It’s 2016. What’s your New Year’s Resolution? If you’re like most people in this world, it’s probably to get fit, get healthy and knock off a few pounds. There are an abundance of gym facilities in Boston it’s hard to choose which one to join. Have no fear, Caught in Southie gives you our picks for the places that will help get those abs ripped and those thighs tightened.
C2 Pilates/Beat Barre
The new to Southie C2 Pilates/Beat Barre offers Barre classes in their top of the line studio located in the Cahill building. Designed to lengthen your muscles, Barre is a fusion of pilates, dance, and yoga choreographed to music and done at the ballet barre. This trendy all over work-out will lift your butt, carve your abs and tone your legs and arms. Be prepared to use balls, bands and weights to achieve ultimate results. C2 Pilates also offers group and individual pilates classes. Owner Carolyn Stewart says the benefits of these core fusion workouts is the lengthening and strengthening. “Alternating isolations with big movements is a fast and effective way to reshape your body.” When asked if our butts will look better in our jeans, Carolyn said, “Absolutely. Your butt will look better than ever.” That’s worth it right there. With the addition of POUNDFit, BollyX and Ascent Pole, C2 make working out fun!
C2 Pilates is located at 840 Summer Street. For more information visit http://www.c2pilates.com
Ultimate Self Defense
Maybe your New Year’s Resolution is to become a ninja? Well, with Ultimate Self Defense’s help, you might not be told to ‘sweep the leg,’ but you will be ready to keep fit, have fun, and learn a number of martial arts techniques. With programs ranging from Karate and Cardio MMA to Jujitsu, Ultimate Self Defense instructs students in a number of classes and programs. Prices start at $25 depending on the membership. Kids and teens classes are also offered separately, in case you have any ninjas-in-training.
Ultimate Self Defense is located at 12 B. St, South Boston, MA. Check out their site for more info on class schedules and available programs: http://www.ultimateselfdefense.com/
East Side Yoga and Fitness
Namaste. If you’re looking to stay fit in the most relaxing of ways this coming year, be sure to take a look at East Side Yoga and Fitness. Offering various classes such as ‘Yoga for Athletes,’ ‘Kids and Moms Yoga,’ and even personal training, there are a wide variety of approaches for everybody. ‘Myofascial Trigger Point Yoga,’ or targeting specific muscles, is another highlight of East Side Yoga, where instructors assist students in soothing certain parts of the body and even healing scar tissue. I’m relaxing just thinking about it. With just a $15 drop in rate and affordable unlimited classes falling from $40 for the first few weeks, East Side Yoga is a great place to stretch out all that stress from 2014.
East Side Yoga and Fitness is located at 584 East Broadway in South Boston. To find out more about classes and different yoga techniques, have a look at their website: http://www.east-sideyogaandfitness.com/
Simply Barre totes a wonderful philosophy: “We are far from the standard view that everyone should aspire to the same body shape. Tiny and toned, long and lean or curvy and cut – we are all unique and the Simply Barre technique works for everyone in a targeted and tailored way.” That being said, if you’re looking for a specialized and supportive approach to staying fit this year, check out some of the ballet-inspired classes at Simply Barre. A combination of Pilates, yoga, ballet, and fitness conditioning, you will find a variety of exercises in your workout. Avoiding “repetition of movement” and keeping things interesting, Simply Barre looks to make exercise spontaneous and fun. Classes are priced from as low as $22 per class, and a first month special of $99. They are located at 118 W. Broadway in South Boston.
To see rates and alternative classes available, check out their website at http://simply-barre.com/
Radiant Yoga Boston offers both community classes and some more particular yoga classes using ancient and modern techniques alike. They offer classes such as ‘straight-up flow’ (aka vinyasa), a whole mind body challenge with a focus on breath, alignment, strength, flexibility and connection. Radiant Yoga explains, “Flow helps you break old patterns and improves posture, digestion and mental clarity.” Among their other classes are heated flow and core flow, as well as candlelit flow, which are offered at levels ranging from beginner to advanced. That’s a lot of flow. With so much flow, you’re likely to come back relaxed and ready to go for the New Year. Community classes are only $6 and price per class is $15, and year-long memberships are available. Visit Radiant Yoga at 516 E. 2nd Street in South Boston.
Check out their website at http://radiantyogaboston.com/ for more details and pricing on specific classes or programs.
Boston Athletic Club
The Boston Athletic Club (BAC) has been in Southie since 1973. It first opened up as an eight-court tennis facility, but has since expanded to an exercise recreation center with the latest fitness classes and machines. The BAC caters to Boston professionals and families offering babysitting, birthday parties and teen sessions as well. According to its website, the BAC is the largest and most complete health club in the area with people who have been members for up to ten years. These members become friends in this family-like facility with top-notch classes like Total Body Workout and Triple Threat, which works your arms, legs and abs in one class. The BAC is schedule-friendly with classes early in the morning and evening classes as well.
The BAC is located on 653 Summer Street. For more information visit www.bostonathleticclub.com or call 617-269-4300.
