Unique Boston Fitness Classes to Shake Off Muscle Fatigue

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Posted May 1, 2013 by Scott Kearnan in Downtown Crossing
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If the notion of another gym day on the treadmill fills you with dread, here are some downtown Boston fitness classes that prove workout routines don’t need to be so routine. Spice up your standard regimen with something different and creative—something that brings you out of a fitness studio or into the latest Hollywood movie. Give these classes a go.

Sports Club/LA: I have to be honest. When I heard the name “Gyrokinesis,” I immediately thought it was referring to some kind of lamb-kebab dish you’d find at the Greek restaurant on the corner. My bad. Apparently, it’s a trendy exercise approach that blends elements of dance and yoga, swimming and tai chi. It involves a flowing series of yoga-like postures, linked together with strength and fluidity, that includes a lot of twisting, turning, and rolling of limbs to lengthen muscles and loosen joints. Sounds like some fitness version of performance art dance, and if you’ve ever seen a dancer’s body—uh, sign me up. It’s available Mondays and Wednesdays.

Ultimare Bootcamp

Up and at ’em. Morning sprints across Boston Common with Ultimate Bootcamp. Photo Curtesy Ultimate Bootcamp.

Ultimate Bootcamp: When it comes to exercise, I’m a morning person. If I don’t go to the gym first thing, before my day starts, I probably never will. Yet, generally speaking, dragging myself out of bed and into the gym sounds about as appealing as waking up and shoving my face into a dirty sock. This is why I’ve loved taking Ultimate Bootcamp. The fitness trainers run drill-filled classes in the middle of Boston Common and its surrounding sidewalks. Although I’ll never be a fan of plank position, I much prefer working my core while breathing crisp morning air and sprawled nose-to-blade with dewy grass. Among Boston fitness classes, this is the rare kind that comes along with the great outdoors, right in downtown.

Boston Sports Club: So, a lot of people I know are really excited for The Great Gatsby movie to come out next month. Really excited. And when I heard there was a “Speakeasy Sweat” class coming to BSC (there’s one in Downtown Crossing), I was excited to don my finest porkpie hat and conquer such a challenge. Starting in May, the Zumba-inspired class will invoke 1920s-style dances: Think the Charleston and Breakaway, and other jazzy moves that your grandmother might have prattled on about when you were a kid. It’s really kind of awesome, and a surefire way to shake off that muffin top. (Which, now that you think about it, would make a great dance name.)

Boston Union Gym: The first rule of fight club is? You do not talk about fight club. The second rule of fight club is? Sorry, but unless there’s an underground culture of crazy-shirt wearing, hipster bare-knuckle boxers I’m not aware of, you’re probably not going to need to know the rules. Those looking for a real-life tussle, though, can check out Brazilian jujitsu classes at the Theatre District’s Boston Union Gym. Learning a self-defense skill while getting a good workout never hurt anybody, plus the focus and discipline martial arts demands is great exercise for addled modern brains. I may join this fight club—so long as pre-millennial frosted hair tips are not a prerequisite for admission.

Indo-Row Equinox

The Indo-Row gets blood pumping during ShockWave classes at Equinox. Photo Curtesy of Equinox.

Equinox: You often hear about new equipment that the fitness industry promises will work miracles on your body. Personally, I’m still waiting for the day they make the gym version of that Family Matters machine that turned Steve Urkel into the oh-so-fly Stefan. Meanwhile, I’ll try the Indo-Row machine, used in the ShockWave class at Equinox (located in the Financial District). ShockWave is circuit training in short, high-intensity bursts. Central to the class is the Indo-Row, which uses water for resistance to give a super-smooth, realistic rowing workout that trains the entire body. (Plenty of other gym gadgets are used, too.) Each class divides into teams for friendly competition—and let’s be honest, it keeps you flexing a little bit harder when you know your pride is on the line.

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