The experienced instructors at Eastern Hills Indoor Tennis Club know what it takes to win games against tough opponents. Brian Clark and Steve Levine both crossed rackets with skilled rivals while playing for Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. And Doug Matthews helps lead collegiate students to victory as the assistant coach of Xavier's men's and women's tennis teams. It's this wealth of experience that makes the club’s group lessons so successful. Classes are designed to improve the skills of all players, whether they're well versed in the sport or have only used a racket to bat away a bumblebee.
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.
At StrongFit, a team of certified personal trainers take a personal and multidisciplinary approach to fitness—they construct individual fitness and nutrition regimens for each of their clients. The trainers' customized plans are based on the results of fitness assessments sanctioned by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and congratulatory high-fives have been approved by a roundtable of local surfers. Using the results of these tests, the trainers determine what exercises are ideal for their trainees and then motivate them to meet fitness goals in one-on-one training sessions or in one of the gym’s boxing classes.
Cincinnati Taekwondo Center fortifies its traditional martial-arts classes by also offering kimoodo classes. Known as "Korean tai chi," kimoodo imparts stretching, breathing, and meditation methods to students, resulting in physical gains such as greater flexibility, as well as mental and emotional benefits that may include better concentration and anxiety relief. These qualities carry over into the center's tae kwon do classes. Instructors don’t teach their students to pick fights or bully, but to defend and exercise compassion. As a result, kids and adult students build confidence and character, the frontlines of defense for most social encounters.
Established: Before 1950
Reservations/Appointments: Not offered
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All ages
When Hyde Park Tennis Club first opened in 1913, tennis was still a relatively new sport. By the end of 1915, 109 people had joined the tennis club, including some women, proving that the sport had staying power, unlike the passing trend of looking angry in photographs. Over the years the club has continued to grow in popularity, and many of its current members have been with HPTC for decades.
In a Hyde Park Living magazine article, members explained why they love the club so much, noting that players there are "competitive in a professional, friendly way" and that the club helps introduce players of similar skill levels to one another. It also may be due to HPTC's relaxed nature?no court reservations are ever needed, members can just come and go as they please. Tennis matches unfold on six Har-Tru clay courts, which tend to be easier on the joints and result in slower, higher bounces and more rallies.
Vision MMA began as a group of friends' informal workout sessions in Loveland High School's wrestling room. Although it eventually expanded to its own facility, Vision MMA's trainees still describe the gym as having a family atmosphere and feeling like a second home. The gym trains pupils in mixed martial arts, jujitsu, boxing, and muay thai, in addition to offering boot-camp and combat fitness classes.