Want to get or stay active in Boston this winter, especially after all that heavy holiday food and with New Year’s resolutions looming? Don’t do boring stuff. Exciting, cool, smart, sexy people don’t do boring stuff. They do things like what you’ll find here in this list of the nine hottest groups, clubs, studios, venues, and events in the Boston area, where getting and staying active is never boring, never predictable, never repetitive, and never the same.
Don’t do boring stuff. Try them all.
|1.||Boston Ski and Sports Club (BSSC) – Multiple Locations|
”We find that once someone meets another skier, kickball player, or pub-crawler, the connection is almost instantaneous. We give people the opportunity to meet others that share their common interest/passion.” – Nancy McGeoghegan, Sales & Marketing Director
How you can check it out: Early registration discounts on vacations, ski weekends, social events, and recreational sports teams.
|2.||Spartan X Training – Cambridge, Winchester, and other places|
“What makes the SGX program unique is we are training with a goal of overcoming obstacles, not just in the races but within ourselves and our life.” – Rick Borgatti, owner of Mountain Strength CrossFit
How you can check it out: Open House in January (more info on website). Meet all the trainers and experience the program. Designed for all levels.
|3.||Gymnastics – Cambridge|
“We want to break the stigma that gymnastics is only for little girls and show that everyone can learn and benefit from gymnastics, regardless of age, gender, experience, or ability. We see gymnastics as a powerful tool that can be used to help everyone engage in fun physical activity at any age.” – Abbie Green, Director
How you can check it out: Adult gymnastics classes and open gym time at MIT’s duPont Gymnasium in Cambridge are open to anyone ages 11-111 who wants to do gymnastics. They specialize in adult beginner gymnastics. Free trial class for any newbie (only have to pay the insurance and registration fees). Pre-register online.
|4.||Arthur Murray Dance Centers – Boston, Cambridge, Danvers, Newton, and others|
“Ballroom dancing can help increase self-confidence, enabling people to feel more at ease in social situations. Being a part of our studios provides an impact on lives that extends beyond the ballroom. Our studios are communities in themselves where students build lifelong bonds with each other and with us as instructors.”
– Mark Lightner, owner of Boston-area Centers
How to check it out: They offer a complimentary private lesson and dance evaluation to anyone wishing to try dance lessons. Potential students can call any of the studios to get the offer or sign up online.
|5.||Boxing at Peter Welch’s Gym – South Boston|
“I grew up as an only child in the projects where, as my mother said, I could either ‘learn to fight or learn to run.’ I learned to fight. We believe in dedication and hard work while focusing on hands-on, proven, and time-honored boxer training techniques that get the job done. There are no shortcuts. We’re open to everyone, but I never really trust anyone who hasn’t been punched in the face.” – Peter Welch, founder
How to get started: First class is free. After that, your 10-class pass is $100.
|6.||The November Project – Cambridge, Brookline|
How to check it out: As Bojan and Brogan say, “Just show up. Just show up. Just fucking show up.” Start with the Wednesday morning (6:30 a.m.) meet-up at Harvard Stadium. You’ll think it’s too cold. You’ll think it’s too dark. You’ll think that no one else will show up. But, you’ll be one of 150-300 others. You won’t regret it. Totally inspiring, exciting, a kickass workout, a great way to meet others, and get tons of hugs (if you’re into that, which you will be … trust me).
|7.||Parkour Generations America with Blake Evitt – Multiple Locations|
“It’s a lot just like being a kid again. Most adults think of exercise as a chore and forget that movement used to be fun; used to be play. With Parkour is just about moving the body and having fun. Through doing it, your body gets stronger, you start to see the world a little differently, and begin to enjoy movement for the sake of movement again.” – Blake Evitt, director, Parkour Generations Americas
How to check it out: Weekly Classes: Fridays, Cummings School Somerville, $12 for drop-ins; Sundays, changes locations, $8 for drop-ins, all are welcome. Great for newbies. Multi-class passes are available at a discounted rate.
|8.||Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park – Everett, Boston|
“I was completely surprised at what a workout it actually was, I didn’t think you could mix fun and working out. I will definitely be back with all my friends.” – Jessica Limbra, member, 22
How to check it out:
Dodgeball Derby: Jan. 9, 6-8 p.m., 17+ (repeats every Thursday night). Yes, that’s dodgeball on trampolines. Bring your A-game and play Ultimate Dodgeball for two hours for $15. Form your own team of eight players or join one when you arrive. All games are winner stays on format.
SkyJam: Every Saturday from 10 p.m.-midnight, 18+. The fee of $16 gets you 90 minutes of jump time, two slices of pizza, and a drink.
SkyRobics: Burn up to 1,000 calories an hour. Classes offered weekly in the morning and evening. First class is $6. Each additional class is $12. Monthly pass for $60 for unlimited classes and a 10-class punch card for $100 which never expires.
|9.||Brooklyn Boulders Somerville (BKBS) – Somerville|
“BKBS turns a functional and recreational space into an opportunity for collaboration and innovation. By emphasizing physicality and community, we stimulate diverse forms of creativity, begin engaging conversations, and inspire others. BKBS is an amazing playground that draws such a unique crowd. I’ve already met talented artisans, athletes, and people in a few short months.” – Jenna Norton, Fitness Program director
How to check it out:
Day Pass: $18 student, $22 adult access to the entire facility
“Learn to Boulder” course: $45
“Learn the Ropes” course: $79
In January, they’ll be offering more workshops from “Mobility for Climbers” to Parkour to Whole Food nutrition courses and several mindfulness and yoga clinics.