Although it’s a sprawling, multi-leveled gym with separate areas for aerobics, cardio machines, and boxing, the folks at Forever Health and Fitness Center strive to cultivate the ambiance of a small neighborhood club. To truly invoke this sense of community, they provide even more than their already impressive lineup of gym amenities, which include 18 diverse group classes, an outdoor floor-hockey rink, and saunas—they also house an on-site hair salon and a full service pub where exercises can toast to a great game in the racquetball courts.
Brick walls. Exposed beams. Rustic wood floors. CrossTrain Fitness’s gym space has all of the trappings of an art gallery or a penthouse loft; instead, serious workouts take place here. Inspired by CrossFit, coaches guide groups of exercisers through a scalable, ever-changing cross-training regimen designed to boost speed, strength, and coordination more safely than sprinting across a tightrope while carrying an anvil in each hand. They also provide one-on-one training and group training, which gives the added benefit of camaraderie and support from friends or family members who also participate.
Flickering candles cast a warm glow over the polished hardwood floors at Hot Yoga Chelmsford, a yoga studio kept heated between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Instructors guide groups through Vinyasa flow classes that strengthen and lengthen muscles while raising heart rates, potentially burning 500 calories per session.
Light streams in through the large and plentiful windows inside Chelmsford Sports Club and Fitness, bouncing off high ceilings, exposed-brick walls, and boxing equipment within the sprawling confines. Here, members take fitness seriously, whether they’re training for upcoming boxing matches or working toward bench-pressing their surly landlords. The club's approach to fitness was established by its founders, all personal trainers who wanted to help their clients surpass their workout goals and change their bodies through individual training sessions and high-intensity group fitness classes.
Harvard Academy of Dance's encouraging movement masters foster dance skills and fitness training in amblers of all ages and agility levels. The three toe-tapping and core-tightening adult class options run on a weekday schedule, allowing participants weekends off to work on their inner six-packs. Customers looking to shed pounds with hip moves can participate in Zumba classes, which combine elements of Latin dance, aerobics, and offshore fishing techniques, and those wishing to expand strength and flexibility can opt for yoga. Alternately, Latin American salsa classes provide a sensual quick-stepping workout perfect for catching the peripherally masked eye of sword-wielding marauders.