The muffled thuds of boxing gloves pummeling headgear or backs blasting into floor mats resound throughout Strong Style's steel- and chain-link-clad gym. Child and adult classes fuse moves from the judo, muay thai, and Brazilian jiu-jitsu traditions as students throw punches and kicks or discuss international politics while grappling in two full-size boxing rings. Conditioning classes work the entire body with functional training tools such as weighted ropes, TRX suspension straps, and improbably huge truck tires, previously Paul Bunyan's rollerblade wheels. To zero in on individual fitness goals, clients may schedule personal-training sessions or design their own workouts using the facility's weights and cardio machines.
The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.
Womankind empowers underserved expectant mothers with the services necessary for a healthy pregnancy, such as pregnancy testing, prenatal care, professional counseling, and childbirth classes. More than 1,700 women each year find support in Womankind's services, all provided at no cost and administered by Womankind's staff and volunteers, including physicians, nurses, certified nurse-practitioners, and a licensed independent social worker. The organization welcomes all women in need of pregnancy support, including those facing financial difficulty or a lack of health insurance. In 2011, Womankind provided comprehensive prenatal care at no cost to 384 pregnant clients during the first 28 weeks of pregnancy who lacked insurance or financial support.
The soft pop of clubs connecting with golf balls drifts across The Range at Green & Harvard. Three acres of grass tees and 30 artificial-turf tees provide ample room for mobs to hone their swings after a long day chasing unnatural creations of science, and bunkers and practice greens enable focused work on the short game. The outfit replaces the entire fleet of range balls each year, so golfers rarely tee up a misshapen sphere.
Lights shine from above to allow nighttime repetitions, and at a pro shop, steely bouquets of clubs from Callaway and Top Flite stand in corners, overseen by trainers and staff members.
For nearly 20 years, Training for Warriors Cleveland's experienced instructors have produced athletes well versed in agility. Helmed by executive director John Collis, PhD, the institute’s staff of conditioning coaches, exercise physiologists, physical therapists and sports medicine physicians leads sessions designed to build strength and endurance through a philosophy of constantly changing motion. The team also conducts athlete-specific, small-group training and programs that work to develop skills such as linear speed, change of direction, and flexibility.