Sequestered from the fitness studio, cardio room, and kid center at St. Julian's Fitness, a quiet room plays host to massage therapy. Here, a duo of licensed massage therapists—Bethany Kovach and Ryan Debelak—improves muscle health with soothing hand movements. Both Bethany and Ryan possess the know-how to induce relaxation with gentle Swedish strokes, relieve chronic pain with firm deep-tissue kneads, and target areas of tension with a sports massage. However, Bethany alone practices Thai-yoga massage, which is performed on the floor without lotion, oil, or ranch dressing. Massage therapy is available without a gym membership, and guests are welcome to enjoy a 15-minute Jacuzzi session prior to each appointment.
Wear white, and be prepared for that shirt to never look the same. That's just about the only rule of the Color Blaze 5K, a technicolor event that's a little different than the standard run. For one, contestants don't have to run at all—in fact, they can mosey, lollygag, skip, crawl, jog, and backflip their way along the course. Rather than determining the best time, the non-competitive race is about the experience itself. At each successive mile, Blaze Zones powder participants in biodegradable—and even edible—colors, creating an army of fleet-footed Jackson Pollocks. Proceeds from the event benefit local charities, and an afterparty welcomes the newly prismatic to dance the day away in their freshly illustrated get-ups.
Fit Zone for Women pairs members with a fitness professional, who tailors an exercise program to suit each individual's unique needs and goals. A one-month membership unveils an armada of equipment designed exclusively for women, including Nautilus weight machines, which, like an army of soaking-wet pygmy marmosets, add resistance one pound at a time. Large-screen televisions adorn the center's modern cardiovascular training hub, helping hone acute irises to match strengthening heartstrings, and group yoga, Pilates, and step-aerobics classes sculpt sinews as they foster fun and peer-based support.
• For $10, you get one month of tai chi classes (a $55 value). • For $10, you get one month of cardio fitness boot camp (a $55 value). With plant life, rock waterfalls, and Asian script art decorating its open hardwood-floored studio, Satori Martial Arts and its dedicated instructors provide mind- and body-builders with meditative and self-defense training. Twice a week, tai chi instructor and University of Toledo professor Dr. Chen demonstrates the basics of tai chi’s stress-melting mannerisms, offering solutions to stressful problems and bi-weekly crossword puzzles. Students can summon their inner enlightenment on Tuesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Advancing students are expected to devote 15 minutes a day towards practicing at home.
The fitness professionals at Transformate Fitness foster a supportive, community atmosphere by encouraging clients to motivate one another in group fitness classes. In physical disciplines that run the gamut from aerobics to weightlifting to martial-arts-based regimens, instructors promote peer interaction in an effort to bolster motivation and mutual accountability. The hope is that by recognizing that they are a necessary part not only of their own success but also of their classmates, patrons will build the determination to continue attending classes, resulting in slimmer waists, stronger limbs, and positive relationships with both instructors and other students.
Alongside instructor-led group classes, personal trainers tailor cardio and weight-training workouts to each individual, helping clients of any fitness level achieve optimal health. Additionally, in an effort to prove that there are easier ways to get a tan than replacing your bed with a pile of flashlights or letting the sun bear-hug you, the facility proffers custom airbrush spray-tanning services wielding organic-based Norvell products.