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.
Planet Dance Uptown coordinates shindigs for youngsters in three dance studios, all sporting floating wood floors with marley surfaces expertly tuned for floorboard-pounding. The trained instructors—who have been featured on everything from Broadway to MTV—specialize in myriad dance styles, so kids can pirouette at a ballerina party or learn to expertly cut a rug at a hip-hop hoopla.
The instructors at Pendleton Pilates’ four locations teach 125 classes each week, showing students how to elongate and strengthen their muscles on mats, inflatable exercise balls, and the studio’s reformer machines. During each group or private session, instructors customize workouts that use a rotating selection of 500 core-focused movements developed by Joseph Pilates in 1945. Additional classes include sessions in which students use parallel ballet barres while performing Pilates exercises, as well as spinning classes at the Westchester location.
More than 2,000 hours and counting. That's how long Jayne Cardell, the owner of Blyss Studio, has been practicing and teaching yoga. Her expertise comes in handy at her homey yoga studio, where she and her team of instructors schedule Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes and build personal yoga cabanas from yoga blocks and mats. To help alleviate any muscle aches that may result from the workouts, Blyss also offers massage therapy.
Instructors train at a private shooting range in Lucasville.
Olmsted Risk Solutions has a diverse and skilled team. Active and veteran military officers, NRA-certified firearms instructors, firefighters, a chemist, and Department of Defense contractors are some of the individuals assembled by founder Lance Olmsted. Olmsted and his colleagues teach courses in pistols, rifles, and advanced wilderness survival.
Equipment: Weights, poles
Students should bring: Fitness: yoga pants and fitted top. Pole: fitted shorts and fitted top
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking