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. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
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 as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
At Jeca Yoga, owner Jessica Labbe and her instructors promote the relaxing benefits of yoga. Their classes, which are open to newcomers and more seasoned practitioners alike, include restorative yoga, yin yoga, detox yoga, and peace flow yoga, a slow-moving workout bookended by guided meditation sessions. Augmenting the stress-free vibe, the instructors schedule therapeutic classes such as prenatal yoga, which is performed by a seasoned doula, and gentle yoga paired with Thai massage.
Between exposed brick walls and tall rectangular windows, students twist and twirl from fuchsia and turquoise silks strung from the 20-foot-tall ceiling. Led by upbeat and friendly coaches, each participant in the center’s aerial programs tones muscles while learning how to perform circus arts. But at their core, the classes are all about creating artful expression while enhancing strength, balance, and flexibility. To that end, aerial Pilates classes strengthen abdominal cores and aerial yoga classes take place about 12 inches off the ground, allowing students to understand how David Blaine feels when he does yoga.
It's not just punches and kicks at Manchester Gracie Jiu-Jitsu?instructors ultimately aim to build character in students both young and old. In addition to karate classes for kids and adults, the team teaches self-defense techniques such as the Gracie Jiu-Jitsu method. The program, which was initially developed for the U.S. Army, covers protection techniques against knives, choke-holds, and tumbleweeds.