At Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness, a facility staffed by decorated martial artists and coaches, experienced instructors guide students through self-defense classes. Those that lead the studio’s namesake Krav Maga courses show students how to work with their body’s natural instincts to take down a predator or quell the body’s urge to start the wave with every conversational mention of sports.
Further self-defense skills emerge during muay thai combat and weapons disarming seminars. In the gym’s fitness corner, cardio kickboxing slings five rounds of fast-paced punches and kicks, while yoga helps fighters wind down and leaves them more relaxed than a sloth traveling through taffy. The facility also offers CrossFit classes, where students perform a variety of functional movements in short bursts of maximum intensity to burn fat and rapidly build muscle.
Founded by world-class duo Igor and Svetlana Iskhakov, Dance Centre is dedicated to the empowerment and physical fitness of the everyday person via the art of dance. The studio features both high-level instruction for budding Baryshnikovs as well as a host of beginner-friendly classes in a variety of dance styles. Group classes consisting of as few as five pupils practice basic steps within the Gahanna facility's grand 6,000 square feet of studio space, the perfect place for dancing and drag racing floor buffers. Igor and Svetlana also host regular practice parties for their students, which present festive opportunities to show off new skills in a no-pressure social setting or mingle with accomplished star students.
Even for avid yogis and cyclists, the yoga and spin classes at Burn Studio promise uncharted territory. The two separate entrances, Studio Yang and Studio Yin, offer very different atmospheres. When entering into Studio Yang, visitors are greeted with a pumped-up atmosphere from high-intensity fusion classes such as The Mixer, its signature class. After plowing through 30 minutes of uphill cycling and flat-out sprints on the stationary bike, attendees flow through 45 minutes of upbeat yoga. The class welcomes all fitness levels, as do the other distinctly energetic, fast-paced yoga and spin classes.
Those who enter into Studio Yin are greeted with a much calmer, cozy area that is used for practicing Burn Studio's many yoga classes. Visitors can choose to attend many classes, but the most popular are Yoga Burn, a flowing, playful class, and The Mixer. Slow Burn focuses on holding poses longer, while Urban Zen focuses on restorative poses.
Next Level Fitness fosters a nurturing family environment by fielding a supportive staff, furnishing a host of up-to-date equipment, and gearing training toward each visitor's individual goals. Cheery yellow walls augment the gym's welcoming vibe, which is less intimidating than a puppy playing soft jazz on the piano. The 7,000-square-foot workout area brims with both machines and free weights. Treadmills direct their glare toward mounted flat-screen television screens and holograms of canteens situated just out of reach. A cadre of certified trainers—all of whom were college or pro athletes—impart their kinesthetic wisdom during one-hour personalized sessions, and group classes and boot camps spur wholesome bouts of perspiration with spinning courses and core-bolstering moves. Next Level specializes in athletic-performance training for all ages and sports, having run players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB through their paces in a 12,000-square-foot turf field house. Amenities such as batting cages, pitching cages, and cages containing surly pythons can sharpen clients' speed, strength, and evasiveness for upcoming games. Next Level even rents out the field house for sundry other inertia-obliterating purposes, such as games of dodge ball, rugby, football, and track and field events.
The championship-winning coaches at Gym Skills lead an array of tumbling and gymnastics classes in a noncompetitive and encouraging atmosphere. Mommy & Me courses, geared toward children ages 18 months–2.5 years, allow parents to join in on introductory limb bending, while preschool gymnastics lessons ease 3- to 5-year-olds into the world of muscle malleability. Both half-hour classes gently work little ones' flexibility, balance, stretching, and tumbling skills using kid-friendly gym equipment such as trampolines, balance beams, and 500-pound teddy bear dumbbells. Obstacle courses test youngsters' abilities to climb, jump, perform forward and backward rolls, and unravel shuttle-launch algorithms.
In 2002, former Houston Astros pitcher and certified CrossFit Level 1 coach Ralph Hicks decided to increase the accessibility of his all-time favorite fitness regimen by devising CrossFit programs for everyone from children to dedicated athletes. Today, his seasoned staff of trainers guide exercisers to physical peaks during innovative classes that borrow from CrossFit's workout philosophies and focus on such areas as endurance, baseball skills, and kids' fitness. The motivating trainers also light fires under those wishing to compete in the CrossFit Games. While pursuing personal records in reps, students hoist barbells, lift their own bodyweight, and toss homesick meteors back to their belts amidst the gym's vibrant wall graffiti.