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At The Clubs at Charles River Park, the path to lighter and leaner physiques leads clients through indoor and outdoor training facilities. Those areas?from lap pools to row upon row of cardio and strength equipment?set the stage for individual workout sessions as well as motivational fitness classes focused on functional training.

In these sessions, certified trainers might lead groups through yoga poses or teach boot-campers to swing kettlebells. The trainers also work with clients in one-on-one sessions, and lead aquatic high-intensity interval training sessions in the pool. But whatever the workout, most visits to The Clubs at Charles River Park end in same place: the locker room, where saunas give exercisers and the imaginary Mickey Goldmills who coach them a relaxing reward.

10 Whittier Pl
Boston,
MA
US

The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."

This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.

615 Washington St
Brighton,
MA
US

The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."

This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.

285 Martin Luther King Blvd
Roxbury,
MA
US

The Athletic Club, located in a renovated warehouse at 653 Summer, has a variety of weight loss options beyond standard workout machines. Consult with their staff dietician about your unfortunate lard-only diet, and she can guide you towards the in-house restaurant for some healthy alternatives. Da Club (as it's known by clever patrons) offers classes like “Group Kick” (martial arts and boxing), yoga, pilates, cycling classes, and the non-ancient art of “Zumba”— a Latin/Merengue/Reggaeton dance-fitness fusion, or the new millennium’s answer to the 90s sensation of “Cardio Funk”. Lovers of both fitness and dismemberment can partake in a “Legs, Butts and Guts” toning class.

653 Summer St
Boston,
MA
US

Every visit to Commonwealth Sports Club has a chance to be completely different from the last, energizing stale exercise routines with the spark of variety. A schedule packed with nearly 50 group classes per week allows members to shed calories collectively,whether through spinning sessions, choreographed Zumba workouts, or aquatic training in an indoor pool. For solo workouts, the club features an expansive cardio room and two separate strength training rooms populated by state-of-the-art equipment. As weights clink and treadmills hum, the club’s roster of nationally certified personal trainers also stand by ready to spring into action. They work with clients by boosting them past plateaus, teaching them new exercises, and helping them solve anatomy-based crossword clues.

1079 Commonwealth Ave
Boston,
MA
US

Getting into shape got a whole lot trendier when the Sports Club/LA came to Boston. The massive space has everything a fitness buff could want or need – and then some. With over 110,000 square feet of space, the full-service gym offers cardio programs, group exercise plans, cycling studios, yoga classes, a Pilates studio, basketball courts, free weights, squash courts, treadmills and stair climbers. Professional Boston sports players and visiting team athletes are often spotted working out here before venturing over to the adjacent spa for a massage; or kicking back at the on-site restaurant, blu, for a great view of Downtown Crossing.

172 Tremont St
Boston,
MA
US