Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn up to 500 calories with each go-round.
• For $30, you get nine pole-dancing classes (a $90 value). Though Studio Fitness has a schedule full of classes for continuing students, this Groupon is good only for pole-dancing sessions on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. • For $25, you get nine Zumba classes (a $63 value), held on Wednesdays and Fridays at 10:00 a.m. and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m.
Personal trainer Vince Ceniceros was at a crossroads in his life: “I was rehabbing houses at the time and it was either keep rehabbing houses or try to open a business,” he told the Toledo Blade. Staying true to his risk-taking nature, he took a chance and it paid off with the debut of Extreme Cycling by Vince. His once 2,800-square-foot space has now blossomed into a 8,200-square-feet gym with the addition of the Extreme Cardio Center, which hosts spin, TurboKick, and TRX classes.
Ceniceros’s success lies in his effective fitness method, a mix of cardio, strength, and muscle work that not only boosts patrons’ stamina, but also helps them shed weight. His workouts pull techniques from muay thai, boxing, isometrics, and other approaches to allow students to work within their individual fitness levels. Some of his signature moves include the Sugar Cookie pushup jump—a combo that’s anything but sweet—and the Mountain Climber, which challenges exercisers to lean on their fists in a plank position and ascend an imaginary peak while fending off hungry mountain goats.
With its row of simple barbells, rowing machines, and mats, the spartan, warehouse-like space of Crossfit Toledo doesn't resemble a shiny globogym or yuppie fitness center. That's because CrossFit workouts focus on functional movements and intense, strength-building exercises, building toned, powerful muscle with pull-ups, pushups, running, squats, and weightlifting. Armed with an iron will to strengthen their students mentally and physically, the CrossFit-certified coaches continue the legacy of their mentor, Crossfit Toledo founder (http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_Lengel_Morran_2.pdf).
A multi-time national champion himself, sixth-degree karate black belt and Ohio Martial Arts Hall of Famer Jeff Gears is passionate about helping people reach their goals. This is true whether a student is looking to tone up or become proficient in a new sport. Each instructor at Jeff Gears MMA has been hand-picked not only based on their martial-arts proficiency, but for their ability to relate their experience to students at all skill levels. Kids classes are available in karate, and adults can choose from muay thai, cardio kickboxing, or krav maga self-defense sessions.
Helmed by veteran personal trainer Jeff de Groff, HomeBody Xtreme Fitness tailors workouts to suit the needs and schedules of anyone looking to get or stay in shape. A schedule of daily boot camps, kickboxing classes, and weightlifting sessions is available at Jeff’s well-equipped gym, which is home to free weights and punching bags. For those too busy to travel to the gym, meanwhile, Jeff brings his expertise and portable fitness equipment with him for custom in-home sessions that incorporate resistance training, stretching, and plyometrics.