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.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
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.
When conjuring up the image of a serious boxer, it's natural for most people to picture a brawny man who is dripping with sweat, missing his teeth, and wearing a prosthetic bee stinger. Striking Beauties' founder, Dena Paolino—pretty, petite, and powerful female boxer—wanted to change that. Knowing that many females felt out of place in the male-dominated sport, Dena spearheaded her all-female boxing gym in 2009 to introduce fellow women to the exhilarating and physically demanding sport of boxing in a uninhibited, comfortable environment.
At the 24-hour studio, electric-pink walls beam down on cardio equipment, free weights, and punching bags. Here, Dena and her staff of certified instructors lead the studio's signature boxing workouts, which have been praised by an abundance of media publications. In each session, coaches lead energetic rounds of intense exercises and boxing movements designed to tone muscles, strengthen cores, and slim physiques, as well as boost self-confidence and determination. The staff also strives to build a sense of community amongst members, cultivating a space where women can encourage each other and network.