After living everywhere from Washington, DC, to Guatemala, the owners of Urban Moves wound up in Columbus, and decided to pursue their passion for fitness and entrepreneurship. They bought the gym from its previous owner, and transformed it into a membership-free fitness studio dedicated exclusively to exercisers working with trainers, either one-on-one or in group classes.
In the boutique studio, the team of personal trainers designs programs to suit their clients’ goals, whether they want to complete a 5K race or take a bite from the famed nougat peak of Mount Everest. The troupe also hosts a variety of group classes in a wide range of exercise modalities, from gentle yoga to high-tech Power Plate training—a bona fide miracle of modern science that shapes muscles through vibration.
During their 25 years in the sports performance industry, Nick and Sharon Osborne have watched countless athletes lose interest in monotonous workouts and detached trainers. The couple realized that a lack of external motivation caused this burnout, and they founded Go: Sports Performance Center on a foundation of personal training and motivational group fitness. A staff of hand-selected coaches cheerlead every student during the gym's group classes. Group classes put a handful of students through demanding athletic routines that mimic real-life sports activities, which strengthen muscles with natural actions less likely to produce injury. Trainers and members furnish their workouts with the gym's ample equipment, which includes kettlebells, battling ropes, sledgehammers, and power rack. To help achieve goals such as weight loss, improved athletic performance, and increased strength, each athlete gets access to nutrition and fitness software that helps them plan healthful meals without going to the trouble of hacking into the Food Network's mainframe.
Jamie Seabolt is a professional makeup artist who strives to give his clients confidence in their natural abilities and beauty with every lesson taught and every makeup application performed. “It's the satisfaction of knowing that you did it,” Jamie writes on his website. Having held titles such as National Artist for Origins, Training Leader at AVON, and ProArtist with Smashbox and Urban Decay, he gives his clients that satisfaction, with his services ranging from professional makeup application for photo shoots and bridal parties, to three separate classes on makeup application and skincare. During his classes—held in a private and professional makeup studio— he dives into the fundamentals of enhancing features along with fellow makeup mavens, giving his students personal satisfaction and the skills to freshen up for cocktail parties, brunches, or strolls through the produce aisle. He employs Smashbox, theBalm, Origins, Mark, MAC, and Bobbi Brown products to help customers look their best during hands-on 30-step makeup workshops.
Colors & Bottles' founder Jessica Burley and her band of talented local artists are dedicated to supporting local emerging talent and businesses through art instruction held at nearby venues. Their resident artists travel to local eateries and art galleries, where they teach students of all skill levels to fashion dimensional masterpieces through step-by-step instruction. They also kindle creativity during private parties held at the location of your choice, asking only that the destination be outfitted with enough tables, chairs, and paint-by-numbers templates of the Sistine Chapel ceiling for all invitees. Colors & Bottles has received a nod for their engagingly creative events on The Ellen DeGeneres Show and within the pages of the Columbus Dispatch.
If it has wheels and a motor, then chances are you can find it racing around Columbus Motor Speedway's 1/3-mile oval track. The NASCAR Whelen All-American Series track roars to life every Saturday evening, when up to 5,000 men, women, and children flood the grandstands and enter a world of high-octane and checkered flags. Trips around the track may feature different vehicles—perhaps modern stock cars or nostalgic "legend cars" that hearken back to racing's earlier days. For some homegrown octane, the track also showcases Columbus Modifieds: aerodynamic machines with high-performance V-8 engines.
Columbus Motor Speedway also serves as a training ground for racing's future stars. Newer competitors cut their chops by racing in four-cylinder compact cars before moving on to the sport stock class and more high-powered motors. Non-competitors can even get in on the thrills during the Tuesday evening's Ride‘N Drive experience, when they slip behind the wheel of a legend car.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.