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 levels 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 Koko machines guide exercisers through each workout and adapt as the user’s fitness needs change in order to constantly challenge the body. Designed by professional trainers, workouts maximize the body’s lean-muscle mass, which can boost metabolism and help fight off disease by challenging viruses to kickboxing matches. Exercisers can track their shrinking waistlines and swelling muscles online by analyzing workout scores and comparing individual fitness levels to the Koko FitClub community.
Safety-trained staff man all aspects of Atlantis's clubs, whether stationed near the free weights and resistance machines or leading group classes in practices such as yoga and Pilates. Treadmills, stationary bikes, and stairmasters set pulses racing without the need to keep convincing oneself that the oven's still on at home. As high windows set indoor pools sparkling at the Braintree, Danvers, and Hyannis locations, tykes reclaim their amphibious heritage in swim classes and adults aggressively burn calories as they cradle tender joints in aqua fitness classes. Afterward, guests can put in an intensive lounging session in the steam room or sauna.
Though personal trainer and group exercise instructor Nicole Detellis fell head over heels for fitness in 1987, it wasn't until she discovered yoga that she found total-body wellness. It was this realization that led her to her life calling: teaching others how to cultivate harmony between their outer and inner selves. Fueled by this newfound passion, Detellis became a certified instructor and complemented her training by studying holistic-healing techniques at the California College of Ayurveda. Today, she works alongside a team of passionate teachers to put her training into action during small group classes that, unlike boot camps designed for lackadaisical tomato plants, encourage students to grow at their own pace.
In the studio's range of classes, teachers mainly adopt a Hatha Vinyasa approach, weaving poses and breathing exercises into a slow-paced, dance-like flow. They can also help participants hone their technique during one-on-one lessons, as well as melt stress with reiki energy-balancing sessions and ayurvedic consultations.
Voted 2011 Best Yoga Studio in Nashua by readers of Hippo, NH Power Yoga earns acclaim by healing and strengthening students during sessions of Baptiste Power Vinyasa, a heat-based, flowing style of yoga. Expert body-benders lead students through challenging poses in a heated room, aiming to send toxins out of bodies on wild rapids of sweat. Each class, 60–90 minutes, accommodates students of all yoga skill levels and breeds, from nimble novice to flex expert. Through practice, students will build strength, gain flexibility, and discover a calmness of the kind rarely seen outside of the part before a horror movie gets scary.
If you've never been to a Healthworks gym before, today's Groupon is just for you (sorry, regulars). It gets you a "class pass," which lets you attend classes at any of Healthworks' five locations: Back Bay, Brookline, Cambridge, Chestnut Hill, or Salem. You can also use the locker rooms, saunas, steam rooms and whirlpools. Work out, then relax in the bubbling waters and daydream about how good you'll look when bathing suit season rolls around. And because Healthworks is women-only, Larry Leering and Stanley Stare-Master won't be around to ogle you as you bust the moves.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.