As twilight approaches, Mary Beth Nishime can hardly sit still. Her inner party animal is purring, and its insatiable hunger can only be quelled with a hearty helping of beats, moves, and action. Fortunately, Zumba provides all three, plus the joyful atmosphere common to Latin salsa and merengue. So Mary Beth and her crew move the party to local churches, schools, and senior centers, where students of all fitness levels melt calories and stress with each chest pop and hip swivel. A team of teachers leads many of the church-based classes, filling the room with more energy than a newborn quasar. And to help students vary workouts, Mary Beth also hosts boot camps, yoga classes, and kickboxing sessions at her dojo, Nishime Family Karate.
Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
A stay at Marriott Cincinnati RiverCenter places you in the heart of Covington, steps from Northern Kentucky Convention Center and close to John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge. This hotel is within close proximity of Paul Brown Stadium and National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Make yourself at home in one of the 319 air-conditioned rooms featuring flat-screen televisions. High-definition televisions with satellite programming provide entertainment, while wireless Internet access (surcharge) keeps you connected. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature makeup/shaving mirrors and designer toiletries. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreational opportunities offered, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), concierge services, and babysitting/childcare.
Grab a bite to eat at the hotel's restaurant, which features a bar, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Buffet breakfasts are available for a fee.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include high-speed (wired) Internet access (surcharge), a business center, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
As a child, Charlotte Rayne flowed through yoga postures at her mother's side. When she got older, yoga resurfaced in her life periodically, but it wasn't central to her being. But in 2005, she decided to change that. To further her studies, she journeyed to India, where she mastered a Hatha-inspired method, and then to San Francisco, where she added Bhakti flow to her arsenal of techniques. Along with her fellow instructors at Covington Yoga, she channels her far-flung experiences into yoga and Pilates classes designed for patrons of all skill levels. The classes are built upon three yoga styles: Hatha, which is based on postures and breaths that focus attention inward; restorative, which promotes healing; and power, a fast-paced series of poses designed to build muscles and endurance. The benefits of her structured bending span spiritual, mental, and physical realms, from honing focus to enhancing strength and balance without transplanting your brain into Mary Lou Retton's body.
You only live once: that's the meaning of YOLO. If exercisers ever forget this simple truth, they can always look to the green walls' bright yellow yolo logo for a reminder. A carpet diem-esque rallying cry that's taken pop culture by storm, the phrase reminds visitors that they only have one body, which they're tasked with taking care of for the rest of their lives?or at least until hyper-intelligent computers destroy us all. Trainers and coaches here help clients stay in shape for the long haul with boot camp and yoga sessions every day of the week, as well as with personalized small-group workouts.
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.