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.
Sometimes, conquering a physical challenge requires more than just strength, it demands complete mental focus?especially when that challenge is learning how to throw MMA punches or muay thai strikes like a pro. The trainers at BrawlHouse know this well, which is why they've worked hard to create a supportive, distraction-free community where clients of all genders and ages can work to achieve their goals. The gym's fighting and fitness programs are designed to challenge minds and bodies at the same time, like a game of chess played in quicksand. Examples include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, which teaches the basics of submission grappling, SSF Elite, which fuses Pilates and yoga into one core-strengthening workout, and plyo-boot camp, which invokes high-intensity jump-training exercises.
The staff at Mind Body Spirit Enterprises, LLC recognizes each client as unique and enlists equally varied tools to help propel them toward fitness. The cache of equipment includes the Pilates Reformer machine—a sliding bench that puts gentle resistance against the body during long, slow moves—and a Gyrotonic pulley tower stands out as the most unusual member, much like that congressman who refuses to wear shoes. Designed with the human form in mind, the tower aids exercisers as they perform strengthening spirals, twists, and undulating movements that evoke dancing or swimming. Though the tower is used in a one-on-one setting, they also offer Pilates Reformer and Gyrokinesis group classes.
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.