At Fit and Balanced Personal Training, certified personal trainer Anca Potvin helps her students set and achieve fitness goals. Her services include one-on-one training sessions as well as group classes, such as a stroller boot camp for mothers.
5,000 square feet of indoor rock walls outfitted for top-rope belaying and bouldering entertain guests of all experience levels at Maine Rock Gym, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2014. Suitable for ages four and older, visitors can partner up to climb meandering problems across varying angles and overhangs. Indoor, onsite clinics instruct climbers at introductory or advanced levels, and guides lead outdoor excursions to Maine's granite cliffs and New Hampshire's White Mountains.
Opening in December 2014, Evo Rock Gym will be decked in over 16,000 square feet of climbing space on its 42-foot-high walls, with a large top-out bouldering area. A separate climbing area for kids will also be tucked away in the facility, along with rooms to host birthday parties for young revelers. In addition to an aerial silk yoga room and cardio machines, visitor amenities will also include changing rooms, showers, and lockers on-site.
Though he named his business after the Greek word for discipline, Tommy Holmes believes that exercisers require more than that to sustain a fitness regimen—they also need variety and a shared sense of community. Tommy prioritizes functional exercises such as weightlifting and gymnastics techniques. He acquaints his clients with kettlebells, resistance bands, and medicine balls, outfitting the most advanced students with Batman-like utility belts that hold all three.
In addition to resistance routines, his workouts incorporate team-based drills and games to amuse as well as challenge participants. After teaching fundamental maneuvers and safety through his basics course, Tommy hosts group classes. He also crafts customized fitness and nutrition plans during personal-training sessions to help clients achieve personal goals, such as becoming the first person to run a backwards three-minute mile.
Yoga classes, dance classes, healing arts, and related workshops take place in a studio that operates under the philosophy of being "devoted to raising the vibration of both our community and our planet.” On the hardwood floor of the 900-square-foot studio, yoga instructors and dance instructors shepherd participants through full schedules of drop-in yoga classes and dance lessons designed for all ages. Limbs and antennae twist into Vinyasa and Kripalu-inspired poses, and dancers take classes such as Ecstatic Dance—set to the tunes of a DJ—and Journey Dance, which focuses on free movements and self-acceptance. The center’s healing-arts practices are there to help clients restore emotional balance with techniques that include Thai massage, chakra clearing, and crystals; workshops introduce attendants to shamans and yoga pros.
Out in the park, its not uncommon to see dozens of people swinging their hips, hooping and laughing. They're not going for a Guinness Book record or even competing: they're burning calories in a fun way. It's what Hardcore Hooping is all about—getting people together for energetic, healthy activities that shed pounds. The hooping experts design their multi-colored hoops specifically for the task, weighting them perfectly with water. That water swooshes around while hooping, creating a rhythmic sound that fosters a trance-like focus. Besides burning calories, hoop exercises build core strength and improve balance and flexibility. Hardcore Hooping also offers rental packages for events and leads high-energy fitness classes.
Pure Movement's band of certified fitness instructors tap their years of experience to help their clients hone strong, flexible physiques. Seven days a week, students flood the studio's roomy practice space for morning and evening classes, where they perform conditioning exercises on the studio's ballet barre to target muscles in the seat, abdominals, arms, and thighs. Using a specialized Pilates Reformer apparatus, pupils perform classic Pilates moves against the tension of a system of ropes, pulleys, and strategically timed Hitchcock movie scores; mat-based classes utilize efficient floor work to toughen cores. The friendly instructors provide personalized attention during each group session, accommodating a range of experience levels and fitness goals.