Cincinnati Fitness & Boxing's 7,000-square-foot space once held the clatter and clang of a steel mill. Today, the sound of metal on metal has been replaced with the sounds of glove against pad, but much of the industrial charm remains. High windows above exposed brick and cinderblock walls cast light onto two full-sized rings, where welter weights and heavy weights alike learn from instructors as tough as steel. Their ranks include professional boxers, kickboxers, and MMA instructors, all of whom have the experience to carve rock-hard biceps out of any arms. One of their teachers, Marty Slone, once even sparred 100 rounds straight, a staggering accomplishment done to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
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.
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.
Bella Forza Fitness's experienced instructors strengthen women from within. In classes such as Body Combat, students combine martial arts with cardio moves for fierce fat burning. Bella Forza Fitness also hosts parties for bachelorette and birthday parties and sells apparel online store.
Omari Kittrell, a Pilates- and SilverSneakers-certified trainer at Optimo Fitness Association, takes inspiring his clients to the next level—when their energy flags, he does their workouts along with them. He and his eclectic group of fellow trainers, such as engineer-turned-martial-artist Jeff Love, will even make house visits to accommodate their clients. Their passion for fitness shines just as brightly in their more-traditional group classes, which run the gamut from Pilates’ lean-muscle building to kickboxing, a combat-inspired style that tones bodies more effectively than just head butting whoever annoys you.
Dwayne Wilson doesn’t teach people how to exercise. Instead, he teaches students how to live healthier lives by routinely exercising and monitoring their diet. As a sergeant for the City of Cincinnati Police Department, he lends his passion and his talents to the police academy, helping recruits meet the state-mandated fitness standards, as well as their own personal fitness goals. This commitment to results-oriented training inspired Dwayne’s vision for 1 More Rep Cincinnati, which provides a supportive group setting for members of the general public who desire a healthier, happier, and more active lifestyle.
The challenging workouts combine high-intensity interval training with strength-building exercises. In addition to raising heart rates and jump-starting metabolisms, the sessions’ functional movements provide a full-body workout, which even manages to work the oft-neglected muscles that humans use to wag vestigial tails. For a truly holistic approach to well-being, 1 More Rep Cincinnati also provides online nutritional guidance with consistent dietary feedback.
Powerful, bold, and confident, Major Batton's voice can be heard across the Woodlawn Community Center fields. Drawing on years of professional fitness and health experience, the Major captains boot-camp classes at the center three days a week. The energetic workouts utilize free weights, medicine balls, and jump ropes. Batton also brings his fitness expertise to corporate offices, where he guides company employees in programs while discouraging unhealthy eating habits, such as skipping breakfast or bringing in cake to celebrate the birthday of every fish in the office aquarium.:m]]