The Saturday intro class is for folks who really want to learn to box. You'll gain the basics on proper form, conditioning, and practice on the speed bag and heavy bag, and when you're ready, you'll get the green light to become a member. Also awesome: This class is taught by Liz Leddy, three-time National Golden Gloves champion.
Fit Well is a fully equipped TRX training studio that opened up on Dartmouth Street several months ago, which means all the classes use the TRX Suspension Trainer. And those harmless-looking straps can give your body one heck of a workout.
The Tuesday night classes, taught by Marita Kennedy-Castro, feature live drumming accompaniment from a talented crew of local drummers and are open to dancers of all levels.
The water is cold. You can't see the bottom. And 2.4 miles ain't nothing. But here's a secret: Swimming the Peaks to Portland is so so doable. Even if you don't at all consider yourself a highly experienced, super buoyant elite swimmer. You don't need to be. YOU can do this.
The 1.25-mile loop trail around Mackworth Island is a stellar spot for an easy-going snowshoe, complemented by views of Casco Bay and a snow-covered fairy village.
Fitness Factory offers two classes - Total Trampoline and Trampoline & Tone - and both are a blend of jumping fun and serious, sweaty cardio.
SHiNE Dance Fitness combines moves from jazz, hip hop, and ballet into simple choreography set to upbeat dance music of the modern day. In other words, it's dancing!
Broomsticks got the afternoon off during the inaugural Witches Ride in Portland on Halloween day. The informal group ride included a cruise around Back Cove and through the Old Port, plus a stop at Vena's Fizz House on Fore Street for 'I'm Melting' witch cocktails.
The finish line was filled with proud smiles - from kids and parents alike - during the inaugural Portland Kids Duathlon, which took place in Bayside on July 15.
The closure of Circus Maine is a real bummer. But there are still places to learn aerial silks, trapeze, and the art of handbalancing with Apparatus Dance Theater, Sellam Circus School, and The Circus Haus.