It's hard to enjoy a city's beauty from the ground, where there's always a building or retired basketball player blocking your view. Stratus Helicopters gives their clientele a different perspective. Their pilots take people on elevated tours of the Queen City and the mythical land known as Kentucky just across the Ohio River. Beyond sightseeing, Stratus trains new helicopter pilots and offers specialty services, including aerial photography.
Squatting, lifting, and running are everyday occurrences for people going about their busy lives, but Calibrated CrossFit’s trainers shed a new light on the functional movements. Their CrossFit classes weave high-intensity versions of the moves into daily-changing routines, which work the body differently every day to avoid fitness plateaus. Augmented by nutritional guidelines, the classes sculpt muscles quickly and efficiently.
Eastside Wellness Connections’ studios offer a range of core-strengthening workouts. Stationary bikes form rows inside one room for spinning classes led by a certified instructor. Laminate floors provide the stomping grounds for yoga classes, where students on mats bend, twist, and somersault their way into a series of poses. And Pilates students use mats and reformer machines to build long, lean muscles.
Sunlight pours onto the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls of BeneFit Studio, creating a serene backdrop for a diverse range of wellness services. Cardio and strength-training equipment speckle the studio, challenging trainees as they work their way through personal-training, boot-camp, and yoga sessions. Just beyond the training rooms, soft white curtains shroud the salon and Aveda spa, where guests perch upon cushy chairs as aestheticians dole out cuts, colors, and manicures, as well as facials and professional BEAM spray tans. Massage therapists also revitalize clients with Swedish and sports massages. And for ongoing wellness, a staff nutritionist crafts custom meal plans based on the goals and shadow heights of individual clients.
During your hour of private tutelage (up to a $54 value) with a club pro instructor, work on forehand, backhand, and "look ma, no hands" tennis skills while pinpointing the areas of your game that need improvement. Your two-month membership to Mercy HealthPlex (up to a $149 value) then gives you the freedom to edit your own training montage with unfettered access to six indoor tennis courts, dozens of free group fitness classes per week (such as Pilates, yoga, and dance), two indoor swimming pools, a running track, sauna, whirlpool, racquetball courts, and a fitness center with a range of machines, as well as a steam room where you can gossip about Burton Gilliam amid relaxing levels of general sweatiness.
During your two-month membership ($80, plus the $35 key-card charge to access the building) at Anytime Fitness, you can re-bloom your wilted health with the state-of-the-art facility's diverse range of cardio and strength equipment. Exploit muscles for non-financial gain with free weights, tone legs on the treadmills, undergo a demanding tour de fitness-center via exercise bikes, or just catch up on reruns of Homeboys from Outer Space with the gym's HDTV monitors. If the flawed workout plan you concocted yourself results only in frighteningly muscular ring fingers, one of Anytime's motivating personal trainers can prescribe a regimen designed to help you meet your fitness goals during a personal-training session ($55). For an even swifter kick in the shants, drop in for one class of boot camp (your first class is free)—an intense combination of cardio, resistance, stretching, and a range of challenging movements and exercises. When you've finished sculpting your flesh-statue, purify yourself of sweat and fried-cheese memories in Anytime's private restrooms and showers.