Vo2max Elite trains clients in group and private fitness classes, boxing fight clubs, and yoga of all levels. The instructors are equally varied in their backgrounds. There is an athlete who discovered yoga after playing soccer and baseball for years, as well as a music student and a martial-arts expert, many of them with close to a decade of experience. Challenging endurance workouts bring out the best in every client of every level, while Kripalu yoga, a form of hatha yoga, uses slow, even poise to build strength. Sunrise classes leave the body ready to start the day. The selection of yoga classes includes those courses as well as a range of other offerings for patrons of all levels.
Cofounders Jill Tomich and Peter Lavelle had both been active in the fitness world before they opened Ultimate Bootcamp in 2004. Jill threw her energies into boxing, ballet, yoga, and blogging for a wedding diet-and-fitness website, and Peter, a native Irishman, was a triathlete. In all his pursuits, Peter adhered to the motto "We're not here for a long time?we're here for a good time."
This credo infuses all of the boot-camp programs. Campers from all across the fitness spectrum find accommodation as the workouts meet them close to home. Trainers never push too far, but always challenge. An energetic mix of outdoor-resistance and interval training layers patrons in svelte muscle, builds strength, and burns calories to promote weight loss more effectively than a rice cake's PR agent. Far from the stereotypical idea of a boot camp, encouragement and support roll in from instructors who foster cooperation and camaraderie between fellow boot campers.
Don't show up to Common Fitness expecting to see rows of treadmills under fluorescent lights—the company considers that far too boring. Instead, exercisers work out outdoors on the Waltham Common, hauling tires, lifting kettlebells, and forming the poses of Vinyasa Flow yoga under the guidance of certified trainers. The idea is to create a less monotonous workout and also to set a friendly, social tone that in turn makes classes more fun.
Ann Saldi is an expert at exchanging monotony for rhythm in gym routines. Having navigated the dance fitness industry for more than 20 years, she has mastered countless combinations of muscle-building moves and catchy beats, from pole-dancing to hip-hop cardio. She has also taught thousands of aspiring instructors the fundamentals of Zumba as a Zumba Education Specialist, and hosted workout workshops both in and out of the country. All of her experience has enabled her to develop her own signature routines at VaVaVoom Dance & Fitness, including Hip to Strip—a specialty class that blends aerobics and flexibility training with empowering striptease elements.
Ann prizes her studio's non-intimidating atmosphere, welcoming students of all backgrounds to boost their confidence and learn to wave with their bellies during her inventive classes. Private parties accommodate groups of girlfriends, moms, and bachelorettes with lessons on pole and chair work, which are led by accomplished instructors.
The F.I.T.T. Pit's CEO and head fitness coach Andre Thomas leads a team of attentive trainers who help kick-start clients’ exercise programs, no matter their age. In the indoor boot camp for adults, instructors lead workouts and show clients how to stick to a nutrition plan and stay focused on their goals. A course tailored to older adults helps participants stay healthy by building muscle mass, which can ease joint pain and increase metabolism.
Off the Wall Personal Training and Fitness, which has its own private facility within a dance school, offers a range of creative classes and programs, including heart-pumping boot camps and ab workouts to more attentive personal training. During personal-training programs, the staff helps clients formulate a game plan for healthy eating, balanced exercise, and regular body-fat and weight check-ins to keep participants motivated.