Since ancient times, Thai students, fighters, and artists have performed the wai kru ritual to honor the teachers who make their study possible. Composed of everyone from Navy boxers to championship jujitsu fighters, the staff of martial-arts instructors at Wai Kru gym knows the value of experience. Kru John, for instance, has traveled to Japan, Brazil, and Thailand to hone his muay thai kickboxing expertise, attending more than 20 training camps throughout Asia and earning a certification from the Thai government.
Training guests as diverse as beginning boxers and professional MMA fighters, Wai Kru bolsters training regimens with cardio machines, weights, and open mat space. The gym also sports a boxing ring and a 24-foot octagon, so shaped to avoid having to vacuum peanut shells from a 90-degree corner.
American Kempo Karate Academy founder Mark DiNino is an eighth-degree black belt?and a father. In fact, three of his own children train at the academy, meaning the South Shore native shares many of the same hopes and concerns as other parents of AKKA students. But he also understands the benefits children can reap from the academy's program, which since 1995 has improved fitness and increased self-confidence, discipline, and concentration. Of course, kids aren't the only one's who can benefit from a boost in self-esteem, which is why AKKA also
offers an adult program, where grownups can achieve similar gains and release stress brought on by their job or lack of homework.
With nearly two decades of equestrian experience behind her, Stephanie Gomes knows how to tailor instruction to a student's goals while building a firm base of horsemanship and equitation. Her students choose to ride in the disciplines of hunt seat, dressage, jumping, or three-phase eventing, often starting out as beginners and working their way up to intermediate technique. Regardless of age or ability, students enjoy access to indoor and outdoor rings located directly on the property, and nearby trails where they can demonstrate their saddle skills.
The trained technicians at Advanced Laser Care dispel unwanted body hair with precise, pulsating beams of light. When targeted at the base of the hair follicle, these laser beams eliminate existing fuzz and help prevent its regrowth over the course of six sessions, on average. The noninvasive treatment yields minimal pain comparable to the snap of a rubber band or the sting of not understanding a children’s riddle.
The trainers at Just For You Personal Training delve into their arsenal of techniques to get clients in shape during personal training and group training classes. They can customize a workout program to each client?s specific needs, drawing from exercises that include disciplines such as kickboxing, weightlifting, functional cardio, core stability, dynamic flexibility, plyometrics, and foam rolling. Trainers also reveal nutritional secrets to clients to help them eat right, choose healthy foods, and abide by their necessary calorie requirements.
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. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
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 as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.