Friday, August 16, 2013

Fitness in Boston: The Studio Empower

Always looking for new fun exercise classes in Boston, I had the chance to try out one recently at The Studio Empower in Newton, MA. Taught by Bobby, the class was conducted almost entirely on the Megaformer M3, a souped-up Pilates reformer type contraption with that works with a system of springs and body weight resistance.

I was a bit intimidated by the machine at first but we were led through a series of exercises and learned quickly how it worked. On thing that challenged me, somewhat surprisingly, was going slow- each exercise is done on counts of 4 for a set amount of time, as opposed to fitting in as many reps as possible. This turned out to be even tougher than doing many quick reps, in my opinion, but it felt good and was even kind of relaxing.

For a low-impact class, I definitely felt worked by the end and a bit sore the next day (in a good way!) especially in the chest and shoulder area. I could see the benefit of going on a regular basis; even after one session I felt stronger and more toned.

Conveniently located in Newton Centre, the studio is directly across from the Newton Centre Green Line stop. They offer both private and group classes at reasonable rates so why don't you give them a try? Tell them I sent you!

81 Union Street
Newton Centre, MA

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