Exercise your options
Photo: MELISSA OSTROW
by Scott Kearnan
| November 28, 2011
The mall merchants have their own answer, but do you know
why we call the day after Thanksgiving "Black Friday"? It's because that's when
we gather to mourn the death of our diets, after having made it through opening
day of what we know will be a long season of competitive eating. And no matter
how much we promise ourselves that we won't overindulge, if we have even one
piece of [insert gluttonous pleasure here] at each holiday party we attend,
we'll wind up rolling into 2012 a little more roly-poly.
But even if overeating is a foregone conclusion, under-exercising
doesn't have to be. By counteracting compulsive face-stuffing with a little
extra conditioning, we might manage to keep our guts from establishing their
own gravitational pulls. It's going to take some extra-creative workout ideas
to tempt us to the gym during colder, shorter, and busier days, so here's a
roundup of a few new and/or novel options seducing us to sweat.Aspen Ascent at The Sports Club/LA
(4 Avery Street, Boston,
617.375.8200). The first ski trip of the season always leaves us extra sore.
(And not just from the egos bruised by being forced to retrain on the bunny
slope.) It's been a long nine months since we remembered we even have some of
those muscles, so we'll wake them now at SCLA, which introduced the ski-themed
workout this fall. The hour-long class is filled with routines that replicate
elements of downhill skiing. For example, some exercises emphasize interval
cardio training (important for high-elevation exercise), some train the knees
and ankles, and others build the balance needed to navigate slippery slopes.
Dance Classes with Celtics Dancers at Boston
Sports Clubs (throughout Boston).
with the Stars: even those of us without C-list celebrity status can
now learn from the pros. BSC locations are hosting a series of cardio classes
led by Celtics Dancers, who'll put attendees through cardio-heavy drills of
their high-energy, high-kicking choreography. For the full line-up of locations
and dates, visit mysportsclubs.com.
SkyRobics at Sky Zone (91-B Sprague Street, Boston,
857.345.9693). You might have assumed that a visit to a room with rubber walls
would have you wearing a straightjacket. But basketball shorts are more
appropriate attire at this cavernous Hyde Park
warehouse, now home to massive trampoline courts that serve as challenging
terrain for group exercise classes. (Think jumping jacks give a good workout?
Try doing them six feet in the air.) Individual classes are $12, and you can
check out the schedule at boston.skyzonesports.com. Or, if you thrive on competition, swing by for a
pick-up game of 3-D dodgeball.
SPX Workouts at Btone Fitness (30 Newbury Street, 4th Floor, Boston, 617.578.8663).
This fitness center, opened just last month, is the only studio in Boston offering SPX.
Every 45-minute class is limited to 11 students, each assigned to a Megaformer
machine. You'll do a circuit of 25 to 35 exercises that combine Pilates
principles with cardio and strength-training elements, all performed to the
point of muscle fatigue (the point at which your muscles are fully exhausted -
and so are you). With package pricing, classes are as low as $18 each, and
machine booking is available online at btonefitness.com.
ViPR Workouts at Equinox (225 Franklin Street, Boston,
617.426.2140; 131 Dartmouth Street,
Boston, 617.578.8918). In
January, the gyms will launch a trio of full-body classes involving the ViPR, a
weighty tube of rubber that looks like something a SWAT team might use to break
down a door. (Which sounds like a fun workout routine, to be honest.) In ViPR
Circuit, ViPR Cardio Intervals, and ViPR Sport, you'll toss, lift, spin, and
otherwise manhandle that oversized baton to sweat-inducing effect.