With years of martial-arts training and extensive fitness industry experience under her belt, April D'Allessandro-Andrews joins with a staff of fellow certified trainers to conduct high-intensity CrossFit workouts. Her intimate, no-frills studio echoes with the panting and groaning of students performing pushups, chin-ups, box jumps, and other functional exercises.
For 40 years of her life, Lisa Lavoie went without a single urge to perform muscle-toning spins on every chrome pole she came across. Now, she can't imagine a life where she doesn't artfully maneuver around a smooth metallic post on a regular basis. Once she discovered the intense yet fun exercise form in 2009, she fell in love with it and opened her own studio less than four years later. Today, Lavoie dedicates herself to eliminating pole dancing's negative stigma and exposing it as the artistic strength-training workout that it truly is. With help from a team of certified instructors, she leads rigorous, one-hour classes that aim to build confidence levels, upper-body strength, and core muscles. In addition to leading pole fitness classes, instructors helm other out-of-the-box fitness classes, including aerial silks and belly-dancing classes.
There's a little bit of everything at New England Fitness Compound. Unlike the typical CrossFit gym, the space contains both cardio machines and functional-training equipment. Without the variety, its trainers wouldn't be able to host such a wide variety of classes. From CrossFit and FUNctional Fit to MMA, boot camp, and Pilates, the mix of battling ropes, free weights, and punching bags equips instructors for every class.
At Studio 100B, Amy Chacharone draws on her Zumba specialty training and a host of certifications as she leads upbeat, fun classes set to Latin rhythms. Outside of Zumba, the studio also hosts muscle-conditioning sessions, intense boot camps, and Zumbatomic classes for kids.
At 4UYoga, located inside a private sanctuary within Rotmans Furniture and Carpet, ACE-certified personal trainer Denleigh employs her education in YogaFit and Balanced Body Pilates, as well as her certification as a nutritional specialist, to help patrons find life-improving holistic health. Inside the serene studio that's away from the public view, the yogi, who moonlights as a marathon coach, leads her pupils through a series of yoga and Pilates poses. The positions are designed to lengthen limbs, boost flexibility, and sculpt muscles while clearing the mind of stressful thoughts about Peeps taking over the world. Her studio also purveys an array of gifts and household accessories, from scarves to ceramic pottery, and donates a portion of proceeds to local nonprofits. Though 4UYoga sometimes offers discounts online, this Groupon still presents the best available deal.