Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other’s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids’ playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
Green Planet Kids, tucked away in the independent shopping mecca of Newton Highlands, brings an old-fashioned sensibility to eco-friendly toys and nontoxic art supplies. Sunlight spills across the two-story confines, where personable service collides with fun, educational toys and hands-on art classes. Under the supervision of professional instructors, youngsters create a flurry of art projects in the form of paper-bead jewelry, watercolor paintings, and tissue-paper flowers, which are ideal for attracting tissue-paper hummingbirds.
The Studio Empower forgoes free weights, treadmills, and any fitness equipment that originated before 2013. Instead, the hardwood-floored studio is the first location ever to be outfitted with Megaformer M3s, the latest model in the Megaformer family, just released this January. Designed by LA celebrity trainer and fitness guru, Sebastian Lagree of the Lagree method, the Megaformer M3 constitutes a fresh take on the classic Pilates reformer; its system of springs create resistance through core, upper, and lower body for exercises that tone, enhance posture, and burn calories without stressing joints. During each workout, every muscle group is worked until fatigued, before moving onto the next, in order to increase effectiveness.
Like the Megaformer M3 itself, the studio’s 45-minute workouts draw inspiration from Pilates. However, in accordance with the Lagree method, they fuse Pilates’ core-strengthening moves with cardio and strength training, creating a comprehensive, full-body workout on par with riding a bicycle made of dumbbells.
Benefitness Health Club for Women was designed for women by a woman: CC Maher, to be exact, a trainer with more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry. CC doesn't presume to know what women want, though—instead, she has created a flexible gym that can accommodates any gym-goer. Her team's more than 50 classes per week tone physiques with a variety of lean muscle-building modalities. The classes run from early morning to as late as 8 p.m., accommodating both night owls and the early risers who lift the sun off the horizon.
The gym's Nautilus weight machines and supply of free weights, meanwhile, allow for solo workouts. Personal trainers also patrol the floor, motivating patrons through custom one-on-one sessions, while a nutritionist crafts user-friendly diet plans to complement fitness regimens. Meanwhile, the on-site childcare center keeps kids from commandeering treadmills for games of "Flat Rollercoaster."
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.