Regan’s Motivated Gym
A local gym favorite, Regan’s has been proving itself as a butt-busting favorite since 2007. Located right on West Broadway Street, Regan’s prides itself on providing education on becoming both physically and mentally fit. The neighborhood gym offers more than 20 classes per week, including Spin, Core Blast, Strength and Conditioning, as well as Cardio Boxing. If you’re looking for an extra boost to blast through that fitness plateau, Regan’s also offers bootcamps three days per week for both members and non-members. Other exercise equipment and free weights are also available for those gym-goers who are just getting started with their new year’s fitness regiment.
Regan’s Motivated Gym is located on 315 West Broadway Street. For more information visit www.regansmotivatedfitness.com or call 617-269-5555.
Engage in a new healthy lifestyle with this innovative fitness program. Do you ever feel like you constantly go to the gym and never get results? CrossFit will help you breakthrough that unyielding fitness plateau with a state-of-the-art core strength and conditioning program. This up-and-coming program “coupled with corrective flexibility techniques, nutritional guidance and ongoing support,” works with shorter, high-intensity workouts. These workouts are constantly changing, giving your body something new every time you hit the gym. The program offers a variety of sessions per week for people of all ages, shapes, sizes and experiences. Not only does CrossFit help you burn fat, but it will help you reach fitness milestones you never thought were possible.
CrossFit Southie is located on 385 Dorchester Avenue, Suite #100. For more information visit www.crossfitsouthie.com or call 617-269-0003.
Peter Welch’s Gym
This boxing gym offers a variety of fighter conditioning and training class for men and women off all ages and experience. Peter Welch’s gym emphasizes the “three Cs: coaching, conditioning and confidence” in a community-type environment. Created by a former Golden Gloves champion, Peter Welch’s Gym is nothing but original and authentic training. According to the website, Peter Welch’s classes are taught by former and current professional coaches who train both amateur and professional boxers and UFC fighters, such as Kenny Florian, Jorge Rivera and Brock Lesnar. Peter Welch’s offers the ultimate boot camp that can help trained athletes and newbies get in the best shape of their lives. Burn calories with this high intensity workout and have fun doing it too!
Peter Welch’s Gym is located on 371 Dorchester Ave. For more information visit www.peterwelchsgym.com or call 617-269-4641.
The Handle Bar
Get ready to pedal your way to lean and mean – think 600 calories in 45 minutes . The Handle Bar, Southie’s first ever indoor cycling studio has opened its doors. Located in the Macallen Building, The Handle Bar houses 30 bikes, a reception area, cubbies for riders, and two restrooms. This high energy, fat-burning workout is a great addition to your fitness routine and is the perfect cure for workout boredom – it’s a party on a bike with a top of the line sound system, mood lighting and motivating instructors.
The Handle Bar is located at 141 Dorchester Ave. For more information visit http://www.handlebarcycling.com/
The Club by George Foreman III
A new workout facility will be opening it’s doors any day now in Southie. The Club by George Foreman III will feature the ultimate workout experience with boxing, weights, mind and body classes plus luxury amenities like an organic juice bar, towel service, ringside pro shop and luxurious locker rooms. Right now The Club is offering a special founding members offer for the first 500 people to sign up. $100 for an open gym membership and $130 for all inclusive. There will be $3 parking available along with on street resident parking as well.
The Club by George Foreman III is located at 15 Channel Center Street. To find out more visit www.everybodyfights.com
The Curley Community Center aka the L
This no-nonsense, no frills center features daily group fitness classes including yoga, spinning, Zumba and body sculpting. There is also a weight room, dance studio, showers, sauna and steam. For a yearly membership it’s just $120 for all inclusive. You must show proof of residency or else there is a $50 fee for out of city residents.
The Curley Community Center is located at 1663 Day Boulevard. For more information about membership and classes visit http://lstreetcurley.com/index.html
Broadway Jiu Jitsu
Kick ass! Have you ever wished you that if ever you were approached in a dark alley, you could give the creep a flying round house to the chest? Broadway Jiu Jitsu (416 West Broadway) will have you blocking, kicking and punching your way to your best physical condition, all while building up your self confidence and improving your self discipline . Offering five forms of discipline including Jiu Jitsu,Muay Thai, Wrestling and MMA, the programs are designed for all levels of fitness.
Broadway Jiu Jitsu is located at 36 West Broadway. For a full schedule or for more information visit: http://broadwayjiujitsu.com/
South Boston Yoga
South Boston Yoga has an affordable, holistic, multi-faceted approach to wellbeing. With a wide array of classes such as private sessions, workshops, Aerial (anti-gravity) Yoga, meditation classes, Pilates, Kirtan, Nutrition/Health Counseling, and personal strength training, there is a lot to choose from and explore. Having one-on-one appointments with instructors available for anything ranging from mysofacial therapy to massage therapy, you’re sure to feel healed as well as “the burn.” Of course, they still offer your traditional yoga class for the reasonable price of $5 per first visit, and $12-$15 regular drop in. South Boston Yoga is located at 36 W Broadway, Boston MA .
You can see more at their website: http://www.southbostonyoga.net/index.html