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Extreme athletes banded together to design Spartan Races' intense courses orchestrated over standardized distances, each strewn with natural and man-made obstacles to test mind-body fitness, resilience, stamina, and strength, designed to leave participants exhausted and exhilarated. In waves of 200, runners collect smudges and stains as they perform box jumps, haul heavy sandbags, and juke feral linebackers. Depending on where in the world they're participating, the course may be as short as 3 miles or, for extremely practiced athletes, as long as a full marathon.
4 Yawkey Way
Boston,
MA
US
This women-only local chain of fitness centers is beyond popular, if the numbers mean anything: 15,000 members, 500-plus employees, and four locations (plus two non-profit fitness centers). Over 30 years, clearly Healthworks Fitness Center has figured out what women want in the fitness world. The Back Bay location in Copley Square is steps from the nearby subway station, making it convenient for those coming to work in the area, as well as residents of the Back Bay and the South End. The formula is easy: offer literally hundreds of group classes each week, a team of personal trainers on tap and provide a spa-like atmosphere in the locker rooms, which are stocked with amenities like hair dryers and towels. A wide variety of equipment, plus services like childcare, nutrition counseling, massage therapy and special events and programs, keep things buzzing all day long.
441 Stuart St
Boston,
MA
US
Towering 22 feet in the air, the main bouldering wall at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville stretches 140 feet across, leaving plenty of room for climbers to make their ascents. The wall is part of the facility's 28,000 square feet of climbable surfaces, which include a shorter bouldering area plus a 50-foot-high atrium complete with top-roping and lead-climbing routes. These impressive features explain why Brooklyn Boulders Somerville has earned such glowing press, though that's not the whole story. The rest of the 40,000-square-foot center houses everything from climbing fitness rooms full of hang boards and pull-up bars to a yoga studio situated beneath a skylight. Other amenities include a weight room, a space dedicated to cardio equipment, and saunas for relaxing after a tough workout session. The sauna isn't the only place to kick back at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville. The entire space is equipped with free WiFi?no surprise given the center's newly launched Active Collaborative Workspace, where groups gather to launch start-ups, finish work, or get cranking on school projects in a setting that's about as far from "cramped conference room" as it gets. Elsewhere, pop-up shops spotlight locally made clothes and wares, and a gallery showcases rotating artwork.
303 3rd St #806
Cambridge,
MA
US
South Boston is the newest location opening in 2013 of Rock Spot Climbing?s multiple locations, where colorful footholds and route markers sprawl along artificial rocks create diverse climbing surfaces for every major discipline. Dozens of top-rope stations challenge climbers to scale the wall in safety, whether belayed by a human companion or hooked up to an auto-belay unit that reduces the risk of conversation. Meanwhile, others eschew ropes in order to tackle bouldering routes?low-altitude obstacles littered with arches, steep faces, and caves?and lead climbers set their own anchors as they scale the wall. The climbing courses vary for all skill levels, ranging from sheer faces with ample handholds to cliffs for expert climbers and lemmings. Cardio machines let athletes warm up or cool down between climbs, and instructors lead afterschool classes to teach kids the art of competitive climbing.
30 Old Colony Ave
South Boston,
MA
US