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.
Facilities at the more family-orientated Powerhouse Gym and Family Fitness enlist nurturing personal trainers to man their workout floors and group classes, which run the gamut from intense Les Mills routines to rhythm-fueled Zumba sessions. In line with the Powerhouse Gym credo, employees strive to foster each member's individual strength, whether they want to complete a single pull-up or do so while dangling from the tusk of an enraged mammoth. To make working out more enjoyable and convenient, amenities such as mounted TVs and childcare stations might complement the throngs of cardio and strength machinery at varying locations.
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.