Katy Roades doesn't urge her students to strive for perfection. Instead, she hopes that Fort Thomas Yoga Den can be a place of relaxation and renewal, where visitors complete their practice at their own pace and shrug off their tensions with a toasty cup of tea before each class. Her lighthearted attitude reflects on her curriculum, which welcomes participants of all experience levels to courses such as Intro to Yoga and Ladies Nite—a series of poses geared specifically toward the female form. Bright and modern decor lines the studio walls, broadcasting the same casual yet serene vibe as its experienced instructors and waterfall receptionist. Though she stresses the value of never taking one's self too seriously, Katy deeply believes in yoga's therapeutic benefits. Inspired by her family's military background, she hosts complimentary Yoga Warriors sessions, leading those who have served through mind-body techniques designed to address the symptoms of PTSD.
During your two-month membership ($80, plus the $35 key-card charge to access the building) at Anytime Fitness, you can re-bloom your wilted health with the state-of-the-art facility's diverse range of cardio and strength equipment. Exploit muscles for non-financial gain with free weights, tone legs on the treadmills, undergo a demanding tour de fitness-center via exercise bikes, or just catch up on reruns of Homeboys from Outer Space with the gym's HDTV monitors. If the flawed workout plan you concocted yourself results only in frighteningly muscular ring fingers, one of Anytime's motivating personal trainers can prescribe a regimen designed to help you meet your fitness goals during a personal-training session ($55). For an even swifter kick in the shants, drop in for one class of boot camp (your first class is free)—an intense combination of cardio, resistance, stretching, and a range of challenging movements and exercises. When you've finished sculpting your flesh-statue, purify yourself of sweat and fried-cheese memories in Anytime's private restrooms and showers.
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.
PoleKittens Fitness offers fitness-focused females fun alternatives to conventional workout classes and methods. The 90-minute aerial silks workshop starts by warming up the muscles used for anti-gravity maneuvering, then embarks on a tutorial of basic climbs and aerial skills aboard a dangling expanse of fabric. Students hone their abilities close to the ground to avoid accidental collisions with bald eagles, and the class winds down with conditioning exercises used by professional aerialists to promote strength and flexibility. Each student receives a free souvenir photo ideal for showing off their silk-scaling skills to friends and prospective employers.
YogahOME helps clients shed stress while nurturing strength and balance thanks to its practice of Vinyasa yoga, which matches body movements with inhalation and exhalation. Classes coordinated by experienced teachers are offered throughout the week and feature varying degrees of difficulty, such as gentle Vinyasa, moderate Hatha, hot Vinyasa, and many others. Though there are classes for different ability levels, no class is too difficult, since participants determine their own pace and level of pose extension. Since you can purchase up to two of these Groupons, mix and match six different classes to find your perfect center and qi. Mats and props (blocks and straps) are also available for rental.
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.