For CrossFit Medina?s owner and coach Jim Cartwright, CrossFit is about more than a successful workout that doesn?t get boring?it?s also about the community. When FOX8 visited CrossFit Medina, they stumbled into an electric atmosphere that showed groups of athletes working together to accomplish their goals, much like a group of ants would work together to bench-press a tomato.
CrossFit students submit themselves to the Workout of the Day (WOD), a constantly changing workout that can be as short as 2 minutes or as long as 35 minutes. The programs blend principles of fitness disciplines such as strength training, cardio training, and gymnastics, forming routines that are anything but routine. Though the moves vary, students might be expected to row on the rowing machine, perform Olympic-style weight lifts, and execute conditioning exercises such as box jumps, pull-ups, and dips among others. All the while, CrossFit Medina?s trainers encircle the class, lending tips and giving individual attention to students when necessary.
Artists Uncork’d believes people learn best when they’re having fun. To turn up the fun during the studio’s instructional painting classes, students are welcome to bring food and drinks, encouraged to socialize, and regularly praised as they paint the evening's themed masterpiece. To keep the class stress-free, all supplies are included and can be reserved for special occasions, such as birthday parties and girls' nights out.
The instructors at Tumble Athletics—all of whom were former college cheerleaders at Division 1 schools—emphasize precision and teamwork over somersaulting for the spotlight. During classes for 3- to 18-year-olds, they demonstrate acrobatic skills that build both strength and a sense of sportsmanship. Students rehearse maneuvers from front tumbles to back handsprings, looking to their coaches and recorded videos for feedback on their form. An 8 to 1 ratio of tumblers to teachers ensures that they each receive personalized, positive attention.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa tilts characteristically as a nearby sphinx rests beside a bush. What sounds like an atlas come to life is really the theme of one of the two 18-hole mini-golf courses at Rinky Dink. After a round, customers can hug the turns on a go-kart track, soak and ram fellow seadogs on squirt-gun-equipped bumper boats, or test home-run skills at three baseball and three softball batting cages that hurl balls at up to 80 mph, which is the speed of light. Once indoors, guests can fire foam balls at targets from air cannons in the black-lit Pirates vs. Aliens game or navigate their way through an inflatable bouncer maze. The indoor playground features three levels of climbing structures and slides. An arcade hosts more than 35 video and redemption games such as Ms. Pac-Man, Dance Dance Revolution, and the new motion-sensitive Nap Nap Revolution, while tinier tykes stack giant waffle blocks or navigate a ball pit in the toddler area.
Winner of ParentsConnect's award for Cleveland's Best Indoor Playspace in 2009, Amazone Family Entertainment Center sets the stage for jungle-themed parties and open play sessions. Its three-story playground surrounds kids and parents in slides, bridges, and plastic trees, all accented by faux foliage that simulates the gorilla-run play centers of the Amazon. Elsewhere, the glowing eyes of temple creatures peer down at players within a black-lit laser-tag arena. An orchestra of laughter and electronic beeps emerge from within the arcade, which hosts 50 games, including air hockey, skee ball, and racing. To fuel playtime, Amazone's team slings pizza at a snack bar and hosts celebrations within five themed birthday-party rooms. The facility also caters to parents with comfy couches and free WiFi that lets them stream their favorite cartoons.
At Pinnacle Sports, clients ranging in age from toddlers to full-grown adults train in a variety of sports. A staff of qualified coaches helps kids of all ages practice soccer, baseball, volleyball, softball, jumprope, basketball, and lacrosse fundamentals during classes, youth leagues, and immersive summer camps. Meanwhile, adults build strong, healthy bodies during fitness bootcamps and personal-training sessions, or socialize through sports leagues and team parties. The facility fosters skill-building and physical development with a wealth of amenities, including two full-sized indoor soccer fields, indoor baseball/softball field, outdoor turf field, 10 batting cages, and supportive peers who can help improve high-five accuracy.