Health & Fitness in Boston

Two or Four Ultimate One-Hour Golf Lesson Packages at Jack Gale Golf Lessons (Up to 50% Off)

Jack Gale Golf Lessons

Boylston

$270 $148

New England PGA Teacher of the Year Jack Gale leads comprehensive lessons that include video analysis and equipment evaluation

$75 for Entry & Spectator Pass to Fenway Park Spartan Sprint on Saturday, November 15 (Up to $150 value)

Spartan Races

Fenway Park

$150 $75

Strength, stamina, and resolve are tested by obstacles ranging from climbing walls to carrying sandbags

$39 for a Full Bike Tune-Up at Back Bay Bicycles ($75 Value)

Back Bay Bicycles

Back Bay

$75 $39

Trained and experienced technicians adjust and tune-up bikes with a quick turnaround, so customers can get back on the road

$20 for 30 Classes from MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass ($350 Value)

MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass

Multiple Locations

$350 $20

Instructors encourage full-body results in a variety of fitness classes supplemented by a success guide and nutritional coaching

One or Three 60-Minute Massage, Acupuncture, or Personal-Training Sessions at Joint Ventures (Up to 57% Off)

Joint Ventures

Multiple Locations

$100 $45

Licensed therapists provide wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and personal training with emphasis on personalization

5 or 10 Fitness Classes or Personal-Training Sessions at Life In Synergy (Up to 50% Off)

Life in Synergy

Back Bay

$100 $60

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Customized workouts and personal training help clients work toward health goals via low-impact workourts and honing in on problem areas

$3,995 for LASIK Surgery for Both Eyes at Sheth-Horsley Eye Center ($5,990 Value)

Sheth-Horsley Eye Center

Multiple Locations

$5,990 $3,995

With more than 12,000 operations under his belt, Dr. Sheth restores vision with sophisticated laser technology and well-practiced precision

Zoom! Whitening with Optional Botox or Invisalign Consultation at Atlantic Ave Dental Group (Up to 76% Off)

Atlantic Ave Dental Group

Boston

$500 $139

Blue LEDs combine with whitening gel to leave smiles brighter; meet with doctor to discuss straightening teeth or the benefits of botox

Two or Four Personal-Training Sessions for One or One Semiprivate Session for Two at FrantzWorld Gym (Up to 55% Off)

FrantzWorld Gym

Boston

$50 $25

Personal trainers tailor 60-minute workouts to each participant’s fitness goals, whether they’re exercising solo or with a friend

Golf Instruction, Simulator Time, or Membership at City Golf Boston (Up to 51% Off). Five Options Available.

CityGolf Boston

Multiple Locations

$200 $99

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Year-round improvement with PGA instructors and video swing-analysis technology at three locations, including a downtown facility

One Acupuncture Treatments with an Initial Exam from Maverick Square Acupuncture (44% Off)

Maverick Square Acupuncture

Boston

$90 $50

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3-, 5-, 7-, or 21-Day Organic-Juice Cleanse from Joos (Up to 56% Off)

JOOS

Multiple Locations

$206.91 $99

Brand new juice formula delivers vitamins while helping to build healthy eating habits; includes encouraging conference calls and videos

$29 for $200 Worth of Prescription Eyewear at Spectacle Eyeware

Spectacle Eyeware

South End

$200 $29

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Spectacle owner and frame designer also offers styles like Velvet Eyewear and Intrigue, though without logos that distract customers

Three or Six Hip-Hop Fitness Classes from Sweat The Floor! Hip Hop Conditioning (Up to 58% Off)

Sweat The Floor! Hip Hop Conditioning

Boston

$30 $15

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Four Bootcamp Classes or Four Weeks of Twice-Weekly Bootcamp Classes at Next Level Fitness (Up to 56% Off)

Next Level Fitness

Boston

$80 $37

Professional trainers help students get into strong, sleek shape with up to four weeks of fitness bootcamp

$35 for $200 Toward Prescription Eyeglasses with Designer Frames at For Eyes Optical

For Eyes Optical

Multiple Locations

$200 $35

Designer frames from Burberry, Prada, and Ray-Ban contain light, resilient Toughlites lenses with a 30-day comfort zone guarantee

$43.99 for Five Boxing Classes at Peter Welch's Gym (65% Value)

Peter Welch's Gym

Columbus Park - Andrew Square

$125 $43.99

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Men and women of any age learn old-school boxing methods at a studio visited by Anthony Bourdain and frequented by pros such as Brock Lesnar

