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.
Sunlight pours onto the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls of BeneFit Studio, creating a serene backdrop for a diverse range of wellness services. Cardio and strength-training equipment speckle the studio, challenging trainees as they work their way through personal-training, boot-camp, and yoga sessions. Just beyond the training rooms, soft white curtains shroud the salon and Aveda spa, where guests perch upon cushy chairs as aestheticians dole out cuts, colors, and manicures, as well as facials and professional BEAM spray tans. Massage therapists also revitalize clients with Swedish and sports massages. And for ongoing wellness, a staff nutritionist crafts custom meal plans based on the goals and shadow heights of individual clients.
Bella Forza Fitness's experienced instructors strengthen women from within. In classes such as Body Combat, students combine martial arts with cardio moves for fierce fat burning. Bella Forza Fitness also hosts parties for bachelorette and birthday parties and sells apparel online store.
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.
Students should bring: Mat, dumbbells, bottle of water, and towel
Average class length: 60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We believe that fitness should be fun and inspiring. We believe that every woman should be healthy and fit, full of energy and enthusiasm for life, and look and feel fantastic! We believe that in order to get fit and healthy, all you have to do is ask your body to do just a little bit more than what it’s accustomed to doing, regardless of your current shape, size, age or ability. Adventure Boot Camp provides workouts that foster fun, support, community, accountability, inspiration, and teaches women how to look, feel, and perform their best in life.
Do you believe in the maxim, "No pain, no gain”? Why or why not?
I do not. In fact, I think in the context of today’s “box” gyms, pushing intensity beyond capability, is completely stupid and entirely unnecessary. Does that mean exercise is easy? Of course not. Exercise must be smart in that it meets the participant at her level, and it progresses at her pace, based on her unique characteristics. Because the opposite is true too. The same ole routine, day in and day out, leads to stagnation, boredom, and no results. There’s a fine balance between exercise that is too hard, and workouts that are too easy in that they are a waste of time. Adventure Boot Camp has perfected that balance, we call the sweet spot in fitness.
Besides working out, what else can clients do to spend their time at your facility?
Clients come to our facility for workouts that are fun. They come to our facility for leading edge education on fitness, health, and nutrition. And they build lifetime relationships within our community.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
My approach to fitness has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, and I have been honored as one of the nation’s top 50 personal trainers by the American Association of Personal Trainers. I have been a local media consultant in the area of health and fitness for the past 8 years.
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.