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.
The seasoned trainers at Columbus Fit Life work as coaches and mentors: they can check-in with clients at regularly scheduled intervals to ensure they're achieving their fitness goals. In addition, the fitness experts specialize in small-group training and helm a range of dance fitness classes, including Zumba, LaBlast, and hip-hop fitness. Piloxing, boot camp, CrossFit, PiYo, and boxing round out the fitness programs.
Staff Size: 11–25 people
Average Duration of Services: 60 minutes
Brands Used: AmeriCheer and AmeriDance classes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Classes and clinics
Recommended Age Group: Kids and Teens
AmeriCheer’s Family of Brands has been spotlighting cheerleaders and dancers at its instructional camps and elite competitions for more than 30 years. It's helping kids develop life-long values, such as dedication, teamwork, and self-confidence. To that end, at the conclusion of every competition, each participant receives a medal to honor their commitment and team spirit. Cheer and dance classes are also offered at the AmeriCheer and AmeriDance National Training Facility—students are divided by age group and ability, and learn a progression of cheer and dance moves.
At Koko FitClub, the cardio and strength-training machines are smarter than your average gear. Each boasting a monitor and small slot, the machines utilize the Koko Smartraining System to store, display, and track members’ fitness goals, workouts, and progress. The result is a virtual personal trainer and 30-minute workouts that are personalized to each person’s needs.
Equipment: Free weights, Cybex, Hammer strength, cardio equipment, TRX Bands
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring your A-game.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.