The YMCA keeps residents healthy and engaged in more than 10,000 neighborhoods across the country, but it traces its American origins to the streets of 19th-century Boston. Here, Thomas Valentine Sullivan carried on the mission started in London by George Williams: providing affordable recreation and residence to young men from cities and country towns alike. Over the last century and change, the organization's mission changed to keep pace with the evolving times; today, the YMCA of Greater Boston welcomes anyone interested in furthering the causes of "youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility."
This modern mission combines the Y's signature programming with new initiatives designed to keep citizens one step ahead of an ever-changing world. Members stay fit and active with everything from organized sports and fitness classes to lifeguard, CPR, and first aid lessons. But the Y's developmental programs go far beyond bodily strength; their enrichment and leadership courses equip youths with the confidence needed to take charge in their everyday lives, and ESL classes help newcomers to English embark on the next step of their linguistic lives.
Inside Athletic Evolution, a 30,000-square-foot sports complex, seasoned trainers craft fun, customizable workouts from functional movements designed to build strength, stamina, and flexibility. Filled with running, barbell drills, and bodyweight exercises, each small-group class draws inspiration from Olympic events such as track and field, naval warfare, gymnastics, and weightlifting. Abs and arms ripple as students wield kettlebells and climb 25-foot ropes that dangle from the ceiling, and the facility's 65 yards of indoor turf set the stage for sprints, prowler pushes, and impromptu lawnmower races.
Geared towards youthful athletes looking to stay in top form during the off-season, The FieldHouse offers guests a sprawling facility of courts, fields, and gymnasia for all types of sports. Indoor turf allows sluggers to hone their swings and quarterbacks to tighten their spirals, while gleaming hardwood courts echo with the shouts of basketball or volleyball players. Performance sessions focus on more abstract improvement, toning key muscle groups and fine-tuning players' sense of how many times they can give their opponents red cards before being ejected. Adults looking to stay in shape can take advantage of the center's group classes, burning off pounds in exercises inspired by the facility's sports training.
Athletic Republic Kingston's experienced trainers utilize science-based training to offer athletes an edge in a variety of sports. Their programs encompass baseball and fast-pitch softball, basketball, football, hockey, and more, as they strive to help athletes jump higher and run faster with video comparisons and individualized training. The facility also offers group, semiprivate, and private cross-fitness training programs with certified instructors.