Started in 1961 by Dr. Stanley Pearle, this nationally recognized and trusted eye-care center now operates in nearly 800 company and franchise locations nationwide. The master visionaries at Pearle are well-trained in assisting all bespectacled beings, from casual librarians to picky, temperamental Cyclopes. They'll help navigate a nearly endless array of sight-enhancing options: house lines of simple, durable frames and lenses, designer frames from Versace and DKNY, prescription Ray-Ban shades, and contact lenses to suit the chemistry of even sensitive sets of eyes.
Although it’s a sprawling, multi-leveled gym with separate areas for aerobics, cardio machines, and boxing, the folks at Forever Health and Fitness Center strive to cultivate the ambiance of a small neighborhood club. To truly invoke this sense of community, they provide even more than their already impressive lineup of gym amenities, which include 18 diverse group classes, an outdoor floor-hockey rink, and saunas—they also house an on-site hair salon and a full service pub where exercises can toast to a great game in the racquetball courts.
Brick walls. Exposed beams. Rustic wood floors. CrossTrain Fitness’s gym space has all of the trappings of an art gallery or a penthouse loft; instead, serious workouts take place here. Inspired by CrossFit, coaches guide groups of exercisers through a scalable, ever-changing cross-training regimen designed to boost speed, strength, and coordination more safely than sprinting across a tightrope while carrying an anvil in each hand. They also provide one-on-one training and group training, which gives the added benefit of camaraderie and support from friends or family members who also participate.
At It's Personal Fitness, a team of coaches and personal trainers helps fitness newcomers and seasoned athletes alike strive for their goals. Guests can seek one-on-one instruction in personal-training sessions or join group classes in a diverse array of styles, including boot camp, strength training, core conditioning, kickboxing, and high-intensity interval training.
Flickering candles cast a warm glow over the polished hardwood floors at Hot Yoga Chelmsford, a yoga studio kept heated between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Instructors guide groups through Vinyasa flow classes that strengthen and lengthen muscles while raising heart rates, potentially burning 500 calories per session.
When Brandy Hill opened her own studio, she named it after the banyan tree. This massive plant supports itself by perpetually extending new branches and roots—a quality that symbolizes eternal life in Hindu mythology. At Banyan Tree Yoga, she and her team of seasoned instructors hope to give students a sanctuary where they can put down roots and find balance through yoga, during a range of classes that range from therapeutic yin and restorative classes to strength building Vinyasa sessions.
Inside a spacious studio equipped with yoga blocks, a children's play area, and cubby holes for hermit-crab poses, yogis and their progeny can bond during Mommy and Me yoga, and moms-to-be can offload some of the muscular tension that comes from carrying an littlun in Prenatal classes.