At Vision Professionals, Drs. Chris Smiley, Jaclyn Paskiet, and Valerie Gardner combine their areas of expertise to provide patients with comprehensive ocular care. As director of the on-site specialty contact-lens clinic, Dr. Smiley specializes in difficult-fit contacts for patients with rare eye diseases or complex prescriptions. He also provides vision rehabilitation for conditions such as keratoconus and severe dry eye. In the on-site pediatric and binocular-vision clinic, Dr. Paskiet performs infant exams and works with pint-sized patients to help make picture books less blurry but just as edible. Dr. Gardner welcomes patients of all ages, and boasts experience in the treatment of glaucoma and other retinal diseases, as well as comanagement of laser vision-correction and cataract surgery. After the vision specialists decipher prescriptions, their optical-boutique team helps patients select fashionable frames by designers including Burberry, Tag Heuer, Tommy Hilfiger, and Nike.
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.
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 must 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 Yogasculpt, a yoga class with weights. Slow Burn focuses on restorative poses while Foundations breaks down poses to focus on alignment.
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.
At GoYoga, certified instructors welcome students of all skill levels by demonstrating modifications that make poses easier for beginners or trickier for veterans. During Flow Fundamentals classes, they gently adjust alignment as students build strength and release stress with basic poses. Deep breaths power full-fledged Flow routines, which revolve around graceful Vinyasa sequences that more closely resemble dance steps. In addition to hosting beat-driven Groove sessions, the studio holds many types of classes inside an 85-degree room, which ousts toxins and allows muscles to feel as limber as a freshly massaged puddle.
The number of certifications garnered by Geoff4Fitness.com’s namesake trainer demonstrates his commitment to approaching physical fitness from all angles. In addition to being an ACE-certified personal and group-fitness trainer, he is licensed in sports safety and CPR. Geoff also holds a pupil-activity permit for the Ohio Department of Education, for which he has coached at the high-school level for five years. He also helps adults reach their fitness goals with his MMA fitness classes, 45-minute workouts comprised of circuit-based movements.