Boston Pilates Plus's high-intensity fitness classes, designed by fitness guru Sebastien Lagree, combine the traditional principles of Pilates with strength and cardio training to help students of all abilities sculpt toned physiques. On the brightly lit studio's gleaming wood floors, students buff up their bods on Megaformer machines, which target the upper and lower body using a system of springs, pulleys, and a strategically out-of-reach donut dangling on a fishing line. Students tone their muscles as joints and connective tissue breathe easy in the fat-burning, low-impact classes. For a more cardio-centric routine, try the barre blast class, which guides students through a low-impact workout that blends cardio, barre stretches, and strength training. Boot camps similarly focus on cardio, meeting twice a week for four weeks to romp through 30 minutes of intense exercise.
Treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, stair-climbers—most gyms are packed with equipment just like this. What makes Elite Fitness Center unique is that every membership also comes with a team of certified trainers who help each person get the most out of each workout. To begin, trainers assess personal fitness levels and use that data to apply the best methods for losing weight, improving stamina, and building enough muscle to open any jar. Their customized programs achieve that through cardio and resistance training as well as in-depth nutritional counseling. Elite also hosts kickboxing and karate classes, giving participants several group-oriented approaches to fitness.
With education in sports biology and certification in numerous fitness philosophies—such as nutrition, strength training, and functional movement—Rich Ruffing takes a multidisciplinary approach to personal training. At Accelerated Fitness, Rich draws on his broad expertise to help his trainees set and achieve their individual fitness goals, working one-one-one with trainees in customized private sessions or in larger group sessions that follow his own metabolic conditioning regimen.
Instructors at Lexington Power Yoga lead Vinyasa yoga sessions for all skill levels in heated or unheated studios. The instructors lead students through a series of poses designed to strengthen muscles and core. Lexington Power Yoga also offers Barre & Soul classes?a one-hour class combining ballet and conditioning?along with interval cardio, Pilates, and meditation. Full Barre schedule is available online.
Warrior Nation's intense boot-camp workouts challenge participants to get fit, shed weight, and finally learn how to properly apply warpaint. The dynamic workouts are held in parks and include everything from interval training to plyometrics. The focus on functional exercise?plus the outdoor location?hammers home the fact that you don't need a gym to get in great shape.
William Gapinski understands fitness from every angle. He practiced martial arts, amongst other fitness disciplines, for 20 years, served in the US Marine Corps, and even overcame multiple skeletal injuries resulting from a major highway accident. Fueled by a desire to help others grow, heal, and overcome their obstacles the same way he did, William started Gold Medal CrossFit.
Following CrossFit's core principles, he and his staff of trainers follow a three-pronged approach to fitness: functionality intensity, and variation. To that end, they change up workout routines daily, blending functional exercises such as plyometric exercises, Olympic-style weightlifting, and gymnastics into an endless array of rigorous regimens. Community is is another element to their approach—they cultivate an atmosphere of support, camaraderie, and accountability so that all participants get the most from their time in the group sessions.
Since the exercises are difficult and require proper form, William and his crew recently launched a foundational skills training class to introduce the unique program to beginners. Unlike the regular group workouts of the day, they limit introductory lessons to only one student at a time. This ensures that the trainers can give each student ample personal attention, helping them master form and hone their grunting noises before joining the group class.