Certified personal trainer Amy Goodwin's mission is to help people enjoy getting fit. As a mom of three energetic daughters, she knows it's not always easy to make time for a workout, and she admits that it takes dedication and discipline to reach fitness goals. She strives to make fitness accessible with a variety of group classes, ranging from stress-relieving yoga sessions to total-body RIPPED workouts, which engage the entire body more effectively than dragging a 200-pound ball and chain everywhere you go. During personal-training sessions, she merges functional movements with training tools such as free weights, kettlebells, and TRX suspension bands. Her training style also includes mixed martial-arts moves, plyometric training, and stability exercises.
Voted best physical therapy clinic in Valley Advocate's 2011 Best of The Valley Readers' Poll, Attain Therapy + Fitness trains and conditions members to help burn fat, build muscle, and improve athletic performance. A team of skilled trainers with extensive experience in sports and personal conditioning motivate customers in a well-maintained workout facility, which includes Olympic lifting platforms, squat racks, balance-boosting slide boards, Keiser performance equipment, and life-size Rube Goldberg machines. During the one-hour adult strength and conditioning classes held every weekday morning and evening, plus Saturday mornings, a skilled coach guides pupils through a foam roll massage, static stretches, and dynamic warm-ups to facilitate blood flow and decrease the risk of injury. Participants can turbocharge metabolism with boot-camp-style circuit training, which, like a boulder-toting ballet, mixes energetic aerobic movement with power-based exertion.
Equipment: Stability balls, yoga mats, free weights, agility ladders, jump ropes
Students should bring: Towel, bottle of water
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We have a smoothie bar on-site, so you can order a beverage before or after your workout.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have monthly challenges that keeps our clients engaged. We also run workshops that help to prepare our clients for a lifelong health journey. Our approach is holistic in that it includes physical, spiritual and nutritional fitness and caters to the entire family.
Ryan McDonald is a wellness double threat with a background in fitness and certification as a massage therapist. His athletic know-how translates to both personal-training sessions and a specialty in myoskeletal alignment, which allows Ryan to identify the causes behind bodily pain, rather than just the symptoms. His massage techniques include myofascial release and craniosacral work, which help alleviate injuries caused from playing sports or waving a foam finger too enthusiastically.
Certified CrossFitter and owner David Tripp puts his Army and outdoor-adventuring experience to work during intense cross-training routines at Land Warrior CrossFit. Along with his team of knowledgeable and skilled instructors, he teaches the CrossFit system because of its universal scalability, able to prep people of all ages and fitness levels for every kind of physical activity. They do this by employing functional-movement exercises that enhance power, agility, and speed, while toning all muscle groups.
At Metacomet CrossFit & Yoga's CrossFit sessions, exercisers push themselves through intense functional workouts that not only eschew modern cardio trappings such as treadmills, ellipticals, and human-sized hamster wheels, but remain scalable to every ability level. Then, fledgling body buffs recover during gentle Kripalu yoga classes, which help to balance the body and aid in recovery. The center also offers power yoga classes, which are workouts in their own right with their focus on flexibility, strength training and sweating.