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 more than two decades, Paxton Sports Centre has encouraged healthy living with its large tennis, swimming, and fitness facilities. During warm months, six outdoor red clay courts beckon competitive tennis athletes, and four indoor courts accommodate year-round play. The indoor pool allows swimmers to hone their butterfly stroke, and the outdoor pool allows butterflies to emulate humans by doing cannonballs. The complex’s fitness facility bolsters muscle mass with free weights, Keiser fitness machines, and spin bikes.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine-maneuvering and muscle-making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottles to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Climbers cling to the carefully placed hand grips, strategizing their way up the side of the rock-like cliff. They have come to Watertown to conquer the Central Rock Gym's 28,000 square feet of indoor mountains, climbing walls reaching 50' in height. The new Watertown location with temperature control and air-conditioning is one of Central Rock Gym's four indoor facilities spread throughout New England. At each, experts guide novice climbers through introductory classes or supervise more seasoned members scaling the walls' highest heights. Memberships unlock access to all four facilities, gear for the first month, and the use exercise equipment and weights. In addition to climbing and conditioning, members can also take advantage of fitness classes ranging from yoga and Pilates to Zumba and spin sessions. Gyms also welcome non-members, whether they're trying things out with a day pass or interested in events including birthday parties, summer camps, and corporate team-building breakouts.
At Peak Fitness, trainers use workouts devised by physical therapists to help groups and individuals get in shape fast, improve their agility for sports, or build functional strength. In one-hour personal-training sessions, trainers lead clients through acceleration drills, core exercises, and functional strengthening exercises that work to reshape bodies. The 3,500 square-foot center features rugged turf, comfortable air conditioning, and full showers, ensuring that busy professionals can return to work fresh and energized.
The Cardio Corner's nine certified instructors propel exercisers toward fitness goals during classes teeming with kickboxing moves and other dynamic methods of sculpting the physique. During cycling classes, they help up to 12 stationary riders envision the towering hills, freeing descents, and detours through enemies' flower gardens that are fundamental to an outdoor bicycle ride. Filled with deep breaths and slow, graceful poses, all-levels yoga classes provide a calming alternative to cardio classes' vigorous tempos.
Though some fitness aficionados may prefer the treadmills, rowing machines, and ellipticals that fill most traditional gyms, others enjoy getting in shape a different way—through dance. At Rhythmoz Dance & Fitness Studio, visitors of all ages and athletic levels can shimmy their way to stronger midsections, leaner limbs, and healthier hearts during a variety of dynamic, fun classes. Adults match steps and rhythms with the beats of brain-burrowing tunes during hip-hop, Zumba, and african dance classes. Additionally, kids can build dance and social skills during swing dance, hula dance, and ballroom dance, the last of which readies them for the intricate, dance-centric business presentations of today’s corporate world.