Owner Nico Gonzalez opened Fitness Physiques by Nico G wellness boutique to help his clients harness the life-changing power of being healthy. At this 2,700-square-foot space in Blue Ash, members can find Pilates Balanced Body equipment and a hardwood-floor group fitness studio with classes taught by certified instructors. The center also offers personal-training sessions and monthly health and wellness educational workshops. Classes range from Zumba and a yoga-Pilates fusion to Hatha yoga and Core Adrenaline sessions, which blend Pilates with strength training for long, lean muscles without bulk.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Helping a friend move. Spryly climbing stairs. Jogging with the dog. To the trainers at CrossFit Anax, physical fitness is all about increasing your day-to-day functionality. To that end, they lead a daily-changing regimen of classes that focus on strengthening everyday movements, such as running, lifting, pushing, and waving away pollsters on the street. Instead of overseeing armadas of elliptical machines or treadmills, they engage patrons in games of toss with medicine balls and send them sprinting, heaving kettlebells, and dropping for push-ups. They mix up activities each session to stave off the boredom of repetition, keeping everyone involved and meeting their fitness goals. These trainers know, though, that total body fitness is only possible with a nutritious diet, so they also guide their monthly members to better eating habits with monthly check-ins.
Brian Quaife's relentless training has landed him an NSCA certification for personal training, an NASM certification for fitness nutrition, and specialized certifications for teaching kettlebell and TRX suspension training. He draws from that expertise at his fitness studio, QFit Training, where he leads personal training and boot-camp classes, as well as TRX suspension training classes.
McGing Irish Dancers teaches the exhilarating rhythms of Irish dance to both recreational and competitive dancers. Classes take place in a state-of-the-art Irish dance studio, taught by instructors certified by the Irish Dance Commission in Dublin, Ireland. As students hammer out jigs and flit through reels, they gain poise, confidence, and a class full of friends equally enthused about aquatic dancing on rivers. Held in a nurturing and friendly atmosphere, classes allow eager beginners and skills-buffing experts free reign to learn and express themselves without fear of ridicule. Regular rehearsal of slip jigs and set dances can serve as a gateway to the curly-haired world of Irish dance competitions or merely promote puppet-like upper body isolation over brassily boogying legs.