At Fitness Together, getting fit involves getting focused and fired up to achieve. Here, certified personal trainers guide clients of all skill levels through motivating boot-camps and exercise programs designed to meet goals loftier than a giraffe’s basketball hoop. To help their charges torch calories and tone muscles as efficiently as possible, the trainers incorporate evidence-based training methods, such as intervals, tempos, and fartlek, into each fitness regimen. Filled with cardio challenges and resistance training, workouts are tailored to individual needs and paired with nutrition tips that help the body build lean muscle. In-studio sessions take place in a private, spa-like studio, flush with energizing red walls and functional training tools such as medicine balls, kettlebells, and gymnastics rings.
Taken at face value, laid-back fitness is an oxymoron. But when distilled into the same philosophy, these three words can put a whole new spin on getting in shape. The brains behind this approach is founder Ryan McGowan, who uses his background in engineering to view fitness through a systematic lens. When designing programs, he and his team take into consideration ancillary factors—mood, surroundings, how strong gravity is that day—and always leave plenty of room for rest and healthy eating between bouts of intense training.
For Ryan, the road to Laid-back Fitness was one of trial and error. Years ago, he bulked up as a college football player; after an injury, he slimmed down and trained for triathlons. Wanting to find that happy medium, Ryan came up with what his facility's website calls a "casual approach to intense training." That approach shines through during sessions of personal training as well as group kettlebell classes, where participants swing, snatch, push, and press their way into better shape. Outside the Laid-back Fitness facility, Ryan also calls on his engineering experience to design and build gyms in the homes of clients.
With locations spanning the United States, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom, iLoveKickboxing.com has trimmed the waistlines of thousands of members while bolstering their confidence levels with engaging and varied total-body workouts. The program blends kickboxing techniques into a fat-burning, muscle-toning, and endurance-enhancing regimen. Limbs warm up with a quick jog before taking down imaginary opponents with a set of practice kicks and punches to drive home proper technique. The pummeling then switches to the one of many freestanding heavy bags, and incorporates ducking and weaving to boost heart rates. Teamwork drills help members tone up while cultivating camaraderie, which could lead to a partnership inspiring future buddy-cop-movie sensations.
The knowledgeable staff at New England Nutrition helps customers sort through the hybrid gym-and-wellness center's vast collection of nutrition supplements. They dole out expert advice and insider opinions on such BSN and Solgar products as protein powders, meal-replacement shakes, and low-fat, preservative-free powdered peanut butter.
To further help their customers reach their fitness goals, certified trainers host boot-camp classes onsite in the center's functional-training gym. They help melt fat and build muscles with kettlebells, battling ropes, and medicine balls and harness the body's natural weight with body-sculpting suspension-training classes.
At Half Way Tree Authentic Jamaican Cuisine, the authenticity of each dish grows with each added ingredient. Beginning with tender chunks of fried plantain, cooks layer on piles of rice and peas, and finish with signature island proteins ranging from oxtail and goat curry to jerk chicken and fillet of red snapper. They also marinate chicken wings in a homemade jerk sauce before adding extra jerk spices infused with barbecue, buffalo, or teriyaki accents.
Located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village, PE Fitness Studio is an award-winning private fitness center, offering personal training and small group classes. Worlds away from the anonymous big-box gym, PE Fitness Studio strives to have a nonintimidating environment that is bolstered by its certified, friendly staff. Sunlight spills onto the hardwood floors as small groups dance through Zumba classes or tone up during TRX Circuit Blast sessions. And during self-directed workouts or personal-training sessions, clients can enjoy top-of-the-line exercise equipment, such as Keiser spin bikes and TRX suspension trainers.