In 1990, Christina Rondeau fell in love. With martial arts, that is. After earning her black belt and competing in amateur karate and martial arts tournaments all over the United States and Europe, Rondeau decided to go pro. She travelled the globe as a member and coach on the USA WAKO kickboxing team, and went on to win the women's lightweight title. Rondeau continued to feed her athletic hunger with a switch to pro boxing and appeared in numerous print media and television shows, including The Maury Povich Show.
Having achieved fame and glory, Rondeau took on a new fight: she wanted to help women and children defend themselves while gaining indomitable confidence. She has authored books, created instructional DVDs, and opened Rondeau’s Kickboxing. The 24/7 gym garnered Rhode Island Monthly’s readers’ pick for Best Fitness Center in 2010, due in no small part to its empowering blend of fitness and martial-arts-based classes. Rondeau also promotes safety in her community by participating in events geared towards ending violence toward women and girls and teaching local schoolchildren how to defend themselves or pass a math quiz without using weapons. She also coordinated a box-a-thon to help line the shelves of a Rhode Island food bank.
At the gym, LLC, a sparklingly clean center invites members to build muscle and lean, powerful physiques through classes ranging from Pilates, circuit training, to kick-and-core workouts. While parents burn calories in power yoga and spin classes, kids can play and learn under careful supervision at the Lil' Gymies play center.
Located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village, PE Fitness Studio is an award-winning private fitness center, offering personal training and small group classes. Worlds away from the anonymous big-box gym, PE Fitness Studio strives to have a nonintimidating environment that is bolstered by its certified, friendly staff. Sunlight spills onto the hardwood floors as small groups dance through Zumba classes or tone up during TRX Circuit Blast sessions. And during self-directed workouts or personal-training sessions, clients can enjoy top-of-the-line exercise equipment, such as Keiser spin bikes and TRX suspension trainers.
Continuing the mission started in London more than 160 years ago, YMCA Smithfield provides quality, accessible fitness and wellness programs to families. Members enjoy full access to the center's fitness opportunities, whether they're burning calories in the gym, gliding through laps in the pool, or joining fellow members in classes ranging from kickboxing to Pilates. YMCA Smithfield also houses the organization's signature children's programming, helping kids get ready for school with pre-K enrichment or prepping them for a semester abroad in Atlantis with swim lessons. Before- and afterschool programs also give kids a safe spot to play while parents are at work.
At RBF Fitness and Nutrition, sweat and stamina are the price of admission for shaping a stronger and healthier body. Kickboxing classes tone muscles and jump-start metabolism, and Elite boot-camp classes include variable workouts such as box jumps, climbing ropes, and working with oversize tractor tires. Trainers also operate Bridal Fit boot camps to prep ladies for their big day, so they can slip into that perfect dress before they ceremoniously deadlift their new spouse.
Fitness trainer Paul Dexter knows that actions speak louder than words. That’s why the former Bally’s Total Fitness director became nationally ranked as a natural bodybuilder, proving he had the goods to transform his body and the bodies of others. To give his clients a more personal experience, Paul left Bally’s and teamed up with his wife Laura to open Dexter Training Concepts.
Along with a team of certified trainers, Paul and Laura lead personal-training sessions that approach fitness using a three-pronged philosophy: strength training, cardio exercise, and nutrition. They put these fitness pillars into practice inside a 5,000-square-foot gym, which holds training sessions as well as yoga, Pilates, cardio-kickboxing, boot-camp, and aerobics classes. Free weights and machines occupy most of the gym floor, a juice bar fuels athletes in between sessions, and an onsite licensed massage therapist soothes aching muscles with practiced strokes and whispered sweet nothings.