The trainers at Forever Health and Fitness Center know that walking into a gym and getting started is an intimidating prospect. That's why they offer free, no-obligation consultations, in which they discuss goals and how the individual can achieve them. Once they're sufficiently prepared and motivated, exercisers have a huge range of equipment and activities to choose from. Basketball, racquetball, and street hockey occupy the competitive, while indoor cycling and classes like Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing have an instructor to guide participants.
Perhaps what sets Drive Health & Fitness apart is its trio of owners: they include a personal trainer and nutritional consultant, a doctor specializing in obesity prevention, and Nick Groff, a paranormal investigator on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures. Or maybe what sets Drive apart is the fact that members can access the equipment 24 hours a day. Those who prefer to work out in groups can opt for fitness classes or yoga sessions, and personal trainees work with trainers who each have at least 10 years' experience.
Maybe what draws some exercisers are the club's amenities, such as the dry saunas, glass-walled showers, juice bar, and onsite childcare. Whatever guests like most about it, they enter Drive Health & Fitness to find a laser focus on health and a sea of smiling faces ready to help them meet their goals.
For Amy Cieslik, indoor cycling began as a practical means to train for triathlons during Boston's long, cold winters, and she worked hard to perfect her form atop the bike. Her cofounder and fellow triathlete, Jason Mena, has always seen fitness and exercise as a path that leads directly toward well-being in its myriad forms. Together, they formed Spoke, combining their enthusiasm to create an environment that suits all types of spinners, from beginners to people whose feet have built-in cycling cleats. Classes focus on proper technique to get started, then transition into heart-pumping workouts set to high-intensity music. Amy and Jason also offer something a little different with themed rides, such as special holiday rides or throw-back soundtracks.
A bachelor's degree in exercise science. An associate's degree in health and fitness. An association with the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Dan Fyfe's résumé speaks for itself, and the fitness expert draws on his experience at Fyfe Training, his private fitness studio. Dan trains clients individually and in small groups, and he specializes in areas such as injury rehabilitation and strength conditioning. He also leads group classes such as X-Conditioning, a full-body workout that might incorporate elements of running, cycling, body-weight exercises, and smiling.
Students should bring: A yoga mat; we have some you can borrow if you do not own one.
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: These classes are for all levels. They have been described as challenging, fun, and very relaxing.
The trainers at Art of Strength eschew newfangled machines. Instead, they employ only fitness tools that have stood the test of time: weight balls, ropes, logs, sandbags, and boxes. Undulation training with heavy ropes challenges strength and endurance, and kettlebells work the body as a whole and torch calories. Instructors also employ vintage progression weight-training exercises, which leave patrons as strong as ancient warriors or the guys who had to push ancient warriors’ strollers.