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.
You only live once: that's the meaning of YOLO. If exercisers ever forget this simple truth, they can always look to the green walls' bright yellow yolo logo for a reminder. A carpet diem-esque rallying cry that's taken pop culture by storm, the phrase reminds visitors that they only have one body, which they're tasked with taking care of for the rest of their lives?or at least until hyper-intelligent computers destroy us all. Trainers and coaches here help clients stay in shape for the long haul with boot camp and yoga sessions every day of the week, as well as with personalized small-group workouts.
Fran DiBattista initially opened BeneFit Studio, Salon, & Spa as a wellness studio with expert fitness instruction. The next step seemed only logical: after clients have worked on their physique, offer Aveda salon and spa treatments to beautify the rest of their bodies. The studio caters to athletes with boot camps, personal training, assisted stretching, and nutrition counseling, all designed to help clients burn calories and sculpt their bods. In the salon and spa, stylists and beauticians also pamper customers with services that range from hair cuts and styles and Aveda coloring to facials, body waxing, nail treatments, and massage.
Each of Snap Fitness Cincinnati’s three 24-hour fitness studios hosts an endless array of strength and cardio equipment, ensuring their members never have to wait in line to get on the machines they want. The friendly and knowledgeable training staff performs individual fitness assessments for their clients and makes recommendations on the exercises that can efficiently lead them to their goals. Beyond the gym, guests receive access to a members-only website chock-full of online workouts and suggested meal plans. To help keep clients accountable, staffers make frequent check-in calls, give out prizes for regular visits, and hold favorite sweatbands hostage.
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.