JP Centre Yoga brings together people from all walks of life: Young and old, all genders, and all experience levels. Everyone is welcome during the studio’s all-level, flow-based classes. The instructors themselves come from a various background backgrounds, too. Instructor Dan Steel started in the worlds of gymnastics and martial arts, before he took a free yoga class in college and discovered its potential healing abilities. The team at JP Centre Yoga now helps others transform their lives through yoga, whether a student wants to build physical strength or increase spiritual awareness.
Therapeutic treatments often go hand-in-hand with the yoga curriculum. Practitioner Nathalie Blitz combines yoga postures, acupressure, deep pressures, and other disciplines during Thai Bodywork sessions. Meanwhile, practitioner Ryan Hill's Myofascial Yoga Release sessions manipulate the body's deep connective tissues.
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.
Benefitness Health Club for Women was designed for women by a woman: CC Maher, to be exact, a trainer with more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry. CC doesn't presume to know what women want, though—instead, she has created a flexible gym that can accommodates any gym-goer. Her team's more than 50 classes per week tone physiques with a variety of lean muscle-building modalities. The classes run from early morning to as late as 8 p.m., accommodating both night owls and the early risers who lift the sun off the horizon.
The gym's Nautilus weight machines and supply of free weights, meanwhile, allow for solo workouts. Personal trainers also patrol the floor, motivating patrons through custom one-on-one sessions, while a nutritionist crafts user-friendly diet plans to complement fitness regimens. Meanwhile, the on-site childcare center keeps kids from commandeering treadmills for games of "Flat Rollercoaster."
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get in Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. Each of their small-group sessions are tailored to each exerciser. The trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then, they do 25 minutes of cardio—the trainers might start beginners with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for increased results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Being acknowledged feels good. That’s why owner Rosaline Lowe strives to personally greet each customer who enters her spa. It's just one of many personal touches that await clients who come in for one of Rosaline's much lauded facials, during which detailed consultations help the skincare expert indentify the particular needs of each complexion. For dry, aging skin, she may recommend an organic blueberry-and-honey facial, which plumps fine lines with moisture, while patients with uneven tone may see her pointing toward the oil-thwarting powers of kojic and lactic acids, which can help fight breakouts and discoloration.
Rosaline's uncanny ability to pinpoint the ails of differing skin types stems from a lengthy career that includes training at Edith Serei Academy in Canada, and more than 23 years at the helm of Rosaline SkinCare & Spa. In addition to personalized pampering, Rosaline and her staff also dish out shea-butter body wraps, waxing strips, massages, and the spa’s own line of all-natural cosmetic products.
Boston Running Center wrangles a crack team of personal trainers, sports nutritionists, and of course, running enthusiasts with the express purpose of helping clients get the most out of their pavement-pounding routine. Whether runners are training for a marathon or simply hoping to outrun a personal demon named Azazel, the tailor-made programs and one-on-one guidance—including unlimited phone and email access to coaches—help them sprint straight into the beating heart of those goals. Clients learn to avoid common injuries, bolster lower-body strength, and fine-tune their workout routines.