The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."
This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.
Collegiate Basketball Academy?s experienced trainers, who blazed up the NCAA courts for Gordon College and Lesley and Tufts Universities, share their expertise with kids at the elementary, high-school, and college levels. Calling upon their knowledge of the sport from both the athlete?s and coach?s points of view, they school students in ball handling, shooting, and speed in both one-on-one sessions and group training academies. To help their clients find areas for performance improvement, they also come to games and film players before analyzing their forms and discussing potential fixes.
The Athletic Club, located in a renovated warehouse at 653 Summer, has a variety of weight loss options beyond standard workout machines. Consult with their staff dietician about your unfortunate lard-only diet, and she can guide you towards the in-house restaurant for some healthy alternatives. Da Club (as it's known by clever patrons) offers classes like “Group Kick” (martial arts and boxing), yoga, pilates, cycling classes, and the non-ancient art of “Zumba”— a Latin/Merengue/Reggaeton dance-fitness fusion, or the new millennium’s answer to the 90s sensation of “Cardio Funk”. Lovers of both fitness and dismemberment can partake in a “Legs, Butts and Guts” toning class.
Getting into shape got a whole lot trendier when the Sports Club/LA came to Boston. The massive space has everything a fitness buff could want or need – and then some. With over 110,000 square feet of space, the full-service gym offers cardio programs, group exercise plans, cycling studios, yoga classes, a Pilates studio, basketball courts, free weights, squash courts, treadmills and stair climbers. Professional Boston sports players and visiting team athletes are often spotted working out here before venturing over to the adjacent spa for a massage; or kicking back at the on-site restaurant, blu, for a great view of Downtown Crossing.
Inside Athletic Evolution, a 30,000-square-foot sports complex, seasoned trainers craft fun, customizable workouts from functional movements designed to build strength, stamina, and flexibility. Filled with running, barbell drills, and bodyweight exercises, each small-group class draws inspiration from Olympic events such as track and field, naval warfare, gymnastics, and weightlifting. Abs and arms ripple as students wield kettlebells and climb 25-foot ropes that dangle from the ceiling, and the facility's 65 yards of indoor turf set the stage for sprints, prowler pushes, and impromptu lawnmower races.
Geared towards youthful athletes looking to stay in top form during the off-season, The FieldHouse offers guests a sprawling facility of courts, fields, and gymnasia for all types of sports. Indoor turf allows sluggers to hone their swings and quarterbacks to tighten their spirals, while gleaming hardwood courts echo with the shouts of basketball or volleyball players. Performance sessions focus on more abstract improvement, toning key muscle groups and fine-tuning players' sense of how many times they can give their opponents red cards before being ejected. Adults looking to stay in shape can take advantage of the center's group classes, burning off pounds in exercises inspired by the facility's sports training.