Owner Lisa Golde and her staff of experienced instructors mold pliant participants of all levels into a miscellany of poses and postures during myriad yoga sessions within Body Kneads Yoga’s clean, comfortable studio. Ninety-minute classes such as the mellow flow and beginner Vinyasa flow ($15) allow newbies to spread their yoga wings next to fully soaring practitioners, while the two-hour integrative flow ($18) blends more intense physical poses with calming visualizations of shapeshifting from pretzels to pretzel buns. Hit up a morning power-hour Ashtanga mix class ($12) for an intermediate steeping in Ashtanga’s series of poses. The Shanti room bestows a room-temperature climate upon benders, while the 85-degree Rasa room ignites the gamma rays of caloric arson during heated sessions of Forrest yoga, drawing out increased flexibility in formerly taut muscles.
Ocean State CrossFit’s mission is to “live a life of action” and inspire others to do the same. That’s why its certified trainers chose the CrossFit system. CrossFit’s exercises, featuring strength and conditioning training, focus on functional movements such as pushing, pulling, and lifting. The dynamic movements prep exercisers for all manner of activities, improving athletic performance and daily activities alike. Workouts change each day and utilize a variety of equipment such as plyometric boxes and rowing machines, as well as medicine balls and kettlebells. Each intense, fast-paced, 45-minute session works all muscle groups and can be scaled to suit all ages and levels of fitness.
Cardio combat focuses on torching calories and shedding fat with its fast-paced regime of kickboxing and combat moves. Poundfit classes combine interval trainging and low-impact cardio exercises with weighted neon-green drumsticks to burn calories. Women-only self-defense classes equip ladies with techniques to stop an assailant during an attack or masterfully exit an uncomfortable conversation with an in-law. ZENergy also provides less intense options for new clients.
After giving birth to her oldest child, Debra Cunha turned to yoga to restore her body, improve her health, and calm her frazzled mind. Instantly taking to the practice, Debra went on to study for years in the hatha, Vinyasa, and Anusara traditions under a variety of seasoned yogis. Today, Debra captains her own yoga studio where she conducts beginner and advanced classes in the Vinyasa and gentle flow styles.
Nestled in the heart of the historic Pawtuxet village, the studio is an intimate space with shelves of flickering candles and yellow walls adorned with eastern artwork. Atop the studio's hardwood floors, Debra and her team of certified instructors guide students through challenging poses designed to improve alignment, strengthen muscles, and reduce stress. Striving to create a supportive community, they encourage students to explore the city together after class by trying out a local restaurant or drilling all the local crossing guards for their family meatloaf recipe.
Iyengar Yoga Source’s limber tutors tap their extensive knowledge to deliver effective, hands-on instruction to elucidate for students the mentally invigorating asanas of Iyengar yoga. The studio’s schedule boasts sessions that complement students of various skill level and experience, with Level 1 classes building beginners a safe platform for Iyengar yoga practice by perfecting standing poses, shoulder stands, and breakdancing skills. Level 2 students enhance their experience by adding to their honed flexibility and endurance as they tackle forward extensions, back bends, and headstands while solving long-division problems without a calculator. As attendees progress, increased concentration on breath and posture alignment allows them to develop a deeper self-awareness. The new studio location boasts an expansive practice space lined with dark red walls and anchored by a pair of pillars that have mastered the supported shoulder stand.
Feeding off of the positive energy of other boot campers and experienced instructors, you'll be encouraged to power through each 45-minute session of intense cardio, kettlebell, and resistance training like a pro. CrossFit's any-skill-level workouts burn fat, increase flexibility and strength, and build confidence, pushing bodies to the edge of Fitness Mountain. During the course of the four-week session, you should expect to run, walk, workout with partners, complete targeted drills and resistance-training exercises, and more, all with a willingness to work hard. After completing 12 classes of CrossFit boot camp and collecting a small sweat sample in a jar as proof of exertion, students are eligible to register for the more intensive CrossFit Main class.
If you opt for personal training sessions, Method's friendly and professional workout wisemen will design a fitness routine to suit your lifestyle and help you identify and reach your goals. Or, get a 30-day unlimited pass to Method's boot camp, a twice-weekly, high-energy strength and conditioning class designed to whip flabby abs into sinuous shape while tightening and toning tails. If you enroll in the boot camp, you also get four 30-minute personal training sessions as a bonus jolt of individualized attention.