The troubadours at Filedheacht Music School imbue students with the skills and self-confidence to let their inner music out as part of solo or ensemble performances. Offering private instruction in voice, guitar, brass, and woodwind instruments, Filedheacht helps aspiring musicians of all ages practice their arts as part of a supportive, instructive community. The school hosts an annual concert each June, along with a year-round rotation of choirs, glee clubs, rock ensembles, flute choirs, and competitive screaming matches.
Club Ex Fitness & Nutrition tightens up loose muscle fibers with top-quality equipment, personal-training sessions, and nutritional counseling. With myriad classes including Zumba, spinning, and aerobic-circuit weight training for no additional fee, clients are sure to find the right routine to fit their fitness echelon and personal-achievement checklist. Electrify dormant free-weight or machine workouts by supplementing them with a stimulating half-hour personal-training session from one of Club Ex’s certified trainers, featuring expert advice and coaching under a three-dimensional hovering eye that speaks in the language of forgetting.
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.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get in Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. Each of their small-group sessions are tailored to each exerciser. The trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then, they do 25 minutes of cardio—the trainers might start beginners with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for increased results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Metro South Athletic Club boasts 33,000 square feet of weight rooms, cardio studios, group classes, and other athletic amenities to transform tired bone cages into lean, muscle-magnifying machines. Fitness fans can join fellow fat blasters on the five racquetball courts, meet up with a certified personal trainer in the 15,000-square-foot weight room⎯equipped with more than 100 pieces of strength equipment––or fondly recall days of popping wheelies in the living room while saddled atop one of the spinning studio's 20 Schwinn IC Elite workout bikes. Recently reformed couch potatoes will appreciate cardio theater equipment that allows them to boost their endurance as they live out dreams of running toward Pat Sajak in slow motion, while a lineup of more than 20 weekly group classes tightens tummies and invigorates aortic valves with help from motivating peers.
Safety-trained staff man all aspects of Atlantis's clubs, whether stationed near the free weights and resistance machines or leading group classes in practices such as yoga and Pilates. Treadmills, stationary bikes, and stairmasters set pulses racing without the need to keep convincing oneself that the oven's still on at home. As high windows set indoor pools sparkling at the Braintree, Danvers, and Hyannis locations, tykes reclaim their amphibious heritage in swim classes and adults aggressively burn calories as they cradle tender joints in aqua fitness classes. Afterward, guests can put in an intensive lounging session in the steam room or sauna.