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.
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.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. 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 and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
The instructors at Pendleton Pilates’ four locations teach 125 classes each week, showing students how to elongate and strengthen their muscles on mats, inflatable exercise balls, and the studio’s reformer machines. During each group or private session, instructors customize workouts that use a rotating selection of 500 core-focused movements developed by Joseph Pilates in 1945. Additional classes include sessions in which students use parallel ballet barres while performing Pilates exercises, as well as spinning classes at the Westchester location.