Atlantis Sports Club knows that people are more likely to reach their fitness goals if they enjoy their workouts. That's why every element of their spacious gyms is designed to create an experience that will leave members with restored and refreshed minds and bodies. From the moment visitors step into the elegant locker rooms to the point they kick back in a relaxing steam room, they encounter up-to-date equipment and stylish design elements. Members can pump iron with state-of-the-art machines and free weights, or join others for group fitness classes such as energetic Zumba, intense body sculpting, and mind-centering yoga. Certain locations bring an even better treat—the Nashua club features an outdoor pool and a patio, for instance, while the Cambridge location furnishes a junior Olympic size salt-water pool that sits beneath a retractable glass roof.
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
Crossfit 93 is tucked inside Blue Hills Fitness, so the crew of coaches includes runners, basketball players, and other athletes, all certified to lead the ever-changing CrossFit workouts. Because it includes such a wide range of exercises, the classes are rarely the same, and there's no simple secret to the workouts. Instead, patrons run, jump, lift, pull, and perform other natural motions. They often benefit from improved strength, flexibility, cardio health, and ability to blend in at action-movie premieres.
Jeanine Giguere—a professional massage therapist—and Candice Kraus—a certified personal trainer—oversee workouts at Best Results Fitness & Health, a spacious workout studio outfitted with equipment to challenge beginning and expert athletes. Candice leads personal training and small group workouts sessions, each designed to meet all clients’ individual goals with exercises such as weight lifting, strength training, and boxing. Jeanine uses her healing hands to perform a variety of massage modalities, including deep tissue, sports massage, and Swedish, all of which can help relieve pain, alleviate tension, and relax inflamed tissue.
At Good Energy Holistic Studio, an oasis tucked away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, clients are invited to unwind and indulge in its many healing treatments. Licensed massage therapist and Reiki master Theresa Ciarfella slows down cerebral clocks and undoes gridlocked muscles with treatments such as the deep-relief massage, Pain Away massage, and a bodywork treatment catering exclusively to expectant mothers. Through energy work such as reiki and aromatherapy balancing, healers help guests attain clarity and balance.
The gym and the club are usually two different destinations. But they don't have to be. That's where Z Factor Zumba comes in. The fitness center swaps treadmills and free weights for pulse-pounding Zumba classes that introduce students to moves they can use on the dance floor or in the middle of a corporate meeting to break the tension. The dance class, which pairs easy-to-follow steps with energetic Latin rhythms, also revs up metabolism, burning calories and sculpting bodies into lean dancing machines.