Since its 1965 founding in Venice Beach, California, Gold's Gym has dotted the globe with more than 600 locations where professional athletes and exercise newbies gather under the umbrella of personal strength. Nearly 3.5 million Gold's Gym members chart and aim for their fitness peaks, perspiring beneath the gaze of certified personal trainers or pedaling beside peers at cycling sessions. In a diverse lineup of group classes, patrons strengthen cores with Pilates, finger-paint pictures of ninjas in martial arts, and amp up heart rates along to the pulsating soundtracks of Les Mills routines. Many Gold's Gym locations stockpile futuristic amenities, such as cardio machines with individual iPod docks and televisions that help keep patrons motivated.
On Friday nights at Crosby Whistle Stop dance hall, the floorboards heat up under the swinging steps of students, regulars, and teachers cutting a rug at Boston Swing’s Central’s weekly social dances. Sometimes it’s pre-recorded tunes and sometimes it’s a live band inspiring the boogiers, but either way, it’s a rollicking good time for all ages and skill levels and no partner is required.
The weekly party, which starts with a group class from 8-9 p.m. and then transforms into a free-for-all from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m., is the focal point of the non-profit dance organization. Boston Swing Central also offers classes and boot camps where dance instructors teach you how to do the east coast, lindy hop, and Charleston.
Located on the first floor of a renovated historic home in Union Square, Bow Street Yoga's gleaming hardwood floors and multiple windows let in ample amounts of natural light as one of of nine teachers leads students through Vinyasa, Yin, or restorative yoga classes. With their own unique specialties and teaching styles, the teachers are able to cater to patrons of all stripes, from athletic clients looking for a good workout to less intense participants looking for a prop-based session that incorporates blocks, bolsters, blankets, and chakra-cleansing rubber chickens.
Artepicure spreads the skills of cooking to Massachusetts microwave-dependents with an array of hands-on cooking classes that emphasize how the techniques of professional chefs can be transferred to home kitchens. Satisfy rabid Roman herbivores with Mediterranean Vegetarian, featuring meatless summer soups, spaghetti, and a crêpe cake in its curriculum, or meal-mallet gastronomic glockenspiels with Authentic German Cooking, touching upon Teutonic treats such as potato pancakes and pork schnitzel. Artepicure's Knife Skills class teaches slicing, dicing self-defense against invading tomatoes and radishes, whereas French Brasserie Dinner teaches students classic Parisian fare such as onion soup au gratin, mussels Normandy, and beef burgundy. At the end of the class, students will dig into their culinary creations, an academic output far tastier than the edible diorama of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand from third grade. New classes are added monthly, so check the schedule to see what nourishing knowledge waits in the weeks ahead.
The Center for Arabic Culture [CAC] is a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating Arabic language, culture, art, history, and Arab-American cultural experience. We offer adult education courses, youth enrichment programs and language programs.
At O2, advanced Yogi Bears can reach the uppermost plateau in an advanced-level power class, while beginning Boo-Boo's can dip stiff toes into the peaceful, limbering world of yoga for the first time with a basic class. Those falling in the in-between can develop the strength and flexibility necessary to tame the tiger that refuses to leave their kitchen by dropping into an intermediate class. O2 also offers classes in ashtanga-style yoga, if you're looking for a change of pace from the classic flow of vinyasa.