Longtime athletes and Beverly locals Emily Skoniecki and Hillary Mandelbaum head a team of instructors who work to build a community of cyclists through group workout sessions. Their intimate studio props riders onto Spinner NXT bikes that easily conform to any physique, allowing for more comfortable workouts. Stadium-style tiers form a clear line of sight between the student and instructor, ensuring proper form and uninterrupted staring contests. The team bolsters workouts with a motivational atmosphere and the air-stirring thumps of a 2,000-watt sound system.
B&S Fitness Program is composed of four different fitness-related branches, all of which are overseen by cofounders Brandi and Steven Dion. At North Shore Boot Camp Company, Brandi and Steven, along with their staff, lead indoor and outdoor boot-camp classes at locations across Massachusetts. On the track, they coordinate marathons and triathlons throughout the year for B&S Event Management, and hit the races themselves as part of a running team called SpiderOne Racing. Since every team needs a home base, the duo also operates B&S Sport Science, a 10,700-square-foot facility devoted to research- and technology-based services such as ACL rehab and personal training.
The trainers at BeFit Health and Wellness have a taste for the unconventional. In their one-on-one and small-group training sessions, it’s not uncommon to see clients flipping tires, waving battle ropes, swinging kettlebells, or honing their bodies with plyometrics. The trainers like to keep things varied, so the workout changes every day, and it may include exercises such as body-weight training, weightlifting, sprinting, and moving sandbags. They work with clients of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels and also offer customized nutrition programs to help clients achieve optimal results.
At FC CrossFit, pain has a name. Each of their daily workouts boasts a different name as well as a unique and invigorating blend of power lifts, body weight exercises, and gymnastic moves. For instance, Mary forces trainees to execute five handstand pushups, 10 one-legged squats, and 15 pull-ups. During early-morning or post-work sessions, trainers help students perfect their form as they lift kettlebells and perform handstands designed to strengthen their muscles and empty their pockets of spare change.
Yoga students seeking a new challenge can find it in paddleboard yoga at SUP YO. The classes—which take place atop standup paddleboards in local harbors—require greater concentration and coordination than onshore classes, whose students don't have to deal with waves or shouting Poseidons. Keeping with the yoga-in-nature theme, SUP YO also organizes yoga hikes through Mount Washington Valley and yoga retreats in White Mountain National Forest.
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.