A bachelor's degree in exercise science. An associate's degree in health and fitness. An association with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Dan Fyfe's résumé speaks for itself, and the fitness expert draws on his experience at Fyfe Training, his private fitness studio. Dan trains clients individually and in small groups, and he specializes in areas such as injury rehabilitation and strength conditioning. He also leads group classes such as X-Conditioning, a full-body workout that might incorporate elements of running, cycling, body-weight exercises, and smiling.
Students should bring: A yoga mat; we have some you can borrow if you do not own one.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: These classes are for all levels. They have been described as challenging, fun, and very relaxing.
Bikram Choudhury requires a lot out of his teachers before he's willing to let them borrow his moniker. Each of Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley's instructors has completed the nine-week course required for certification with Choudhury himself, including more than 600 hours of training. Every three years, they return for another bout of training to keep their skills sharp and instruction fresh.
Instructors pack all this knowledge into Bikram Yoga Merrimack Valley's 1,500-square-foot workout space, heated by a custom system designed to reach high temperatures with ease. The studio owners respect the environment with low-eco-impact carpeting, green cleaning supplies, and by frequently thanking the potted plants that guard the front door.
Developed by fitness experts and physical therapists, the Bruciare Pilates chair arrives at patrons' doors equipped to perform all the exercises in an accompanying instructional DVD. To see a demo of the Bruciare Pilates chair, visit here. Bruciare's patented spin seat integrates standard reformer-based exercises into its nontraditional design with long and short seat positions for better core support and superefficient spinning during high-stakes piñata tournaments. When incorporated into fitness routines, the seat focuses on lazy abdominal muscles to tighten up flabby cores. Attached resistance bands promise three levels of challenging upper-body workouts, and two springs within the chair vary exercise resistance from easy to challenging. The 40-minute instructional DVD guides owners through the proper use of the chair and plans of action should it become sentient, and a double-sided fitness chart offers quick reference to 15 exercises that tone and strengthen musculature.
Both coming from a background in classical dance, the instructors at North Shore Pole Fitness introduce both men and women to the unique challenges and physical benefits of pole fitness. After mastering the initial techniques, students learn to spin, climb, and invert from the vertical apparatus as if performing the aerial gymnastics. Classes also cover the discipline of pole dancing, which adds a more sensual spin to the workouts to help build confidence and express sexuality while receiving the same benefits of exercise.