Rowing is one of the few exercises that burns calories, works the entire body, and isn't rough on the joints—so it makes sense that it's the only workout that's offered at Power 10 Indoor Rowing Center. Inside this state-of-the-art facility, seasoned coaches teach adults and youths how to row during a range of programs. For obsessional rowers, the facility is also equipped with Concept 2 ergometer machines and a Swingulator, a virtual-race rowing simulator that cannot be won with a little cheat code like Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A, Start.
At CrossFit Gulls, trainer Elliott Laden and his fellow CrossFit Level 1 certified coaches push the accelerator six days a week. They lead clients through CrossFit's intense workout of the day, a continually changing workout consisting of functional exercises that can be performed by nearly anyone, including kids and imaginary friends. Newcomers can prepare for the workout by attending instructional OnRamp classes or scheduling a Bodivis body-composition analysis. Then, on Sunday, after everyone's umpteenth pull-up, pushup, and squat, the staff and their students do what any sane person would do—they rest.
Certified personal trainer Fabrice DeCola founded Body Physics in 2006, and it is his current professional outlet for his ongoing passion for fitness. His experience in the industry covers more than 22 years, going all the way back to a collegiate period when he was nationally recognized for his skill on the wrestling mat. His father, a professional soccer player in Italy, inspired him to succeed at other sports, and a career in business management gave him the market savvy to put his training certifications—earned from NFPT, NASM and AFAA—to use at his own facility. There, he adheres to the Egosque method, which focuses on dispelling imbalances in the muscular and skeletal system. His expertise in yoga, Pilates, and tai chi augments programs to improve posture, and an emphasis on mobility over strength ensures that his clients do not lift cows without first being able to outrun them. Fabrice's highly qualified staff of fellow trainers all contribute to the studio's roster of personalized services. Lessons center on each client's dictated goals and can lead to results such as weight loss or better sports performance. Most regimens incorporate a mix of resistance work, cardio drills, and nutrition advice for a more holistic approach to health than eating your doctor. Group classes can inject camaraderie into calorie-burning workouts, and specialized exercises prep prenatal, postpartum, and injured physiques for rehabilitation.
Owned by two brothers from Newton, CrossFit RedZone doesn't resemble a typical gym. Instead of treadmills and bench presses, monkey bars stand alongside hanging rings and medicine balls piled like an arsenal of kickballs. Such equipment might seem spare, but that's exactly what CrossFit is about. In each class, coaches challenge students' bodies in a rotating array of workouts, incorporating everything from kettle bells and crates to obstacles in the parking lot. As adults learn to redefine their physical limitations, kids' classes take into account children's unique physical and mental development to create workouts that prepare them for a lifetime of healthy habits such as bench-pressing broccoli stalks.
The ground fighting, chokes, and locks of Brazilian jiu jitsu are traditionally associated with the legendary Gracie family—and Soulcraft Brazilian Jiu Jitsu features an instructor who knows the family well. Marcio Stambowsky studied with the family and was one of just a few to earn his black belt in Brazilian jiu jitsu under the tutelage of the late Rolls Gracie. Now a seventh-degree red-and-black belt, Stambowsky and Brazilian jujitsu black belt Brad Wolfson lead a team that instructs students in jiu jitsu and muay thai kickboxing. Youngsters get in on the act as well, with kids' classes that teach self-defense, boost confidence, and demonstrate how to avoid conflicts with that kid at lunch who keeps trying to trade a fat-free Fig Newton for a chocolate-pudding pack.
At CrossFit West Hartford, knowledgeable coaches draw from trainings and disciplines such as MMA fighting and college football to get their students fit and healthy. Instructors work hand-in-hand with each trainee to help them understand the science behind each workout, tailoring exercises to each pupil's abilities, whether high-intensity CrossFit sessions or precise Pilates movements.