The instructors at Pendleton Pilates’ four locations teach 125 classes each week, showing students how to elongate and strengthen their muscles on mats, inflatable exercise balls, and the studio’s reformer machines. During each group or private session, instructors customize workouts that use a rotating selection of 500 core-focused movements developed by Joseph Pilates in 1945. Additional classes include sessions in which students use parallel ballet barres while performing Pilates exercises, as well as spinning classes at the Westchester location.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eyecare has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
Tier 2's trainers design fitness regimens for everyone from competitive athletes to first responders, although they are equally capable of designing programs intended to help visitors make progress toward their individual fitness goals. Group classes can provide general fitness training or focused instruction tailored to improve athletic performance. Yoga lessons allow students to find a heightened sense of balance and calmness as they learn mindful breathing exercises, develop a greater awareness of mind-body connections, and generally improve their flexibility and endurance. Additionally, Tier 2 offers self-defense instruction, including martial arts classes that explore disciplines such as aikido and jujutsu, but not the controversial curl-up-in-a-ball method.
Convenience is also a priority for Tier 2's staff: the main gym area is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Members can develop their own workout schedule while taking advantage of the facility's arsenal of exercise equipment. As further proof of its commitment to making gym visits convenient, Tier 2 also offers child-care services while parents are training.
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.
At PRO Martial Arts, students of all ages learn the Korean arts of tae kwon do, hapkido, and tang soo do. The instructors guide students from white belt to black belt, helping them with age-appropriate goals such as cultivating scholastic excellence, burning off extra weight, or gaining the leg strength to beat schoolyard rivals at double dutch.
But PRO Martial Arts isn’t only focused on martial arts. It also torches calories in Zumba fitness classes, which use fast-paced dance moves set to Latin beats to tone cores and shed pounds. And cardio kickboxing classes focus on the fitness aspect of martial arts to slim down bodies.
In addition to offering its clientele increased athletic prowess with combat and fitness classes, PRO Martial Arts offers its youngest students invaluable knowledge about issues such as bullies or predators. It has classes that cover topics ranging from how to ask for help from adults and deal with cyberbullying to tips on recognizing strangers and their bad behavior.
Modo Yoga's signature 40-posture hot-yoga series blends standing poses with prone poses—such as corpse pose—on the studio's cork floors. That doesn't mean the classes are all identical, though. Some encourage a meditative silence, while others focus on flowing transitions between postures. Each instructor brings a personal flair to teaching, too, often setting a session-specific goal, such as building students' awareness of their breath or strengthening their core muscles.