CrossFit Kryptonite trainer Scott DeTore proves his skill in the gym every day, but it wasn't until 2011 that he proved it on a national stage. He won the 2011 Reebok CrossFit Games in the master's division and came in second in 2012. He and his fellow trainers—both competitors in the Reebok CrossFit Games themselves—teach students the art of CrossFit, a functional yet high-intensity fitness program that scales its workouts to participants of all skill levels. Their facility houses all of the equipment necessary for these ever-rotating workouts, which incorporate pull-ups, squats, kettlebells, climbing ropes, and gymnastics rings.
Zumba. Pole fitness. Hot yoga. Meditation. The fitness classes at POSFIT by Legworks may span a wide spectrum of exercises, but they all reflect the spirit of POSFIT, which derives its name from "positively fit." That motto is fitness center's guiding force, encouraging trainers to cultivate a motivational environment of contagious positive energy. The mostly cardio classes ensure fun workouts by keeping most classes up-tempo, such as aptly named Pound: 45 minutes of toning moves set to rock 'n' roll.
Natural light dances around the edges of Shanti Cycle's spinning rooms, one located inside Yogaholics and the other inside Gallery 125. The welcoming spaces set the stage for spin classes that elicit a spike in heart rates and help exercisers burn calories.
The yoga instructors at The Family Yoga Center Inc. help practitioners of all ages and skills center their minds and relax their bodies. Directed by Jennifer Orobello, who specializes in alignment-based yoga, classes involve mastering one pose at a time. First, students achieve the pose, and then they hold it in order to foster deeper mind-body connections and increase strength and flexibility. Confident that yoga is accessible to everyone, the instructors encourage using yoga wedges, blocks, or walls in order to help with holding poses.
The Fitness Studio of Eastport burns away body fat with effective exercise classes in a setting emphasizing personalized results. Inspired by the svelte silhouettes of dashboard hula dancers, Zumba is a party-like fitness method with more than 12 million followers around the world. Extra pounds start shimmying out the door during each 60-minute class, featuring high-energy dance routines set to Latin-inspired rhythms. The Fitness Studio's schedule offers heart-pumping and ear-treating sessions four times a week at a variety of morning and evening times.
When she was 15, Heather had already been dancing for a decade, and she vowed to one day open her own studio. Later, while in school for interior design, she took her first-ever pole-dancing class and found it was love at first twirl; she installed a pole in her own home that very afternoon. Though she worked for a while as a professional designer, she felt compelled to step away from decorating other people's homes to pursue her teenage dream, swathing her newly opened studio space in hot-pink paint and floor-to-ceiling mirrors. Today, it's a go-to hub for novice dancers of all ages, sizes, and experience levels and for barber's poles looking to switch careers. While Heather and three other instructors teach belly dance, aerial technique, burlesque, and fitness classes, though Heather's main passion still lies with pole dancing. She finds it rewarding to watch as students—who currently include spinners in their 60s—break past mental blocks to do moves they never thought possible. She grins each time her students report that they're feeling stronger and healthier just doing everyday tasks, like buying anvils at the grocery store. "I don't feel like it's a job," she says, noting the supportive environment created by her students and the joyous bachelorette and birthday parties—where, she maintains, the older guests always turn out to be wilder than the 20-somethings. "It feels like I'm hanging out with friends."