Bridge to Fitness’ staff of body-sculpting instructors and trainers guides gym members in knocking down walls that stand in the way of fitness goals. Membership includes everything from use of the weight-training and cardio equipment to access to all the classes that the gym offers, including calorie-burning affairs such as spinning and group exercise classes, yoga, Pilates, Zumba, and more. With an army of equipment including spin bikes, treadmills, and new elliptical machines, members can get their hearts going during an intense spin session or a fervid treadmill jousting competition with fellow gym comrades.
Innerlight and its crew of mind-body gurus whisk students away to a stress-free world, heralded as Best Place for Yoga by The Phoenix, with more than 50 yoga classes per week. Stretching students can join the Basics session to develop a flexible foundation of basic poses, and pupils in the heated Vinyasa class unite movement and breath while emptying pores of sweat, toxins, and vagabond dust bunnies. The Mindfulness Yoga class combines poses and meditation to hone concentration and body awareness, and the Therapeutics class targets specific corporal areas to relieve pain and stress. The studio's class calendar allows budding yogis to find a class that challenges their minds and bodies, but not their schedules.
Curves caters exclusively to women with a circuit of hydraulic-resistance machines that promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and alleviate arthritis. Thirteen toning and strength-training stations use bodyweight to create resistance matched to each user's fitness level, decreasing the chance of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean arms and legs perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage machine maneuvering and muscle making.
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 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then comes 25 minutes of cardio: the trainers might start novice exercisers with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for enhanced results.
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 for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
The aestheticians at Island Retreat - A Medical Spa know their way around nearly a dozen different varieties of lasers, making them well-qualified to address a variety of skincare concerns. Under the supervision of Medical Director Dr. Christopher Hummel, they can also draft custom treatment plans to combat unwanted body hair, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.
Since she was 4 years old, Barbara Derecktor Donahue's role models were famous ballerinas. As an adult, she performed with multiple ensembles, managed a dance company, and taught students of all ages how to perfect their pirouettet. She honed her technique over the ensuing 12 years, and today leads classes at The Dancing Spirit Studio that guide visitors through their own empowering undulations, steps, isolations, and rhythm. In addition to drawing pupils from all walks of life, her innovative lessons have earned her the title of Strathmore's 2012 Professional of the Year in dance education.
Barbara's chief concern, other than retrieving lost hip scarves from innie bellybuttons, is freedom of creativity. She urges her students to experiment with steps in a nonjudgmental environment, whether they are practicing body waves or composing a costume for a chair-dance routine. The breadth of her experience allows her to blend ballet, modern dance, and Middle Eastern maneuvers into a signature fusion of styles. As a result, the studio's shows are always different. Practicing groups can sync their choreography with the flow of the waters in Narragansett Bay, whose scenic shoreline sits just outside the door.
The certified instructors at Fitness Fusion recognize that each approach to exercise—whether it's yoga, strength training, or Pilates—has its own unique benefits. As such, their curriculum blends a broad range of styles, allowing guests to customize their workout regimens to their own taste. In addition to conventional one-on-one training and group classes, the studio offers small-group personal training for three to five people, offering the close attention of personal training at a lower cost.