In 1990, Christina Rondeau fell in love. With martial arts, that is. After earning her black belt and competing in amateur karate and martial arts tournaments all over the United States and Europe, Rondeau decided to go pro. She travelled the globe as a member and coach on the USA WAKO kickboxing team, and went on to win the women's lightweight title. Rondeau continued to feed her athletic hunger with a switch to pro boxing and appeared in numerous print media and television shows, including The Maury Povich Show.
Having achieved fame and glory, Rondeau took on a new fight: she wanted to help women and children defend themselves while gaining indomitable confidence. She has authored books, created instructional DVDs, and opened Rondeau?s Kickboxing. The 24/7 gym garnered Rhode Island Monthly?s readers? pick for Best Fitness Center in 2010, due in no small part to its empowering blend of fitness and martial-arts-based classes. Rondeau also promotes safety in her community by participating in events geared towards ending violence toward women and girls and teaching local schoolchildren how to defend themselves or pass a math quiz without using weapons. She also coordinated a box-a-thon to help line the shelves of a Rhode Island food bank.
At RBF Fitness and Nutrition, sweat and stamina are the price of admission for shaping a stronger and healthier body. Kickboxing classes tone muscles and jump-start metabolism, and Elite boot-camp classes include variable workouts such as box jumps, climbing ropes, and working with oversize tractor tires. Trainers also operate Bridal Fit boot camps to prep ladies for their big day, so they can slip into that perfect dress before they ceremoniously deadlift their new spouse.
This high-tech dental-care facility champions gleaming smiles with personalized services from a talented team of doctors and dental hygienists. During the exam and cleaning, a dentist will assess your oral health with a thorough dental exam that screens teeth for cracks, chips, and poor attendance, and the complete battery of x-rays exposes any oral-health issues unseen by the naked eye, such as cavities and microscopic molar-dwelling highwaymen. To finish the prophylactic treatment, the dentist scours and polishes each mouthstone to a pearlescent sheen, removing light discoloration, plaque, and tartar buildup.
Taken at face value, laid-back fitness is an oxymoron. But when distilled into the same philosophy, these three words can put a whole new spin on getting in shape. The brains behind this approach is founder Ryan McGowan, who uses his background in engineering to view fitness through a systematic lens. When designing programs, he and his team take into consideration ancillary factors—mood, surroundings, how strong gravity is that day—and always leave plenty of room for rest and healthy eating between bouts of intense training.
For Ryan, the road to Laid-back Fitness was one of trial and error. Years ago, he bulked up as a college football player; after an injury, he slimmed down and trained for triathlons. Wanting to find that happy medium, Ryan came up with what his facility's website calls a "casual approach to intense training." That approach shines through during sessions of personal training as well as group kettlebell classes, where participants swing, snatch, push, and press their way into better shape. Outside the Laid-back Fitness facility, Ryan also calls on his engineering experience to design and build gyms in the homes of clients.
Inside Serenity Yoga’s calming confines, attentive instructors guide students toward physical fitness and inner peace with the help of ancient poses and mind-focusing exercises. Yogis of all skill levels congregate in group classes, where they work to build community and self-awareness with each stretch, bend, and game of Duck, Duck, Goose. Classes range from gentle, chair-based routines to athletic Vinyasa sessions, where students transition from one pose to the next with balance-challenging movement and concentration-honing breath work. To help new pupils build a strong foundation for future yogic endeavors, teachers spout technique tips and encouraging words. In addition to yoga classes, the studio also hosts soul-stirring events, including meditation workshops, tarot-card readings, and metaphysical fondue parties.
It's tough to make Zumba—a dance-inspired cardio workout set to upbeat music—feel any more festive. Still, the certified instructors at Vital Spark Fitness & Wellness Studio have found a way. They host Night Style Zumba classes, turning on the studio's black lights and donning neon bracelets that outline arms as they wave in time with twirls and steps. Along with Zumba's resonating beats, the experience lends the studio a pumping, nightclub vibe.
Even without black lights and glow sticks, though, the staff strives to make every type of workout an engaging one. The schedule includes more than one take on popular yoga and Pilates techniques, including PiYo and Yogalates. They also lead cardio-kickboxing drills, boot-camp routines, and the interval-training exercises of Tabata.