At Fit Lifestyle Studios and Move Fitness, dedicated instructors impart knowledge during spinning, Pilates, dance, and other group fitness classes to shed pounds and improve cardiovascular health. During spinning classes, a small class size of no more than 18 students ensures individual attention from the instructors, who have all received certification from Mad Dogg Athletics. Students of all levels may attend spinning classes with full water bottles in hand, sparing them the trouble of biking to nearby creeks or fire stations. To get the most out of each 45-minute class, students are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early to meet and greet their stationary steed.
Influenced by dance trends from Europe to Latin America, the staff at SuperShag Dance Studios splits its time between three Boston-area spaces filled with dancing poles, yoga mats, and custom sound systems. Founder Chris Johnston—who won several amateur Latin dance championships as a kid in Ireland and was named a World Class adjudicator by the National Dance Council of America—carefully amassed his talented troupe of teachers from dance schools around the world and from Fred Astaire’s botched attempts to clone himself. During private and group lessons, they spice up Latin-, ballroom-, and pole-dance numbers with an urban twist heavily influenced by British Dancesport, and ready students for competitions.
The Athletic Club, located in a renovated warehouse at 653 Summer, has a variety of weight loss options beyond standard workout machines. Consult with their staff dietician about your unfortunate lard-only diet, and she can guide you towards the in-house restaurant for some healthy alternatives. Da Club (as it's known by clever patrons) offers classes like “Group Kick” (martial arts and boxing), yoga, pilates, cycling classes, and the non-ancient art of “Zumba”— a Latin/Merengue/Reggaeton dance-fitness fusion, or the new millennium’s answer to the 90s sensation of “Cardio Funk”. Lovers of both fitness and dismemberment can partake in a “Legs, Butts and Guts” toning class.
We are basically a "neighborhood Hatha Yoga studio." All of our classes and each of our teachers have a "common thread" feel to them as a whole - a warm room, but reasonable temperature and humidity level, plenty of oxygen to breath, an emphasis on alignment and breath and reasonably paced vinyasa are included.
Many years ago, Frankie Boyer saw an advertisement for art classes that read “You Too Can Paint.” Why not give it a try, she thought, and enrolled. She was hooked after the very first class. To this day, Frankie still has a great passion for painting, an activity that fills her with a sense of joy and calm. It was this same passion that led her to open her own chapter of Matisse & Merlot in the hopes of hooking other artists.
Led by a pair of professional artists―French-born Jean-Pierre and Carolyn, a native Bostonian―painting classes from Matisse & Merlot Boston equip budding artists with everything they need to recreate popular paintings on their own canvases. Held at venues throughout the city, the classes include the necessary brushes and paints.
North End Yoga creates a supportive atmosphere where attentive instructors draw on international experience studying the art of limb-bending. Classes put students on the path to greater flexibility with Hatha yoga techniques, a traditional style that employs focused poses and breathing to improve core strength and Magic Eye-decoding ability. Vinyasa classes guide pupils of all levels through a sequence of moves to create a harmonious balance of physical and mental states. During Mysore Ashtanga sessions, groups of students explore at their own pace during pose-holding jam sessions, practicing orders of positions with teachers selecting individual adjustments and instructions. Men and women attend Pilates and Pilates Fusion classes designed to develop strength without gaining bulky muscle mass, and expectant mothers take prenatal classes to find internal balance, ensuring babies aren't born with uneven shoe sizes.