Baron Baptiste's signature brand of yoga has transformed lives. It has optimized the performance of the Philadelphia Eagles and empowered impoverished youth in Nairobi. It has lifted the spirits of war veterans and counseled gang members in Los Angeles. On a day-to-day basis, it has improved the physical health and mental acuity of Bostonians, who can practice the discipline under the tutelage of Baron Baptiste himself.
At his eponymous studios in Brookline and Cambridge, Baptiste joins a team of instructors who promulgate his teachings through classes, teacher-training programs, and workshops. Classes take place in 90-degree studios that boost detoxification and flexibility. In addition to fitness-centric classes, the studio offers guided meditation classes that establish the focus and clarity of mind required to read the entire Gutenberg Bible while riding a rollercoaster.
Benefitness Health Club for Women was designed for women by a woman: CC Maher, to be exact, a trainer with more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry. CC doesn't presume to know what women want, though—instead, she has created a flexible gym that can accommodates any gym-goer. Her team's more than 50 classes per week tone physiques with a variety of lean muscle-building modalities, from TRX suspension training to core-strengthening moves on Pilates reformers. The classes run from early morning to as late as 8 p.m., accommodating both night owls and the early risers who lift the sun off the horizon.
The gym's Nautilus weight machines and supply of free weights, meanwhile, allow for solo workouts. Personal trainers also patrol the floor, motivating patrons through custom one-on-one sessions, while a nutritionist crafts user-friendly diet plans to complement fitness regimens. Meanwhile, the on-site childcare center keeps kids from commandeering treadmills for games of "Flat Rollercoaster."
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Boston Running Center wrangles a crack team of personal trainers, sports nutritionists, and of course, running enthusiasts with the express purpose of helping clients get the most out of their pavement-pounding routine. Whether runners are training for a marathon or simply hoping to outrun a personal demon named Azazel, the tailor-made programs and one-on-one guidance—including unlimited phone and email access to coaches—help them sprint straight into the beating heart of those goals. Clients learn to avoid common injuries, bolster lower-body strength, and fine-tune their workout routines.
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.
Every visit to Commonwealth Sports Club has a chance to be completely different from the last, energizing stale exercise routines with the spark of variety. A schedule packed with nearly 50 group classes per week allows members to shed calories collectively,whether through spinning sessions, choreographed Zumba workouts, or aquatic training in an indoor pool. For solo workouts, the club features an expansive cardio room and two separate strength training rooms populated by state-of-the-art equipment. As weights clink and treadmills hum, the club’s roster of nationally certified personal trainers also stand by ready to spring into action. They work with clients by boosting them past plateaus, teaching them new exercises, and helping them solve anatomy-based crossword clues.