New England Bridal Affair organizes intimate, boutique-style events at venues across New England, letting brides-to-be come face-to-face with some of the region's best wedding specialists, planners, and product vendors. During gatherings, exhibitors showcase a medley of offerings, ranging from venue and reception design to full wedding-day packages. Sometimes, New England Bridal Affair adds an extra dose of excitement by giving away prizes such as exotic trips, which brides can use for honeymoons or to send meddlesome in-laws far, far away.
The sunny, green expanse of Gaston Farm is designed to be inviting place, whether for horses looking for a cozy stable or for students looking to learn the ways of the saddle. Riders make use of the ranch's indoor and outdoor arenas. During lessons catered to all experience levels, certified instructors start novices out with horsemanship fundamentals, encouraging them to advance their skills and eventually compete in any of the variety of shows the farm participates in regularly.
Micro Ice Training Center introduces ice princesses and polar boys age 3–8 to the fine art of ice-skating. During one-hour Learn to Skate classes, student skaters glide forward and backward, attempting to use the solid edge of their blades for a boost. Pupils also master fundamental skills such as how to get up after falling down or how to fall down for sympathy from stubborn Olympic judges. To better serve students' needs, every class on the schedule is grouped according to age.
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 strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
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 as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
SpinCity Training Studio’s team of spin instructors and personal trainers joins forces with a registered dietitian and licensed massage therapist to provide clients with a comprehensive road map to wellness. Rather than offering run-of-the-mill spin classes, trainers customize programs to address each client’s specific goals, which may include injury rehabilitation, sports training, weight loss, or muscle improvement. Prior to the workout, instructors manually adjust each cycle to the rider’s unique posture to facilitate the best possible speed, comfort, and spinal rigidity during routines that take individual fitness levels into account. They then run students through a gamut of low-impact body conditioning performed to a motivating score of music and car horns. After classes, the studio’s onsite dietitian can balance workouts with a three-day food analysis and a four-week nutrition program. The facility also lays claim to Cybex Arc Trainers, treadmills, and strength machines to round out exercise routines. An onsite locker room and shower facility sluice away post-workout perspiration, though patrons must dry off with towels brought from home.
Amy Cieslik Langone boasts an eclectic athletic r?sum?. Her past exploits include competitive gymnastics, sprint triathlons, and competitive sailing. But throughout all these sports, she maintains that it's her Pilates and yoga practice that keeps her muscles strong and helps her avoid injuries.
She helps students realize these same benefits at Oxygen Mind and Body, with a schedule filled with Pilates and yoga classes for all ability levels. Vinyasa flow classes help students align their body with their breath while increasing flexibility and toning muscles, and reformer and mat Pilates sessions build lean, powerful muscles. Students can also stop in for a barre class, for a ballet-inspired workout that strengthens the core.