The stylists at Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa have beautified Cincinnati-area clients for the past 30 years. During that time, the staff has grown to more than 400 employees across five locations. They've also garnered several press mentions, including their most recent victory in The Knot's Best of Weddings 2013. These accolades are all possible because of the meticulous care that the salon pours into both its posh ambiance and soothing treatments. Stylists perfect 'dos with haircuts and smoothing keratin treatments, and aestheticians perform antioxidant facials, which make the skin more resilient against hazards such as environmental damage and cheek-pinching aunts.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Although yoga and Jiu-Jitsu seem like two very different practices, they share a common foundation: technique. This foundation of technique and form are central to the teaching philosophy at Tula Yoga and Jiu-Jitsu's. Their instructors teach two styles of yoga—vinyasa and hatha. In vinyasa yoga, students synchronize their movements and breathing through a flowing sequence of postures. The hatha sequence involves longer holds that challenge muscles and help students develop inner wisdom, all without having to eat the bark of a wise, old tree. Strong form and technique is stressed in Tula's yoga offerings, and that carries over to its Jiu-Jitsu program. There, blue-belt instructor Robert Slape maintains an unhurried pace so students of all levels can efficiently learn martial arts techniques.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members of all ages and lifestyles to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With convenient 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess, address, and accomplish their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a results-oriented personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
When Bodhi Tree Yoga Studio owner Krista Risner first attempted yoga exercises along with a DVD, she wasn't impressed. The workout didn't seem strenuous or fruitful. But once she summoned the courage to visit a studio, she was struck by yoga's effect on not only the body but also the mind. Now a staunch devotee, she and her staff of instructors teach yogis of all experience levels how to become better attuned to their bodies and minds through flowing postures and breathing exercises.
It was only a year ago that a trip to the clothing store would bring Zumba Fitness founder Jahnea Phillips within tears. She was forced to choose from frumpy clothes in the plus-size section that did nothing but hide her curves. That all changed when a close friend invited Jahnea to her very first Zumba class. After an hour of shaking, twisting, and jumping, she was almost near tears again, but this time they were tears of happiness. That short while spent dancing reminded her of how good she deserved to feel.
One year and 76 pounds later, Jahnea is sharing that experience with ladies of all shapes and sizes from the stage of the spacious Hazel Dell Grange in Vancouver. This is where she teaches the art of Zumba, which involves cardio exercise through Latin-inspired moves, in which one dances out the entire story of Julius Caesar’s childhood.