A graduate of Purdue University certified in upwards of 10 health, fitness, and nutritional disciplines, Paula Eve Davis was eager to employ her health-bolstering expertise to help others change their lives via improvements to their physical and emotional well-being. Determined to facilitate these life changes within a friendly, welcoming environment, Paula founded Fit 4 Ever Exercise & Weight Loss Studio to ensure that all who entered would feel supported throughout their individual journeys. Under Paula’s capable helm, Fit 4 Ever’s professional trainers and instructors work with their clients to develop custom fitness and coaching plans tailored to address their individual strengths, weaknesses, and goals. The gym’s fleet of well maintained equipment, including strength bands and infinity balls, encourages sweat-inducing workout sessions, and a host of group classes held throughout the week helps chisel human bodies and fluff pillow people.
The Fitness Experience’s team of personal trainers, group fitness instructors, and wellness specialists work together to help clients achieve goals ranging from overhauling their bodies to learning to meditate. Personal trainers can meet one-on-one with clients to demonstrate the correct form for exercises or to recommend group fitness classes held within the 24-hour-access gym. Classes include Gospel Jam dance-fitness classes set to Christian music, as well as meditation and balance sessions designed to help the body work in tandem with the mind, rather than starting to break dance whenever the brain thinks about Citizen Kane. In addition to weight-loss programs and fitness classes, the team at The Fitness Experience helps guests relax in the full-service spa, which offers massages, tanning services, and body wraps.
The Great Urban Race is a one-day event pitting teams of two against one another in a race combining physical challenges, scavenger hunts, and puzzles. Up to 700 twosomes will traverse 4 to 8 miles of Toronto terrain on foot and by public transportation as they solve 12 challenging clues in a fun quest to reach the finish line first. Sample clues and challenges from past Great Urban Races include charades, bubble-gum chewing, pig Latin deciphering, bicycle races, and word scrambles, making this race ideal for competitive eaters and cryptographers alike. Teams are encouraged to dress up in matching outfits, and prizes will be awarded for best costume. Prizes are also given for race results, with $300 going to first place, $200 to second place, and $100 to third place. The top 25 teams will qualify for the National Championship in New Orleans in November, with the top three teams receiving free entry. Each participant gets a T-shirt and postrace refreshments of fruit, granola bars, and a run through a Perrier sprinkler. Read over the rules and FAQs for more information.
In their no-nonsense gym, certified CrossFit trainers Dan Moss and Darin Moon lead intense, fat-blasting workouts that focus on functional movements and varied exercises. It's a method that works every muscle group, sheds weight, and inclusive, scaling up or down to all fitness levels and body types. During one-hour sessions, Dan and Darin motivate fitness enthusiasts to shimmy up ropes, heave heavy barbells, and hop on and off plyometric boxes in preparation for visits to Q*bert's home. Their schedule accommodates students Monday through Saturday, with each membership package including unlimited workout sessions and one-on-on attention.
As a ballet dancer, David Gensheimer didn't need much help becoming lean, limber, and lithe. But when he found himself recovering from knee surgery, he knew he needed to find something that would keep him strong without compromising his healing process. In addition to physical therapy, he turned to Pilates and was won over by the sport's ability to strengthen core muscles and enhance flexibility. Though he was back to pirouetting in no time, David never lost the Pilates bug and went on to complete his Pilates training while serving as a company member with Ballet Austin and Nashville Ballet and dancing with the Houston Metropolitan Dance Company and Stillpoint.
Today, when he's not busy dancing his way through guest performances around the country, David helms Simply Balanced where he helps others strengthen, rehabilitate, and challenge their bodies through Pilates and yoga classes. Students can also try Gyrotonic classes, which blend elements of gymnastics, yoga, dance, and tai chi, performed on a weight and pulley machine that engages the entire body. Beyond transforming the way visitors look, move, and feel about spandex shorts, the Simply Balanced studio also showers them with feel-good perks such as complimentary beverages, free parking, and access to a team of highly trained massage therapists.
Personal trainers Matt and Emily Hecker teach clients how to sculpt and strengthen their bodies using cardio, resistance training, and nutritional plans. The team of trainers—including a former Marine and a professional gymnast—lead one-on-one training sessions and small-group weight training, soothing yoga, or invigorating kettlebell classes .
The kettlebell workout, one of the trainers’ specialties, traces its origins to Russia, where for 350 years the round weight with its sturdy handle has been used to build functional strength and flexibility. At Hecker’s Fitness, teachers lead dedicated, supportive groups of students as they tone their cores and condition their muscles through this time-tested workout.