At Northeast Fitness Factory, fighters are allowed to talk about Fight Club. Named after the iconic novel and film, the gym’s signature class blends strikes inspired by boxing and mixed martial arts with cross-training fundamentals, leaving students as confident as they are toned. It’s not all about fighting at this gym, though. Students can also enlist in classes such as dance-inspired Zumba cardio, yoga, and boot camp. Committed instructors push participants to the limit, working with all types of fitness levels to maximize results. They even have the option to leave their children in the gym’s daycare, where staff members supervise as tots play with toys or compare their stock portfolios.
Since 1884, countless communities have benefitted from the YMCA's activities and programs. The Connecticut River Valley and its Valley-Shore facility are no different. Structurally speaking, the building features a gymnasium, a fitness center, a racquetball court, an outdoor track, and two six-lane swimming pools made from an old highway. Communally speaking, the staff offer an array of youth development programs and more than 40 types of adult fitness classes, including Zumba and boot camp.
Ever since she started teaching karate to kids and adults at A.F.A Karate in 1992, fourth-degree black belt Roseann Fusco has preached one main belief of the martial art—that beyond punches and kicks, karate is about improving oneself in all possible ways. Under the wings of the school's seasoned faculty, students work towards this while honing fundamental karate traits, such as self-defense, stress-reduction, and confidence-boosting. Despite the name, the martial-arts studio doesn't just teach karate. Fusco and her staff also schedule karate weapons and sparring lessons, all of which can help pupils improve their overall fitness.
New England FastFit is a fitness center designed with its clients in mind—knowing that no one has time to spend hours in a gym and everyone wants tangible results, this studio does away with the gym entirely and offers intense group fitness classes. Designed to be short and extremely efficient, these instructor-led kickboxing, hot-yoga, and boot-camp classes combine cardio and strength exercises for a challenging workout in 35–60 minutes, offering nutrition counseling as well to put the final piece of the fitness puzzle in place.
The classes at Baran’s Kenpo Karate forge stronger students by working on them from the inside out. Sifu Jim Baran leads sessions with an emphasis on self-confidence, perseverance, and mental discipline. Baran and his fellow instructors guide students through a multibelt progression of kenpo classes. Students learn quick strikes, rapid-fire kicks, and body blocks in an inclusive environment where no one feels out of depth or is forced to sit on the sidelines. Instructors also train adults in self-defense sessions as well as the rigorous krav maga fighting style developed by the Israeli armed forces.
Body Temple Fitness treats the body as something worthy of worship. The studio's team of certified trainers works one-on-one with clients?or leads groups during classes that range from upbeat Zumba to restorative yoga and toning kettlebells. Integrating these fitness approaches with nutritional counseling, the staff helps guests shed pounds, gain muscle, or tone their physiques.