From the fad-workout phenomenon of the last 20 years has emerged a glowing winner with few downfalls: Zumba. A Latin dance-inspired fitness program, Zumba appeals to a broad range of athletes who enjoy workouts that make it easy to forget the work portion. Zumba’s choreography incorporates hip-hop, soca, samba, salsa, merengue, mambo, martial arts and some Bollywood and belly dance moves depending on which awesome Boston studio’s class you hit. Check out these, Boston’s best, for a heart-pumping workout you’ll look forward to every time.
The second annual Bay State Bike Week kicks off May 14 with nearly 200 participation options throughout Massachusetts. Second only to running marathons, Massachusetts residents love riding their bicycles. In spite of imperfect weather during half the year, a certain number of the state’s cyclists continue to pedal on and commute to work every day to stay fit and encourage greener transportation. Coordinated by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation and Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, Bay State Bike Week ropes in the entire cycling community with fun rides, business sponsorships and myriad educational opportunities for budding cyclists and environmentalists alike.
Diversity is alive and well in Boston with martial arts from the Far East infiltrating the city via transplanted pros from afar to Boston natives who know their stuff. These pros travel the world to hone their skills and pass that knowledge on to athletic locals looking for a good time.
Kickboxing has existed for more than a thousand years in Thailand, and as Boston picks it up, class options abound. From Thai-trained masters to area gyms that offer classes, this city has everything locals need in kickboxing.