Fostering The Culture Of Fitness

An Adventure in Boston's Fitness Class Scene

Posted by Will Allen

Sep 29, 2014 7:53:00 AM

Racing at the 2012 Head of the Charles


I started rowing during the summer of 2000, at a learn to row camp at Community Rowing, Inc. in Brighton, and from that point on, I knew rowing, or to a larger degree endurance sports, would be the fitness path for me. Ever since then, I've rowed at the high school, collegiate, club and pre-elite level, I've completed a half Ironman triathlon, trained for CrossFit for a year and half, and ran and cycled hundreds of miles throughout. I've tried a number of different sports and training methods.

But i've never done Pilates.

Or a Boot Camp.

Or Hot Yoga.

Or a Spinning class...

As I've developed Boston Social Athletes, I've worked to learn as much as possible about Boston's sports and fitness scene. While I've connected with many triathlon, or running, or cycling or other endurance teams, I haven't yet learned about the fitness class scene. I reached out to my friend Caroline Earle (aka The Trendy Trainer), who is well versed in the Boston fitness class scene, as a participant, a trainer herself, and also as a fitness writer for BostInno. Over a couple beers, we came up with the idea to go on a "Fitness Adventure", whereby she and I would go to a bunch of fitness classes and blog about our experiences. Me, the somewhat cocky endurance athlete (who will likely get his ass handed to him), and Caroline the seasoned pro guiding me on this adventure.


Caroline Earle (far left) and me at the BSA March 2014 Social

Over the coming months, Caroline and I will be going to all sorts of difference fitness classes around Boston and blogging it from our different persectives. And better yet, the adventure starts TONIGHT! We'll be going to a Turnstyle Cycle class in Kendall Square in Cambridge.

Check out Caroline's Fitness Adventure intro post here to get her perspective:

So stay tuned as we try everything form Boot Camps to BollyX. There will be videos, there will be instagrams, there will be..... PAIN! ;-)

Have a class you recommend? Want to share you own experiences with a Boston fitness class, leave a comment below! Want to follow along on our adventure? Subscribe to the blog in the top right of the page.

Don't forget to join us at our October Social on October 1st!



Topics: Community, Fitness Adventure

Boston Social Athletes announces social partnership with E3 Triathlon Team

Posted by Will Allen

Mar 26, 2014 11:08:00 AM

Boston Social Athletes is excited to announce a new social partnership with E3 Triathlon Team (E3TT). E3TT is a multisport endurance team committed to creating a friendly and supportive environment for athletes of all levels to train, socialize, and compete in triathlon, running, and cycling events locally, across the country, and around the world.


When head coach Jorge Martinez (in center in photo above) approached me a few weeks ago with the idea of making our monthly socials his team's monthly socials, I was intrigued with the idea. When we spoke, he mentioned that "while a Tri only social can be appealing, I personally love the idea to get different groups of active people together. That way people can share experiences across sports and help/support each other." The minute I heard those words, I knew it was the perfect partnershipThis is exactly what Boston Social Athletes is all about.

This idea of strength in the community was mirrored by team president Jeff Williams. "One of the most important things to note about E3, and one of the main reasons why we see such alignment with BSA, is based on the fundamental belief that a team can not depend on a competition alone. E3 athletes are not only dedicated to their own constant athletic improvement, but are also socially minded citizens, dedicated to providing an encouraging, positive environment to their teams. They also consider themselves ambassadors to their team, sponsors, and endurance sport community."


From BSA's perspective, we're excited to have a dedicated, successful, and most importantly fun group of multi-sport athletes joining our diverse, active, fun group of athletes from many different sports every month. Our goal has always been to foster the culture of fitness by creating new connections and opportunities within Boston's athletic community.

The E3 Tri Team has both amateur and elite training groups. The amateur team is deeply committed to creating a friendly and supportive environment in which they welcome athletes of all athletic levels to train, socialize, and compete in triathlons, road races, and other endurance events. E3 Elite is an invite only branch of E3 Racing dedicated to a select group of aspiring and emerging amateur athletes, whom have proven to be among the premier athletes in their discipline. Athletes of this group represent E3 Racing at the highest level, consistently qualifying for and competing in renowned events such as Ironman World Championship at Kona, Ironman 70.3 World Championship, and the Boston Marathon.

E3TT's first social with BSA will be at our April Social, coming up on April 8th. If you're interested in learning more about E3TS, come to our April Social and ask for Jorge!

Boston Social Athletes is an organization focused on fostering the culture of fitness by creating a central community for athletic individuals, teams and organizations, whereby people can connect socially, share ideas, network for business, and promote a healthy, fit lifestyle. Click here to learn more about mission.


Join us in April!



Topics: Local Teams, Community

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