The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."
This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Recommended Age Group: Teens
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff have to stay ahead of the unexpected?
We are constantly in the field coaching?and attending coaching clinics?to stay ahead of the unexpected. We have the capacity to handle larger crowds, as well as the resources needed to rent extra gym space, if needed.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
Watching the players improve over time. I also love playing music during our trainings and seeing the kids have fun.
Have you ever been a patron of your own business? If so, what was the most enjoyable part?
Yes, I have, and I enjoyed seeing myself improve on the basketball court.
Learning happens on the court at Wynn Sports Academy. That's because the academy trades books for basketballs and volleyballs, instilling sports skills alongside life skills such as teamwork and discipline. Their basketball day camp pairs players ages 8?17 with high school and college coaches who teach techniques such as ball passing and shooting. The volleyball camp, which is helmed by the head coach of Curry College's women's volleyball team, challenges students with twice-daily games that boost their serving and volleying abilities alongside their self-confidence.
Star Hill is expansive, but its staff strives to keep the environment unintimidating. Beneath the white dome lies 105,000 square feet of fields, courts, and tracks, which host sporting clinics and league games throughout the year. Alongside, the main facility's 30,000 square feet house a 25-yard swimming and diving pool, a fitness center with top-of-the-line cardio and weight machines and free weights, and group fitness rooms. Personal training for kids and adults can focus on anything from getting in shape to targeted sports fitness or even triathlon training. After a run around the quarter-mile track, a skip on the treadmill, or taking in a field-hockey game, members can take advantage of the arcade or enjoy dinner at the caf? on the outdoor patio.
The team at Clubex Fitness & Nutrition believes that when it comes to diet and exercise, success is a team effort. Thankfully, the trainers host about 30 different group exercise classes every week, ranging from spinning, kickboxing, and Zumba to a Kick Your Butt boot camp. Those looking for a more specialized approach can work one-on-one with personal trainers that help clients design custom exercise plans.
Of course, the facility also allows for clients to exercise on their own. Clubex makes solo workouts easy with its more than 75 pieces of cardio equipment, more than 100 pieces of strength equipment, and about 10 tons of free weights, which keep the gym from blowing away during storms. And if that lengthy list of equipment isn't enough, Clubex also offers boxing and karate rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, and even an outdoor obstacle course that doubles as an auto shop in case you need new tires. Onsite babysitting makes it even easier to enjoy a productive workout, and afterward clients can refuel at the facility's full-service juice bar.
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.