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.
Personal trainer Ryan Mandeville, the owner of The Mandeville Method, takes as a synergistic, totally customized approach to fitness. Following what he calls the four facets of health—nutrition, endurance, strength, and flexibility—Ryan tailors fitness plans to each client's body type and goals. Customized programs unlock fitness potential while accounting for injuries, limitations, or weaknesses that may have inhibited past fitness goals. Unlike large-group classes that often become repetitive and ineffective, Ryan's small-group and one-on-one training sessions manage to constantly evolve by pairing fitness trends—such as TRX, kettlebells, battle ropes, Total Gym, and pilates—with new techniques. Because of this, no two clients have the exact same program, just as no two snowflakes exercise the exact same way.
CycleLife Studio's fleet of stationary bikes can set a pace that's comfortable for everyone from recreational cyclists to seasoned triathletes. Though each class's group format lends an air of camaraderie to the proceedings, individual students can adjust their bike's resistance level to ensure a fully customized experience. Set to fun and motivating playlists, the low-impact workouts torch calories and sculpt muscles without ever forcing you to bike by Old Man McGurn's cobwebby mansion again.