Ballet-fusion helps even the stiffest among us achieve sylphlike bods. The 55-minute, music-driven workout employs small weights and copious isometric bar moves to whittle inches everywhere.
Pure Barre, 1300 Centre Street, Newton Centre (617-332-7873 or purebarre.com).
In a light-filled Back Bay studio, personable instructors learn everyone’s name before leading Swan Lake wannabes through a full hour of isometrics. Six minutes of thigh bends alone will kill you — but you’ll marvel at the results the next day.
The Bar Method, 234 Clarendon Street, Back Bay (617-236-4455 or barmethod.com).
The city’s only nonprofit rowing club is housed in a gorgeously modern boathouse on the Charles River. Programs welcome sculling and sweeping neophytes. More seasoned rowers can sign up for competitive and recreational leagues.
Make a break from your masochistic gym routine and run to this urban sanctuary minichain. Core Fusion classes leave regulars shaking from exertion. Reward with a detoxifying spa treatment.
Exhale Mind Body Spa, 28 Arlington Street, Back Bay; 2 Battery Wharf, Waterfront (617-532-7000 or exhalespa.com).
One of the grandmamas of the yoga scene, the cheery urban studio serves as a landing pad for many of the city’s better instructors, including owner Lynne Begier. Think: Forrest, Mysore, or AcroYoga.
Back Bay Yoga, 364 Boylston Street, second floor, Back Bay (617-375-9642 or backbayyoga.com).
The exclusive Synergistics Fitness Method, devised by longtime trainer Helena Collins, remakes your physique in record time via weight-free isometric exercises.
Life in Synergy, 867 Boylston Street, second floor, Back Bay (617-867-6500 or lifeinsynergy.com).
This integrative health retreat combines nutritional coaching and acupuncture with more active activities like small-group yoga (six students max) and prenatal Pilates. Marathoners flock to the sanguine space for gait analysis and sports massage.
OMBE, 551 Boylston Street, fourth floor, Back Bay (617-447-2222 or ombecenter.com).
Go from putt-putt to pro with personalized, high-tech swing instruction. The training regimen includes workshops, women-only clinics, individual lessons, and real-time play on championship courses.
Rick Smith Golf Academy, The International, 159 Ballville Road, Bolton (978-779-1333 or theinternational.com).
The welcoming two-story studio offers more than 60 weekly classes, from meditation to aerial yoga. You’re bound to find an instructor and practice style to keep you glued to your mat.
If by-rote circuit training has you scaling the walls, head over to this massive climbing center for private and group lessons on basic belaying moves and advanced techniques. Summer brings daylong group excursions.