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.
At Victory Fitness Center, members pump iron in the weight room and pedals on the stationary bikes before giving weary muscles respite in the whirlpool or sauna. Besides providing fitness coaching to keep everyone on the right track, the gym also provides an environment free of intimidation with men- and women-only workout areas. To supplement those workouts, the staff designs easy-to-follow weight-loss programs, and certified trainers lead group classes such as Zumba, boxing, and boot camp.
Top Shelf Mixologist dispatches licensed and certified bartenders to serve guests at private parties, weddings, and other events. These bartenders draw upon decades of experience as they mix together a variety of cocktails and beverages from customer-provided liquor, creating classic drinks or working around a theme.
After years toiling anonymously away in "big box" gyms, Greg Woods and professional bodybuilder Rich Lauro wanted to create a gym that felt a little less impersonal. Members get a keycard that lets them in at any time of the day or night, so they can work out on their own schedule. Personal trainers—three of who are competitive bodybuilders—work one-on-one with clients to headlock their goals, whether they'd like to lose weight or kick-start a career as a strongman and future governor. For a more communal fitscapade, instructors lead a host of fitness classes, including Zumba and Strongman and Strongwoman Saturdays—a boot camp that outfits bodies with rip-roaring muscles with squats, bench-presses, and sled work.
For guests who want to work out at their own pace, the gym stocks a staggering array of equipment. Guests buff up with the help of free weights, including Ader kettlebells and Intek dumbbells, or befriend Life Fitness and Hammer Strength strength-training machines to hedge their bets against the coming robot apocalypse. For a break from traditional workouts, members can get acquainted with functional fitness equipment, such as medicine balls and tires that weigh anywhere from 150–610 pounds.
Within the temperature-controlled interior of what used to be a warehouse, students flow from sun salutations to standing lunges before rising into rigorous poses. At the head of the class stands the studio's founder, Julie Verhoff Pipes, relaying the athletic blend of yoga and aerobics that she personally developed from a combination of Ashtanga, Vinyasa, and Bikram yoga techniques.
Though softened by woven curtains and hanging lanterns, the studio's raw, industrial feel remains. The Spartan decor increases focus since the studio possesses no distracting pictures or traditional yoga clowns.
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.
At age 16, Danny De Salvatore was astounded at how his body conformed to his wishes after a weightlifting regimen. What began as an effort to better his soccer playing grew into a lifelong passion—he earned a bachelor's degree in exercise science and a personal-training certification through ISSA. With credentials in hand, he worked at national gym chains throughout Columbus and taught in Rome at fitness centers during the summer. He continuously tracked observations as he met with clients, making note of which strategies led to results and which were simply fads. Soon, he was ready to open his own facility and cultivate the intimate, small-business vibe that would lead to loyal members.
Danny has gathered a team of experts to man one-on-one training sessions as well as group classes at Oxygen Health & Fitness. All of them contribute to a familial support network, making customers feel welcome by memorizing their names and tattooing their initials onto each pectoral. Massage, tanning, and nutritional wellness services round out the gym's fitness offerings for a balanced approach to physical welfare.