Kismet Wellness Center's staff creates a community where spa services and group exercise combine to help health-seekers achieve wellness. The prudent therapists combine diverse massage techniques such as deep tissue, Swedish and hot stone to personalize each body’s treatment. Reflections retreat before a bipedal onslaught in the kickboxing class and hips roll and bounce through the Latin-dance workout of a Zumba session, which adds subtle hints of Latin flavor to a workout without using vats of salsa for resistance. Test abdominal endurance through Pilates pumping or stretch sinews along bones in a yoga class.
At Vivo Fencing Club, a trio of decorated Hungarian coaches share their wisdom and expertise with beginner-through-elite-level fencers. Head coach Arpad "Arpi" Horvath has been involved in the sport since 1989, later going on to become a two-time NCAA champion during his time at St. John's University in New York. Today, Arpi and his fellow coaches rely on the Hungarian fencing approach—which focuses on the whole fencer—to teach students of all ages and abilities. They offer classes for students as young as six, allowing youngsters a chance to gain discipline and develop useful skills while their friends are still struggling with the mountains of paperwork that come with running a lemonade stand.
At a young age, Irish-born Louise Comerford was enraptured by the Emerald Isle's style of dance. That love has blossomed into a dance career of more than 20 years, during which Louise has won championships in the fast footwork of irish dance and trained in a plethora of other styles. At Miss Louise's School of Dance, she teaches irish stepping along with a host of other styles, including ballet, tap, and hip-hop, to dancers as young as 2. Louise also offers youngsters chances to shine in occasional performances and recitals.
With five distinct courses etched into the New England countryside, Sterling Golf Management promotes pin-hunting recreation for Boston-area golfers of all abilities. The longest and most difficult of the five, The Shattuck Golf Club's 18-hole course kicks off with a 409-yard par 4 where players hack their way toward a green that is visually wreathed by the rising red rocks of Mount Monadnock, setting the tone for a scenic, 6,764-yard round. Groves of trees ensconce the fairways and barter over carbon dioxide at Norwood Country Club's recently renovated course, a relatively flat layout characterized by smallish greens and flanked by a lighted driving range. Designed in 1921 in the Donald Ross tradition is Maynard Golf Course, a picturesque par 70, 9-hole course with a full-service clubhouse. The same sylvan makeup returns at Newton Commonwealth's course, where lush tree lines cast shadows over a creek as it snakes across the fairways of seven holes. Rounding out the grassy quartet, Chelmsford's nine-hole course takes golfers careening across 2,467 yards of narrow fairways, placing straight drives or skilled golf ball pilots at a premium.
Treadmills, stationary bikes, weights, stair-climbers—most gyms are packed with equipment just like this. What makes Elite Fitness Center unique is that every membership also comes with a team of certified trainers who help each person get the most out of each workout. To begin, trainers assess personal fitness levels and use that data to apply the best methods for losing weight, improving stamina, and building enough muscle to open any jar. Their customized programs achieve that through cardio and resistance training as well as in-depth nutritional counseling. Elite also hosts kickboxing and karate classes, giving participants several group-oriented approaches to fitness.
Owners Brian and Teena Veth call on their skills as former gymnasts and cheerleaders as well as current parents to safely introduce kids to the world of gymnastics and circus arts. Their energetic instructors help children to learn social and listening skills while teaching them coordination, strength, and flexibility. Instructors encourage students to move at their own pace while bouncing atop trampolines, deftly crossing balance beams, and somersaulting across cushy floor mats. Parents look on from an open seating area, offering words of encouragement or quotes on spiritual balance from Confucius.
Fall, winter, and spring classes are organized by age group and often feature seasonally themed lesson plans. In addition to summer camps, where kids stay busy with creative games and activities, the center also hosts birthday parties and special events.