During afternoons at Together in Motion, children, accompanied by their parents, safely crawl through tunnels, practice somersaults, or explore a Parthenon made completely out of padded building blocks atop a cushioned floor. Evenings, however, turn the tables, allowing grownups to take over the space to fling dodgeballs at opponents or rehearse martial arts strikes in time for their kids' Bring Your Ninja to School Day. Weekend nights find thumping dance soundtracks traveling through the rooms, as black-light parties for teens and tweens celebrate birthdays and raise funds for nonprofits.
Though they admit disparate age groups, these classes and events provide a venue for guests to connect through movement. Together in Motion's facility rents its rooms to independent organizations—Social Boston Sports and Arlington Martial Arts among them—that encourage exercise and camaraderie. From the Latin-inspired beats of adult-centric Zumba classes to the musical motor-skill activities of Movin' Groovin' Tots, all of the programs foster both communal support and a healthy sense of self-confidence.
There are more black belts in Mass BJJ's Acton and Arlington studios than even the biggest of Johnny Cash's walk-in closets. Though in this case, they're tied around the waists of expert martial arts trainers, who teach the finer points of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to both kids and adults. This particular martial art form focuses on getting an opponent to the ground, where size doesn't matter and proper fighting technique reigns supreme.
While Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu inspired Mass BJJ's name, it isn't the only discipline taught atop their red padded floors. In fact, the instructors
encourage students to mix different classes to get a well-rounded martial arts education. To that end, they lead kick-boxing, MMA, and general strength-conditioning classes.
Martial arts at Arlington's Zhen Ren Chuan Martial Arts Center is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
While you're enjoying this studio, be sure to check out their amazing restaurant for a tasty meal.
The perfect place to take the kids, this studio won't cost you a sitter.
Sweat and fight your way to your fitness goals with a high-intensity MMA class.
Personal trainers are also available to work with those who prefer an individualized work out regimen.
These kickboxing classes will teach you how to properly use your upper and lower body during self-defense.
After a few weeks of enrolling in a cross fit program, you'll be amazed at how much better you feel!
Parking is plentiful, so guests can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Martial arts at Arlington's Sarah's School Of Martial Arts is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
The doors are open for you at this studio with their people friendly restaurant and great, home-cooked food.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this studio — they'll love the scene here as much as mom and dad.
If you're looking for an effective strength-building and cardio workout, MMA is for you.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Marital arts is a fun activity that will make you stronger in spirit, mind, and body. Check it out today!
In Focus: Bike Stop
Where to test out your new wheels: the 10-mile Minuteman Bikeway, which starts at Alewife Station and cuts through Arlington Reserve, Arlington’s Great Meadows, and Tower Park
Best way to tour the city with a date: All-day rentals of tandem bicycles are available for $75.
Looking to buy? They sell bicycles from brands including Schwinn, Fuji, and KHS.
They rehab bikes, too: The experienced staff offers bike tune-ups, brake repairs, and derailleur installation, among other services.
Shop for shoes, clothing and sporting goods at Sports Etc in Arlington and leave with some great items.
Both street parking and lot parking are available near Sports Etc.
Playing sports is a great way to get in shape. Visit Sports Etc in Arlington today and purchase some new sports gear to get you started.