Equipment: Benches, weights, bands, equalizers, steps, ropes
Students Should Bring: mats, water, towels
Average Class Length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class Location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration Required: No
Good for Beginners: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Josette Puig, co-owner of GetJosette Fitness Studio, admits that hitting the gym for an hour is not what makes a difference when it comes to losing weight—it's really what you eat, when you eat, and how often you eat. That's why her fitness studio's members get access to nutrition education, including nutrition plans, clean-eating recipes, and simple rules to follow, including picking out two days a week when you get to make yourself a dessert or sneak a bite from your co-worker's ice cream cone. Josette believes that healthy food is the key to burning fat, building muscle, enhancing energy, and improving sleep.
Once patrons properly fuel their bodies, they can blast calories in fitness classes such as Insanity, which relies on long bursts of maximum-intensity exercises and short periods of rest to chisel bodies, and Body Barre classes, which use ballet barre moves and heart-pumping music to sculpt muscles.
You'll feel great after working the machines at Ashland's Crossfit Synergistics.
Make the trip to this gym even more savory with a visit to their fine restaurant.
This gym is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along.
Word has it that a personal trainer can speed up your expected results. Stop waiting around for a difference and sign up for a session today.
Don't forget about strength training--and you won't when you take advantage of a great cross fit program.
Indulge in a total body workout with one of these kickboxing classes and leave feeling and looking your best.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
Every Body Balance has 2 great Southborough locations, on Boston Road (Route 30) near the reservoir, and on Route 85 just south of Route 9. Both are conveniently close to Route 495 and the Mass Turnpike. The Cordaville Road location is perfect for larger Spin, Boot Camp, Core Fitness, Zumba and Turbo Kick classes.
Cofounders Jill Tomich and Peter Lavelle had both been active in the fitness world before they opened Ultimate Bootcamp in 2004. Jill threw her energies into boxing, ballet, yoga, and blogging for a wedding diet-and-fitness website, and Peter, a native Irishman, was a triathlete. In all his pursuits, Peter adhered to the motto "We're not here for a long time—we're here for a good time."
This credo infuses all of the boot-camp programs. Campers from all across the fitness spectrum find accommodation as the workouts meet them close to home. Trainers never push too far, but always challenge. An energetic mix of outdoor-resistance and interval training layers patrons in svelte muscle, builds strength, and burns calories to promote weight loss more effectively than a rice cake's PR agent. Far from the stereotypical idea of a boot camp, encouragement and support roll in from instructors who foster cooperation and camaraderie between fellow boot campers.
As one of the area's leading boxing gyms, Bancroft Boxing posts some impressive numbers. Read on to learn about a few.
Bancroft has a full complement of treadmills, rowers, ellipticals and bikes, as well as free weights and strength training machines.
The 7,400-square-foot gym features plenty of cardio and weight machines, plus 2 boxing rings, including a 20-foot elevated ring.
Bancroft's 2 specialties are boxing and personal training. The former comes in 5 varieties, including private lessons, boot-camp sessions, and women's, youth, and coed classes.
The founder, Jared, has more than 10 years of fitness and martial-arts experience, and is joined by 3 other trainers.
Equipment: Poles, hoops, weights, yoga mats, yoga blocks, and more
Students should bring: shorts, tank tops, water
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Tobin Edmunds does pole fitness to stay in shape, to help other women change their lives, and, occasionally, to give back to charity. And she loves what she does. In fact, her fun-loving attitude netted her the most audience donations at the charity event Poles for Paws. At Love Pole Fitness, she strives to help other women find joy in life through pole fitness and other sassy classes.
Tobin and her fellow instructors teach students how to twirl around a pole, perform sultry chair dances, and create undulating belly-dance movements. They also help sculpt bodies in pole classes designed to build strength and endurance.
Tobin knows her fitness classes—really, any exercise in general—can be tough. She says, "Making changes can be challenging," but adds that it's important to remember the mantra "if at first you don't succeed, try again." She credits her studio's "supportive family atmosphere" for helping women overcome their fitness hurdles and successfully trade slow-cooker recipes.