Lunges while holding kettlebells, jumping pull-ups, handstands, and games of catch with medicine balls—these are a few of the ever-changing exercises that comprise CrossFit’s daily workouts. Trainers mix up routines to ensure clients avoid the boredom of that can set in from repeated exercise and use functional movements, such as pushing and lifting, to prep participants for all physical activities. The mix of explosive exercises and everyday motions works every muscle group, enhancing power, speed, and agility.
Pure Fitness (formerly known as Powerhouse Fitness and still owned by Scott and Nikki Holland) has a full roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors who guide exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. There's also a recently added athletic-training center.
Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals, and saunas banish stress with warm, dry air. To help parents squeeze exercise into busy schedules, the gym offers childcare services seven days a week.
Whether she’s soothing muscles with the gliding strokes of a Swedish massage, laying warm stones on the skin, or applying pressure to trigger points, Christella Gonsorcik adapts her kneading to meet the needs of each stressed or aching client she sees. In addition to her hands-on massages, Christella balances energy with reiki, a relaxing polarity treatment that rejuvenates clients while they are still dressed in their clothes or astronaut suits. Her skill with rejuvenation also extends into the body’s more superficial layers. Herbal body wraps are available to oust toxins and tone skin, and facials, like a manatee’s birthday cake, incorporate sugar, salt, and seaweed mud.
Licensed massage therapist Lourdes McAlexander uses light-to-deep pressure to promote healing and relaxation throughout the body. The light kneading and warm friction of the Swedish massage release muscle tension, while hot-stone therapy glides heated stones over muscles to promote blood flow and melt stress into a gooey puddle. Expectant mothers gain release from swelling and cramping during the pregnancy massage, and athletes can prevent injury through the sports massage or by wearing the most advanced helmet during tennis matches. While undergoing a body mollycoddling, clients can enjoy the sights of abundant and verdant plants inside treatment rooms, as well as grayish purple walls that can ameliorate boredom of white and taupe room dividers.
Inside Bikram Yoga’s two practice spaces, instructors crank up the thermostat to sultry temperatures to loosen up students’ muscles during 90-minute yoga sessions, helping increase flexibility and range of motion while building muscle tone. Instructors pay special attention to coaching newbies during each class, teaching Bikram’s 26 postures and two breathing exercises to help students of all fitness levels stretch out joints or baby injuries and appendages put out of commission due to hostile negotiations during teamwork-building human knots. Each instructor trained directly under Bikram Choudhury—the creator of Bikram Yoga—to ensure that pupils receive safe, easy-to-follow instruction that bolsters health and clears minds.
As instructors, choreographers, and award-winning competitors, Premier Dance Academy directors Ashley Velosky and Rachel Newton have approached performance from every side of the spotlight. Today, they share their expertise on the floating floors of two studios, crafting new rhythms with students who range from 2 year olds to seniors. Though they haven't lost their flair for competition—their company team participates in contests at the regional and national level—they host a broad curriculum of classes for curious and casual guests.
These lessons span centuries' worth of dance styles, encompassing the graceful leaps of ballet, the gravity-flouting tricks of break dancing, and the bold keyboard strokes of blog-hop. They also embrace creative fusions of technique: acro sessions weave acrobatics into classical steps, and lyrical classes blend ballet, modern, and jazz movements that respond to expressive soundtracks.
Licensed massage therapist Colleen Morgan owns and operates Morgan’s Orthopedic & Sports Massage, drawing upon years of training in orthopedic and medical massage and pain management. Using a variety of massage modalities, Morgan and her staff attempt to soothe their clients’ aching muscles. Specialized sessions include sports massages, which prep muscles before workouts or replenish them after athletic activity. Morgan herself has a great deal of experience with these kind of sessions as her past clients have included a number of professional athletes from teams such as the Boston Red Sox and the Worcester Sharks. Other services they provide include orthopedic treatments, during which practitioners meld multiple modalities to correct structural irregularities instead of sprouting extra hands.