The Bar Method
234 Clarendon St.
Boston, MA 02116
The Bar Method features hybrid fitness approaches in an effort to combine several common goals in their outcomes. The method has noticeably high intensity intervals, which is meant to put the body into fat-burning mode. Bar exercises and stretches sculpt the body in much the same way dancers target muscle groups, while mat work is similar to yoga and pilates. The workouts taught at The Bar Method rely almost exclusively on mat and bar exercise with some use of free weights.
Dancesport Academy of New England
384 Harvard St.
Brookline, MA 02446
Ballroom dances like foxtrot and swing are intense aerobic exercises. Expect to break a sweat at most of the classes offered by Dancesport Academy of New England. It has Latin, Indian, American and European ballroom dance styles that take quite a bit of effort on the part of the learner. However, the upside is that it is more than just fitness, though the fitness side can lead to lean legs, strong posture and more. Students are also learning a skill that can be used at weddings, competitions or even as a career.
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The Dance Complex
536 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139
The Dance Complex offers a diverse variety of dance ranging from intensely physical styles to styles that will help just about anyone stay fit. Classes, which are often on a drop-in basis, include West African, hip hop, ballet, Bollywood, break dancing, contemporary, hooping and much more. Everyone from beginners to experts can come and learn at The Dance Complex. These studios also host auditions and performances for students and aspiring dancers to get a little more out of their fitness routines.
The Z Spot
121 E. Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02118
The Z Spot is all about Zumba, an all-levels dance and aerobics hybrid that is one of the biggest fitness fads in the U.S. This Zumba studio has Zumba for kids, Zumba specifically for toning and even water Zumba, known as Aqua Zumba, which is offered by the studio at an off-site location. Students will notice a variety of personalities in the instructors and will be able to choose the energy and style that fits them best. One constant throughout is upbeat and high-energy Latin music.
Boston Pole Fitness
18 Fordham Road
Allston, MA 02134
Pole dancing is a sexy and invigorating way to get a workout. Boston Pole Fitness takes this typically sexualized form of dance and makes it all about the fitness. Students are trained on how to safely perform pole dances and tricks to maximize the physical benefits. Prospective pole dancers do not have to worry if they do not have any experience. Sure, hanging on that pole seems scary, but there are beginner, intermediate and advanced classes so everyone works out at their comfort level.
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