When students enter White Tiger Martial Art Fitness, they enter a world of meditative calm and constant physical improvement. Instructors specialize in three fitness classes: Pilates, Zumba, and Tae Kwon Do. Tae Kwon Do combines combat and self-defense techniques, teaching strong kicks, blocks, and open-hand strikes, which students practice in groups on red and blue mats. During Pilates classes, an instructor leads poses that tone core muscles as well as obscure muscles added in expansion packs, and Zumba classes crank up the volume with Latin beats.
Helmed by Russian-trained ballet greats Inna Stabrova and Dmitriy Tuboltsev, the staff of talented and credentialed teachers helps students develop first-rate skills in the elegant art of ballet. Students may choose to hone the basic positions and movements of beginner coursework or challenge themselves with the impressive footwork and Kafkaesque swan metamorphoses of advanced courses. After training under the watchful eyes of these professional instructors, many alumni of the conservatory have moved on to enjoy rewarding and prestigious careers in dance companies and life-size music boxes throughout the country.
Aerobic kickboxing melds martial arts with time-tested workout regimens and enhances the scene with energizing tunes. While improving flexibility and battling body enemies such as heart disease, kickboxing annihilates up to 800 calories in one hour, scorching the evidence of midnight bakery raids. The certified fitness pros at Asian Sun inject cardio-fit kickboxing classes with punches, jabs, and kicks that tone physiques and arm fitness seekers with a self-defense artillery to ward off hordes of alley-lurking trolls.
Ohio Cycleworks & Indoor Cycling brings cycling sessions indoors while maintaining the comforts of riding your own bike. Up to six riders hook their road bikes into a CompuTrainer device, which carefully calibrates speed and power and displays their real-time stats through digital screens overhead. Experienced cyclists train alongside newbies, pounding out miles without the hassles of inclement weather and aggressive vehicles while forging camaraderie and pushing their workouts to the limits in a safe, supervised setting. The trainers also offer private coaching to help riders improve their performances. During these sessions, they still draw upon technology and can determine where you are producing power in each pedal stroke and the number of baseball cards needed to make your back wheel sound like a Harley.
Big-box gyms filled with elaborate weight-training machines leave trainers at CrossFit Energy shaking their heads. That's because they know that fancy equipment isn't what gets people fit. Instead, their small-group workouts focus on functional movements such as squats and deadlifts, supplemented with bursts of high-intensity aerobic activity. This straightforward approach to exercise yields more effective workouts for participants of all ages and levels, as well as some much needed rest for the hamsters that power all treadmills.