Equipment: Benches, weights, bands, equalizers, steps, ropes
Students Should Bring: mats, water, towels
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Josette Puig, co-owner of GetJosette Fitness Studio, admits that hitting the gym for an hour is not what makes a difference when it comes to losing weight?it's really what you eat, when you eat, and how often you eat. That's why her fitness studio's members get access to nutrition education, including nutrition plans, clean-eating recipes, and simple rules to follow, including picking out two days a week when you get to make yourself a dessert or sneak a bite from your co-worker's ice cream cone. Josette believes that healthy food is the key to burning fat, building muscle, enhancing energy, and improving sleep.
Once patrons properly fuel their bodies, they can blast calories in fitness classes such as Insanity, which relies on long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises and short periods of rest to chisel bodies, and Body Barre classes, which use ballet barre moves and heart-pumping music to sculpt muscles.
Cofounders Jill Tomich and Peter Lavelle had both been active in the fitness world before they opened Ultimate Bootcamp in 2004. Jill threw her energies into boxing, ballet, yoga, and blogging for a wedding diet-and-fitness website, and Peter, a native Irishman, was a triathlete. In all his pursuits, Peter adhered to the motto "We're not here for a long time?we're here for a good time."
This credo infuses all of the boot-camp programs. Campers from all across the fitness spectrum find accommodation as the workouts meet them close to home. Trainers never push too far, but always challenge. An energetic mix of outdoor-resistance and interval training layers patrons in svelte muscle, builds strength, and burns calories to promote weight loss more effectively than a rice cake's PR agent. Far from the stereotypical idea of a boot camp, encouragement and support roll in from instructors who foster cooperation and camaraderie between fellow boot campers.
Ann Saldi is an expert at exchanging monotony for rhythm in gym routines. Having navigated the dance fitness industry for more than 20 years, she has mastered countless combinations of muscle-building moves and catchy beats, from pole-dancing to hip-hop cardio. She has also taught thousands of aspiring instructors the fundamentals of Zumba as a Zumba Education Specialist, and hosted workout workshops both in and out of the country. All of her experience has enabled her to develop her own signature routines at VaVaVoom Dance & Fitness, including Hip to Strip—a specialty class that blends aerobics and flexibility training with empowering striptease elements.
Ann prizes her studio's non-intimidating atmosphere, welcoming students of all backgrounds to boost their confidence and learn to wave with their bellies during her inventive classes. Private parties accommodate groups of girlfriends, moms, and bachelorettes with lessons on pole and chair work, which are led by accomplished instructors.
Equipment: Poles, hoops, weights, yoga mats, yoga blocks, and more
Students should bring: shorts, tank tops, water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Tobin Edmunds does pole fitness to stay in shape, to help other women change their lives, and, occasionally, to give back to charity. And she loves what she does. In fact, her fun-loving attitude netted her the most audience donations at the charity event Poles for Paws. At Love Pole Fitness, she strives to help other women find joy in life through pole fitness and other sassy classes.
Tobin and her fellow instructors teach students how to twirl around a pole, perform sultry chair dances, and create undulating belly-dance movements. They also help sculpt bodies in pole classes designed to build strength and endurance.
Tobin knows her fitness classes?really, any exercise in general?can be tough. She says, "Making changes can be challenging," but adds that it's important to remember the mantra "if at first you don't succeed, try again." She credits her studio's "supportive family atmosphere" for helping women overcome their fitness hurdles and successfully trade slow-cooker recipes.
The instructors at The Body Center don't view Pilates as a simple exercise trend?instead, they conduct classes as interactive seminars on human anatomy. They teach clients how to train certain muscle groups by identifying and coaxing them through specific movement patterns designed to increase strength and flexibility at the same time. Ultimately, they try to instill in their students an enhanced sense of bodily awareness, one that informs walks down the street just as much as it does stretches on the mat.
Because physiques differ depending on build, lifestyle, and how often they were pinched as babies, The Body Center's curriculum is appropriately broad. Class themes range from Reformer and mat Pilates to TRX suspension training and High Intensity Interval Training classes. These subsets are also divided by skill level. Beginners derive comfort from the company of other trainees, while intermediate and advanced classes pursue communal challenges. Specialized lessons can focus on specific body parts, sports performance, or the use of props, and modifications throughout every course cater to individual fitness levels.
The staff keeps classes small in the interest of personalization. Mat classes accept up to 10 students, and Reformer classes won't admit more than 6. Private and duet sessions allow for even more focused attention, as instructors won't be distracted by the loud popping of several emerging six-packs.
Dylan Polin took his first steps as a free-runner seven years ago, and never slowed down. He placed seventh in the Red Bull Art of Motion 2010 Boston competition, and became an active member of The World Free-running and Parkour Federation. To share his passion with others, Dylan founded Hub Freerunning. Hub Freerunning has since become a staple of proper Parkour and Freerun education in the Boston area, as well as the Northeast's premiere stunt and performance team.
He holds weekly sessions to teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students ages 12 and up the art of movement. He conducts his classes in the New England Sports Academy's spacious facilities, or takes the lessons to the streets of Boston itself. He demonstrates not only how to climb, vault, and soar through the air, but also focuses on moving quickly and efficiently, saving students from expending unnecessary energy or spilling all of the M&Ms out of their pockets.