Although it’s a sprawling, multi-leveled gym with separate areas for aerobics, cardio machines, and boxing, the folks at Forever Health and Fitness Center strive to cultivate the ambiance of a small neighborhood club. To truly invoke this sense of community, they provide even more than their already impressive lineup of gym amenities, which include 18 diverse group classes, an outdoor floor-hockey rink, and saunas—they also house an on-site hair salon and a full service pub where exercises can toast to a great game in the racquetball courts.
Founded by Miss Fitness U.S.A. Champion and World Bodybuilding & Fitness Federation Figure Pro Shelly Rego and led by the trained Forever Health and Fitness GroupXTreme Classes crew, members are able to get fit and have a good time doing it. Each week, they pack a schedule with Latin-dance-inspired Zumba classes taking place in a studio promoting a nightclub atmosphere. As global beats thud through the speakers, the students throw themselves into the aerobic dance workout’s easy-to-follow choreography, which makes the classes feel more like a party than a visit to the gym. The staff has also been known to organize flash-mob dances with routines taught during class. At the start of the year, instructors lead a six-week Resolution Solution program that helps clients achieve their fitness goals, such as losing weight, becoming more active, or being able to do the worm all the way to the gym and back.
With five distinct courses etched into the New England countryside, Sterling Golf Management promotes pin-hunting recreation for Boston-area golfers of all abilities. The longest and most difficult of the five, The Shattuck Golf Club's 18-hole course kicks off with a 409-yard par 4 where players hack their way toward a green that is visually wreathed by the rising red rocks of Mount Monadnock, setting the tone for a scenic, 6,764-yard round. Groves of trees ensconce the fairways and barter over carbon dioxide at Norwood Country Club's recently renovated course, a relatively flat layout characterized by smallish greens and flanked by a lighted driving range. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is Maynard Golf Course, a picturesque par 70, 9-hole course with a full-service clubhouse. The same sylvan makeup returns at Newton Commonwealth's course, where lush tree lines cast shadows over a creek as it snakes across the fairways of seven holes. Rounding out the grassy quartet, Chelmsford's nine-hole course takes golfers careening across 2,467 yards of narrow fairways, placing straight drives or skilled golf ball pilots at a premium.
Drawing from more than 20 years of experience, certified trainer Bobby Spindell doesn’t rely on intensity alone to draw calories from his clients—he also uses rest periods as a fitness tool. Recognizing that fitness is a process that occurs in phases, he motivates clients during boot camps and training classes to complete the full number of reps before giving their muscles strategic rest periods. He advises clients on how to help their bodies recover for the next workouts with low-resistance training, proper sleep, and what to eat after workouts.
The LED lights dim, and a driving rhythm begins to pound through the professional-grade sound system. An instructor mounts a Star Trac Spinner NXT cycle—the same model all the students are riding—and begins to call out instructions. The class uses the bikes' advanced mechanics to simulate uphill climbs and smooth straightaways. Such is the scene during every class at InMotion Cycling Studio. Afterward, staff members provide towel service or show visitors to the water cooler, where they can replenish a depleted water bottle or attempt to engage strangers in office small talk.
Light streams in through the large and plentiful windows inside Chelmsford Sports Club and Fitness, bouncing off high ceilings, exposed-brick walls, and boxing equipment within the sprawling confines. Here, members take fitness seriously, whether they’re training for upcoming boxing matches or working toward bench-pressing their surly landlords. The club's approach to fitness was established by its founders, all personal trainers who wanted to help their clients surpass their workout goals and change their bodies through individual training sessions and high-intensity group fitness classes.
Brick walls. Exposed beams. Rustic wood floors. CrossTrain Fitness’s gym space has all of the trappings of an art gallery or a penthouse loft; instead, serious workouts take place here. Inspired by CrossFit, coaches guide groups of exercisers through a scalable, ever-changing cross-training regimen designed to boost speed, strength, and coordination more safely than sprinting across a tightrope while carrying an anvil in each hand. They also provide one-on-one training and group training, which gives the added benefit of camaraderie and support from friends or family members who also participate.
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