Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
The Five Seasons Family Sports Club houses tennis courts, a dining area, fitness facilities, swimming pools, and a full-service spa under one roof. Within air-conditioned indoor courts or on outdoor hard or clay courts, racquet slingers compete in friendly bouts to sharpen swings, refine backhands, and showcase grunting abilities. Members can also break a sweat in exercise areas speckled with modern cardio equipment and weights or cool off in an Olympic-sized pool with diving wells and wading areas. Before meeting others for a postgame beverage at the lively café, clients can wander to the spa for a relaxing massage or partake in a sports workshop to gain a firm grasp on game mechanics.
Mary Rider took her first Zumba class three years ago. A year later, she decided to become a licensed instructor so she could guide students through the Latin-inspired dance moves that helped her lose 75 pounds. She went on to found Move Your Body Fitness inside a 1,200-square-foot studio. Now, Mary and her instructors teach classes that range from Zumba to Yoga and Pilates.
Bella Forza Fitness's experienced instructors strengthen women from within. In classes such as Body Combat, students combine martial arts with cardio moves for fierce fat burning. Bella Forza Fitness also hosts parties for bachelorette and birthday parties and sells apparel online store.
Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
Though Master Sun Park's friendly demeanor doesn't suggest it, a powerful warrior lies behind his warm smile and crisp, white uniform. At age 11, Park earned a third-degree black belt in tae kwon do before continuing on to win numerous championship titles in Ohio state and national competitions. Now, with more than 43 years of martial-arts experience beneath his fifth-degree black belt, Park extends his expertise to students 4 and older at his private training studio.
Plush blue mats stretch across the studio's floor, where Park and his staff of WTF- and USAT-certified instructors lead tae kwon do and kickboxing classes for children and adults alike, in addition to personal-training sessions. They strive to promote physical fitness along with the values of discipline, responsibility, and confidence. Throughout the studio, students wallop punching bags, halve wooden boards, and carve the likeness of Jean-Claude Van Damme into stone with just their fists of fury.