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.
The locally owned and recently opened facility offers state-of-the-art equipment and expert staffers to help you navigate the facility. Classes are offered multiple days of the week (except for Friday and Saturday) at varying times and include such hits as beginner's yoga, boot camp, Pilates, and cardio circuit, among others. Check out Lexington Fitness Club's photos for freeze frames of these action-packed classes as well as a virtual tour of the athletic stomping grounds. Other club amenities include towel service, babysitting service, and ample parking.
With education in sports biology and certification in numerous fitness philosophies—such as nutrition, strength training, and functional movement—Rich Ruffing takes a multidisciplinary approach to personal training. At Accelerated Fitness, Rich draws on his broad expertise to help his trainees set and achieve their individual fitness goals, working one-one-one with trainees in customized private sessions or in larger group sessions that follow his own metabolic conditioning regimen.
Boston Pilates Plus's high-intensity fitness classes, designed by fitness guru Sebastien Lagree, combine the traditional principles of Pilates with strength and cardio training to help students of all abilities sculpt toned physiques. On the brightly lit studio's gleaming wood floors, students buff up their bods on Megaformer machines, which target the upper and lower body using a system of springs, pulleys, and a strategically out-of-reach donut dangling on a fishing line. Students tone their muscles as joints and connective tissue breathe easy in the fat-burning, low-impact classes. For a more cardio-centric routine, try the barre blast class, which guides students through a low-impact workout that blends cardio, barre stretches, and strength training. Boot camps similarly focus on cardio, meeting twice a week for four weeks to romp through 30 minutes of intense exercise.
Soni Anderson has been a yoga enthusiast since infancy. As a baby in the Fiji islands, she received yoga massage from her grandmother while her grandfather danced and performed stories from ancient Hindu texts. Her village endorsed meditation and an Ayurvedic lifestyle, prompting Soni to practice her asanas alongside extended family and friends as she matured. Today, as the owner and head teacher of SoniYoga, she strives to combine her grandfather's playful mindset with the therapeutic customs of her homeland.
SoniYoga focuses on the Hatha style, though its studio also embraces restorative, Kundalini, and yin and yang postures during certain classes. A serene atmosphere of acceptance welcomes all students to challenge themselves each time they visit, whether they wish to push the boundaries of their flexibility with a more advanced pose or with a more restrictive suit of armor. Soni also channels her holistic upbringing by offering Ayurvedic counseling, products, and massage services which can help customize a wellness plan for clients based on their body types.
At Advanced Health Massage and Yoga, certified teachers bring harmony and balance to the body through soothing touch and stretching poses. Led by Liz Eckhardt Yennaco, the studio’s group of instructors welcome yogi’s of all skill levels with beginner-friendly hatha classes, advanced hot power classes, and all-level classes designed for men. The approachable instructors are always available to help students even during large classes, allowing clients to focus on preventing or treating injuries, and enhancing their healthy lifestyle. Along with Swedish, deep tissue, hot stone, and shiatsu, the studio’s massage experts offer specialty sessions in guided meditation and hypnotherapy.
When Ginger Boermeester took her first yoga class 14 years ago, she was a sales and marketing professional who rushed through her days, hoping she had time for a coffee break between class and her next meeting. Yoga’s flowing, breath-focused workout helped her relax in spite of her high-stress career, which she eventually left to devote herself to yoga. Today, she funnels her more than five years as a certified yoga instructor into her own studio, Roots Yoga, which takes its name from both the root chakra—the grounding force that is said to connect our bodies to the earth—and the connection Ginger feels to her surrounding community.
Her beginner-friendly studio hosts classes for all ages and skill sets, with the common thread of lengthening and strengthening muscles and freeing minds from life’s stresses. The studio offers monthly beginner workshops that focus on breath, alignment, and yoga basics, preparing yogis to thrive in the all-level classes, which can be modified to fit varying abilities. They cover styles such as the mobility-enhancing Yin yoga and Slow Flow, whose moves foster a connection between the mind and body more effectively than taping your foot to your frontal cortex. To work up a sweat, students can bend and stretch through the more rigorous Vinyasa, Heated, and Power Yoga sessions.