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.
Even after undergoing double hip-replacement surgery, Tom Tecca was undaunted in his pursuit of fitness. The certified personal trainer and tae kwon do black-belt went on to place in several bodybuilding competitions. What's more, he founded his own CrossFit gym, which became so popular it has expanded twice in the span of two years.
Today, Tom still coaches students of all ages and experience levels at CrossFit Marlboro, introducing them to more than 3,600 square feet of functional fitness equipment. He hosts both group and private classes, and encourages newcomers to join up through free intro sessions held on Saturday mornings. During the group workouts, participants might lift weights, slam medicine balls, and jump atop boxes in pursuit of well-rounded fitness, deriving motivation from their classmates's cheers instead of mp3s of their high-school gym teacher's best pep talks.
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.
Koko FitClub’s automated personal-training system rockets both men and women toward fitness goals with 30-minute custom workouts that incorporate cardio and strength training. An initial consultation determines fitness level and baseline measurements, which Koko’s computerized equipment uses to design a tailored workout plan that precisely measures the weight, pace, and rest time appropriate for each exerciser.
The patented Smartraining machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change, to constantly challenge the body. Exercisers can track their results and body composition measurements online and even compare individual fitness levels to others in the Koko FitClub community.
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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