Lighthouse keepers safely guide ships to shore through turbulent, rocky waters in total darkness. Navigating today’s sea of health and fitness information can be equally overwhelming, so the trainers at Lighthouse Fitness take on a similar role to their spiritual predecessors. They guide gym members to healthier lifestyles, working to remove some of the obstacles along the way. In addition to leading motivational group fitness classes such as yoga or cardio boxing, they provide complimentary personal-training sessions and childcare services, which free parents to hit the treadmill without duct-taping their toddlers to their backs.
They dedicate a huge portion of their space to their indoor rock-climbing structure, which boasts more than 300 routes wending across its colorfully speckled surface. Further helping clients look their best, they treat them to purely beauty-focused services with a tanning spa and a full-service hair salon.
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.
Drawing on more than a decade of spinning experience, Jody Pugh captains a team of lively instructors at Just Ride!, an indoor cycling studio that was crowned one of Plymouth's best health clubs by the readers of WickedLocal.com in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The quality of the instructors is matched by the fleet of Keiser M3 bikes, each equipped to track cycling stats including revolutions per minute, distance, heart rate, and amount of baseball cards needed to make an authentic motorcycle noise. Atop the stationary two-wheelers, riders of all fitness levels pedal at their own pace during classes.
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.