$225 or $300 Toward a Complete Pair of Prescription Eyewear at Cohen's Fashion Optical

Cohen's Fashion Optical

Downtown

$225 $49

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Selection of basic and polycarbonate lenses and fashionable designer frames from brands such as Ray-Ban and Marc by Marc Jacobs

Take-Home Teeth-Whiten Kit with Lifetime Gel Refills from DazzlingWhiteSmileUSA ($174 Value)

DazzlingWhiteSmileUSA

Downtown

$199 $25

Professional-grade bleaching gel and LED light erase unsightly stains; remineralizing gel strengthens enamel and reduces sensitivity

60-Minute, 90-Minute, or Couples 90-Minute Reflexology and Bodywork Session at Healthy Foot Spa (Up to 57% Off)

Healthy Foot Spa

Chinatown - Leather District

$65 $33

Back massages and herbal foot soaks work in tandem with reflexology, which aims to restore bodily health through channels in the feet

60-Minute Massage or Chiropractic Package at Beneski Chiropractic (Up to 82% Off)

Beneski Chiropractic

Financial District

$85 $39

Staff ease stress with a 60-minute massage or identify and remedy the underlying causes of chronic pain with a chiropractic package

10 or 20 Zumba Classes at The Z Spot (Up to 53% Off)

The Z Spot

South End

$110 $52

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Licensed Zumba instructors engage exercisers with Latin-inspired dance-fitness numbers

One, Three, or Five iLipo Fat-Reduction Treatments at Laser Gentle Medical Spa (Up to 80% Off)

Laser Gentle Medical Spa

Multiple Locations

$299 $99

Noninvasive laser treatments minimize localized fat deposits without discomfort or downtime; 30-minute treatment may reduce up to 3 inches

Dental Exam, X-rays, and Cleaning with At-Home Teeth-Whitening Kit at Arch Street Dental (Up to 90% Off)

Arch Street Dental

Multiple Locations

$901 $99

Dental team maintains oral health with a thorough checkup and cleaning; custom take-home whitening trays include whitening gel

$29 for a Premium Home Teeth-Whitening Kit with Gel Refills for Life from GlamWhite ($175 Value)

GlamWhite

Boston

$175 $29

Home teeth-whitening kits include trays and free whitening gel refills for life; can whiten teeth up to 12 shades in one to two weeks

$25 for a Premium Home Teeth-Whitening Kit from White Smile Central ($116.95 Value) 

White Smile Central

Boston

$116.95 $25

Professional-grade bleaching gel and LED light erase unsightly stains; remineralizing gel strengthens enamel and reduces sensitivity

Yoga Classes and Gym Passes at Karma Yoga Studios (Up to 80% Off). Four Options Available.

Karma Yoga Studios

Multiple Locations

$75 $29

Many types of yoga, such as Yin, Power & Vinyasa, offered in three clean, modern studios; gym features cardio & strength-training equipment

Zoom! Whitening Treatment or Dental Package with Whitening Kit at Dental Associates of New England (83% Off)

Dental Associates of New England

Multiple Locations

$575 $99

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Zoom! whitens teeth up to 10 shades in one visit; dental package includes x-rays, exam, cleaning, and take-home whitening kit

$50 for $100 Worth of Boxing — Godin's Premier Krav Maga

Godin's Premier Martial Arts

Redeem from Home

$100 $50

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Five Yoga Classes from Steel River Yoga (45% Off)

Steel River Yoga

Redeem from Home

$300 $165

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$20 for 30-Class Yoga and Fitness Pass from Yoga & Fitness Passport ($300 Value)

Yoga & Fitness Passport

Multiple Locations

$300 $20

Students can use this 30-class pass at multiple locations to take everything from yoga to Zumba, signing up on an easy online platform

5, 10, or 20 Classes at Women’s Fitness of Boston (Up to 58% Off)

Women's Fitness of Boston

Downtown

$60 $25

Group fitness classes such as Pilates, boxing, and Zumba burn calories and sculpt muscles in an all-female setting

16-Day Food Detox Program, or a 4- or 6-Week Weight Loss Program from Ameyal Holistic Health (Up to 54% Off)

Ameyal Holistic Health

Redeem from Home

$50 $25

Detoxifying foods purge bodies of toxins while increasing nutrional intake; weight loss programs help set and accomplish wellness goals

One or Two Months of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or Muay Thai Classes at Broadway Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness (Up to 70% Off)

Broadway Jiu-Jitsu and Fitness

South Boston

$139 $49

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu relies on grappling and ground-fighting techniques; Muay Thai focuses on stand-up striking and clinching maneuvers

Two Weeks of Fitness and Conditioning Classes at Sinha Capoeira Downtown Boston (50% Off)

Sinha Capoeira Downtown Boston

Boston

$80 $40

Sinha is a fun, fast-paced, and full-body workout.

