Are you ready to mix things up with your workouts? Or feel like it’s been awhile and you just need to DO something? I recently worked out at Ativo Fitness and highly recommend it as a great place to get started.
Ativo Fitness is a small group fitness studio located at 177 North Main Street, in Middleton, MA. They are owned and run by Adam Spang and his wife Caroline. Plus their General Manager and Head Coach Josh Scalia. Adam started Ativo out of his garage in 2020, and has prior experience as a manager and coach at both Orange Theory and Crossfit. Fun fact: Adam and Caroline actually met at Crossfit. Love that!
Once the business grew they moved out of the garage into their new studio, which is actually like a fancy garage with state of the art equipment, air filtration systems, and a layout perfect for their small group classes of 6 people max, or personal training sessions. View their class schedule here.
Ativo Fitness offers three unique class formats: Strength, Grind (Endurance) & Burn (HIIT Style). I took the Strength class and though I hadn’t taken a class like that in awhile, I found it challenging, but accessible, thanks to the modifications Adam suggested for each exercise. The format is different each time, but typically starts with a warm up, then a mix of ERG (this is the cardio portion) and strength exercises, followed by a cool down. The workout is designed to work all parts of the body and goes by quickly thanks to the upbeat playlist and variation in exercises.
Ativo Fitness is a studio for both men and women, but the class I took (9am on a Monday) happened to be all women…mostly other moms, like myself…including Caroline. (Adam and Caroline have a 7 month old son, named Benjamin.) I had a chance to talk to a few of the women after class and loved hearing how many of them have been working out with Adam since the beginning and have never felt stronger. The average age of the clients at Ativo is in their early 40’s. The workouts are fun, fast-paced and challenging, so they would be beneficial for adults of all ages, but Adam mentioned that people in their 40s and up really appreciate the workouts because they choose movements that are safe yet incredibly effective.
Ativo’s motto is, “helping busy people achieve lean strength,” and both Adam and Caroline mentioned that most women who come to Ativo don’t know their own strength. If you’re interested in working out at Ativo you would start with an InBody Scan, which is a scan that breaks down your body composition and in turn tracks your progress to staying fit and healthy and then a discussion of your fitness goals. Adam gave me the scan to get started and I was surprised to see how strong my arms were. Adam pointed out that I can probably lift my 6 year old (who weighs nearly 50 pounds) without thinking twice about it. And that’s true. Sometimes as moms, we are so busy doing everything we don’t take the time to acknowledge how strong and capable our bodies really are.
If you’re interested in working out at Ativo Fitness, North Shore Moms can save 20% off your first 3 months when you purchase any recurring monthly membership! Sign up online at www.ativofitness.com/moms or send an email to [email protected] and reference The North Shore Moms.
Ativo is also kicking off a special Sweat to Summer 8-week program on April 1st! Sweat to Summer runs April 1 to Memorial Day Weekend, with the idea of making one last push to make a change before summer. They’re offering North Shore Moms a crazy deal of just $179 for all 8 weeks! This is over $300 in savings from their normal rates and $20 below the offer for everyone else. Adam says there’s never been a better time to try out Ativo, as they’ll likely never do something like this again. Simply sign up using our special landing page (www.ativofitness.com/moms) and the discount will be applied. (Registration closes April 8th).
Ativo is hosting a fun, Sweat to Summer Kickoff Event on April 1st, that includes a free workout, vendors, DJ and more! Everyone is welcome even if you ‘re not interested in Sweat to Summer, it’s open to the community. Plus, every Saturday throughout Sweat to Summer (April 1 – May 28) they will host free, open to the public workouts at the gym that anyone can sign up for.
This post is sponsored by Ativo Fitness but all of the opinions expressed are my own.