Bear Essentials Fitness wants its members to reach their fitness goals with a minimum of fuss. This 24-hour gym—which is decorated with indoor imitation grass to look like a sports field, has strength-training equipment, and has heavy weight bags hanging from the ceiling—manages to project an atmosphere of “let’s do this” while still being a laid-back place to work out. Certified personal trainers and owners Justin and Nate Warren are on hand to help clients with their exercises and teach small group classes.
The hip-hop and international beats that bounce off the walls inside Kraze Fitness also help guide students’ arms and legs through Zumba steps, turns, and jumps. Each of the five Zumba instructors has their own teaching style – some teach hip-hop or traditional moves at a fast pace while others teach class in the dark. They also ensure participants break a sweat during turbo kickboxing classes at the studio.
The Fitness & Performance Studio is captained by a team of three fitness experts—Mike Caiazzo, Andrew Kinslow, Martha Lavertu. The trio of trainers invite fitness-seekers of all athletic abilities into their private studio, where they lead custom personal-training sessions, high-intensity boot-camp classes, and challenging strength-and-conditioning workouts. The trainers pack their bright studio with functional equipment, including kettlebells, medicine balls, and TRX-suspension straps.
Fournier's Leadership Karate Centers train kids and adults in self-defense techniques including karate, judo, and krav maga. Students gain self-discipline and confidence while learning how to fight, or they can kick their way to physical fitness during kickboxing classes. In addition to regular classes, the center organizes pizza parties, movie nights, and parents' nights out.
The Academy's coaches are serious about self-defense. They lead a variety of classes that teach the technical side of martial arts, such as Brazilian jujitsu classes, as well as those that combat the realities of an unexpected attack, such as women's self-defense classes. They also offer lessons for kids.
Equipment: Weights, mats, stability balls, suspended wood floor
Students should bring: Cross training sneakers, water bottle (also available for sale)
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Get ready to have some fun.
Honore Laflamme, owner of Jubilation, espouses a simple fitness philosophy: "As long as you are moving, sweating, and smiling, you are doing it right," she says. She describes her mission as making exercise fun. She couches hard work such as Zumba, yoga, and Pilates in an energetic atmosphere of low lighting and funky tunes that are akin to "being at a party with your friends." She leads every class in a space with a suspended wooden floor, which helps absorb impact to lessen the strain on joints and avoid bothering the mole people that live downstairs.