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.
Home of the Babson College Beavers, and thus naturally formed by a dam made from half-chewed hockey sticks, the frozen expanse of Babson Skating Center provides plenty of space for skaters to etch figure eights in its smooth, glistening surface. Professional instructors impart skills in hockey and figure-skating lessons for all experience levels and ages, and public skating or pickup hockey matches allow students to test their newfound skills. Off the ice, the onsite skate shop's staff sharpens skates and keeps mouth guards, laces, and tape on hand in case hockey coaches need to fix up their injured starting mannequin.
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.
In the early ’70s, Boston-area resident Mike Farny dreamed of creating affordable outdoor recreational activities for his community to enjoy. In May of 1973, Mike set up shop in the MDC Norumbega Police Substation of Newton/Auburndale and began realizing his dream. The location—directly next to the historic Totem Pole Ballroom—perfectly enabled the environmentally friendly practice of canoeing and kayaking. Mike's vision blossomed over the years to include four other locations, each offering rentals, tours, and instruction.
Today, on-staff guides lead tours of the Charles River and Boston Harbor to educate participants in ecosystem conservation, view the skyline and sunset, or explore historic structures. Select trips also include lunch to fuel participants as they navigate difficult waterways and jump through flaming hoops. To prepare customers entering the water for the first time, instructors coach riders of all levels in private or group lessons at the paddling school, which draws on more than 30 years of instructional tradition. Team members also organize paddlers with sufficient experience to compete in Run on the Charles, an annual canoe and kayak race down the river. Staffers can also equip boaters in the shop—where Tiderace and Boréal kayaks hang alongside Tahoe paddleboards and Wenonah canoes, dreaming of one day being the inspiration for a traditional sea chantey. Crew members help clients choose from this selection of new rides and accessories through free daily demonstrations.
Performing yoga can balance the mind and body, but it won’t help save bears at risk for extinction. Unless, of course, if you’re working Spirit Bear Power Yoga. Named after the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition, a non-profit geared towards protecting the snowy white Spirit Bear, the studio simultaneously raises awareness of the animal’s plight while hosting a range of yoga courses led by certified instructors with either 200 or 500 hours of training under their belts.
These nature-minded teachers specialize in heated Vinyasa flow yoga, held in a 95-degree room. The heat, coupled with the graceful poses, works to increase flexibility, deepen stretches, and expose any snowmen secretly masquerading as yogis. Outside their heated sessions, they lead candlelit classes, as well as classes backed by electronica and reggae tunes.
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