Continuing the mission started in London more than 160 years ago, YMCA Smithfield provides quality, accessible fitness and wellness programs to families. Members enjoy full access to the center's fitness opportunities, whether they're burning calories in the gym, gliding through laps in the pool, or joining fellow members in classes ranging from kickboxing to Pilates. YMCA Smithfield also houses the organization's signature children's programming, helping kids get ready for school with pre-K enrichment or prepping them for a semester abroad in Atlantis with swim lessons. Before- and afterschool programs also give kids a safe spot to play while parents are at work.
After putting their heads together back in 2005, sisters Lynn Grissom and Susan Bucci came to open the first Little Gym in Rhode Island. The concept was simple: positively impact kids by helping build confidence and self-esteem through noncompetitive, fun classes. The result was a curriculum-based program that got kids aged 4 months to 12 years active during karate classes, jazz dancing, and karate chopping stacks of boring homework in half. At the Smithfield location, instructors focus on "movement, music, learning, and laughter," during courses held six days a week.
When Kaleena Roch took her first yoga class shortly after having her second child, she was blown away by the physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits it brought her. After that experience, she decided to delve further into the world of yoga, eventually earning her teaching certification. Now, she shares her passion with her students during classes held inside the American Martial Arts facility. Her hatha flow classes consist of flowing poses that help students work on their flexibility, strength, and stamina.
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.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss and better health. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Practitioners of kenpo, jujitsu, muay thai, and other forms, the instructors at Sullivan's USA Karate are standard-bearers for many martial-arts traditions. They honor their former masters with fastidious records of their lineage and pass traditions on in classes for children and adults. But it isn't just self-defense and physical training—the New England schools teach students to practice patience, to use their minds before their muscles, and to develop the sense of discipline needed to avenge their teachers' fender-benders.
Though Tranquility Day Spa's menu of organic facials, nail treatments, and massages lives up to its name, its airy rooms, brightly colored walls, and printed textiles set an invigorating mood. Inside the hardwood-floored space, professionally trained aestheticians brighten faces with OHA organic skincare products, as well as photostimulate stagnant skin cells with the LED pulse of a Revitalight facial. In addition to skincare, they work to revitalize molting spirit animals with aromatherapy, raindrop therapy, reiki, massages, and body wraps, often with the aid of essential oils, Dead Sea mud, and herbs.