Down Dog Wellness helps others build confidence and grow in spirituality while making their muscles and joints more flexible. This multifaceted approach is the goal of the studio's central mission: to show that yoga is a way to manage stress and tap into new wells of energy as well as a fitness regimen. In this spirit, the instructors guide clients through private or group yoga classes, during which they introduce breathing and poses designed to help everyone involved achieve whole-body awareness, build strength, and dodge any weird bugs crawling across the floor. Alternatively, yoga-boot-camp sessions crank up the pace with interval training. The studio also combines principles of emotional and physical wellness in health consultations, which focus on healthy eating and stress-management.
Shore Elite Training Studios, or better know as SETS, is a boot camp that gets participants moving, sweating, and shedding pounds. During sessions at SETS, campers perform a battery of pushups, sit-ups, burpees, and other exercises to chisel away fat and reveal lean, toned physiques. Sessions take place 25 times a week at one location. Prospective clients are encouraged to call for the schedule and for training information.
Home may be where the heart is, but a gym is where that heart stays fit. The family-owned Pinnacle Fitness & Wellness fits both roles with a staff of personal trainers, fitness class instructors, and a resident nutritionist who helps each client achieve their fitness goals in an intimate workout environment. Group fitness classes provide a supportive environment for students to shape and tone their bodies through Zumba, cardio kickboxing, and TRX training. Instructors even lead students in Flirty Girl Fitness classes, which aim to strengthen the core and create long, lean muscles using moves from pole dance routines, music videos, and speed dating seminars. Personal trainers also led small group fitness workouts for two to five people and individual sessions that take into account each client’s fitness level and needs to craft a specialized program geared toward sport-specific training or weight-loss goals.
At Still Point Yoga Center, a Hatha-yoga studio and wellness center, certified instructors help students learn to focus on self-awareness, offering small classes and individual attention to improve their posture and flexibility. In addition, clients can come in for meditation and holistic massage treatments from the licensed bodywork professionals on staff.
With hundreds of locations throughout the world, Fitness Together contours the global musclescape one individual at a time with customized workouts. Beginning with a body consultation and assessment, clients are classified into different training zones leading to goal-specific programs that help them reach their true fitness potential. During the 45-minute sweat sessions, a trained muscle tutor supervises squats to ensure muscles are properly stretched and showered in both praise and post-perspiring soap. The one-on-one attention allows the trainer to fine-tune movements, tone trouble zones, and push students to keep going when they'd otherwise quit or become distracted by the fragile beauty of a passing hummingbird.
Medford Fitness dedicates its 36,000 square feet to all things fitness. Two workout floors claim 10,000 square feet, filled with more than 50 cardio machines, 30 pieces of free-weight equipment, and two open studio spaces for functional training. The group exercise room spans 1,600 square feet of hardwood floors, where exercisers launch into sessions of Cardio Pump, Pilates, and kickboxing. Nearby, 20 bikes spin in place inside the indoor cycling room, four lanes stretch across a heated swimming pool, and service lines divvy up two racquetball courts, where patrons test their reflexes, courage, or hypotheses about being able to head-butt a racquetball.