The trainers at BeFit Health and Wellness have a taste for the unconventional. In their one-on-one and small-group training sessions, it’s not uncommon to see clients flipping tires, waving battle ropes, swinging kettlebells, or honing their bodies with plyometrics. The trainers like to keep things varied, so the workout changes every day, and it may include exercises such as body-weight training, weightlifting, sprinting, and moving sandbags. They work with clients of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels and also offer customized nutrition programs to help clients achieve optimal results.
Never sizes never exceed 10 people at CrossFit West Peabody, enabling coaches to give members a personalized workout. Each aspect of the CrossFit workout, from jumping onto plyometric boxes to Olympic-style weightlifting, is easily tailored to challenge everyone equally. During a single class, a coach may have people swing different weighted kettlebells and flip tires sized for tractors or Micro Machines. Each exercise, which uses both indoor and outdoor space, is closely supervised by a coach to ensure people use the proper form.
During the winter, people often miss the smell of the beach. Unless they have a membership at Beverly Athletic Club, that is. The gym boasts a 65-foot indoor pool, heated to a comfortable temperature, and filled with saltwater mild enough not to sting anyone's eyes. Visitors can take a dip in its ocean-emulating confines during open swim, or hit up an array of pool-based classes such as Aquatic Zumba, a less-stressful alternative to tap-dancing over a dunk tank.
Of course, the unique chlorine-free pool is just one of the benefits BAC offers its members. Its two locations boast group fitness classes, which run the gamut from RPM, an indoor cycling program, to BodyCombat, a martial arts-inspired workout that draws on disciplines such as karate, muay thai, and boxing. Personal trainers, meanwhile, lead more personalized workouts, while a childcare center helps little visitors learn to love an active lifestyle by providing access to play structures such as a rock wall and ball pit.
At FC CrossFit, pain has a name. Each of their daily workouts boasts a different name as well as a unique and invigorating blend of power lifts, body weight exercises, and gymnastic moves. For instance, Mary forces trainees to execute five handstand pushups, 10 one-legged squats, and 15 pull-ups. During early-morning or post-work sessions, trainers help students perfect their form as they lift kettlebells and perform handstands designed to strengthen their muscles and empty their pockets of spare change.
Equipment: Resistance band, medicine ball, hurdles, agility ladder, kettlebell
Students should bring: Water, sneakers, comfortable layers of clothing, and gloves
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Outdoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Action-packed classes start and end on time rain or shine; arrive a few minutes early to check in.
In Robby Blanchard's biography photo on his website, he prepares to lift a heavily stacked barbell. The determination is clear on his face—the same determination that carried him through a bachelors of science in exercise, an MBA in Business Management, three CrossFit-training certifications in varying styles, not including the fact he's a USA Weightlifting-Certified Sports Performance Coach. Today he shares his determination and all his fitness knowledge with at his training camp, CrossFit Reach.
During workouts, Robby and two other resident coaches push students through an array of exercises that change every session to boost the body's ability to perform in the 10 domains of fitness, which include power, speed, flexibility, and agility. To do so, students might perform exercises requiring them to run, jump, weightlift, and eventually perform all of those elements at once, immediately qualifying them for a life in the circus.