Courtney and Corey Nappa complement each other?s skill sets well. Courtney has a wealth of business experience and a passion for beauty, and Corey has years under his belt as a personal trainer and fitness-center manager. They realized that they could combine their skills into an ideal health-club experience, and Ten X Club was born.
On the fitness end of the business, instructors hold group Pilates, yoga, and spin classes. Cardio and weight-lifting rooms feature equipment from manufacturers such as Nautilus and Precor. A kids? playroom keeps tykes entertained while parents shed sweat. On the other end of the spectrum, the sleekly appointed salon features hair services, mani-pedis, and spray-tanning services in a quiet environment, the air perfumed with the scent of hair products. Here, too, members can send their kids to the playroom while they enjoy grownup relaxation time with beautifying services, adult conversation, and the freedom to eat animal crackers any way they choose.
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.
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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.
Tailored to each client, Deanna Flibbert's personal-training sessions are personalized to help participants meet their goals, whether they're trying to lose two pant sizes or get a more toned physique. Since April 2010, she's helmed KYA Boot Camp and Personal Training, where she leads group classes, boot camps, and metabolic conditioning. Group classes are all high-intensity, but also allow participants to move at their own pace during kickboxing, power yoga, or kettlebell classes that tone the core to the envy of apples everywhere.