The experienced trainers at European Soccer Academy believe that positivity and commitment are key ingredients for inspiring their players, who range from three-year-olds to teens. Through a medley of individual and team services, they strive to plant the seeds of a lifelong love for the game. They practice with all comers, regardless of initial ability, and motivate kickers with safe and constructive teachings that are meant to hone motor skills while building muscle.
During 10-week team-training programs, academy experts work with coaches to tackle collective weaknesses and augment strengths. Employees personalize their exercises for one-on-one practice sessions, while summer camps instill goal-scoring skills with themed activities. Trainers can even attend matches and compose a game day evaluation, which suggests future team strategies such as painting the ball black to recruit muscly bowlers.
Kickboxing classes deliver a knee to the face of fat, burning up to 860 calories an hour with the high-energy striking moves of martial arts and boxing. All four limbs get in on the bag-bludgeoning action at iLoveKickboxing as each class provides a full-body workout that tones arm, leg, and tentacle muscles while tightening the body’s core and improving balance. Hitting the heavy bags won't skin your knuckles once you don the included boxing gloves, which also double as excellent spring-loaded props for re-creating Three Stooges gags. Class times and dates vary based on location. Click here for your location's schedule. Classes in Stoughton are held Mondays through Thursdays at 11:30 a.m. and 7:15 p.m., as well as Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
The practitioners behind Kula Yoga & Wellness chose Kula—the Sanskrit word for "community” and “family"—as the moniker for their studio. The choice reflects the yogis’ desire to cultivate a community at their center dedicated to the physical and spiritual well-being of others. The staff consists of certified yoga instructors and massage therapists, along with a meditation guide, life coach, and nutrition counselor. Each professional assists pupils and clients in improving their health, both physically and mentally.
Visitors to the center can explore floatation meditation, a unique sensory-deprivation experience that allows each client's mind to enter a wakeful dream state directed by Richard Linklater. The tanks are filled with 10 inches of water and 900 pounds of medical grade Epsom salt, which allow clients to remain buoyant while helping extract toxins from the body. In addition to their regular classes, Kula Yoga & Wellness also offers workshops and events featuring guided meditation experts and yoga with live music.
CrossFit J Town's roster of coaches reads like a who's who of fitness. The team holds a fist-full of credentials—one is an AFAA–certified personal trainer, one is a US Marine Corps black-belt instructor, and another has taught kickboxing for the last 10 years. Together, they turn everyday citizens into muscle-bound fitness machines with a range of CrossFit programs. Ramp Training acquaints first-timers with CrossFit's basic moves, Falcon Fit helps exercisers target specific fitness goals, and personal training draws up customized routines for clients. However, most of their time is spent on CrossFit's signature Workout of the Day. During the constantly changing routines, the trainers turn patrons loose on the 1,500-square-foot facility, guiding them through the characteristic dead-lifts, squats, and pie-eating contests.