Professional Latin dancer and certified Zumba instructor Tabra Tacuri embraces the link between dance and fitness: her dance career with longtime partner Anthony—an award-winning dancer certified by the National Dance Council of America and Arthur Murray—has helped her maintain an enviable shape. Together, they lead others in slimming down while strutting their stuff on the dance floor with a combination of ballroom dance and dance fitness classes at Fit 4 Life Ohio. The pair leads group and private dance lessons in ballroom, Latin dance, and Argentine tango and works with betrothed couples to perfect their first dance for their big night. Shifting the focus to fitness, Tabra once again calls upon her Latin-dance training to help dancers of all levels shimmy their way to narrower waistlines during her high-energy Zumba and Zumba toning classes.
She further motivates clients to reach their fitness goals with in-home personal training and nutrition coaching. In her e-fitness program, she leads personal training and group fitness classes via webcam and Skype, allowing clients to get in shape at home or on a crowded commuter train. The e-training sessions also include personal assessments and interviews to ensure that clients stay on track.
Tac Force Challenge tests the strength of racers by putting them through the rigors of an adventure 5K obstacle course designed by power lifters, martial-arts experts, and special-operations professionals. The muddy, muscle-straining course houses 31 obstacles, such as rope walls, river dashes, unbalanced beams, log trips, and tunnels that force runners to use all their strength and jet-pack fuel to reach the finish line. Participants begin their first race ranked as a Private and advance closer to General as they complete each run. This progress is saved in the Tac Force database, which catalogs completion dates so that the government knows whom to call in the event of a sweaty-bicep shortage.
Adrenaline's boot-camp classes are physically demanding bouts of exertion that challenge individuals with a range of intense exercises to achieve the fastest results in the shortest amount of time. The motivational drill sergeants at Adrenaline Sports and Fitness will use your instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. They’ll keep your muscles guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so you’ll never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, like regular teeth-brushing. Each class is different, using sleds, tractor tires, bungees, bands, kettlebells, and medicine balls, but by no means turtle cages, Speedo straps, or stale milk.
Certified fitness trainer and weight-loss coach Carolyn Stone's voice echoes across local parks as she motivates boot-camp students toward stronger, healthier versions of themselves. Having shed 110 pounds, Stone is familiar with the trials and tactics needed to conquer weight-loss obstacles, tackling them with a one-two punch of proper nutrition and regular exercise. She varies her high-intensity, yet fun, workout routines each day, scaling movements to accommodate each student's fitness level. Stone encourages healthful habits outside the classroom with nutritional coaching, helping students change their lifestyles with nutrition facts, meal plans, and snack ideas. After class, students have the opportunity to join their fellow classmates at the Breakfast Club, starting the day with smoothies packed with less than 250 calories.
In addition to boot camps, Stone also helps patrons shape up during one-on-one and small-group personal-training sessions. She develops dynamic, custom programs tailored to each client's fitness level and desired results, such as looking sculpted on his or her wedding day or carving washboard abs chiseled enough to clean wedding-day attire's red-wine stains.
At the crack of dawn, Ryan Vaught barks orders across a misty high-school track field. During his four years in the United States Marine Corps, Vaught led daily physical training for his fellow soldiers—experience he now lends to his fellow civilians at Tri State Adventure Boot Camp. A certified personal trainer and member of a local jujitsu academy, Vaught blends different fitness styles into challenging combinations, which helps his charges become well-rounded enough to use each other as medicine balls.
Boot-camp sessions cycle through fitness instruction, motivational training, and nutrition counseling, and participants take on everything from weight training and jump ropes to obstacle-course runs—workouts designed to tone the core, abdomen, butt, and legs. Though sessions gradually increase in intensity, each is designed to accommodate all fitness levels.
The inside of Blue Ash Strength & Conditioning looks like a jungle gym for adults. Here, people hang from bars of different heights, jump up to gymnastics rings, or flip giant tires through the space. This is a typical CrossFit class, led by experienced trainers who change up the workout routine every day to ensure muscles don't plateau. Their exercises are designed to create well-rounded athletes, and everything that's done can be scaled to accommodate guests of all fitness levels. A typical day at Blue Ash can bring any number of unforeseen challenges, from running around outside to hurling medicine balls.