At Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness, a facility staffed by decorated martial artists and coaches, experienced instructors guide students through self-defense classes. Those that lead the studio’s namesake Krav Maga courses show students how to work with their body’s natural instincts to take down a predator or quell the body’s urge to start the wave with every conversational mention of sports.
Further self-defense skills emerge during muay thai combat and weapons disarming seminars. In the gym’s fitness corner, cardio kickboxing slings five rounds of fast-paced punches and kicks, while yoga helps fighters wind down and leaves them more relaxed than a sloth traveling through taffy. The facility also offers CrossFit classes, where students perform a variety of functional movements in short bursts of maximum intensity to burn fat and rapidly build muscle.
People come to the yoga mat for a variety of reasons, which is why L-Yoga Flow's empowering classes strive to nourish its patrons on a physical, mental, and spiritual level. Studio founder and creator of the L-Yoga Flow, Natalie Kristine, has combined her favorite aspects of all the exercise modalities she has studied, which include tai chi, ballet, Ashtanga yoga, boot-camp workouts, and reiki, into a class schedule that aims to bring the best out of yogis.
The Survival Race’s 5-kilometer track challenges racers to navigate a gauntlet of mud-laden terrain. Staggered waves of 300 runners each conquer military-style obstacles, wade through murky water, and slide through muddy trenches before reaching the finish line to celebrate at a shindig awash with delicious eats and smitten swamp monsters. Afterward, a Facebook album aids online nostalgia by showcasing dirt-caked athletes and their marshy feats.
At Willowick Fit Body Bootcamp, the certified personal trainers burn fat without pelting students with intimidation tactics. Instead of shouts, they slenderize students with science, motivating them through workouts designed to keep calorie furnaces burning for up to 30 hours after the workout has been wiped off and wrung into a Corvette’s gas tank. They help their clients achieve these prolonged metabolic crescendos with strategic combinations of cardio exercises and resistance training.
Paul Scianna surveys his 5,000-square-foot boxing Xanadu, flashing his Hollywood smile at his team of expert trainers and muscle-building students. The professional boxer, who jabbed his way to reality-TV fame on The Next Great Champ with Oscar De La Hoya, puts clients through their paces, whether they’re sparring with him in the gym’s prominently displayed boxing ring, shedding pounds in group sessions, or getting nutrition advice. He schedules more than 30 weekly classes that teach students the fundamentals of boxing and slim profiles with high-cardio exercises. For aspiring pugilists, Paul starts his troupe of boxers young with empowering youth programs that teach kids the discipline and self-defense necessary to evade bullies and only punch their way to the top of the competitive chess circuit.
Each of Snap Fitness Cincinnati’s three 24-hour fitness studios hosts an endless array of strength and cardio equipment, ensuring their members never have to wait in line to get on the machines they want. The friendly and knowledgeable training staff performs individual fitness assessments for their clients and makes recommendations on the exercises that can efficiently lead them to their goals. Beyond the gym, guests receive access to a members-only website chock-full of online workouts and suggested meal plans. To help keep clients accountable, staffers make frequent check-in calls, give out prizes for regular visits, and hold favorite sweatbands hostage.
When meeting Frank Tatulinski for the first time, most people probably wouldn't peg him as a Zumba enthusiast. His muscles bespeak a grittier story, encompassing 30 years of martial-arts experience and 14 years of service in the army. As a competitive bodybuilder and powerlifter, he broke multiple world records for his division—but he needed a workout to keep his body active during the off-season, when barbells return to their racks to hibernate. After his first few Zumba classes, he was hooked.
Frank founded BFFitness to motivate student groups of all ages and backgrounds with the celebratory dance workouts he loves. The BFF in his company's name stands for Bernie (his wife) and Frank, and also for Best Friends Forever, a nod to the communal atmosphere he fosters during each session.