One highlight of CrossFit's workout of the day is that almost anyone can do it. If that sounds hard to believe, look no further than CrossFit Southborough, where Fabiana O?Brien and her team of coaches schedule these functional workouts for kids, teens, adults, and seniors. The workouts generally comprise body-weight exercises like pull-ups, iron-pumping moves like dead lifts, and plyometric exercises like box jumps. For youngsters who are younger than the 5-year age limit, the gym also offers childcare services at select times.
Pure Fitness (formerly known as Powerhouse Fitness and still owned by Scott and Nikki Holland) has a full roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors who guide exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. There's also a recently added athletic-training center.
Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals, and saunas banish stress with warm, dry air. To help parents squeeze exercise into busy schedules, the gym offers childcare services seven days a week.
Lunges while holding kettlebells, jumping pull-ups, handstands, and games of catch with medicine balls—these are a few of the ever-changing exercises that comprise CrossFit’s daily workouts. Trainers mix up routines to ensure clients avoid the boredom of that can set in from repeated exercise and use functional movements, such as pushing and lifting, to prep participants for all physical activities. The mix of explosive exercises and everyday motions works every muscle group, enhancing power, speed, and agility.
Inside Bikram Yoga’s two practice spaces, instructors crank up the thermostat to sultry temperatures to loosen up students’ muscles during 90-minute yoga sessions, helping increase flexibility and range of motion while building muscle tone. Instructors pay special attention to coaching newbies during each class, teaching Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises to help students of all fitness levels stretch out joints or baby injuries and appendages put out of commission due to hostile negotiations during teamwork-building human knots. Each instructor trained directly under Bikram Choudhury—the creator of Bikram Yoga—to ensure that pupils receive safe, easy-to-follow instruction that bolsters health and clears minds.
Auburn Yoga & Pilates Center owner Jennifer Fleury-Lawson fulfills her passion for teaching while creating a community of yogis so dedicated to improving their physical and mental health they earned the studio the Auburn Chamber of Commerce's award for Best Fitness Facility four years in a row. Along with a skilled staff of instructors, Jennifer oversees a schedule of low-impact workout regimens that includes a mélange of dynamic and restorative yoga styles, Pilates mat sessions, and spinning classes capable of leaving students of all skill and fitness levels as breathless as an easily startled blowfish.