The trainers at Cleveland Boxing Academy include domestic and international champs—Vonda Ward is an International Boxing Association and World Boxing Council heavyweight world champion, and Robert Francis is a two-time New York state champion. During classes and lessons, they teach students the science behind boxing while providing an intense workout that can help fighters sculpt their physiques.
Cleveland Fitness Revolution's head trainers each helm a team of certified instructors that pool their diverse experience and knowledge into helping individual fitness-seekers and corporate clients of all fitness levels get in shape. Eschewing military-inspired practices such as barking orders into a bugle, these motivating instructors incorporate personal-training ideologies and interval training during indoor boot-camp classes. They also help clients shrink waistlines with Cardio Revolution classes, which marry high-intensity interval training with less impactful cardio and core exercises. They don't just teach group classes, however. For those who prefer more one-on-one training, these certified instructors customize workouts that suit the clients' needs and fitness goals during semi-private personal training.
They further bolster the effects of their comprehensive fitness programs with nutrition seminars, recipes, and programs to keep their clients from sliding back into old, unhealthy habits.
History pulses through Lemko Hall, a turreted brick building in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Over the past century, it has served as a saloon, a ballroom, and a movie set where stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken filmed a scene for The Deer Hunter in 1978. Nowadays, one of the space's tenants, Studio 11, channels an even older legacy: the yoga tradition of ancient India.
The studio's seasoned teachers impart moving meditations that have been passed down from generation to generation via careful instruction and epic games of telephone. Classical Hatha poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength and flexibility as they learn to center their minds and control their breath. Students steep their minds in yoga's meditative qualities during flowing, breath-focused Vinyasa routines or explore the practice’s athletic side during Ashtanga sessions teeming with dynamic poses and vigorous thumb-wrestling bouts. Those seeking a more private yoga experience can engage in a Thai massage, in which a trained practitioner guides the body through assisted poses and stretches.
Yoga-inspired Pilates sessions revolve around centuries-old isometrics that promote balance and help chisel the core. Students seeking a full immersion in yogic history can enroll in studio-sponsored trips to India, which pair yoga classes with sunset meditations and spiritual discourses.
The trainers at Fit 4 Evr Fitness design intense workouts to help clients improve their physical and emotional lives. They specialize in three different group classes, which they combine with nutritional education to educate, motivate, and support clients. Their group cardio classes work to strengthen the heart and lungs, and group cardio toning offers the same benefits with the addition of free-weight exercises and strength training. Zumba classes help burn calories with moves inspired by Latin dance routines and music.
More than 10 years ago, a young couple dreamed up Titans Gym—a 24-hour facility that would house exercise equipment, tanning services, and a cafe teeming with nutritious snacks. Since then, Geoff and Niki DelGrosso have laid the bricks of that ambition, packing their two gyms with row upon row of advanced Strive, Precor, and Magnum equipment and three levels of professional tanning beds. The duo hired a team of fitness instructors to lead an abundance of group exercise classes, personal-training sessions, and surprise games of Red Rover in their private studios. To refuel exercisers, the onsite Titan Up café serves up a dietician-designed menu of wholesome smoothies, pizzas, and desserts. In the end, the couple's efforts have earned accolades from numerous fitness media publications, and their studios have won the title of Best Urban Gym from Cleveland Scene magazine.