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.
Established in 1996 as Ohio’s first certified Pilates studio, BodyMind Balance provides years of experience and knowledge for fitness-seeking students. BodyMind Balance’s mat classes are taught in Classical Pilates style and conducted with nothing but a polished wood floor, a mat, and a lot of super-motivating eye contact. Beginner and advanced classes are available several times a week in the airy studio. Pilates strengthens, lengthens, and shapes the body by utilizing ancient Jedi techniques without the need for expensive, hair-singeing lightsabers and humid training on swamp planets. It also relieves stress, de-slouches one's posture, and increases lung capacity so that you can stop avoiding long sentences when you speak. This Groupon is also valid toward Gyrotonic group classes.
YogahOME helps clients shed stress while nurturing strength and balance thanks to its practice of Vinyasa yoga, which matches body movements with inhalation and exhalation. Classes coordinated by experienced teachers are offered throughout the week and feature varying degrees of difficulty, such as gentle Vinyasa, moderate Hatha, hot Vinyasa, and many others. Though there are classes for different ability levels, no class is too difficult, since participants determine their own pace and level of pose extension. Since you can purchase up to two of these Groupons, mix and match six different classes to find your perfect center and qi. Mats and props (blocks and straps) are also available for rental.
Power yoga differs from regular yoga in a few key ways, most notably its dedication to the destruction of evil through extreme muscular flexion. The wide range of class offerings ensures pliable posers of all levels can find a suitable challenge. Greenhorns can get started with a New to Yoga course, while veterans of powerful yogic posturing can up their yogame with the Power Flow 90, a 90-minute workout designed to infuse power yoga poses directly with DNA, creating the fitness version of Jurassic Park. Consult the schedule for a full lineup, and plan on arriving 5 to 10 minutes before a class is scheduled to begin. Bring a towel and water bottle to wipe away and replenish exercise tears.
In addition to its extensive list of fitness classes and well-furnished workout studio, Revolution Fitness harbors a community of patrons seeking a healthier lifestyle and the desire to attain that goal with the support and camaraderie of others. The studio’s client base takes advantage of 20 pieces of cardio equipment—such as the Cybex Arc Trainer—featuring personal TV screens and 80 channels of entertainment.
Group fitness rooms host sessions of TRX training or Pilates reformer as guests peddle toward their ideal physique on one of 20 cycles in the spin room. Offering a personalized approach to fitness without the arduous task of teaching a treadmill to speak your name, Revolution’s certified trainers inspire patrons to actualize their goals with one-on-one support and motivation. And to supplement, an onsite nutritionist balances the physical training with professional advice.
A body that is functionally fit will move, run, and perform better than a body that’s merely ripped. Adhering to this philosophy, strength and conditioning specialist Scott Goodpaster has devised a mode of training that engages multiple muscle groups rather than isolating single muscles. To achieve this, he fills his gym with such nonlinear equipment as FreeMotion Epic machines and Triple Trainers. He even turns clients’ bodies into the implements of exercise by using ropes, stability balls, and resistance bands.