As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
An unflagging love for liberty and lithe physiques unites the four fully certified trainers at CrossFit Swarm, who have thrown off the shackles of weight machines in favor of functional, customizable workout plans. A packed schedule of intense classes stimulates multiple muscle groups with nontraditional techniques influenced in equal parts by gymnastics, weight lifting, and gladiatorial lion fighting. Exercises develop strength and agility through multijoint movements that demand the nervous and muscular systems work together synergistically in actions that mimic commonplace activities in life and sports such as swatting away fruit flies.
The supportive, motivational coaching team at CrossFit Westfield leads exercisers into the gritty world of CrossFit, a high-intensity strength and conditioning program used worldwide to train police officers, martial artists, military units, and elite st. bernards. After completing on ramp—a four-session course that teaches newbies CrossFit's nine basic movements—patrons can enlist in regular 45-minute routines, which feature an arsenal of functional movements that mirror everyday actions, such as pulling, pushing, lifting, throwing, and making breakfast.
While it's intense, CrossFit scales to challenge exercisers of all stripes, and Westfield’s instructors can tone down or turn up any workout depending on a person's fitness level. With continued practice, CrossFit participants will see improvement in 10 different fitness categories, including cardiovascular endurance, flexibility, coordination, and agility. Classes are held every day except Sunday (click here for the schedule).
No Body Denied—that’s what the NBD in NBD Training Zone for Women stands for. An offshoot of NBD Fitness in Springfield, the facility was started as a place where ladies could come to transform their lifestyles, improve their physique, or boost their confidence amongst a community of like-minded people. The instructors lead 60 group fitness classes each week, a diverse array of exercise methods that includes everything from TRX and spinning to yoga and Pilates. The Pilates reformer sessions are designated for small groups; if you need some personal attention or are afraid you’ll yell your ATM pin number during exercise, the studio offers private personal training sessions.
Equipment: Kettlebells, dumbbells, bands, battling ropes, medicine balls
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, comfortable workout cloths
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: Just show up ready to train. It's our job to get you in the best shape of your life.
The certified personal trainers at Studio Fit believe that working out can and should be enjoyable, so they aim to “take the ‘work’ out of workout” so their students can maintain a healthy, happy, and fit lifestyle. At their spacious facility, clients can exercise with the personalized attention they need to amp up their routines during personal and group training, as well as indoor cycling and other cardio fitness classes. Studio Fit features an open, sunlit layout, with all the weight training and fitness equipment necessary to build balanced strength in all the areas of the body, unlike crabs, which just do curls with one claw.