Travis Tolbert began his career in fitness while serving in the US Navy for 14 years, where he worked as a fitness leader on two warships. Today, after leaving military service, he leads a variety of program that aim to help guests of all levels achieve their fitness goals, be it lowering blood pressure, bodybuilding, or improving health overall. Travis has helped more than 3,000 clients as a personal trainer, and is so skilled in the art of fitness that he's placed in the top of his class in seven physique competitions.
Reed Yoga's owner Michelle Reed has spent nearly a decade studying the way the human body moves, both by training in martial arts and by earning certifications in yoga instruction and massage therapy. Now she applies her muscle mastery in a studio located on the 14th floor of the downtown Statler Arms building, where she leads the alignment-oriented stretches of Iyengar and the dynamic flowing sequences of Vinyasa yoga. Her associate Corissa Bragg commands the deep flow class and tantra yoga, helping students work up a sweat and perform the sun salutations that earn the earth an extra six hours of daylight at the end of the month. Bryan Shelly teaches yoga flow for all levels.
Seated meditation begins and ends each of the studio's classes, during which students spread their own yoga mats across the practice space's dark wood flooring. The space is enclosed by sunshine-yellow walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors that allow non-vampiric pupils to monitor their posture and technique.
CrossFit classes are designed to include participants from every athletic level or age group. Strength and conditioning workouts consist of customizable exercises steeped in functional fitness movements. The coaches tailor moves for each person attending classes offered seven days a week based on strengths, weaknesses, and experience. Coaches adjust the weights during Olympic-style weight-lifting, using plyometric boxes in multiple sizes and heights. Other workouts incorporate Kettlebells, climbing ropes, medicine balls, and pull-up rigs.
Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
More than 10 years ago, a young couple dreamed up Titans Gym—a 24-hour facility that would house exercise equipment, tanning services, and a cafe teeming with nutritious snacks. Since then, Geoff and Niki DelGrosso have laid the bricks of that ambition, packing their two gyms with row upon row of advanced Strive, Precor, and Magnum equipment and three levels of professional tanning beds. The duo hired a team of fitness instructors to lead an abundance of group exercise classes, personal-training sessions, and surprise games of Red Rover in their private studios. To refuel exercisers, the onsite Titan Up café serves up a dietician-designed menu of wholesome smoothies, pizzas, and desserts. In the end, the couple's efforts have earned accolades from numerous fitness media publications, and their studios have won the title of Best Urban Gym from Cleveland Scene magazine.