Erin Brenton has believed in the possibility of transformation ever since she transformed her own life, marred by tragedy, into one of health and joy. When she was 9, she and her sister, Heather, were traveling door to door selling Camp Fire Girls of America items when the pair were struck by an underage drunk driver. The crash cost Heather her life and left Erin with severe head and leg trauma. Supported by her parents, friends, and eventually her own loving husband and kids, Erin learned to deal with the physical repercussions of that accident. To honor her sister’s memory, she decided to help others find their own health and happiness through exercise and support. To that end, she started Girls on the Go to make a place where people of all ability levels can enjoy physical activity and strive for healthier bodies.
She and her team of instructors now fill each week with a variety of original fitness classes, from women’s boxing to men’s speed and agility training. Erin also leads one-on-one personal-training sessions and the Driveway Divas fitness program, for which an instructor comes to clients’ homes for small-group training.
Inside Plymouth's historic Post Office Building, the bustling of envelopes changing hands has been replaced by the sounds of steady breathing. Certified personal trainer Alicia Andreson works with her experienced staff—all of whom hold teaching certifications—to gently correct their students' alignment aboard mats and apparatuses, including the ubiquitous reformer. They guide one-on-one Pilates sessions and small-group classes that tighten cores, demonstrating classic mat poses, boot-camp-style maneuvers, and yoga stances. To complement their exercise regimens, they offer nutritional counseling and wellness programs. They develop custom healthful diet regimens that help patrons flatten their tummies more safely than standing in front of a firing cannon.
My Gym Children's Fitness Center divides its classes into seven age groups, each based in the process of natural childhood development. Staff and instructors draw from current physiological, psychological, and sociological studies, as well as hands-on childcare experience, to design age-appropriate workouts that hone each age group's most vital skills. Classes accommodate children aged 6 weeks–8 years, focusing on skill sets ranging from visual and spatial exploration to gross-motor-skill development to structured games and gymnastics fundamentals. Eventually, this instruction leads up to full cardio and sports-focused classes for children up to 13 years of age, which keep kids fit enough to track and capture their own stuffed animals.
Technogym equipment and energizing music sets an upbeat tone at LiveLifeBelieve. The team of certified instructors stirs these energetic stimuli into more than 70 scheduled group classes, keeping students engaging cores and limbs during Zumba, body-combat, and body-yoga classes. Dedicated to modern equipment, cycling instructors keep legs pumping the pedals of CycleOps bikes, which simulate outdoor biking with realistic physics and four points of adjustment.
While parents exercise, kids stay safe and busy in the supervised Kid’s Cove play area. After workouts, parents can gather up their kids with one hand while the other two grab a cold drink from the smoothie bar.
Ann Marie Kelleher began dancing professionally at age 8, winning awards with her Irish dancing troupe. But with time came family and a career as a nurse, and dancing fell by the wayside in lieu of boring gym workouts. Then Ann Marie discovered Zumba. It married the best of both worlds—dance and exercise—and she immediately fell in love. Now a licensed Zumba instructor, Ann Marie and her staff help others stay in shape at Shakin N Groovin Zumba Fitness & Personal Training. Their fitness and dance classes include not only Zumba, but also cardio-kickboxing, club-dancing, and strength-training classes.
When former project managers from Bally's, World Gym, Crunch, Guess, and Clinique realized the need for a women's-only gym in the world of fitness, they joined forces to create the Elements Diet and Fitness program. This fitness regimen depends upon two primary ingredients to help ladies of all stripes get into shape: personal-lifestyle coaches and group-fitness classes. Personal-lifestyle coaches establish a report with their clients, through which they send constant motivation, support, and fitness instruction.