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.
Bow Street Yoga instructs yogis in the ancient art of bending, flexing, and introspecting, offering classes in Vinyasa, restorative, and Yin yoga styles. All classes are conducted in a studio heated to 75–90 degrees, warm enough to encourage muscles and joints to soften and flex, but not so hot as to turn students into a soaking-wet pile of yogi. Pop into a beginner's Vinyasa class to learn the slowed-down basics of the strenuous style, which emphasizes proper alignment, breath control, and core strength, or treat limbs to a Yin yoga session, with lengthy hold times geared toward profound muscular relaxation. The meditative, healing practices of restorative yoga offer a reprieve from active lifestyles and recovery from injuries with props, long posture times, and a focus on absolute stillness.
The Eat Outside the Square Foodie Crawl sends dining duos on a taste-bud-satisfying mission down East Broadway, as they meander into more than a dozen restaurants to nibble on innovative cuisine. With starting points at both Route 28 and Sullivan Square, the nosh fest celebrates the breadth of fare populating East Broadway, from hand-cut Brazilian barbecue to flavorful Ethiopian dishes to traditional Salvadorian pupusas. After savoring bites from local restaurants including Vinny's Ristorante and Gauchao, munching pairs gather at the new Mudflat Studio for a dessert reception and silent auction, in which customers can bid on the restaurants' remaining crumbs.
Before becoming owner and head trainer at Sityodtong Muay Thai Academy, Mark DellaGrotte spent a decade in Thailand, training under muay thai guru Kru Yodtong and competing in high-profile bouts. His experience transformed him into a formidable muay thai kickboxer, earning him spots on several TV shows including Spike TV's The Ultimate Fighter and UFC Countdown. However, it also made him an expert ambassador for Thai-style boxing. Today, Mark and his team of instructors foster fight-ready fitness with classes in muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu, mixed martial arts, and boxing.
A member of the United States Fencing Association, Bay State Fencers boasts a coterie of U.S. trained coaches who foster a supportive environment of competition and respect during instruction. Classes range from entry level, such as Learning to Fence, to more advanced training for nationally ranked fencers. These lessons emphasize technique and fitness of both the body and mind, enabling fencers to outlast opponents through endurance and outsmart them with sound strategy or the ability to fake a mortal wound.