Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss and better health. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Continuing the mission started in London more than 160 years ago, YMCA Smithfield provides quality, accessible fitness and wellness programs to families. Members enjoy full access to the center's fitness opportunities, whether they're burning calories in the gym, gliding through laps in the pool, or joining fellow members in classes ranging from kickboxing to Pilates. YMCA Smithfield also houses the organization's signature children's programming, helping kids get ready for school with pre-K enrichment or prepping them for a semester abroad in Atlantis with swim lessons. Before- and afterschool programs also give kids a safe spot to play while parents are at work.
When Kaleena Roch took her first yoga class shortly after having her second child, she was blown away by the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits it brought her. After that experience, she decided to delve further into the world of yoga, eventually earning her teaching certification. Now, she shares her passion with her students during classes held inside the American Martial Arts facility. Her hatha flow classes consist of flowing poses that help students work on their flexibility, strength, and stamina.
For a gym, Red Island CrossFit has a curious lack of weights and other recognizable equipment. That's because it specializes in CrossFit, an intense daily workout that relies on functional bodyweight exercises such as pull-ups, pushups, and plyometrics. Exercisers looking to bulk up even more can sign up for the facility's Strongman training, which uses tires and atlas stones in lieu of dumbbells, while its Olympic lifting program can help national-anthem enthusiasts find a constructive outlet for their pastime.
Practitioners of kenpo, jujitsu, muay thai, and other forms, the instructors at Sullivan's USA Karate are standard-bearers for many martial-arts traditions. But it isn't just self-defense and physical training?the New England schools teach students to practice patience, to use their minds before their muscles, and to develop the sense of discipline needed to avenge their teachers' fender-benders.
Located inside the No Risk Crossfit Fitness Complex, Twisted Triangle Yoga Studio is a place to unwind?with yoga. Yoga classes are held seven days a week, so participants can build strength and flexibility while also doing double-duty to calm the mind and spirit.