The connection between Beth Ferruccio's and Meg Francis's work is as intuitive as the connection between body and mind. Beth, a yoga teacher of six years certified in Yogafit, teaches body-strengthening poses for students at different stages of their lives, whether they're silver foxes or moms-to-be. Meg, on the other hand, uses her sonorous voice to coax minds into relaxed meditation. Her lilting mantras help with feelings as mundane as everyday stress or as devastating as grief. Within the stone-walled haven of Breathe Wellness studio, the pair work together from opposite ends of the wellness spectrum to bring balance to lives of clients.
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.
Calories, wooden boards, and pairs of left feet are sent into the great beyond by Marlboro Fitness and Martial Arts' lineup of classes. Whether they want to learn the grappling arts of Brazilian jujitsu or just get in better shape, students of all ages can find a style that suits them in the studio's schedule of dance, fitness, and martial-arts classes. Its signature program is capoeira—a Brazilian martial art that seamlessly blends kicks, sweeps, and takedowns with dazzling acrobatics. Capoeira classes for adults of any age or physical condition follow instruction from Contra Mestre Marquinho Coreba. Children's classes teach fundamental capoeira moves, which can improve kids' overall coordination and ability to get on the dance camera during professional sporting events.
Geared towards youthful athletes looking to stay in top form during the off-season, The FieldHouse offers guests a sprawling facility of courts, fields, and gymnasia for all types of sports. Indoor turf allows sluggers to hone their swings and quarterbacks to tighten their spirals, while gleaming hardwood courts echo with the shouts of basketball or volleyball players. Performance sessions focus on more abstract improvement, toning key muscle groups and fine-tuning players' sense of how many times they can give their opponents red cards before being ejected. Adults looking to stay in shape can take advantage of the center's group classes, burning off pounds in exercises inspired by the facility's sports training.
As the owners of CrossFit Union, Scott McAuliffe and Gus Mello know that variety is the key to a successful fitness regimen. That's why they offer all sorts of workout options, from punishing boot camps to yin yoga classes. Their specialty, however, will always be CrossFit's workout of the day. Alongside a team of similarly certified trainers, Gus leads students through a set of functional, intense exercises. These exercises vary constantly but may include everything from squats and pull-ups to box jumps and four-door sedan throws. Given the workouts' adaptable nature—exercisers progress with more intensity, not more weight—they can be tailored to any fitness level.