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.
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.
The trainers at Body Armour Fitness don't rely on gym equipment. Instead, they use more unorthodox training techniques—and the help of ropes, tractor tires, and kettlebells—to help get their clients into shape. Whether the goal is to lose weight, boost flexibility, or become the strongest person in your solitary cubicle, there's something for everybody here, as long as they're ready for a fitness challenge. Martial arts, heavy bags, and circuit training classes are also possibilities.
As a new member at Mastery Martial Arts, the first step is a one-on-one introductory lesson with one of the instructors. After that, students are fitted with a uniform—and gloves for kickboxing. They learn not just techniques for self-defense, but also core lessons about respect, discipline, and the power of a positive attitude. Classes are available for kids, teens, adults, and the whole family.
Before opening up her own studio, Cinthya Esquea used her yoga skills, gleaned from training under experts such as Shiva Rea, to help the patients of healthcare professionals find physical and mental healing. She unfurls the same knowledge upon clients at Esquea Yoga Therapy & Fitness, guiding them through poses and breathing techniques in a group and private setting.
Visits to Soleful Touch are intended to be indulgent experiences that allow clients to leave feeling refreshed mentally as well as physically. The therapists embrace traditional Eastern therapies, such as acupressure, tui na, and Chinese medicine, but their signature focus is reflexology. These treatments typically begin with a rejuvenating foot soak in a wooden tub filled with Chinese herbs and Rhode Island water, which loosens tense muscles and helps people relax. From there, the therapist will apply gentle pressure to key points along the client's feet. Traditionally, these points are thought to connect to disparate organ systems throughout the body, so manipulating key areas is believed to restore a sense of holistic balance while bolstering an overall sense of wellbeing.