3 Weeks of Boot Camp Classes from UR Training (45% Off)

Ur Training

Redeem from Home

$120 $66

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3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Swaby Tae Kwon Do Academy (50% Off)

Swaby's Tae Kwon Do Academy

Boston

$450 $225

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$99 for an Initial Consultation and Three 60-Minute Acupuncture Treatments at Pathways to Wellness ($270 Value)

Pathways to Wellness

South End

$270 $99

Nonprofit center’s licensed acupuncturists insert ultra-fine needles into areas of the body to help boost qi and enact healing mechanisms

$77 for $140 Toward One Month Martial Arts Membership with Uniform— Eclectic Karate

Eclectic Karate

Redeem from Home

$140 $77

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$89 for an Online Kickboxing-Instructor Certification Course from Kick 2 Fit ($299 Value)

Kick to Fit

Online Deal

$299 $89

A certified personal trainer leads an online certification course that teaches kickboxing basics with drills and exercises

5 or 10 Boxing Classes with Gloves and Hand Wraps at The Ring Boxing Club (Up to 82% Off)

The Ring Boxing Club

Boston

$198 $39

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Boxing classes and total-body workouts led by experienced boxers

Slimming Treatment and Body Wrap, or Three or Six Slimming Treatments at Adara Spa (Up to 66% Off)

Adara Spa

North End

$200 $69

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Arasys treatment targets adipose tissue with microcurrent technology & boosts metabolism as infrared wrap works to reduce stored fat.

$49 Nutrition Planning and Coaching provided by CATZ Sports Performance Training Centers ($299 Value)

CATZ

Online Deal

$299 $49

Nutrition planning and coaching includes initial assessment, customized meal plans, weekly progress check-ins, and unlimited e-mail support

$25 for $50 Worth of Hair Restoration — Micro Scalp Clinic

Micro Scalp Clinic

Boston

$50 $25

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10 or 16 Martial-Arts Classes and Uniform with Option for Test and a Graduation Belt at Go2Karate (94% Off)

Go2Karate Boston

On Location

$324 $20

Students don uniforms for classes in karate, tae kwon do, or krav maga

$495 for $900 Toward a 6-month Health Coaching Program

Albatross Wellness

On Location

$900 $495

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$41 for $75 Worth of Nutritional Counseling — Breathing Room Yoga and Wellness

Breathing Room Yoga And Wellness

Redeem from Home

$75 $41

Nutrition consultation, detailed nutrition plan, customized workout plan, and weekly monitoring of your progress

6 Weeks of Unlimited Boot Camp Classes from DB Strength and Conditioning (45% Off)

DB Strength And Conditioning

Redeem from Home

$112 $62

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$25 for Five Yoga Classes at Open Doors Yoga Studios ($75 Value)

Open Doors Yoga Studios

Multiple Locations

$75 $25

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Experienced instructors lead students through 60- to 90-minute yoga classes geared toward strengthening cores and helping relax the mind

$150 for Golf-Swing Analysis, Club Fitting, and $25 Credit at TaylorMade Performance Labs ($375 Value)

TaylorMade Performance Labs

TaylorMade Performance Lab at The International

$375 $150

TaylorMade professionals use latest technology to analyze golf swing and outfit golfers with the equipment that works best for their style

Yoga Packages at Bikram Yoga Boston/Harvard Square. (Up to 73% Off). Two Options Available.

