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.
As a trained dancer since age 5, it?s not surprising that Zumba Jammer-certified Ali Struyk eventually gravitated toward Zumba, a dance-fitness hybrid that helped her shed pounds after the birth of her child. Zumba integrates dance styles such as salsa, hip-hop, and rumba to upbeat Latin rhythms, simultaneously burning calories, strengthening muscles, and boosting energy levels without resorting to witchcraft. Students follow the freeform routines to the best of their ability, which allows participants of varying experience levels to bust a move in the same class.
Bob and Marie Clemente opened Midtown Family Fitness & Racquetball Club in 1999. The fitness haven houses more than 80 pieces of cardio equipment along with saunas in the locker rooms and a range of fitness classes that includes yoga, barre, and Pilates. Moreover, racquetball and basketball players can hit the convertible racquetball/basketball court to invent a new game that might involve spinning a racquet on the tip of your finger. Racquetball is available for individuals who are 8 years of age and older, but all skill levels are welcome.
DanceFit hosts a wide variety of options for gals of all ages and abilities, from little girls pulling on ballet slippers for the first time to ladies burned out from attending too many repetitive gym workouts. Leading pre-ballet for kids as young as 18 months, the studio's instructors instill the foundations of coordination, dance vocabulary, and body awareness to set the tone for a series of more advanced classes. Dance-fitness sessions such as the barre-based BalletFit and latin-dance-infused Zumba motivate adults to trim down and tone up, and yoga classes help guests lengthen and strengthen their bodies while relieving stress. The Natick location also offers Hot Barre, which is Barre conducted in a 90 degree room.
To further alleviate life's worries, the studio offers virtual classes via Skype, helping patrons more conveniently fit a workout into a hectic schedule. These sessions are held throughout the day, and allow patrons to hit their yoga mats in the comforts of their own homes or sculpt rock-hard abs in their office's supply closet.
Blackstone Valley Fitness encompasses 7,000 square feet devoted to improving the way clients look and feel. A fleet of group fitness classes provide a supportive environment while people sweat through Zumba, kickboxing, and boot-camp workouts. For a slower-paced workout, the gym offers yoga and Pilates classes, while trainers customize workouts for clients during personal-training sessions. And six days a week, parents can leave their kids and houseplants with staff members during complimentary childcare hours while they exercise. Beyond fitness, the facility offers tanning services in a bed or booth, and massages using sports, Swedish, and deep-tissue techniques.
After overcoming childhood obesity, Julia Walderzak decided to introduce noncompetitive fitness to a whole new generation at H2K Happy Healthy Kids Fitness Studio. Within the 1,500-square-foot space, Julia's team of instructors leads kids as young as 3 in age-tailored Zumba, yoga, and kickboxing classes. Parents can enjoy complimentary coffee, tea, and WiFi in the cozy lounge, or join in on the fitness fun during adult Zumba and kickboxing classes or sessions of Mommy and Me, prenatal, and Vinyasa yoga.