Energetic music pumps bodies into motion on treadmills, stationary bicycles, and elliptical trainers. Meanwhile, patrons heave dumbbells and heft weighted balls. And in the group fitness studio, classes punch and kick their way through high-intensity kickboxing routines or breathe steadily as they bend into yoga poses. Such scenes play out daily at each of Better Bodies' three locations. In addition to group training, the gyms also offer one-on-one training from personal trainers with years of experience in the fitness industry, including former Cleveland Indians and Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Mike McGuire. The trainers also boast masters degrees in fitness-related disciplines, including physical therapy and flaming bowling-pin juggling.
Located in Mass Ave's art district, Mimosa and a Masterpiece gives everyone a chance to become an artist, if only for a few hours. Fueled by mimosas or wine, painters take up brushes under the instruction of local artists to turn their canvases from coarsely woven cotton stretched across a wooden frame to coarsely woven cotton stretched across a wooden frame and adorned with everything from the Eiffel Tower and Sushi Bar to personal takes on Monet's and O'Keeffe's masterpieces. Customers can schedule girls' night out, holiday, and team-building parties, and though most classes are geared toward ages 15 and older, Mimosa and a Masterpiece can arrange kids' parties as well, serving mock-tails.
Blowdry Lounge's stylists twirl and tousle strands into one of five styles to the swinging tunes of the Rat Pack and Dean Martin. Before any treatment begins, stylists discuss blowout styles with clients in a relaxed BYOB atmosphere. From mother-daughter days to bachelorette parties, the variety of available styles gives options to any client. Together, stylists and clients can decide on the Aloha!, a blowout that creates beachy waves, or the Dallas, a voluminous look that doubles as a cushiony landing zone for Lilliputian skydivers. Blowdry Lounge uses products from Kerastase and Oribe to create fashionable hairstyles.
Trade in that dated Boston-mall Santa for a timeless tango with today's Groupon. For $10, you'll get three hour-long group dance classes at Riolo Dance (a $30 value). Riolo Dance offers a variety of ballroom, Latin, and other dances, including salsa, swing, mambo, cha cha, foxtrot, waltz, Argentine tango, and hula; check out Riolo's calendar for class times.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
Fitness Now's founder Tiffany Wheatley draws from more than 12 years of professional fitness experience and extensive certification to customize each workout and regimen to each customer's individual needs. Sophisticated cardio and strength equipment hone and tone muscles, while certified personal trainers and nutritionists fashion individual exercise and diet packages. Guests sweat to glory in the supportive atmosphere of group classes such as spin sessions or Pilates and yoga courses, which aim to unite mind and body during core-boosting workouts, like doing sit-ups in a sensory-depravation tank.
In business for nearly 25 years, the National Institute for Fitness and Sport’s 65,000-square-foot fitness center boasts an array of classes and training sessions, as well as a host of strength-training and cardio equipment. But these represent just one branch of the nonprofit organization. NIFS also manages fitness centers for companies and retirement communities all over the country, creates an online curriculum for Health YOUniversity, and collaborates with the Indiana University School of Medicine on research projects.