Dylan Polin took his first steps as a free-runner seven years ago, and never slowed down. He placed seventh in the Red Bull Art of Motion 2010 Boston competition, and became an active member of The World Free-running and Parkour Federation. To share his passion with others, Dylan founded Hub Freerunning. Hub Freerunning has since become a staple of proper Parkour and Freerun education in the Boston area, as well as the Northeast's premiere stunt and performance team.
He holds weekly sessions to teach beginner, intermediate, and advanced students ages 12 and up the art of movement. He conducts his classes in the New England Sports Academy's spacious facilities, or takes the lessons to the streets of Boston itself. He demonstrates not only how to climb, vault, and soar through the air, but also focuses on moving quickly and efficiently, saving students from expending unnecessary energy or spilling all of the M&Ms out of their pockets.
The family that owns Rock On Adventure brings outdoorsy recreation to the great indoors, covering their facility with grippable surfaces and safety cables that allow kids and adults to safely tap into their inner thrill seekers. Between the colorful climbing walls—some of which jut out at challenging angles—vibrant aerial silks hoist budding acrobats into the air for gravity-free spins and tumbles. Kids or bull mastiffs convincingly disguised in helicopter beanies and knee socks can further acquire tricks of the climbing and twirling trade during classes and monthly kids' nights, as well as gather their friends for a birthday party.
Universal Power Yoga aims to help students discover the life-enhancing power of regular yoga practice. The newly built studio is filled with natural light, and noticeably devoid of mirrors––an aesthetic choice meant to discourage competition. It also features a floor made of foam, which is ideal for joints. The schedule offers more than 24 classes each week, including hot and warm vinyasa yoga classes, where the added heat helps the body to stretch deeper and release toxins. Beginners are welcome in all class types, and other special classes include yoga for kids, and there's even a monthly yoga class accompanied by live acoustic music.
Emily, the owner and coach at CrossFit Automile, boasts a handful of CrossFit certifications. She uses these certifications and extensive knowledge to design new Workouts of the Day (WODs) every day. The workouts are never the same, and draw from CrossFit?s vast collection of exercises designed to promote varied, functional fitness. Though the exercises are always rotating, they may include Olympic weightlifting, bodyweight exercises, cardio, running, plyometrics, and gymnastics.
No student is left behind at CrossFit Norwood, where trainer John Connors leads small groups of clients through completely scalable CrossFit workouts. He adjusts his routines to accommodate virtually any level of fitness, ensuring each member of the class expends the same amount of effort—from elite athlete to first-timer.
As opposed to bulking up by pumping heavy weights, CrossFit emphasizes building functional strength. That’s why police academies and the military rely on it to boost the power and endurance of recruits.
Founded by five-time NCAA track and field championship coach Loren Seagrave, Velocity Sports Performance helps athletes realize their full potential with facilities that include Olympic–style weightlifting equipment, sprint tracks, and turf fields. Experienced fitness instructors, some of whom have worked with professional athletes and Olympians, help athletes of all ages and skill levels improve power, flexibility, and coordination in small-group classes that allow for focused personal attention.