Roadrunner may be an iconic cartoon, but at DNA Sports' Center Speed School, the trainers probably wouldn't laugh at his antics. For them, speed is no joke. It's essential to success in any sport, and they help athletes age 7 through adult hone it with explosive custom workouts, set in a 14,000-square-foot training facility.
In the same facility?home to an indoor turf field, rowing machines, and fitness sleds?the trainers host other types of workouts, too. They coach athletes in specific sports, for instance, ranging from football to softball. They also lead calorie-torching boot-camp classes for adults, which tone the entire body more effectively than doing jumping jacks for 24 hours.
Wellness professional Elyse Jarard envisions Venus - A Fitness Studio For Her as a place for women and girls to feel comfortable with their bodies while learning about health and fitness. Her programs take two main forms. First, fitness regimens include small group personal training, one-on-one training and semi-private training, as well as seasonal triathlon training for women. Nutrition is just as important, so Elyse also leads educational programs on healthy eating, including raw diets, vegan diets, and vital supplements. She even helps her clients explore healthier alternative to some of their favorite beauty products.
More than 2,000 hours and counting. That's how long Jayne Cardell, the owner of Blyss Studio, has been practicing and teaching yoga. Her expertise comes in handy at her homey yoga studio, where she and her team of instructors schedule Vinyasa and Hatha yoga classes and build personal yoga cabanas from yoga blocks and mats. To help alleviate any muscle aches that may result from the workouts, Blyss also offers massage therapy.
Led by championship dancer Marco Mechelke, Dare To Dance's squad of experienced instructors help dancers of all experience levels to kick up their heels and ignite calorie bonfires. Up-tempo beats resound in high-energy Zumba and fitness classes, and quick-steppers master more than 15 styles in ballroom-dance classes. Wall-to-wall mirrors reflect synchronized fleet-footers as they cut and painstakingly resew rugs across three studios' combined 10,000 square feet of smooth, polished wood floors.
The inside of Blue Ash Strength & Conditioning looks like a jungle gym for adults. Here, people hang from bars of different heights, jump up to gymnastics rings, or flip giant tires through the space. This is a typical CrossFit class, led by experienced trainers who change up the workout routine every day to ensure muscles don't plateau. Their exercises are designed to create well-rounded athletes, and everything that's done can be scaled to accommodate guests of all fitness levels. A typical day at Blue Ash can bring any number of unforeseen challenges, from running around outside to hurling medicine balls.
Owner Nico Gonzalez opened Fitness Physiques by Nico G wellness boutique to help his clients harness the life-changing power of being healthy. At this 2,700-square-foot space in Blue Ash, members can find Pilates Balanced Body equipment and a hardwood-floor group fitness studio with classes taught by certified instructors. The center also offers personal-training sessions and monthly health and wellness educational workshops. Classes range from Zumba and a yoga-Pilates fusion to Hatha yoga and Core Adrenaline sessions, which blend Pilates with strength training for long, lean muscles without bulk.