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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.

10 Sylvan Street
Peabody,
MA
US

You'll get five adult group lessons, which convene in the evenings several times a week (click here to see the Boston schedule and here to see the North schedule). Schedule a ballet, jazz, or tap class to pick up where you left off twinkling your childhood toes, or start learning ballroom dance; it's easier to stay motivated and appreciate classical dance techniques as an adult, when waning Cinderella-fascination is compensated for by the twin feet of patience and discipline.

36 Walnut St
Peabody,
MA
US

Jeff Burger?s two-decade journey through the world of martial arts has included training in muay thai in Bangkok and kung fu in China, as well as acquiring fifth-degree black belts for karate and jujitsu. He has also collected a variety of awards to hang on his belt, including a silver medal at the 2006 Muay Thai World Championship. The most recent leg of his journey brought him to Massachusetts, where he founded the New England Muay Thai Institute in 2007 and currently teaches martial arts to kids and adults. Many of the classes are combative in nature, such as muay thai, karate, jujitsu, and a class called Combatives, during which Burger calls upon his US Marshals certification for teaching defensive tactics. But there are also noncombative options available, such as Zumba, boot camp, and noncontact yoga.

21 Caller Street
Peabody,
MA
US

The trainers at BeFit Health and Wellness have a taste for the unconventional. In their one-on-one and small-group training sessions, it’s not uncommon to see clients flipping tires, waving battle ropes, swinging kettlebells, or honing their bodies with plyometrics. The trainers like to keep things varied, so the workout changes every day, and it may include exercises such as body-weight training, weightlifting, sprinting, and moving sandbags. They work with clients of all ages, abilities, and fitness levels and also offer customized nutrition programs to help clients achieve optimal results.

119R Foster St.
Peabody,
MA
US

Never sizes never exceed 10 people at CrossFit West Peabody, enabling coaches to give members a personalized workout. Each aspect of the CrossFit workout, from jumping onto plyometric boxes to Olympic-style weightlifting, is easily tailored to challenge everyone equally. During a single class, a coach may have people swing different weighted kettlebells and flip tires sized for tractors or Micro Machines. Each exercise, which uses both indoor and outdoor space, is closely supervised by a coach to ensure people use the proper form.

649 Lowell Street
Peabody,
MA
US

Equipment: Life fitness, Rehband, Flex, Bodymasters, Elite Fitness, Hammer Strength.

Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, change of clothing, license, any medication or supplements

Average class length: 30-60 minutes

Number of Staff: 1?5

Class location: Indoors only

Established: 2002

Registration required: Yes

Good for beginners: Yes

Guests allowed: Yes

Parking: Parking lot

119 foster st
Peabody,
MA
US