Housed in a multisport training facility, Milford Sports Center's cadre of professional coaches oversees fitness classes and practice spaces to help athletes groom their games of golf, baseball, and softball. Former Boston Red Sox catcher and two-time MLB All-Star Rich Gedman headlines the Center’s baseball program, which encompasses private and semiprivate lessons and an annual summer camp that teaches little leaguers the basics of hitting, base running, defense, and seed spitting. For more independent training, hitters can crack line drives in the Center’s 11 batting cages, which offer both softball- and baseball-pitching machines.
Piercing drives echo from the Center’s indoor golf-training facilities, where players hone their swings away from the threat of inclement weather or flash-mobbing water hazards. The Full Swing Golf simulator lets clubbers seek out pars on digital replicas of 64 world-famous courses, including Pebble Beach, Bay Harbor, and the Old Course at St. Andrews. Fitness trainers also guide guests through a circuit of up-tempo, rhythmic exercises in Zumba classes.
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.
Cape Ann Lanes entices pin topplers into its outer-space-theme environs with 20 sleek lanes and automatic scoring seven days a week. For two action-packed hours, don rental shoes to solo terrorize 10 pins, or bring along up to three friends, family members, or younger siblings dressed as bowling balls as backup. A cheesy pizza melts away competition-induced hunger, and a pitcher of icy soda keeps throats from asking uncomfortable personal questions of fellow lane occupants.
f.i.t. is a serious, yet unintimidating group fitness center where, unlike your average health club or gym, we offer a personal approach to training within a group fitness setting. we welcome the novice exerciser, and we challenge the seasoned athlete all in the same space, at the same time.
Located in Bellingham, Massachusetts, USMMA incorporates Total Body Wellness into every aspect of its curriculum. We place tremendous emphasis on developing the mind and spirit in all of our classes, to show our members that good health is a way of life.
Equipment: Poles, hoops, weights, yoga mats, yoga blocks, and more
Students should bring: shorts, tank tops, water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Tobin Edmunds does pole fitness to stay in shape, to help other women change their lives, and, occasionally, to give back to charity. And she loves what she does. In fact, her fun-loving attitude netted her the most audience donations at the charity event Poles for Paws. At Love Pole Fitness, she strives to help other women find joy in life through pole fitness and other sassy classes.
Tobin and her fellow instructors teach students how to twirl around a pole, perform sultry chair dances, and create undulating belly-dance movements. They also help sculpt bodies in pole classes designed to build strength and endurance.
Tobin knows her fitness classes—really, any exercise in general—can be tough. She says, "Making changes can be challenging," but adds that it's important to remember the mantra "if at first you don't succeed, try again." She credits her studio's "supportive family atmosphere" for helping women overcome their fitness hurdles and successfully trade slow-cooker recipes.