The eponymous Gina Flaherty runs Zumba with Gina, where the experienced dancer and choreographer leads dance-fitness classes for all skill levels. Her Zumba classes emphasize easy-to-follow dance moves, fun, and an atmosphere that requires no previous dancing knowledge. Students will dance along as they follow her movements to rhythmic, international music.
It was the early 1980s, and after devoting about a decade of her life to fitness, Zayna Gold felt like her body was beaten up. Over time, she began noticing that her high-intensity gym workouts were hurting her body as much as—if not more than—they were helping it. Her husband, Clark, was having the same problem. An avid weightlifter and runner, he found the physical wear and tear was starting to prevent him from maintaining his physique. Zayna recalled teaching Pilates early on in her career, and how it worked her entire body with low-impact movements. She returned to the lengthening and strengthening classes, and by 1989, she and Clark founded Boston Body Pilates.
Their mat, equipment, and barre classes each call upon low-impact stretches and resistance moves that strengthen the core, elongate muscles, and promote overall muscle tone. Zayna's signature program, Brand New Body, challenges students to complete 30 Pilates or barre classes over 2–3 months; and upon completion, they may notice significant changes to their figure. The schedule also includes spinning classes, in diverse variations such as Zen Spin and Spin Bootcamp. In any class, Zayna and her large team of instructors inspire their students to establish a mind-body connection, helping them to feel both physically and mentally stronger, much like solving a crossword puzzle carved in stone.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get in Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. Each of their small-group sessions are tailored to each exerciser. The trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then, they do 25 minutes of cardio—the trainers might start beginners with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for increased results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
The LED lights dim, and a driving rhythm begins to pound through the professional-grade sound system. An instructor mounts a Star Trac Spinner NXT cycle—the same model all the students are riding—and begins to call out instructions. The class uses the bikes' advanced mechanics to simulate uphill climbs and smooth straightaways. Such is the scene during every class at InMotion Cycling Studio. Afterward, staff members provide towel service or show visitors to the water cooler, where they can replenish a depleted water bottle or attempt to engage strangers in office small talk.
Harvard Academy of Dance's encouraging movement masters foster dance skills and fitness training in amblers of all ages and agility levels. The three toe-tapping and core-tightening adult class options run on a weekday schedule, allowing participants weekends off to work on their inner six-packs. Customers looking to shed pounds with hip moves can participate in Zumba classes, which combine elements of Latin dance, aerobics, and offshore fishing techniques, and those wishing to expand strength and flexibility can opt for yoga. Alternately, Latin American salsa classes provide a sensual quick-stepping workout perfect for catching the peripherally masked eye of sword-wielding marauders.
Geared towards youthful athletes looking to stay in top form during the off-season, The FieldHouse offers guests a sprawling facility of courts, fields, and gymnasia for all types of sports. Indoor turf allows sluggers to hone their swings and quarterbacks to tighten their spirals, while gleaming hardwood courts echo with the shouts of basketball or volleyball players. Performance sessions focus on more abstract improvement, toning key muscle groups and fine-tuning players' sense of how many times they can give their opponents red cards before being ejected. Adults looking to stay in shape can take advantage of the center's group classes, burning off pounds in exercises inspired by the facility's sports training.
As the owners of CrossFit Union, Scott McAuliffe and Gus Mello know that variety is the key to a successful fitness regimen. That's why they offer all sorts of workout options, from punishing boot camps to yin yoga classes. Their specialty, however, will always be CrossFit's workout of the day. Alongside a team of similarly certified trainers, Gus leads students through a set of functional, intense exercises. These exercises vary constantly but may include everything from squats and pull-ups to box jumps and four-door sedan throws. Given the workouts' adaptable nature—exercisers progress with more intensity, not more weight—they can be tailored to any fitness level.