Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
One of the first things you notice about Let's Sing! Dance! Act!'s students is how widely they are smiling and its because the artistic instructors have made it a point to find what makes each student tick and help them explore it. Those smiles are also a function of the studio's philosophy of making students happy—it's actually prioritized. Classes in all areas of the performing arts—engage kids of all ages starting at 3 years old. From jazz and ballet to lyrical dance and hip hop classes, kids cultivate their innate talent. They also learn from instructors during acting classes: a teacher leads a performance for the Young Actors Studio that borrows from classics such as The Nutcracker.
At Paint 'n Pour, students must be careful not to mistake their red paintbrush's rinsing cup for a glass of pinot noir. That’s because though all ages are welcome, adults can bring their own alcoholic beverages to the studio, toasting to each other’s progress as they learn to recreate existing paintings during two- to three-hour classes. Throughout each session, instructors impart the techniques to form impressionistic cherry blossoms, Fenway Park lit up at night, or Van Gogh’s swirling stars. The specific piece to recreate changes throughout the week, and regular open painting sessions allow guests to use Paint ‘n Pour’s canvases and paints to create their own original pieces at their own pace. The studio also hosts private events and kids’ parties, which include plenty of time for eating cake and removing the papier-mâché bust of the host used to wrap every present.
The licensed instructors at Noble AirVentures LLC build bridges into the sky for aspiring aviators through programs that range from introductory flights to pilot-certification courses. Students learn to confidently take off, land, and bank at the helm of a Cessna 172 aircraft, each carrying modern avionics equipment and rigorously inspected to exceed FAA safety standards. When not teaching new generations of pilots, the team takes passengers aloft on photo flights, which give professional and amateur photographers the chance to capture images of the Boston skyline and Fenway Park or produce an accurate answer key to this year's corn maze.
Equipment: AWMA, Century, Everlast, Thaismai, Masterline
Students should bring: Loose fitting long pants, t-shirt, bottle of water
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 60-90 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
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