More than 20 years ago, husband-and-wife bodybuilders Glenn and Lisa Ducharme left the competition circuit to settle down. But for them, settling down didn?t mean ditching the barbells for a desk job. Instead, they fulfilled their dream of opening a fitness center where members could gain the same health benefits that the Ducharmes experienced first-hand during their competitive careers. Today at East Coast Fitness, the couple and their staff of trainers oversee personal-training sessions, group classes, and karate programs for kids and adults.
The team at Clubex Fitness & Nutrition believes that when it comes to diet and exercise, success is a team effort. Thankfully, the trainers host about 30 different group exercise classes every week, ranging from spinning, kickboxing, and Zumba to a Kick Your Butt boot camp. Those looking for a more specialized approach can work one-on-one with personal trainers that help clients design custom exercise plans.
Of course, the facility also allows for clients to exercise on their own. Clubex makes solo workouts easy with its more than 75 pieces of cardio equipment, more than 100 pieces of strength equipment, and about 10 tons of free weights, which keep the gym from blowing away during storms. And if that lengthy list of equipment isn't enough, Clubex also offers boxing and karate rooms, basketball and racquetball courts, and even an outdoor obstacle course that doubles as an auto shop in case you need new tires. Onsite babysitting makes it even easier to enjoy a productive workout, and afterward clients can refuel at the facility's full-service juice bar.
CycleLife Studio's fleet of stationary bikes can set a pace that's comfortable for everyone from recreational cyclists to seasoned triathletes. Though each class's group format lends an air of camaraderie to the proceedings, individual students can adjust their bike's resistance level to ensure a fully customized experience. Set to fun and motivating playlists, the low-impact workouts torch calories and sculpt muscles without ever forcing you to bike by Old Man McGurn's cobwebby mansion again.
When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. MetaBody created a real-life version of that ticket with the MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Drawing on more than a decade of spinning experience, Jody Pugh captains a team of lively instructors at Just Ride!, an indoor cycling studio that was crowned one of Plymouth's best health clubs by the readers of WickedLocal.com in 2011, 2012, and 2013. The quality of the instructors is matched by the fleet of Keiser M3 bikes, each equipped to track cycling stats including revolutions per minute, distance, heart rate, and amount of baseball cards needed to make an authentic motorcycle noise. Atop the stationary two-wheelers, riders of all fitness levels pedal at their own pace during classes.
Technogym equipment and energizing music sets an upbeat tone at LiveLifeBelieve. The team of certified instructors stirs these energetic stimuli into more than 70 scheduled group classes, keeping students engaging cores and limbs during Zumba, body-combat, and body-yoga classes. Dedicated to modern equipment, cycling instructors keep legs pumping the pedals of CycleOps bikes, which simulate outdoor biking with realistic physics and four points of adjustment.
While parents exercise, kids stay safe and busy in the supervised Kid’s Cove play area. After workouts, parents can gather up their kids with one hand while the other two grab a cold drink from the smoothie bar.