Marianne Chapin, owner of Kneading Hands Yoga for the past 10 years, takes a well-rounded approach to stress relief and wellness by marshalling years of yoga teaching experience. To help her run the studio, she has assembled a team of eight certified instructors who bring a wide range of skills to yoga classes. Available classes, all of which take place in a spacious and clean studio, include relaxing and meditative Hatha yoga, strength and stamina boosting hot-yoga sessions where temperatures of up to 98 degrees render muscles more pliable, and Pilates classes that build core strength and focus.
Owned by two brothers from Newton, CrossFit RedZone doesn't resemble a typical gym. Instead of treadmills and bench presses, monkey bars stand alongside hanging rings and medicine balls piled like an arsenal of kickballs. Such equipment might seem spare, but that's exactly what CrossFit is about. In each class, coaches challenge students' bodies in a rotating array of workouts, incorporating everything from kettle bells and crates to obstacles in the parking lot. As adults learn to redefine their physical limitations, kids' classes take into account children's unique physical and mental development to create workouts that prepare them for a lifetime of healthy habits such as bench-pressing broccoli stalks.
Mitzi and Molly's became friends on the sidelines of soccer and baseball fields, where their young sons played together. After frequent conversations, they became fitness buddies, and eventually decided to start a studio together to host their favorite activity, cycling.
The duo built CycleINPlace to feature tiers of state-of-the-art cycles with flywheels, arranged into stadium-like rows around the instructor's stage. A powerful sound system pumps energetic beats into the room at high volume to motivate cyclists. Driven by the music and the instructor's coaching, students conduct sprints, hill climbs, and intervals that alternate intense speed and intense conversations with an imaginary hiker.
During Krav Maga classes, fancy rules and poses are obsolete. Designed by the Israeli Defense Forces, the self-defense program teaches its students street-effective techniques for warding off attackers and overly agressive raindrops. Krav Maga is just one avenue toward a healthier lifestyle offered at Tribury Karate & Fitness, a 3,000-square foot, family-oriented facility. Owner, master black belt, and 30-year martial arts veteran Sharon Strobel oversees the facility's operations, setting a welcoming, gentle vibe in the process. For some classes, Master Strobel turns the teaching duties over to her team of instructors, who lead students through sessions of yoga, Zumba, and cardio kickboxing.
At Steve DeMasco's Shaolin Studios, Grandmaster DeMasco and his staff of instructors illuminate students of all ages in the nuances of Martial Arts. Himself a vastly experienced practitioner of Martial Arts, DeMasco specializes in kung fu and teaches his pupils not only the fundamentals of the sport, but also the importance of self-respect, discipline, and not just learning from old kung fu movies. Each instructor here also brings their own high level of cred to their classes. As practitioners of Shaolin martial arts—the ancient predecessor of all martial arts—they're all internationally certified by the Shaolin Temple in China.
Cannon Ridge is a place where students can practice the deadly hand-to-hand combat maneuvers of krav maga in both morning and evening classes with executive protection specialist Chris Petitti. Within this 6,000-square-foot facility, an eclectic crew of trained professionals lead a well-rounded selection of self-defense and fitness classes such as basic and advanced krav maga, cardio, and weapon defense.