Originally founded more than 45 years ago, Gold's Gym promotes a results-oriented approach to personal fitness, chiseling bodies into shape with a variety of one-hour group classes. Customers can sweat socially in a low-impact cycling class, in which instructors guide students through bike-bound sprints and climbs across multiple simulated terrain types, or dance off the pounds to a Latin beat in Zumba. The BodyPump barbell class sets weight-room exercises such as squats, presses, and curls to music to make muscles burn with satisfaction, like an insult uttered from the lips of a sarcastic fire swallower. PiYo and FusionFlow mix yoga, Pilates, and other fitness disciplines, while students in High-Intensity Interval Training focus on burning fat by stimulating muscle confusion, similar to taking a midterm exam on the first day of anatomy class
At X-Scape Fitness, Maria Pereira McCullah uses her Zumba license to teach fun, energetic classes that combine dance and fitness. She teaches basic Zumba, which uses upbeat Latin-themed music to inspire clients as they perform dance routines designed to help them burn calories. She also leads yoga sessions, kids' fitness ZumbAtomic classes, Zumba Toning classes that use toning sticks to help boost strength and tone the body, and Zumba Sentao classes that use chairs to help improve strength and muscle definition.
True to its name, Stick Sports focuses on athletics that use some kind of staff, from lacrosse to hockey. But their facilities also house soccer games and rigorous dodge-ball games, as well as overall fitness camps for kids.
Dance Amore's chief instructor Deborah Loomis has been performing for more than 20 years, boasting a resumè that includes acting, dancing, and singing with the Massachusetts Allstate Choir and taking to the stage as a female lead in Bye Bye Birdie. At Dance Amore, she puts this experience to use helping children and adults alike tap into their melodious side through an eclectic curriculum. Her dance classes cover tap, ballet, jazz, and hip-hop for different age groups atop Harlequin floors. She also translates choreography into calorie-busting workouts with Zumba programs. At sessions for toddlers, she encourages freeform movement and the development of motor skills, outlining dance's foremost basics, such as refraining from repeatedly hitting the speakers to find the music inside.
Deborah guides pupils in the process of making their own music, as well. She oversees beginner's flute, piano, and voice lessons that set the stage for future practice. Parents and loved ones keep abreast of their children's progress by attending yearly recitals, where each student showcases their burgeoning talent.
Equipment: Stability balls, yoga mats, free weights, agility ladders, jump ropes
Students should bring: Towel, bottle of water
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: We have a smoothie bar on-site, so you can order a beverage before or after your workout.
Q&A with Shoshana Porter, Owner
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We have monthly challenges that keeps our clients engaged. We also run workshops that help to prepare our clients for a lifelong health journey. Our approach is holistic in that it includes physical, spiritual and nutritional fitness and caters to the entire family.
At Darly’s Dance & Fitness classes promise more than just improved technique—they offer the opportunity to get fit without the rigid guidelines of a typical workout. In fact, classes such as Zumba, African dance, and modern dance all emphasize fun as much as grace. The class schedule also includes ballet, lyrical, jazz, and other dance classes available to kids as young as 4, as well as adults.