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.
If Jorge Gurgel looks familiar, it may because you saw him on The Ultimate Fighter 2. The owner of JG MMA Academy and Fitness has been building up his expertise in martial arts ever since he began training in college, which has led to a second-degree black belt in Brazilian jujitsu and a stint on said reality-show competition. Now, Gurgel harnesses that prowess and shares it during classes alongside his fellow instructors.
During Brazilian jujitsu classes, instructors with black belts in the discipline instill self-defense moves such as joint locks and chokeholds, catering them to a younger audience in kids' jujitsu classes. Muay thai kickboxing zeros in on striking techniques from the elbows and knees, and boxing burns fat and boosts endurance and agility thanks to rapid jabs, punches, and right hooks.
The instructors at T3 Fitness and Training employ a variety of tools to help melt the pounds off of their clients. During hour-long boot-camp and boxing-for-fitness classes, students jump rope, push around oversized tires, lift barbells, and punch bags while wearing boxing gloves or bowling balls on their hands. The instructors also give clients one-on-one attention during personal-training sessions and take time to teach children about the importance of proper fitness and health.
Body-length heavy bags sway from blows dealt by boxing and kickboxing participants. They’re working up a sweat, but they’re not worried about getting hit back unlike the participants in the boxing ring. At TITLE Boxing Club Loveland, West Chester, and Hamilton locations, participants shed calories and relieve stress by pummeling bags or going toe-to-toe with a trainer wearing punching mitts. Either way, the team of trainers oversees participants’ safety and techniques during each of their workouts. TITLE Boxing Club welcomes families and participants of all ages.
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.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively caf?, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.