Their curved silhouettes would not look out of place in a high-end automobile showroom. The sleek titanium and alloy frames, some attached by spring hinges, are stamped with logos from brands such as Oliver Peoples, Giorgio Armani, and Cole Hahn. At Visions of Longmeadow, optical experts, who each possess at least 15 years of experience in the eyewear business, preside over the colorful range of glasses. Some members of the crew have nurtured their passion for eyesight at the shop, which has been in business since 1988, and others simply want help finding Waldo at the candy-cane factory. After customers have selected frames, they pair them with lenses ranging from basic single-vision lenses to high-index, scratch-resistant, antireflective, and transitional varieties.
Attentive to the diverse needs of muscles and their masters, The Pilates Center of Western Massachusetts' certified instructors shape up shapeless cores and physiques. Pilates is a low-impact total-body discipline that uses resistance, stretching, mat work, and controlled breathing patterns to make the body looser, lither, and healthier. Individual sessions will ensure a comfortable and productive workout and are perfect for customers who are unfamiliar with Pilates, in need of personal motivation, or possess unique structural challenges, such as cement limbs. Pilates classes can help anyone improve whole-body health, and mat-only, apparatus, and anti-gravity based methods are available for students of all experience levels.
Pioneer Valley Yoga offers daily stretch sessions in a variety of yogic disciplines. Pick a style and time from the class schedule, easing into a meditative and subtle mind space with Gentle Hatha or at last sweating off the bowling balls glued to your appendages with the motile poses of Hot Vinyasa.. The limb-contorting guidance of enthusiastic teachers will stretch the keyboard curl from carpal tunnel fingers, lower blood pressure, and straighten even the curviest postures. Students should bring along their own yoga mat (also available for rent), a towel, and water.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
Spanning four locations, Club Fitness caters to health-seekers with its expansive cardio rooms, personal-training sessions, and group fitness classes. Most studios boast an impressive array of amenities, such as a private, women-only area, shake and supplement bar, babysitting, tanning beds, and weights that lift themselves and then high-five you. Guests can work out on the sprawling cardio decks, or get sweaty in group fitness classes that include Insanity, Bodypump, and Step.
Led by Brian American, the black-, brown-, purple-, and blue-belted instructors of Team Link Martial Arts lead students of all ages through all the techniques of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and mixed martial arts. Classes focus on the technical aspects of grappling and holds before letting students test out the moves they just learned while sparring. The instructors also offer grappling lessons to children, helping them learn discipline and get fit under the tutelage of positive role models. Women-specific training includes self-defense classes that tailor Brazilian Jiu Jitsu moves to real-world situations.