The Nia Technique Columbus hopes to remove the trepidation of getting in shape with a supportive environment that welcomes people of all shapes, sizes, and fitness abilities. Workouts are based on the Nia technique, a sensory-based practice that follows a series of 52 movements crafted from jazz and modern-dance styles, tai chi, yoga, and tae kwon do.
Sunlight bounces off the glossy, light-gray floors of The Iron Room. In its expansive, warehouse-like space, resistance equipment waits to be brought to life with a grunt from a motivated student. Certified trainers Roger Downing and Sarah Reeves lead these pupils––no matter their current fitness level––through boot-camp-style classes that use exercises targeting specific muscle groups, which change daily. For example, a workout that focuses on the back includes the use of rings and battle ropes interspersed with high-intensity aerobics. When no class is in session, the students arrive to use the training equipment at their leisure.
Cork floors and butter-yellow walls surround Day Yoga Studio, where natural light flows in from the windows and illuminates students in practice. Whether they are taking a hot class—aimed to detoxify bodies and boost flexibility—or a gentle session, students take advantage of the expertise of more than 10 instructors. With expertise ranging from belly dancing to prenatal yoga, these pros aim to help their pupils tone muscles and relax their bodies and minds. In addition to yoga, the facility also offers sessions by a trained Ayurvedic massage therapist.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
Concentrating on not-from-concentrate fresh juices, smoothies blended to order, protein shakes, and locally roasted Boston Stoker coffee, Locolicious blends crazy delicious drinks from a full-service thirst-quenching establishment. A liquid mouth-injection of 100% juice ($4) helps cut down on colds, strengthen bones, and improve one’s understanding of Inception, using the pure nectar of carrots, green apples, or fresh oranges. Locolicious can also combine juices into healthy medleys, forming nutritious harmonies such as Viva La Veggie’s ($4.50) mélange of celery, carrots, beets, parsley, and the opening chord from most ’80s training montages.