Cofounders Jill Tomich and Peter Lavelle had both been active in the fitness world before they opened Ultimate Bootcamp in 2004. Jill threw her energies into boxing, ballet, yoga, and blogging for a wedding diet-and-fitness website, and Peter, a native Irishman, was a triathlete. In all his pursuits, Peter adhered to the motto "We're not here for a long time?we're here for a good time."
This credo infuses all of the boot-camp programs. Campers from all across the fitness spectrum find accommodation as the workouts meet them close to home. Trainers never push too far, but always challenge. An energetic mix of outdoor-resistance and interval training layers patrons in svelte muscle, builds strength, and burns calories to promote weight loss more effectively than a rice cake's PR agent. Far from the stereotypical idea of a boot camp, encouragement and support roll in from instructors who foster cooperation and camaraderie between fellow boot campers.
Ellen and Mark Comerford started Core de Vie to offer clients creative approaches to fitness that combine strength, flexibility, and cardiovascular exercise. For example, their popular Gyrotonic classes use a Gyrotonic machine, which provides a low-impact workout thanks to a system of pulleys and wheels that would make Archimedes proud. Another specialized piece of equipment, their reformers provide added resistance to muscles during Pilates classes, and other classes take advantage of vibrational plates and a CrossCore pulley system.
Beyond exercises, Core de Vie also helps clients relax with a spa, where massage therapists unravel knotted muscles in candlelit rooms and aestheticians perform facials. After pampering treatments or classes, guests can peruse the boutique?s supply of exercise clothes and skincare products.
The staff at Clubex Fitness & Nutrition for Women believes that when it comes to diet and exercise, success is a team effort. That's why the trainers host about 30 different group exercise classes every week, including Pilates, circuit training, and Zumba. Clients looking for a more specialized approach can work one-on-one with personal trainers.
Of course, the facility also allows guests to exercise on their own. Clubex provides for solo workouts with cardio machines, strength-training equipment, and free weights, which keep the gym from blowing away in strong winds. Nutritional programs encourage healthy lifestyle changes, and onsite childcare helps moms-on-the-go enjoy carefree exercise.
Each Gentle Dental outpost is home to a cadre of friendly, experienced dentists and hygienists who perform everything from oral surgery to cosmetic dentistry. Today’s deal gives you an immaculate trinity of their teeth-handling talents; a thorough cleaning leaves your broccoli killers and meat destroyers pristine, a quick x-ray of molars lets your doctor see any abnormalities not visible to either the naked eye or to plaid, high-def monocles, and a complete exam checks for potential problems such as cavities, gum troubles, or evidence of stress-induced nighttime teeth grinding caused by the cancellation of the Knight Rider remake.
Equipment: Resistance band, medicine ball, hurdles, agility ladder, kettlebell
Students should bring: Water, sneakers, comfortable layers of clothing, and gloves
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Action-packed classes start and end on time rain or shine; arrive a few minutes early to check in.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.