To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get in Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. Each of their small-group sessions are tailored to each exerciser. The trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then, they do 25 minutes of cardio—the trainers might start beginners with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for increased results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
The staff at Zoots Dry Cleaning extracts stains and stress by pairing eco-friendly dry-cleaning services with the convenience of extended evening and Sunday hours, 24-hour drop-off and pickup services (available at most locations), and an automated drive-thru system. Team members clean clothes, draperies, bedding, and rugs with a biodegradable solvent as opposed to harsh PERC chemicals, and some staff are trained to expertly excise stains from the delicate lace and beadwork of bridal-gown bodices. Most stores also have a tailor on location who is able to alter ensembles in a snap. Customers get e-mail notifications when orders are ready or they can download a smartphone app to keep a close eye on the status of their dirty laundry.
Clinical nutritionist Courtney Little, the owner of Nutrition & Whole Health Solutions, offers her clients a holistic process designed to improve health through natural changes. Her expansive list of services includes individualized nutritional counseling, detox programs, and microcurrent therapy sessions. Nutrition & Whole Health Solutions looks beyond the client’s symptoms to investigate their root causes, taking a broader approach to complete health.
Skilled shuttersmith John Francis pins down fleeting moments with training in wedding and portrait photography. He employs a signature photojournalistic style he learned at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts and has developed through personal experience and an ongoing effort to express emotions visually. Not confined to the studio, John travels to destinations to espy appropriate backdrops for engagement shoots, portraits, and special occasions.
A troupe whose talents are praised by the Boston Globe and the New York Times, the 16-years-young Boston Musical Theater transports audiences from their cares and woes through a melodious comedic revue. “Poisoning Pigeons in the Park,” directed by company founder Charlotte Kaufman, examines satire and humor through a tuneful lens. Ears hearken to four gifted singers quadrilaterally harmonizing satirical songs by composers such as Tom Lerher, George Gershwin, and Stephen Sondheim, flanked by a jazz trio who backs their every belt with interweaving instrumentals and enthusiastic high-fives. The performances ensue at the Maxwell Auditorium at the National Heritage Museum, a 390-seat setting that features six handicap-accessible seats and an up-to-date sound system. Seats are first come, first served, so arrive early to secure a favorite view of the stage or arrive late to instigate sudden sessions of musical chairs.