Bikram Yoga Boston/Harvard Square

Multiple Locations

$87 $29

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Instructors certified by Bikram Yoga College of India lead 90-minute Bikram-style yoga classes in heated studios

Three Square Inch, Six Square Inch, or Nine Square Inch Tattoo Removal at Tataway (Up to 60% Off)

Tataway

Tataway

$375 $150

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Certified technician use a Revlite Q-Swithched laser to break up tattoo pigments that are then naturally absorbed by the body

One, Three, and Five Nutrient IV Infusions at Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon (Up to 65% Off)

Delete Tattoo Removal & Laser Salon

Back Bay

$140 $55

Administered by trained Medical professional, infusions with essential vitamins and minerals are formulated to help specific bodily needs

$25 for Teeth Whitening Kit with Lifetime Whitening Refills from Pro Smile Teeth Whitening ($199 Value)

Pro Smile Teeth Whitening

Downtown

$199 $25

Custom-molded trays, all-natural whitening gel, and LED light work together to fight stains during 30–60-minute sessions

Three Acupuncture Treatments from Core Health Acupuncture (55% Off)

Core Health Acupuncture

Washington Square

$210 $94

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$25 for 25 Passes for Fitness Center Access and Fitness Classes at YMCA of Greater Boston ($375 Value)

YMCA of Greater Boston

Multiple Locations

$375 $25

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Build strength and stamina on gym equipment and sample a wide variety of group classes such as step aerobics, yoga, and Pilates

10 Gym Visits or Two-Month Gym Membership at Evolve Fitness (Up to 88% Off)

Evolve Fitness

Neighborhood Nine

$200 $24

Group fitness classes such as Zumba, yoga, and BodyCombat at a gym with Precor, Life Fitness, and Hammer Strength equipment

$238 for $475 Worth of In-Office Teeth Whitening — Cambridge Smiles

Cambridge Smiles Dental Office

Cambridge

$475 $238

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1 or 3 Acupuncture Visits for Back Pain at Middle Path Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine (Up to 51% Off)

Middle Path Acupuncture & Chinese Herbal Medicine

Cambridge

$95 $47

Super-fine needles optimize energy flow throughout the body to assuage a range of concerns, from chronic pain to overeating

$225 Toward a Complete Pair of Prescription Eyeglasses with Optional Eye Exam at Vision House Opticians (Up to 78% Off)

Vision House Opticians

Cambridge

$225 $49

After an optional eye exam, customers choose prescription lenses and fashionable frames from brands like Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, and Cartier

Four, Six, or Eight VelaSmooth Cellulite-Reduction Treatments at Dreams Beauty Spa (Up to Off)

Dreams Beauty Spa

Riverside

$700 $199

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Cellulite-reduction device shrinks fat cells to improve the skin’s appearance

5 or 10 Self-Defense or Boot-Camp Classes at AMAC Gym (Up to 75% Off)

AMAC Gym

Cambridge

$150 $49

Students soak up self-defense skills while burning calories in a gym with a regulation ring, pole bags and ample floor mats

10 or 20 Classes at Majestic Yoga Studio in Cambridge (Up to 77% Off)

Majestic Yoga Studio

Neighborhood Nine

$150 $49

Classes for all fitness and experience levels emphasize breath control, gentle movements, and body alignment

Up to 50% Off Vision Care — Harvard Square Eye Care

Harvard Square Eye Care

Harvard Square

$50 $25

Eyewear boutique displays a range of styles and brands such as sporty Bollé frames and sleek Ray-Bans.

One or Three Acupuncture Treatments at Acupuncture Together in Cambridge (Up to 67% Off)

Acupuncture Together

North Cambridge

$55 $25

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Acupuncturists strategically place needles to alleviate pain & other issues as clients lounge in comfortable reclining chairs

Six Weeks of Boot-Camp Classes for One or Two from Teem Performance Training (Up to 61% Off)

TEEM Performance Training

Danehy Park

$96 $45

Twice a week at Danehy Park, nationally certified trainer Derek Arledge leads boot camps that emphasize proper form and function

Two-Month Intro to Fencing Course for One or Two Plus Loaned Gear and Uniforms at Bay State Fencers (50% Off)

Bay State Fencers

Ward Two

$150 $75

During fencing bouts supervised by professional coaches, students learn the basics of the sport while using loaned equipment and uniforms

10 or 20 Drop-In Fitness Classes at Health Forever (Up to 88% Off)

Health Forever

Somerville

$100 $15

Fitness instructors motivate students through classes designed to sculpt fat into toned muscles

5 or 10 Zumba Classes at Zumba With Jess (Up to61% Off)

Zumba With Jess

Dance Untion

$60 $24

A supportive and friendly instructor who has earned spots on Boston A-List leads a fun, dance-based workout in a welcoming atmosphere

Two Months of Karate Lessons with a Uniform or Five Classes at Villari's Martial Arts Center (Up to 88% Off)

