By Chris Daniels
February 18th, 2013
As I learned after a recent snow-shoveling activity, sometimes there’s nothing like some regular structured exercise to lessen the chances of winter muscle strain! In Provincetown we are fortunate to have a variety of choices to satisfy our exercise needs.
For a gentle, healing-centered approach, you can try the classes at Yoga East, which offers Kripalu, a gentle hatha yoga practice with an emphasis on meditation, physical healing and spiritual transformation. The classes usually begin with breathing exercises and gentle stretches followed by a series of individual poses and final relaxation. For those preferring an intensive strengthening workout, you might prefer the offerings at Strength & Clarity Pilates – Movement Studio. Their classes in Pilates, TRX & Resistaball will now be supplemented with new courses in a variety of dance and movement styles, including ballet, contemporary, and hoop dance fitness! You have the option to choose single classes or prepaid packages of five, ten, or twenty lessons, as well as private, duet or semi-private lessons of 3-4 people.
This year, Mussel Beach, Provincetown Gym, and Strength & Clarity offer free workout days each week to participants in the 3rd Annual Provincetown Fitness Challenge.
For a more traditional structured workout, you should visit either the Mussel Beach Health Club or the Provincetown Gym Mussel Beach has 5,500 square feet of space with free weights, Bodymasters, treadmills, climbers, bikes and elliptical cross-trainers, as well as classes in aerobics, boxing, spin, Pilates and yoga, among others. Private trainers are available, and you can choose from daily, weekly and monthly memberships, as well as specials on three, six and 12-month programs. This full-service gym also offers tanning services, a sauna and a pro shop. Their hours are 6 am to 8 pm on weekdays, 7 am to 8 pm on weekends.
At the Provincetown Gym, the two-level facility houses the dedicated spin studio locker rooms, sauna and aerobics room on the first floor and the actual gym on the second, which includes five tons of free weights and plates, the entire line of Cybex strength training equipment, treadmills and steppers, rowers and bikes, Precor ellipticals and Sports Art cross-trainers. This gym also offers tanning services, and is the home of Fifth River Karate. The gym also offers guest passes by the day or for 5, 10 or 20 visits, so if you’re in town visiting on the weekends, you can still keep up with your exercise routine! They’re also open 6 am to 8 pm during the week, and from 7 am to 7 pm on weekends.
This year, Mussel Beach, Provincetown Gym, and Strength & Clarity offer free workout days each week to participants in the 3rd Annual Provincetown Fitness Challenge, a town-wide effort to engage community members in developing a healthier lifestyle. The Challenge, which runs from January 5th to April 6th of this year, was modeled loosely on the TV show “The Biggest Loser” and is facilitated by Denise Gaylord, a certified personal trainer and coach with over 20 years of experience in the fitness industry.