The muffled thuds of boxing gloves pummeling headgear or backs blasting into floor mats resound throughout Strong Style's steel- and chain-link-clad gym. Child and adult classes fuse moves from the judo, muay thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu traditions as students throw punches and kicks or discuss international politics while grappling in two full-size boxing rings. Conditioning classes work the entire body with functional training tools such as weighted ropes, TRX suspension straps, and improbably huge truck tires, previously Paul Bunyan's rollerblade wheels. To zero in on individual fitness goals, clients may schedule personal-training sessions or design their own workouts using the facility's weights and cardio machines.
Womankind empowers underserved expectant mothers with the services necessary for a healthy pregnancy, such as pregnancy testing, prenatal care, professional counseling, and childbirth classes. More than 1,700 women each year find support in Womankind's services, all provided at no cost and administered by Womankind's staff and volunteers, including physicians, nurses, certified nurse-practitioners, and a licensed independent social worker. The organization welcomes all women in need of pregnancy support, including those facing financial difficulty or a lack of health insurance. In 2011, Womankind provided comprehensive prenatal care at no cost to 384 pregnant clients during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy who lacked insurance or financial support.
The soft pop of clubs connecting with golf balls drifts across The Range?s three locations. From heated, covered tee areas at the Boston Heights outpost, the spheres soar across bottle-green expanses towards laser-measured targets. Valley View?s 80 hitting stations provide ample room for mobs taking a break from chasing unnatural creations of science, and a mini-golf course sharpens putting skills. The outfit replaces the entire fleet of range balls each year, so golfers rarely tee up a misshapen sphere. Lights shine from above to allow nighttime repetitions, and bunkers and practice greens enable focused work on the short game. At a pro shop, steely bouquets of clubs from Callaway and Top Flite stand in corners, overseen by trainers and staff members.
Jammie Efford loves all kinds of dance; her resume includes training in styles such as salsa, bellydance, and merengue. So it's natural that she took so quickly to Zumba, the workout fuses many different styles of dance and allows her to help other people get into shape. As the owner of Zoom Zone Studio, she uses her expertise to create entirely original routines and motivates her students to stick with the program so that they burn calories, feel more confident, and have the physical mobility to dodge any obstacles at hip height.
Equipment: State of the art sound system and to add intensity, arm and leg weight
Students should bring: A towel, water can be purchased.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Bally enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day membership includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, and Step Fitness (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts an array of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.