TRX training kits, free weights, kettle bells, resistance bands, medicine balls, battle ropes, heavy bags, and cardio equipment.

Reflex will focus on group training sessions, which will be included with memberships, in areas such as kickboxing, boxing 101, sculpting, abs, boot camps, core, and more. These classes will be available before, during, and after work hours. The doors, however, will always be open at Reflex allowing members to workout on their own schedule.

Reflex is also planning “Junior Boot Camps” for children five and older, as well as field days and school break and summer vacation sessions for area students.

“Reflex Fitness is a functional training studio designed to get you the best results by training the body for the activities performed in daily life,” said Ashe in a press release. “If you’re a dancer, a boxer, a stay-at-home parent, we focus on safe and effective workouts that yield results. Make no mistake about it, these workouts are intense but when you commit to Reflex Fitness we coach you through every step of the way. We won’t quit on you!”     

Ashe is also very excited about a new technology using heart rate monitors that allows group fitness participants to be able to see their results and calories burned in real time on a big screen to ensure they are hitting their targeted work zone.

Ashe is also passionate about charity and giving back to the community, so Reflex will be starting a 501(c)(3) charity to dedicate a portion of its monthly gross revenue to a cause. Ashe is passionate about the fight against breast cancer, a disease his mother is currently battling, as well as working to combat childhood obesity and helping veteran groups. Reflex will also offer discounted memberships to active duty military, police officers, firefighters, and teachers.

Ashe is hoping to have Reflex open by Black Friday with a grand opening in early January 2015.

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