Planet Fitness embodies a judgment-free zone where guests of all ages and fitness levels can sculpt their physiques with myriad aerobic and strength-training options within a friendly, down-to-earth atmosphere. Patrons may tone and strengthen muscles by pushing and pulling the extensive selection of brand-name equipment and free weights. With the help of an instructor, guests can design a custom workout program based on exercise history to help them achieve their varying fitness goals. Thirty-minute small-group classes concentrate on strengthening and toning specific body parts, and full-body circuit workouts.
Cofounded by the legendary Hollywood dancer himself, the Fred Astaire Dance Studio hosts a team of seven veteran instructors who specialize in ballroom and Latin dances ranging from the rumba to the waltz. Students can build their cache of moves in private lessons with personalized curricula or practice with their peers in the convivial atmosphere of group classes. High-octane Zumba classes help to combust calories, imparting Latin-inspired choreography in an atmosphere that is festive but doesn’t expose students to dangerous swarms of flying champagne corks. Youngsters build their poise in dance classes that cover five different styles, ranging from ballet to hip-hop, and engaged couples prepare to glide elegantly across the dance floor at their nuptials with wedding-oriented classes.
Brickhouse Cardio Clubs were created especially for women, and as such they emphasize classes that fuse fitness with engaging dance techniques. At the Westerly location, Megan Correia leads a team of instructors who offer classes that range from Zumba routines to heart-pumping Insanity workouts. All of this takes place within a brightly colored studio that features a state-of-the-art sound system and floors specially designed to lessen the impact on knees and joints.
At Northeast Fitness Factory, fighters are allowed to talk about Fight Club. Named after the iconic novel and film, the gym’s signature class blends strikes inspired by boxing and mixed martial arts with cross-training fundamentals, leaving students as confident as they are toned. It’s not all about fighting at this gym, though. Students can also enlist in classes such as dance-inspired Zumba cardio, yoga, and boot camp. Committed instructors push participants to the limit, working with all types of fitness levels to maximize results. They even have the option to leave their children in the gym’s daycare, where staff members supervise as tots play with toys or compare their stock portfolios.
New England FastFit is a fitness center designed with its clients in mind—knowing that no one has time to spend hours in a gym and everyone wants tangible results, this studio does away with the gym entirely and offers intense group fitness classes. Designed to be short and extremely efficient, these instructor-led kickboxing, hot-yoga, and boot-camp classes combine cardio and strength exercises for a challenging workout in 35–60 minutes, offering nutrition counseling as well to put the final piece of the fitness puzzle in place.
Since 1884, countless communities have benefitted from the YMCA's activities and programs. The Connecticut River Valley and its Valley-Shore facility are no different. Structurally speaking, the building features a gymnasium, a fitness center, a racquetball court, an outdoor track, and two six-lane swimming pools made from an old highway. Communally speaking, the staff offer an array of youth development programs and more than 40 types of adult fitness classes, including Zumba and boot camp.