Self Defense Training

Community Self Defense Training for Women

Why Healthworks started the Self Defense initiative:

Healthworks Fitness Centers for Women can no longer stand by as women in the Boston area fall victim to acts of violence.  We continue to be deeply troubled by the horrific murder of valued Healthworks member Amy Lord on July 23rd, 2013 and by other acts of violence against women in the greater Boston area. As one of the largest communities of women in the city, we believe it is our duty to empower women by providing training and resources to learn how to protect against violence.

We launched this initiative with our inaugural Community Self-Defense in Copley Square on September 12th, 2013 and a series of over 25 self-defense classes in the Boston area.

You can see the coverage that this event received from NECN here.

This year we continued the initiative with our second annual Community Self-Defense in Copley Square on September 10th. Thank you to everyone who came out to make this event a huge success.

View the photo gallery from this event.


Upcoming Self Defense Classes

As a follow up to our Copley Square event, Healthworks will be offering the following workshops in partnership with Impact:

Thursday, 10/2- 5:30-7pm in Back Bay

Tuesday, 11/4- 6-7:30pm in Chestnut Hill

Tuesday, 12/9- 7:30-9pm in Cambridge

We will also be hosting a special presentation “Reducing Your Odds,” by Sgt. Gary Eblan from the Boston Police Academy on October 23rd at 7:00pm at our Chestnut Hill club.

This 90 minute presentation focuses not on self-defense, but on recognizing signs of danger and having a solid response plan.

You can sign up for these classes through MindBodyOnline or by contacting a Membership Advisor.

With limited class space, registration will be on a “first come, first serve” basis. All participants will be contacted by a Healthworks team member. Any woman who does not make it into one of the series above, will be placed on a waiting list and contacted if a spot becomes available. Women on the wait list will also have the first opportunity to sign up for upcoming series. Our goal is to provide training to any woman in our community who is interested, and therefore we will be adding more series to accommodate more participants. This page will continued to be updated with details on upcoming training series at our clubs, in addition to details on larger community classes.


The Healthworks Community Self-Defense Initiative is made possible by partnerships with the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the Boston Police Department, the Brookline Police Department, Healthworks Community Fitness and IMPACT, a unique personal safety and self-defense curriculum.



This page will continued to be updated with details on upcoming training series. Updated 9/18/2014.