CrossFit 781 looks more like a gentrified hangar than a gym—there are ropes dangling from the ceiling and heavy objects pinned to the matted 6,000-square-foot floor—but the space is ideal for CrossFit’s workout of the day. Led by co-owner Jason Brown or Danielle Bjorkman or their staff of fellow CrossFit Level 1 coaches, each workout includes a daily series of functional exercises such as pull-ups, push-ups, or flipping oversized tires that are to be completed as quickly and intensely as possible while maintaining proper form.
Average class length: 60?90 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Please arrive 10?15 minutes early to allow enough time for check-in.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Not understanding how exercise and proper eating affects their physical and emotional well-being.
Sweating to the oldies is acceptable, but sweating to the blues less so. Do you find that certain styles and genres of music generate more intense workouts?
Yes. Music with an upbeat rhythm and tone generates more intense workouts. However, when we look to become grounded and balanced through yoga, meditation, or reiki, we incorporate softer and more calming music to help us let go of our stress and find our bliss.
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I often hear people mistakenly say that the can't take a yoga or fitness class because they aren't flexible enough or they're not fit enough. That's akin to someone saying they can't go to the doctor because they're not feeling well enough. Feeling sick is exactly why we go to the doctor, and in the same way, not being flexible or fit are great reasons to take a yoga or fitness class.
Yoga students seeking a new challenge can find it in paddleboard yoga at SUP YO. The classes?which take place atop standup paddleboards in local harbors?require greater concentration and coordination than onshore classes, whose students don't have to deal with waves or shouting Poseidons. Keeping with the yoga-in-nature theme, SUP YO also organizes yoga hikes through Mount Washington Valley and yoga retreats in White Mountain National Forest.
To help women achieve their fitness goals, the certified personal trainers at Get In Shape For Women focus on four areas: weight training, cardio training, nutrition, and accountability. In small group sessions, trainers modify exercises to suit up to four ladies' fitness levels, beginning by calibrating strength-training sessions—such as free weights, lunges, and squats—to each client's abilities while still ensuring they are challenging themselves. Then comes high-intensity cardio interval-training sessions in which trainers encourage exercisers to achieve optimal results on the treadmill or elliptical.
The trainers supplement the group workouts with nutritional planning centered around the concept of eating six small, balanced meals six days a week. They set aside the seventh day as a "free day" for a bit of indulgence, be it eating a favorite sweet or lusting openly after bacon. To hold their women accountable, trainers talk nutrition on the floor during scheduled appointments, and the ladies' progress toward reaching their goals is measured by trainers each week.
Owner Richard Lanza began Open Doors as a metaphysical healing center and store in 1992, and he carried that healing spirit into the yoga studio he opened in 2003. At Open Doors Yoga Studios, Richard's goal is to create a space where people feel empowered to explore their personal beliefs on a path toward self-healing. Thus, yoga instructors at the studio's numerous locations help practitioners achieve their personal goals through accessible classes, each designed to build core strength while quieting the mind and increasing body awareness. From slow-flow heated classes to unheated Hatha sessions, students can participate in a variety of yoga styles geared toward beginners, more experienced participants, and those who only feel comfortable in a 98-degree room.
American Kempo Karate Academy founder Mark DiNino is an eighth-degree black belt?and a father. In fact, three of his own children train at the academy, meaning the South Shore native shares many of the same hopes and concerns as other parents of AKKA students. But he also understands the benefits children can reap from the academy's program, which since 1995 has improved fitness and increased self-confidence, discipline, and concentration. Of course, kids aren't the only one's who can benefit from a boost in self-esteem, which is why AKKA also offers an adult program, where grownups can achieve similar gains and release stress brought on by their job or lack of homework.