Villari's Martial Arts

Multiple Locations

$249 $29

Expert martial artists instill discipline in students of all ages while promoting respect and physical fitness

One, Three, or Six Acupuncture Treatments at Open Space Community Acupuncture (Up to 68% Off)

Open Space Community Acupuncture

Union Square/Somerville

$50 $25

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Treat pain, allergies, stress, and other maladies with a natural, ancient technique

Dental Exam with X-Rays and Cleaning, or Zoom! Teeth Whitening Treatment at Dental Arts Davis Square (Up to 73% Off)

Dental Arts Davis Square

Davis Square

$600 $299

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Exam with a cleaning keep smiles healthy; Zoom! treatment brightens teeth with a light-activated, hydrogen peroxide-based gel

5 or 10 Pilates Reformer Classes or a Learn Pilates Class Package at The Body Center (Up to 65% Off)

The Body Center

Brookline Village

$115 $45

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Pilates Reformer classes grouped by skill level emphasize form while toning muscle; Learn Pilates package includes private and group classes

3 Months of Unlimited Kids' Martial Arts Classes at Neil Stone's Karate Academy (45% Off)

Neil Stone's Karate Academy

Brookline

$510 $281

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One or Two Months of Unlimited Classes at Florian Martial Arts (Up to 80% Off)

Florian Martial Arts

Coolidge Corner

$219 $49

Class options include Brazilian jujitsu, wrestling, strength and conditioning, and striking

Two or Four Acupressure Weight-Loss Treatments at Weightloss Boston (Up to 54% Off)

Weightloss Boston

Brookline

$300 $149

Adhering to the Sadkhin Complex, doctors use acupressure beads to stimulate 16 hunger-control points behind the ears, leading to weight loss

$45 for $175 Toward Prescription Glasses at Arcade Optical

Arcade Optical

Coolidge Corner

$175 $45

Frames from brands such as Gucci, BCBG, Eye'DC, and Bebe

$45 for After Hours Pediatric Urgent Care Services from 711 PediCare ($95)

711 PediCare

Brookline

$95 $45

Licensed pediatric providers treat nonintensive symptoms such as a sore throat, earache, insect bite, runny nose and red eyes

5 or 10 Fitness Classes at The Body Center Fitness (Up to 73% Off)

The Body Center Fitness

Brookline Village

$130 $39

Experienced trainers keep workouts interesting and results-driven by creating new, intense challenges and keeping class sizes small

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Exhale Spa seeks to transform its clientele inside and out. The founding team of fitness professionals and aestheticians sought to create an environment where they could empower visitors with pampering spa treatments, invigorating fitness classes, and lifestyle education, helping clients attain a sense of control and holistic balance. Now with 19 locations across 11 cities, Exhale Spa and its signature services have earned mentions in numerous national publications, including People magazine, the New York Times, and O, The Oprah Magazine.

Exhale's signature Core Fusion classes incorporate dance-inspired stretches, yoga poses, and Pilates exercises into total-body workouts that build long, lean limbs and sturdy abdominal muscles over time. For an even more varied workout, the instructors introduce boot-camp techniques, cardio exercises, or multiplication tables to select sessions. Yoga classes present a similar amount of breadth and variety, drawing inspiration from a number of introspective and physically oriented styles. To help hasten physical transformations, nutrition and wellness coaches teach attendees about the impacts of diet. These sessions build an awareness of healthy eating habits through custom meal plans and by teaching clients how to identify the edible parts of a fruit basket.

Many of the center's traditional spa services seek to inspire confidence. Facials pamper and refine skin using everything from green tea and fruit extracts to microcurrent technology, and mani-pedis revitalize digits before glazing nails with a vibrant new coat of color. Bodywork treatments look beyond physical relaxation and focus on holistic concerns. Massage therapists can use Eastern or Western modalities to soothe overstressed musculature, and acupuncture treatments and reiki sessions jump-start natural healing processes by encouraging the free flow of inner energies.

28 Arlington St
Boston,
MA
US

Above all else, Sifu K.L. Brown understands two things: first, that a physical change can trigger a spiritual change; and second, that most martial-arts training caters more to men than to women. K.L. discovered that first truth as a boy in the Bronx, where his passion for the Boy Scouts, martial arts, and dance led him to several defining accomplishments. Namely, he was one of first African-Americans from his borough to earn the rank of an Eagle Scout and won both Silver Mittens and Golden Gloves titles before going on to a career as a professional boxing coach.This experience contributed to his second realization, that women needed a style of martial-arts training tailored for their fitness needs and style of learning.

