Equipment: Sparq speed ladders and hurdles, weighted medicine balls and sleds, and Woodway Force specialized power treadmill
Athletes should bring: Bottle of water and gym/workout clothes, [including] sneakers
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
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Sky High Studios strips away any stigma related to pole fitness with a crew of instructors who inspire their classes to grow strong and confident on the apparatus and in their lives. At Sky High Studios, you can try your hand at one of several calorie-burning activities. Upper-body strength gets put to the test in aerial silks classes, where basic footholds and locks precede more complicated inversions, which double as a good way to change a light bulb with your toes. Pole dancing classes emphasize upper body strength, but with equal attention to spins that incorporate the lower body.
Each of the four instructors at Ebb n' Flow Yoga has at least a 200-hour RYT certification to her name. The instructors draw from this deep well of experience to lead classes in five dynamic styles, including Hatha, Vinyasa flow, and restorative yoga. Aerial yoga classes challenge students with the added use of a soft silk sling. To ensure students are prepared for yoga practice, the studio also provides an extensive list of health guidelines for participation.
The possibilities are seemingly endless at Krave Fitness & Nutrition. The studio provides its members with more than 40 group fitness classes, including boot camp, spin, barre, Pilates, and TRX. With 8 to 12 students in each class, instructors can work with students of all fitness levels in a friendly atmosphere. For more personal attention, members can opt for small-group or individual personal training or nutrition coaching.
The Gym Class’s trainers lead boot camps that are both fun and effective. Sessions are designed to promote fitness and camaraderie, encouraging athletes to work together to achieve each other’s goals. The boot camp blends traditional, callisthenic, and bodyweight exercises with interval training and strength training to help promote fat loss, often using equipment such as stability balls, battle ropes, and suspension training systems. The location of the camps can also vary, with groups meeting at recreation areas, gymnastics gyms, and elementary schools.
The dedicated staff at Marlborough Pilates hosts a variety of classes to tone muscles and hone balance through controlled isometric movements. Before beginning workouts, students come into the studio for a fitness-level assessment by a trained instructor who can determine appropriate class placement. Once they’re ready for the studio’s schedule of classes, pupils gather in small groups to ensure the instructors can offer close instruction and to keep numbers low enough to count on fingers and toes. Pilates exercises, which focus on postures and breathing techniques, require concentration to improve spinal stability and tone muscles in bodies and brains. Floor-bound pupils lengthen limbs during Mat classes, while machines help muscles build resistance during sessions on the Pilates Tower. Meanwhile, AeroPilates classes combine low impact aerobic workouts with challenging postures that make limbs light enough to hover in air, while Pilates Fundamental classes teach basic forms and the proper completion of movements.