When organizing exercise regimens for his clients, personal trainer Matt Kasee draws inspiration from several periods of his life: the time he spent studying anatomy in graduate school, his process of becoming certified by the NSCA and ACSM, and of course, his trips to Disney World. Matt sees the theme park as an exemplary model of thorough planning and originality, which are concepts he strives to incorporate in his fitness programs. Just as each Disney attraction is hyperconscious of its target audience, his routines are customized to each person and their goals. He also tries to emulate the park's knack for mixing entertainment with education—his workouts prioritize fun and variety as motivational tools rather than intimidation or the threat of playing "It's a Small World" on a loop.
Matt leads both private and semiprivate training sessions with specific milestones in mind. Whether his clients want to lose weight, bulk up, or enhance their athletic performance, his methods adjust to suit their respective starting points and goals. He gives guests the competitive edge with movement analyses, nutrition tips, and gym guidance, and he even encourages patrons with online coaching.
Finding a babysitter is one thing that mothers don’t have to do in order to attend Stroller Strong’s fitness classes. That’s because children are always welcome at classes—in fact, the sessions are based around the act of pushing kids in strollers. Inside Leblond Recreation Center or outdoors at Ault Park, groups convene to burn calories and tone muscles behind the rolling wheels of their child’s buggy. Afterward, they spend 10 minutes working out abdominal muscles while kids play with the studio’s toys.
Omari Kittrell, a Pilates- and SilverSneakers-certified trainer at Optimo Fitness Association, takes inspiring his clients to the next level—when their energy flags, he does their workouts along with them. He and his eclectic group of fellow trainers, such as engineer-turned-martial-artist Jeff Love, will even make house visits to accommodate their clients. Their passion for fitness shines just as brightly in their more-traditional group classes, which run the gamut from Pilates’ lean-muscle building to kickboxing, a combat-inspired style that tones bodies more effectively than just head butting whoever annoys you.
Cincinnati Taekwondo Center fortifies its traditional martial-arts classes by also offering kimoodo classes. Known as "Korean tai chi," kimoodo imparts stretching, breathing, and meditation methods to students, resulting in physical gains such as greater flexibility, as well as mental and emotional benefits that may include better concentration and anxiety relief. These qualities carry over into the center's tae kwon do classes. Instructors don’t teach their students to pick fights or bully, but to defend and exercise compassion. As a result, kids and adult students build confidence and character, the frontlines of defense for most social encounters.
Sunlight pours onto the hardwood floors and exposed brick walls of BeneFit Studio, creating a serene backdrop for a diverse range of wellness services. Cardio and strength-training equipment speckle the studio, challenging trainees as they work their way through personal-training, boot-camp, and yoga sessions. Just beyond the training rooms, soft white curtains shroud the salon and Aveda spa, where guests perch upon cushy chairs as aestheticians dole out cuts, colors, and manicures, as well as facials and professional BEAM spray tans. Massage therapists also revitalize clients with Swedish and sports massages. And for ongoing wellness, a staff nutritionist crafts custom meal plans based on the goals and shadow heights of individual clients.
Squatting, lifting, and running are everyday occurrences for people going about their busy lives, but Calibrated CrossFit’s trainers shed a new light on the functional movements. Their CrossFit classes weave high-intensity versions of the moves into daily-changing routines, which work the body differently every day to avoid fitness plateaus. Augmented by nutritional guidelines, the classes sculpt muscles quickly and efficiently.
Cydney Rabe has always loved the boost in strength and flexibility that Pilates afforded her, but it was a car accident that made her realize the important mind-body connection it also fosters. This realization came when she managed to completely heal her resulting shoulder injury through Pilates. At Core a Movement Studio, she follows the teachings of Joseph Pilates while harnessing the latest workout equipment—including Pilates Reformers, springboards, and Exo-chairs—to amplify each core-sculpting workout by pumping up resistance. And she keeps her Pilates and Corealign classes between 3 and 10 students to ensure that everyone receives personal attention as they strive to improve their posture and carve out fitter frames.