All four Total Fitness locations house a panoply of muscle-building, heart-empowering fitness equipment, and more than 45 energetically instructed classes. From cardio kickboxing and kettlebell to Pilates and strength training, the fitness curriculum readies muscles and cardio systems to take on new challenges, such as running a marathon at the bottom of the ocean. Aspiring Zumbalinas can opt for Zumba classes to learn Latin dance moves; time-hindered humans can choose the power half-hour class, a core-strengthening and high-intensity cardio blast that burns calories like a flaming donut; and those in search of motivation can take boot camp, which comes complete with a military-esque instructor. More than 160 classes are scheduled each week; check each location's online class schedule for more information.
Bally Total Fitness enshrines exercise classes, calorie-burning equipment, and a fitness-focused staff within its sanctuaries of health. A 30-day guest pass includes access to a spread of group exercise classes, including Pilates, Reaction Cycling, Step Fitness, and High-Impact Hopscotch (class offerings vary by location). For self-guided worker-outers, cardio equipment such as treadmills, elliptical machines, cross-trainers, and stair climbers work to torch calories while entertaining the brain with video entertainment and integrated music systems that occasionally whisper quotes from Charles Atlas. Bally also boasts a bulk-building army of strength machines, free weights, and small-apparatus equipment, and grants gym-goers access to on-site locker rooms, showers, and, at some locations, a pool and steam room, ideal for drenching annoyingly dry towels. Visit each location's webpage for a list of specific amenities and the lineup of classes.
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.
The Rush Hour series serves those who are curious about symphonic music but have never had adequate time to attend a show. Conducted by Music Director Larry Rachleff, these short, informal concerts will swiftly capture the ear’s attention by breezing through two or three classical pieces and providing educational information about their historical context and whether or not they've been sampled in a Will Smith song. Choose the concert on October 15 to hear Beethoven’s pastoral Symphony no. 6 and his expressive Symphony no. 7, or relax on November 19 to twentieth-century selections by Samuel Barber and Maurice Ravel. Brahms’ Piano Concerto no. 2 headlines the February 25 show, along with Richard Strauss’ epic _ Also Sprach Zarathustra_. Finally, orchestra buffs can immerse themselves in concertos by Lutosławski and Tchaikovsky on April 15 to celebrate Tax Day.
At Shape Up East Providence, instructors bring together the thrill of dancing and the satisfaction of a good workout. In Zumba classes, passionate instructors walk students through accessible dance moves, stringing steps together into cardio routines set to energetic music. Aside from regular Zumba workouts, they also host Zumba Toning—a variant that outfits guests with maraca-like weights to build strength—and ZumbAtomic for kids. As an alternative to the festive spins and turns, certified personal trainer Stacie Venagro hosts boot-camp and no-contact kickboxing classes as well as one-on-one training sessions.
Shape Up complements its exercise regimens with tasty supplements from its nutrition club. There, guests can order meal-replacement shakes in flavors such as Oreo, wildberry, and piña colada, which act as more fulfilling dinner substitutes than a pitcher of chilled air. The club's menu also features calorie-burning teas, athletic supplements, and guilt-free pudding pies in a cup. Wellness coaches remain on-hand to consult with clients, performing detailed health evaluations to track goals and progress.
Artist and instructor Debra Banna makes learning art as accessible as possible for her students. The veteran teacher and former children’s librarian studied art at the Attleboro Art Museum and the Rhode Island Watercolor Society. Conducting lessons at local libraries, churches, and students’ homes, Banna teaches kids how to create their own cartoon characters and helps adults paint realistic depictions of their feelings.