During years of laying on mammoth hits as a linebacker for Ohio State and first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots, owner Andy Katzenmoyer learned a thing or two about training to meet peak performance. That same training also came in handy when getting back into shape after suffering a career-ending neck injury. Today, with the help of trainers Tricia and Ross, he customizes workout programs that focus on athletic skills, speed, and agility–whatever it takes to reach the individual's goals.
The team tackles these objectives within a 6,000 sq. ft gym sporting a padded floor and plenty of natural light. There, they train people individually or in small groups, running through equipment-based workout that utilize pull-up rigs, treadmills, and rowing machines that replaced last year's mechanical gondoliers. They also lead CrossFit classes, where students swing kettlebells overhead, toss medicine balls, and perform squats while clenching barbells in their fists–a mixed bag of routines and exercises that changes each session and boosts performance from all muscle groups.
The individual attention of personal training and the camaraderie of team workouts converge at The Edge, a 3,000-square-foot kettlebell gym inside Personally Fit’s workout studio. Here, certified personal trainers lead three types of functional fitness classes that use tools such as weighted sleds and suspension-training harnesses to increase strength, burn calories, and gear up for Santa’s annual reindeer tryouts. During the studio’s signature kettlebell classes, students sculpt limbs and cores using cast-iron weights shaped like small cannonballs. To help to prevent injuries and reap each motion’s benefits, a Russian Kettlebell–certified instructor stresses proper form throughout the workout. The earth’s gravitational pull powers TRX classes, which help up to 10 students to master body-weight exercises using suspension-training straps. Since each movement can be tailored to a variety of skill sets, these workouts suit the needs of new exercisers and seasoned athletes alike. Built around a circuit of cardio and strength stations, boot camps boost fitness levels with sandbags and battling ropes, not piggyback rides from Richard Simmons.
People come to the yoga mat for a variety of reasons, which is why L-Yoga Flow's empowering classes strive to nourish its patrons on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. Studio founder and creator of the L-Yoga Flow, Natalie Kristine, has combined her favorite aspects of all the exercise modalities she has studied, which include tai chi, ballet, Ashtanga yoga, boot-camp workouts, and reiki, into a class schedule that aims to bring the best out of yogis.
At Practice CrossFit, trainers shake bodies out of muscular slumber by leading weight training and cardio exercises from gymnastics and rowing to running and jumping. Exercisers work through routines customized to their experience levels and abilities, ensuring a workout as safe and challenging as a padded Rubik's cube. Practice CrossFit's resident former competitive bodybuilder and college basketball player, Chastity Sloan, runs women through intensive boot-camp classes. The courses focus on aerobic and muscle-building exercises, with demanding workouts that raise heart rates like kidnappers raise ransom rates with demanding lists of demands. The gym holds women-only boot-camp classes Monday and Wednesday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday and Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Click here for a schedule of CrossFit classes, which run Monday–Saturday.