Heidi Braun discovered the concept for Thank Dog! Bootcamp in Fitness magazine, and thought it the perfect fit for herself and her high-energy border collie, Maggie. She traveled to beautiful downtown Burbank to check out the program in person, and decided that she wanted to become its ambassador in Ohio. She got her ISSA personal training certification, and began recruiting humans and dogs to join her on her new mission.
During a class, Heidi teaches her students an entire suite of circuit-training exercises designed to be performed outdoors in the natural beauty of parks. Simultaneously, she instructs their canines, training them to respond to nine different commands as issued by their owners. This regimen has the added benefit of teaching pooches to be calm in the presence of other dogs without feeling the need to growl, mark territory, or play poker.
Inspiral Motion offers mat classes in yoga, Pilates, and GYROKINESIS, with instructors from the top schools in the country. The center's yoga mat classes are rooted in the Vinyasa yoga discipline, a flowing style with asanas, or postures, linked together by verbal cues. Pilates students just starting out are introduced to the fundamentals of breathing, flexibility, and pelvis stability in their quests to become top Pelvis impersonators, while advanced practitioners of the Pilatic arts can discover how to Boomerang, Jackknife, and Shoulder Bridge with the best. In GYROKINESIS, students will stir their senses through a dry-scrubbing body massage, jumpstart the body’s energies through a series of movements, and further invigorate the body with mat exercises.
After years of working at a "globo gym," Marty Pajek and Kyle Eshleman decided to provide a better route to fitness than routine cardio and strength training. At Crooked River CrossFit, they join two other certified coaches in teaching functional, constantly varied CrossFit classes. The classes begin with aerobic activity and instruction to proper form, and then students take off on a high-intensity workout that may include lifting heavy objects and moving large loads.
The personal trainers at AMP Fitness believe that all workouts should be catered to each individual guest based not on personal experience but on anatomy. With that philosophy in mind, they offer 30- or 60-minute completely customizable one-on-one sessions with guests according to their fitness goals. They also use MyZone, a heart rate and calorie-based monitoring system that utilizes cardiac telemetry combined with online accountability and feedback, to help clients track their progress.
With the desire to make women of all ages, body type, and confidence levels feel empowered and beautiful, the fitness instructors of X-Exercise create six-week exotic-dance fitness sessions catered to the group of women enrolled at the time. Over the course of six weeks, they learn striptease fitness or other exotic dancing during 60-minute classes that include stretching, core work, and strength building.
Eco-friendly paints, flooring made from recycled rubber and bamboo, and energy-efficient gym equipment make Vedas an LEED-certified green gym. And while those traits tend to the well-being of Mother Earth, its group classes and personal training focus on the health of clients, who can easily fit fitness into their schedule with 24/7 access. Acupuncture and massage work toward healing the body, and post-rehabilitation support and assisted stretching get guests back into prime exercising form.