Caryn Connarton, owner of Beyond Fitness Pilates Studio, has earned certifications in nearly every fitness fad of the last decade. Though spinning strengthened her quads and aerobics bolstered her endurance, only Pilates delivered full-body results. In her opinion, it's the best form of exercise for people who want to increase their flexibility, improve their posture, and build longer, leaner muscles. At her studio, Connarton and fellow instructors lead group classes that often incorporate several props—BOSU balls build core strength, foam rollers stretch muscles, and rubber chickens tone participants' sense of humor. Instructors also offer private and semiprivate equipment sessions and specialized workouts for specific populations.
Euphoria Wellness Studio offers creatively effective exercise classes to fitness neophytes and fanatics alike. Its talented, committed, laziness-eradicating staff lead group sessions that build muscles, confidence, and confident muscles that shout encouraging catch phrases during workouts. Browse the class schedule and choose from courses including the body-bolstering boot camp, which is as challenging as military boot camp but without the hassle of drills such as the chained picnic table toss or the covered-in-honey beehive smash. Dance-fitness Zumba workouts use salsa, merengue, and reggaeton music to startle long-dormant choreography instincts into dictating your body’s cardio-centric dance routine, while boxing boot camp teaches gloved-punch basics for lethargy fighters of any experience level.
During afternoons at Together in Motion, children, accompanied by their parents, safely crawl through tunnels, practice somersaults, or explore a Parthenon made completely out of padded building blocks atop a cushioned floor. Evenings, however, turn the tables, allowing grownups to take over the space to fling dodgeballs at opponents or rehearse martial arts strikes in time for their kids' Bring Your Ninja to School Day. Weekend nights find thumping dance soundtracks traveling through the rooms, as black-light parties for teens and tweens celebrate birthdays and raise funds for nonprofits.
Though they admit disparate age groups, these classes and events provide a venue for guests to connect through movement. Together in Motion's facility rents its rooms to independent organizations—Social Boston Sports and Arlington Martial Arts among them—that encourage exercise and camaraderie. From the Latin-inspired beats of adult-centric Zumba classes to the musical motor-skill activities of Movin' Groovin' Tots, all of the programs foster both communal support and a healthy sense of self-confidence.
Benefitness Health Club for Women was designed for women by a woman: CC Maher, to be exact, a trainer with more than two decades of experience in the fitness industry. CC doesn't presume to know what women want, though—instead, she has created a flexible gym that can accommodates any gym-goer. Her team's more than 50 classes per week tone physiques with a variety of lean muscle-building modalities. The classes run from early morning to as late as 8 p.m., accommodating both night owls and the early risers who lift the sun off the horizon.
The gym's Nautilus weight machines and supply of free weights, meanwhile, allow for solo workouts. Personal trainers also patrol the floor, motivating patrons through custom one-on-one sessions, while a nutritionist crafts user-friendly diet plans to complement fitness regimens. Meanwhile, the on-site childcare center keeps kids from commandeering treadmills for games of "Flat Rollercoaster."
Babe’s Bootcamp's founder, Kristine Barry, use her skills as a certified yoga instructor, personal trainer, and group-exercise instructor to whip her students into tip-top shape during one-hour total-body workouts. Medford High School's indoor gym, weight room, and outdoor field serve as participants' stomping grounds on weeknights. As Kristine makes use of a variety of exercise techniques, students should bring a water bottle, towel or yoga mat, and pocket-sized personal cheerleader to each class.