Lunges while holding kettlebells, jumping pull-ups, handstands, and games of catch with medicine balls—these are a few of the ever-changing exercises that comprise CrossFit’s daily workouts. Trainers mix up routines to ensure clients avoid the boredom of that can set in from repeated exercise and use functional movements, such as pushing and lifting, to prep participants for all physical activities. The mix of explosive exercises and everyday motions works every muscle group, enhancing power, speed, and agility.
Pure Fitness (formerly known as Powerhouse Fitness and still owned by Scott and Nikki Holland) has a full roster of certified personal trainers and seasoned group-fitness instructors who guide exercisers to physical peaks, building strong muscles and healthy lifestyles. The workout room helps guests to slim down their silhouettes with new exercise equipment, including calorie-torching cardio machines and dumbbells perfect for toning biceps or hurling at cardboard cutouts of Charles Atlas. There's also a recently added athletic-training center.
Group classes range from Les Mills dance aerobics to CrossFit functional training, which strengthens sinews with Olympic lifting drills and gymnastics-inspired bodyweight exercises. A juice bar replenishes vitamins and minerals, and saunas banish stress with warm, dry air. To help parents squeeze exercise into busy schedules, the gym offers childcare services seven days a week.
During her 15-year career in the health and fitness industry, Krave founder Leah Santello has created therapeutic diets at the Jewish Healthcare Center and has served as a nutrition consultant for Jenny Craig. She now leads more than 40 group fitness classes a week at her own personal wellness studio. Leah leads her sessions within a spacious practice space characterized by brick walls, hardwood flooring, and wood beams that brace a ceiling with sufficient clearance for Andre the Giant. In addition to teaching group sessions, Leah designs custom wellness programs that incorporate personal training and nutrition counseling.
Dance Soul Motion’s class roster may be succinct, but that doesn’t mean it lacks variety. For yogis, Vinyasa and deep-stretch yoga offer traditional practices, and Vinyasa Beats speeds up asanas for a more challenging routine. Pilates classes take the form of traditional bending atop a mat or Core Connection, which mixes parts of Pilates and yoga to target the core. And there’s also Zumba, a fun, fast-paced class rooted in dance.
Blackstone Valley's founder and licensed massage therapist, Kimberley Bangma, purges physiques of deeply rooted pain with massage services and more than a decade of experience, during which she has expanded her wellness empire to a 7,000-square-foot fitness center. Kimberley's agile fingers triumph over bodies as stiff as a stern judge's mohawk during deep-tissue massages, untying knotted muscles and taking down soreness with direct pressure and mobilization, a rhythmic artistry that slowly stretches and kneads joints' connective tissues. During relaxing Swedish massages, a lighter touch eases the troubled minds of muscles, reducing stress and weariness caused by outrunning swarms of land sharks. Blackstone Valley is open seven days a week, and baby-sitting services are available to parents.