Thus, K.L. designed Sweat Box, a form of martial-arts-based fitness training that dispenses with the rigidity of formal training studios in favor of a high-energy, celebratory atmosphere. As he leads participants through exercises, he also mixes in hip-hop moves and gymnastics. Leading each class, he adjusts exercises for all fitness levels, scaling difficulty where needed. In addition to helping students attain an improved physique, his fitness programs—which include classes, personal training, and competition training—encourage students to expand their perceptions of who they are and what they're capable of.

Still upholding the humanitarianism he learned with the Boy Scouts, K.L. also uses Sweat Box to promote community mindedness. Through his philanthropic venture Sweat Box, Inc. Rose Foundation, he donates proceeds from Sweat Box and Sweat Box Couture toward research into breast cancer, diabetes, and how to make donuts less delicious.

800 Boylston St
Boston,
MA
US

Though they work from a single office, Dr. Mauro Stuparich and Dr. Alexandra Nouel are both doctors and architects. This dual specialization stems from their training in prosthodontics—the art of rebuilding teeth with crowns, bridges, implants, and other apparatuses. After completing prosthodontics programs at Tufts University, then attending advanced courses on surgical implants at the Misch Institute, the two dentists took their expertise to Boston's historic Electric Carriage House. There, they administer a wide range of restorative, cosmetic, and general dentistry services to clients of all ages.

Assistance from a congenial staff and advanced technology helps the dentists ensure quality, custom results. For example, Dr. Nouel deftly crafts natural-looking crowns using CEREC systems, which can create the coverings in a single day. Whether their clients want to improve their teeth with porcelain veneers or a regulation cleaning, the dentists can rely on several amenities to ensure patients’ comfort during appointments. The staff members encourage clients to bring their own music, and they can administer sedation to quell lingering anxieties. Clients also have the option of donning protective eyewear. The dark glasses guard against particles and the glare of the overhead light while convincing the dentist that every patient is the Terminator.

321 Columbus Ave
Boston,
MA
US

The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."

This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.

150 3rd Avenue
Boston,
MA
US

For years, Life in Synergy founder Helena Collins was frustrated with her body. Despite vigorously working out and dieting, she wasn't seeing results. But she knew there had to be a way to achieve the figure she wanted while still eating the foods she loved and actually enjoying her workouts. So she set out to find a solution. After more than 30 years of research, she now lives by the motto "Work smarter, not harder," and has developed a fitness method that motivates her clients to make long-term changes through custom nutrition plans, exercise, and life-coaching sessions.

Along with her team of certified trainers, Collins first meets with each client to assess their goals, which might include losing pounds or finally being able to bench-press their older brother. The staff then develops a customized nutrition plan that eschews fad diets and starvation, as well as a fitness plan that hones in on specific problem areas such as the thighs, love handles, and belly. During Life in Synergy's signature Synergistics Fitness Method classes, clients work toward those same goals in a group setting, using exercise bands and medicine balls for low-impact moves that don't damage joints. The metabolism-boosting workouts also emphasize stretching and strengthening weak muscles to correct any imbalances in the body. The trainers further hone in on problem areas during classes including Butts and Guts, Lean Legs, and Abs and Arms.

867 Boylston St.
Boston,
MA
US

Attracting the ringside cheers of NBC's Today show, as well as the 2011, 2012, and 2013 CityVoter title of Best Gym in Boston, The Ring Boxing Club's boxers eschew the monotony of standard fitness routines in favor of the strategy and concentration of boxing. These accomplished boxing coaches—of them, a Golden Gloves winner, a former U.S. Army Green Beret, and an incredibly dynamic former Super Middleweight once ranked sixth in the world—tutor students of all ages and fitness levels through what the Boston Herald describes as an "all encompassing workout that improves fitness and coordination and builds strength." They motivate clients to embrace the confidence that blossoms in the ring as they elegantly dance with an opponent or punching bag, engraining hooks and uppercuts into muscle memory. Amid the gym's boxing memorabilia and posters, they teach more than 60 classes a week, leading a 12-round boxing workout that marries a professional boxer's workout with a montage of fitness drills. They also teach the pugilist's basic footwork, punches, and blocks, which they streamline with strength training, theory, and proper form.

971 Commonwealth Ave
Boston,
MA
US