At Practice CrossFit, trainers shake bodies out of muscular slumber by leading weight training and cardio exercises from gymnastics and rowing to running and jumping. Exercisers work through routines customized to their experience levels and abilities, ensuring a workout as safe and challenging as a padded Rubik's cube. Practice CrossFit's resident former competitive bodybuilder and college basketball player, Chastity Sloan, runs women through intensive boot-camp classes. The courses focus on aerobic and muscle-building exercises, with demanding workouts that raise heart rates like kidnappers raise ransom rates with demanding lists of demands. The gym holds women-only boot-camp classes Monday and Wednesday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for a schedule of CrossFit classes, which run Monday–Saturday.
At Salsa City Fitness, experienced instructors lead classes that range from upbeat Zumba sessions and booty barre to hip-hop, line dancing, and Piloxing, a combination of Pilates and boxing exercises. High-intensity Tabata sessions helps clients whip their bodies into shape, while Zumba Fitness sessions incorporate additional aerobics into the Latin dance workout.
Concentrating on not-from-concentrate fresh juices, smoothies blended to order, protein shakes, and locally roasted Boston Stoker coffee, Locolicious blends crazy delicious drinks from a full-service thirst-quenching establishment. A liquid mouth-injection of 100% juice ($4) helps cut down on colds, strengthen bones, and improve one’s understanding of Inception, using the pure nectar of carrots, green apples, or fresh oranges. Locolicious can also combine juices into healthy medleys, forming nutritious harmonies such as Viva La Veggie’s ($4.50) mélange of celery, carrots, beets, parsley, and the opening chord from most ’80s training montages.
Sunlight bounces off the glossy, light-gray floors of The Iron Room. In its expansive, warehouse-like space, resistance equipment waits to be brought to life with a grunt from a motivated student. Certified trainers Roger Downing and Sarah Reeves lead these pupils––no matter their current fitness level––through boot-camp-style classes that use exercises targeting specific muscle groups, which change daily. For example, a workout that focuses on the back includes the use of rings and battle ropes interspersed with high-intensity aerobics. When no class is in session, the students arrive to use the training equipment at their leisure.
Team 2 Sweat's dedicated trainers believe that the path to fitness is a journey that spans the mental, physical, and spiritual realms. They strive to build healthy, sustainable practices in their students as they create a fitness-minded community that tackles obesity and harmful habits head-on. During each class, they overhaul unhealthy lifestyles with aerobics, boxing, cardio, and self-defense, leading students through 16 exercise stations in varying levels of intensity. The class ends with a cooldown before a short prayer and meditation session to balance the mind.
Students as young as 4 embark on a journey at TNT Midwest Martial Arts Inc. that fosters self-discipline, respect, and an innate sense to karate chop their way through every door. Classes teach high kicks, swift punches, and other self-defense skills.