The noises and stressors of the day melt away as students find peace and quiet inside H.Y.P. Studio’s intimate workout areas. Small groups of no more than five participants gather for Pilates classes that use specialized equipment to build lithe muscles and abdominal strength. BarSculpt classes incorporate mats, weights, bands, and ballet barres to create a low-impact workout that targets fat in common problem areas along the legs, arms, and torso. Inside the yoga studios, a custom-designed heating system maintains an ideal balance of heat, humidity, and fresh oxygen, and the floors are constructed out of an antimicrobial material that prevents germs and charkas from getting trapped under the surface. Classes are held from as early as 5:45 a.m. to as late as 7.45 p.m., and students can use private shower and changing areas to get ready before and after sessions.
Wellesley Body in Motion was originally founded in 2000 as a Pilates studio, but it has since expanded. Today, instructors help their clients power through weight-loss plateaus with two unique full-body workouts: Barfusion and Pilates. Whereas Barfusion blends ballet-barre work, Pilates, weightlifting, and flexibility training for students at different points in their fitness journey, Pilates takes a slightly different approach. It relies on Pilates towers, reformers, chairs, barrels, or mats to ease the rigor of strengthening movements.
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Focusing on the respiration-synchronized motions of Vinyasa flow yoga, the certified instructors of Yogaspot host their body-buffing classes in a moderate- to high-heat studio. The robust schedule spills over with exercise sessions for students of all skill levels, including advanced PowerFlow Vinyasa, a fast-paced, core-crunching regimen of poses with rapid-fire transitions. Meanwhile, newbie-friendly slow and deep-flow Vinyasa also focuses on cores, but at a slower, more accessible pace for students who, like prize-winning butter sculptures at a county fair, have little experience with yoga. Starting October 5, Yoga for Runners can help track stars and cartoon coyotes relax and recuperate from a week of roadrunner chasing (must preregister). Small class sizes help teachers take a personal approach, and Yogaspot harbors a stable of mats available for rental or permanent adoption.
For almost 20 years, the locally owned and operated Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs have been providing gym goers with a cheerful neighborhood ambience and expansive, immaculate facilities packed with state-of-the-art equipment, including the finest cardio, strength training, and free weights from Precor and Cybex. Whether you pound these machines so that you can one day fight them when they become self-aware or are just craving classes such as yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and spinning, you'll be met by a friendly staff that strives to make your gymsperience a positive one. As a result, you'll love coming back to Beacon Hill Athletic Clubs and never dread the time spent getting your body fitter, faster, and more nudity-compatible.