National Yoga Alliance–certified instructor Ginna Turnamian began her lifelong love of fitness under the mentorship of her aunt, a certified personal trainer. She experienced the positive effects of yoga and fitness first hand, and as a result Ginna dedicated herself to sharing her experience with others.
At Hot & Soul Yoga, located within Cirius Fitness, Ginna leads a team of experienced and caring instructors who help students of all ages and skill levels, from advanced to novice, improve their bodies and relax their minds. In studios saturated in a careful balance of heat and humidity, instructors lead noncompetitive hot yoga classes to boost balance, strength, and flexibility while aiming to flush toxins from the body, helping clients safely go deeper into their asanas. The studios also host traditional yoga classes, and each room is outfitted with antibacterial, antiskid Zebra Mat flooring to keep students from falling mid sun salutation and incurring the wrath of that notoriously short-fused star. Hot & Soul Yoga also offers kids’ yoga classes and childcare services in a play area outfitted with toys and games.
In 1976, Joan Barnes—a California mom frustrated with the lack of spaces where she could take her kids for safe and age-appropriate play time—took matters into her own hands and founded Gymboree Play and Music. In the decades since Gymboree’s founding, Joan’s vision of a safe place where youngsters could build confidence and creativity has come to fruition and spread to 30 countries around the globe. Staffed by attentive and expertly trained instructors, each Gymboree outpost adheres to a curriculum of activities designed by experts to foster the development of children's cognitive, physical, and social skills through structured play and close readings of Goodnight Moon. The staffers also conduct entertaining classes for parents, newborns, and children under 1 year that cover subjects ranging from music to sports, imparting valuable lessons of imagination and physical activity to developing minds. To further set apart her business, Barnes employed nationally renowned playground designer Jay Beckwith to design the proprietary play equipment at her centers.
Dance directors Christina Penatello and Ken Hansen have trained underneath champions such as Dancing With the Stars contestant Louis Van Amstel, whose new dance fitness classes, LaBlast, has become a staple of the studio’s schedule. LaBlast classes share schedule space with instruction in cha cha, tango, swing, and other social dances. To sample the studio’s wares, budding dancers can follow in instructors’ rhythmic footsteps during 30-minute introductory sessions, which traverse various modalities with a speed-teaching method. As part of the renowned Fred Astaire franchise, instructors also host social dance parties and choreograph wedding dances for couples who want their first dance to look as effortless as tossing a flaming bouquet.
Students raise dumbbells above their heads, then lay the weights on the ground and move into a push up. They sprint around and drop into burpees and pop up and down in squats. All of this is done in the great outdoors, where leaves gently sway back and forth from their branches and birds cheer participants on from the trees. The instructors at OutdoorFit fill each 60-minute class with a combination of resistance training and cardio exercises modified to challenge every fitness level.
The family-owned gym has rows of stationary bikes, ellipticals, and weight machines, but CIRIUS Fitness also makes room for the Cross Training Zone. This space, which extends into the parking lot during warmer months, looks nothing like a standard gym. Tires, battling ropes, medicine balls, punching bags—they all play a part in the high-intensity workout. Instead of repetitive pounding on the treadmill or lifts at a weight machine, cross-training constantly switches up fitness routines with the swing of a sledgehammer or thrust of a kettlebell, which keeps both muscles and minds engaged. For other dynamic workouts, guests can try one of the gym's other fitness classes, such as Zumba, yoga, or mixed martial arts.
The Max Challenge of Shrewsbury specializes in a signature 10-week fitness challenge designed to yield results and transform clients' entire bodies. The system combines exercise, nutritional guidance, and motivation, helping clients to pursue their potential and achieve their fitness and health goals. Trainers design cardio and strength-training exercises to accommodate individuals of all fitness levels, as well as a nutrition program that includes food education and menus of foods that can be found in an everyday supermarket. The third pillar of the system—motivation—hinges on The Max Challenge of Shrewsbury's vast support system of individuals and trainers all working toward a common goal.