Anytime Fitness, which boasts 1,689 clubs in North America, makes it easier for average folks to etch out time for exercise by doing one simple thing: staying open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. As fitness-seekers challenge themselves on cardio and strength machines and hoist free weights in clean, well-stocked facilities, security monitoring ensures they’re safe and producing enough sweat to meet official government standards. Members can also ramp up their exercise regimens with the help of Anytime Fitness’s staff of personal trainers, while tracking their fitness progress and meals in the innovative Anytime Health system. After workouts, guests can shower in the private restrooms or bop into one of the tanning booths.
“There’s something for everybody here and if there isn’t, we’ll make it.”
With Lisa Little's approach to DIY art, as she tells Middletown Journal, no one gets left out at one of her pottery-painting parties. Visitors to The Splattered Platter are treated to Lisa's diverse ceramic collection, which includes more than 500 decorative and functional pieces—including bowls, plates, and figurines—with each matte-white porcelain surface awaiting decoration.
The decorating tools are all-inclusive as well. Crayons accommodate younger hands, and paintbrushes on canvases suit the finer motor skills of older artists. These seasoned crafters can also drop in for Lisa's in-depth project classes, which tackle trickier subjects, such as topping a wrought-iron table in mosaic or knitting leg warmers for a millipede.
In addition to being a trainer, Steven Hartman considers himself a professional motivator. His knack for instilling confidence and determination in others led him to create Dedicated Motivated, where he and his fellow instructors help guests pursue a fitter lifestyle. The facility offers an open gym, weight room, group classes, and personal training, allowing guests to pursue almost any fitness goal. If you'd rather not pummel a punching bag on your own, you might take a boxing class. Or if you're more of a dancer, drop by one of the Zumba sessions. The schedule also includes Dedicated Motivated's signature class, which draws its circuit workouts from both military-style boot camp and mixed martial arts.
Snap Fitness's easyFIT monitor is a small, clip-on accelerometer that helps keep track of daily exercise. Unlike pedometers that merely measure steps and spy on daydreams, the easyFIT monitor senses the intensity and duration of physical activity, transmogrifying those stats into simple, numerical points that help assess activity levels from sedentary to peak performance. In addition to tracking exercise in real time, easyFIT monitors can connect to the wearer's personal web portal to upload data and create fitness graphs that help show progress, snag exercise suggestions, and stave off the temptation of living next to a hamburger farm. Watch a video about the easyFit here.
In 1976, educator, musician, and kinesiologist Robin Wes opened The Little Gym based on his new take on physical education. His curriculum emphasized motivating children to achieve instead of pressuring them to win. As a result, The Little Gym became a noncompetitive, positive, nurturing environment where young ones could develop physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually. Since then, Little Gyms have sprouted up across the country. Enter Kevin and Page Helmick. Kevin and Page's passion for working with children stirred the duo to open their own Little Gym locations in Liberty Township and Mason. Parents of two young boys, Kevin and Page captain a talented staff of childcare professionals and instructors that is as passionate about childhood development as they are. The programs and classes they teach aim to help kids develop skills such as rhythm and coordination, and kids camps during winter, spring, and summer breaks prevent children from creating finger paintings that express the existential ennui they feel when school is out of session. The gym's classes, camps, and childcare programs have earned this location the Best Children's Play award from Cincinnati Family Magazine.
There's something for everyone at Court Yard Sportsplex, keeping families busy and active with its variety of sports facilities and classes. Tennis balls thwack against rackets during private lessons, instructional clinics, and competitive inter-club matches at the complex's 11 indoor and outdoor courts. Elsewhere, cardio and weightlifting machines whir with the effort of exercisers, and the squeak of tennis shoes echoes upon basketball and racquetball courts. Outside in the heated pool?open Memorial Day through Labor Day?younger kids splash in the shallow end during beginners swim lessons, and older kids sluice through the water while working on their strokes. For the more artistically inclined, music emanates from classrooms where a Joffrey Ballet?trained instructor orchestrates youth ballet classes, which culminate in a summer recital. Whatever activity they choose, members can soothe exerted muscles by visiting the onsite massage therapist, who calls upon nine massage modalities and essential oils infused with lullabies.