The trainers at Art of Strength eschew newfangled machines. Instead, they employ only fitness tools that have stood the test of time: weight balls, ropes, logs, sandbags, and boxes. Undulation training with heavy ropes challenges strength and endurance, and kettlebells work the body as a whole and torch calories. Instructors also employ vintage progression weight-training exercises, which leave patrons as strong as ancient warriors or the guys who had to push ancient warriors’ strollers.
Self Awakening Yoga Studio owner Barbara Sterling describes its mission as guiding students toward a sense of balance that helps them be present in their own lives. Glossy, eco-friendly bamboo floor spans 1,900 square feet of airy studio space, whose white walls are painted with large-scale lotuses and Eastern designs. The studio fosters a community atmosphere with complimentary coffee and tea and by lending books, magazines, DVDs, and CDs to students for use at home.
The studio’s instructors have a variety of reasons for coming to the practice of yoga, whether it was recommended by a doctor after an injury, the solution to physical stress from marathon running or rugby, or the life-changing vocation of a close friend. Consequently, they teach classes and workshops that address a variety of needs through a spectrum of yoga styles, including hot yoga, Vinyasa flow, and Iyengar. Memberships and private lessons are also available to let students adjust the frequency and individual attention of their own curricula.
The Club-Fitness, Health & Spa keeps workout routines fresh with three floors brimming with the industry’s latest in equipment and programs. Since the mid-1990s, the adult-oriented facility has strived to set itself apart from big-box gyms with pool, whirlpool, sauna, and steam room facilites—and by taking an intelligent, honest approach to fitness, personified by its friendly staff. Headlining the club's offerings is a full schedule of group classes, including kickboxing and yoga. Additionally, the club’s trainers lead private and group training sessions.
Boston Bartenders School gets its students bar ready in an authentic, fully equipped environment, providing them with the skills, knowledge, and on-the-job training to find whistle-wetting work. Pupils can fit classes to their individual schedules, opting for one week of day classes, two weeks of evening classes, four weeks of weekend classes, or any combination thereof. The majority of the class time is spent behind a realistic practice bar, complete with rows upon rows of real bottles, glassware for every kind of drink, a full complement of garnishes, and an intimidating front-door bouncer. During the 32 hours of coursework, experienced instructors teach tricks of the trade such as freestyle pouring, frozen-drink preparation, wine service, two-handed pours, and opening bottles by telekinesis. Lessons on opening and closing duties, cash handling, stocking procedures, and health regulations also acquaint students with bar-business basics.
Although it’s a sprawling, multi-leveled gym with separate areas for aerobics, cardio machines, and boxing, the folks at Forever Health and Fitness Center strive to cultivate the ambiance of a small neighborhood club. To truly invoke this sense of community, they provide even more than their already impressive lineup of gym amenities, which include 18 diverse group classes, an outdoor floor-hockey rink, and saunas—they also house an on-site hair salon and a full service pub where exercises can toast to a great game in the racquetball courts.