The F.I.T.T. Pit's CEO and head fitness coach Andre Thomas leads a team of attentive trainers who help kick-start clients’ exercise programs, no matter their age. In the indoor boot camp for adults, instructors lead workouts and show clients how to stick to a nutrition plan and stay focused on their goals. A course tailored to older adults helps participants stay healthy by building muscle mass, which can ease joint pain and increase metabolism.
Dylan Polin took his first steps as a free-runner seven years ago, and never slowed down. He placed seventh in the Red Bull Art of Motion 2010 Boston competition, and became an active member of The World Free-running and Parkour Federation. To share his passion with others, Dylan founded Hub Freerunning. Hub Freerunning has since become a staple of proper Parkour and Freerun education in the Boston area, as well as the Northeast's premiere stunt and performance team.
He holds weekly sessions to teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students ages 12 and up the art of movement. He conducts his classes in the New England Sports Academy's spacious facilities, or takes the lessons to the streets of Boston itself. He demonstrates not only how to climb, vault, and soar through the air, but also focuses on moving quickly and efficiently, saving students from expending unnecessary energy or spilling all of the M&Ms out of their pockets.
Vo2max Elite trains clients in group and private fitness classes and boxing fight clubs of all levels. The instructors are equally varied in their backgrounds. There is an athlete who discovered yoga after playing soccer and baseball for years, as well as a music student and a martial-arts expert, many of them with close to a decade of experience. Challenging endurance workouts bring out the best in every client of every level.
Jen and Jay, the brother and sister duo behind JFit 360, have different backgrounds but one unified goal—to help their clients incorporate fitness into their circle of well-being and health. Jay, a US marine sniper and MMA fighter, and Jen, a marathon runner and certified personal trainer, both lead classes that include personal training with specialties in boxing, MMA, kettlebell training, yoga, and running. They also conduct group personal-training sessions that offer the same one-on-one benefits of personal training but in a fun, supportive group atmosphere.
The instructors at The Body Center don't view Pilates as a simple exercise trend?instead, they conduct classes as interactive seminars on human anatomy. They teach clients how to train certain muscle groups by identifying and coaxing them through specific movement patterns designed to increase strength and flexibility at the same time. Ultimately, they try to instill in their students an enhanced sense of bodily awareness, one that informs walks down the street just as much as it does stretches on the mat.
Because physiques differ depending on build, lifestyle, and how often they were pinched as babies, The Body Center's curriculum is appropriately broad. Class themes range from Reformer and mat Pilates to SCALES and BOSU Core fitness. Beginners derive comfort from the company of other trainees, while intermediate and advanced classes pursue communal challenges. Specialized lessons can focus on specific body parts, sports performance, or the use of props, and modifications throughout every course cater to individual fitness levels.
The staff keeps classes small in the interest of personalization. Mat classes accept up to 10 students, and Reformer classes won't admit more than 6. Private and duet sessions allow for even more focused attention, as instructors won't be distracted by the loud popping of several emerging six-packs.
Cofounders Jill Tomich and Peter Lavelle had both been active in the fitness world before they opened Ultimate Bootcamp in 2004. Jill threw her energies into boxing, ballet, yoga, and blogging for a wedding diet-and-fitness website, and Peter, a native Irishman, was a triathlete. In all his pursuits, Peter adhered to the motto "We're not here for a long time?we're here for a good time."
This credo infuses all of the boot-camp programs. Campers from all across the fitness spectrum find accommodation as the workouts meet them close to home. Trainers never push too far, but always challenge. An energetic mix of outdoor-resistance and interval training layers patrons in svelte muscle, builds strength, and burns calories to promote weight loss more effectively than a rice cake's PR agent. Far from the stereotypical idea of a boot camp, encouragement and support roll in from instructors who foster cooperation and camaraderie between fellow boot campers.