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.
A team of experienced athletes and certified strength-and-conditioning specialists work to help athletes and regular exercisers reach a higher level of fitness. Inside a hybrid training facility with a clean locker room and a smoothie bar, instructors lead metabolic conditioning workouts, spinning classes, and mobility and recovery sessions. Training focuses on increasing speed, agility, and coordination while also teaching stabilization techniques that help prevent injuries.
After more than 20 years spent in the fitness industry, Joshua Fleming founded Victory Fit Camp. His formula relies on physical and mental training that he learned in the US Marine Corps as well as nutritional advice from licensed experts. Today, each Victory Fit boot-camp session is led by an experienced coach, who walks clients of all fitness levels through indoor workouts or outdoor obstacle courses of ropes, foam pits, and trampolines.
Equipment: LifeFitness, Synrgy360, Hammer Strength, Precor, Marpo, battle ropes
Students should bring: Water, clean closed-toed shoes
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other’s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids’ playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
Since its inception as a nonprofit organization in 1985, Community Rowing Inc. has guided more than 15,000 students in invigorating rowing sessions held on the Charles River. Their experienced staff of Olympians and coaches helps students to become familiar with industry-standard boats and rowing machines through comprehensive introductory lessons and extended handshakes with the rowing arms. After gleaning the skills necessary to properly use equipment, students gain access to locker rooms, training areas, and any additional courses on the Charles River. The full-body, calorie-burning workouts are available throughout the week, allowing students to learn essential techniques such as sweeping, sculling, and dealing peacefully with the water road rage of aggressive gondoliers.