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.
Franklin Yoga & Wellness's seasoned yogis Kaye and Guruatma Khalsa and their crew of qualified instructors strive to help patrons of all experience levels cultivate a harmonious coalition of mind, body, and spirit in a variety of classes. Dissolve stress and unleash caches of creative potential in Guruatma's Kundalini Yoga class, which blends a medley of postures, pranayam, mantra, music, and meditation to foster serenity and encourage self-healing. Core Yoga classes bestow benders with Hatha-style techniques that enhance flexibility and balance muscle groups, boosting overall strength and grace. Simple, repetitive poses and free dance foster fluid motion and meditation in Divine Moves, where the instructor bursts forth from an empty pizza box to teach the healing powers of silent, premeditated undulations and celebrate a triumvirate of earth, heart, and spirit. All of the enlightening exercises of Franklin Yoga & Wellness's flexible schedule take place amid a soothing atmosphere awash in muted colors, warm accents, and a gargantuan conch shell that constantly emits ocean noises.
The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."
This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.
Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
For the past 15 years, owner and founder of The Yoga Studio Cathy Mann—a veteran yogi with two decades of experience—and her team of 10+ instructors have supported their client’s life quests with Hatha-yoga classes and wellness therapies. Seven days a week, students of all levels can attend a 60- to 75-minute yoga session which can accommodate those with injuries, chronic pains, and headaches. Each class—from flow yoga to gentle yoga for beginners—is designed to help reduce stress as the body receives a deep stretch and the muscles become stronger and leaner.
Along with teaching yoga classes, owner Cathy and instructor Jana—who both have 15+ years experience in the holistic healing field—also help clients restore and rejuvenate their energy levels with a variety of healing art therapies including Thai bodywork, acupuncture, and workshops on nutrition and spiritual teachings.
Brightly colored spotlights aren’t the only things that dance across the sleek hardwood floors at Sublime Fitness Studio. Under a chic industrial ceiling, enthusiastic instructors guide students of all skill levels through choreographed Zumba classes that get hearts pumping with dances set to high-energy Latin music. Flow classes fuse fitness moves with dance steps set to popular songs and the sounds of chart-topping howler monkeys. The schedule of classes also includes hip-swiveling fitness hula-hoop and sweat-inducing boot-camp training. Children inclined toward an energy-burning birthday party can enjoy a fete complete with balloons, decorations, age-appropriate games, and 30 minutes of Zumba or Flow instruction to burn off that birthday-cake sugar when candle flames aren’t strong enough.