To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get in Shape for Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. Each of their small-group sessions are tailored to each exerciser. The trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating 30 minutes of strength-training drills—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each student's abilities. Then, they do 25 minutes of cardio—the trainers might start beginners with a walk on the treadmill or light elliptical training, and challenge more advanced exercisers to high-intensity interval-training sessions for increased results.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To track ladies' progress toward reaching their goals, the trainers measure their weight and body-fat percentage every two weeks.
Gently Loved Baby buys and resells gently used wearables, playthings, and nursery accouterments, helping families conserve space, money, and the environment. Rather than toting a Charlie Chaplin marionette to celebrity ice-cream tastings, parents can bring real-live sons in pint-sized tuxedos ($35–$40, sizes 1–8). A little girl will flutter with delight when a fairy throw pillow sprinkles across a Laura Ashley quilt, pillowcase, and twin sheets ($35 for set). The shop’s stable of Razor scooters ($12–$35) encourages tykes to play outside, and its corral of rocking horses ($15–$40) helps families gallop indoors without rousing the spirit of their polar-bear rug.
At The Sanctuary Spa, visitors escape the hustle and bustle of the outside world with relaxing and beautifying services performed by a veteran cast of aestheticians, makeup artists, and massage therapists. Facials thoroughly cleanse and calm epidermal expanses, and microdermabrasion treatments and peels exfoliate away dead skin cells, wrinkles, and forgotten notes to self. The staff’s beauty-boosting repertoire also includes eyelash and eyebrow tinting, eyelash extensions, airbrush tanning services, waxing, and vajazzling. For a tranquil way to celebrate special events, such as upcoming nuptials, clients can also schedule private parties at The Sanctuary Spa.
Well-lit and painstakingly organized, Used Book Superstores upend images of the precariously balanced stacks and dusty hardcovers most people associate with used book stores. More than 100,000 new and gently used books—from current bestsellers to staples of the literary world—sprawl across each of the five mammoth locations, which, like so many shattered crates of tea, dot the landscape of the greater Boston and south New Hampshire region. As bookworms hunker down with hardcovers, paperbacks, and children's books, neglected friends can peruse the store's voluminous selection of music, DVDs, and toys, all of which sell for a fraction of their original cost.