The certified instructors at Team Edge Performance and Fitness in New Albany attack sedentary lifestyles head on with more than 16 years of experience and an array of personally tailored workout sessions for athletes and civilians of all abilities and levels. The spacious gym facility encourages exercise with Hammer Strength circuit-training machines, heavy bags, ropes that challenge a variety of muscle groups, and Life Fitness cardio equipment, replete with heart-rate monitors that help keep to increase difficulty or detect tin men. Personal and group training sessions cater to each individual's needs and goals to provide an effective and safe workout, and classes such as kids' jiu-jitsu and CrossFit challenge trainees of all ages and skill levels.
Contrary to popular belief, you don't have to be flexible to do yoga. Rather, the flexibility—both physical and mental—comes along with the practice. At Studio Om, students with any or no experience are welcome to try a variety of yoga classes. Class options include styles ranging from gentle or chair yoga to more vigorous Vinyasa yoga, depending on whether students seek a relaxing or invigorating session. The studio also holds Pilates and yoga fusion classes, as well as Holy Yoga sessions, which combine biblical Christian study with an all-levels yoga flow sequence.
Joanna Pearson has never been a stranger to good health—as a registered nurse, it's been her job. But after making it through the rigors of nursing school, having kids, and navigating the ups and downs of everyday life, she realized she needed a change. "I looked in the mirror, and I didn't like what I saw," she said.
So she enrolled in a Zumba class, dropped nearly 40 pounds, and nourished a love for fitness that blossomed into a career. Now, she inspires that same passion in others through her boot camps, which combine traditional exercises (such as push-ups and squats) with creative functional workouts such as flipping tires, aiming sledgehammers at tires, and consoling battered tires. As an RN and ACE-certified personal trainer, Joanna knows how to meet her campers at their level and encourage them to push a little further without intimidating them. Her classes are "rugged,” but “still doable for any fitness level," she said. She also teams up with her husband of 16 years to lead couples boot camps, which enable twosomes to encourage one another as they get fit together.
Joanna meets with each new boot camper for a total-body assessment, including measurements and BMI stats. As a NESTA-certified fitness nutritionist, she uses that information to help craft a nutritional program that empowers clients with the knowledge they need to eat right.
Because she's been leading the boot camps for more than a year, Joanna has been able to see the transformations happening for her campers, which transcend mere weight loss: she said she's seen them gain strength, endurance, confidence, and self-worth during her program. Some of them have even followed Joanna’s footsteps to pursue becoming instructors themselves.
"It's a cycle of giving," she said.
The Oriental Martial Arts College (OMAC), founded by Sr. Grand Master Joon P. Choi? a 10th Degree Black Belt in Taekwondo? has been teaching the Moogong-Ryu system of martial arts since 1963. All of the dojang's Instructors have experience training and teaching multiple martial arts and are certified by WUMA.
OMAC offers classes for all ages, beginning at age 3 to 70-plus, all of which are designed to improve health and fitness, help with weight and stress management, and bring a harmonious balance to everyday life. Classes include Little Tigers (ages 3?6) classes for kids and youth (7+), taekwondo, hapkido, gumdo, fitness and healing arts like power tai chi, action yoga and kimoodo healing art, to advanced black belt training with Grandmaster Choi throughout their multiple Central Ohio locations. OMAC has more than 35 branches worldwide.
Candy Cane’s fun-minded party hosts add a sexy, cheeky touch to bachelorette parties, birthdays, bridal showers, and girls’ nights out. They are like a full service bar, party house, and fitness studio combined, hosting private parties and events, workshops, and fitness classes. The staffers can also collaborate with customers to create a unique theme, such as sexy delicatessen or sexy Free Willy.
Candy Cane’s kitchen turns out sweet treats and specialty drinks to accompany events, and a full catering menu is available. Sweets can also be stashed in The Candy Store's signature little black box alongside party favors such as tank tops, body paints, and adult novelty items.
CrossFit Future's high-ceilinged, 10,000-square-foot facility is anchored by kettlebell areas, ring stations, and deadlift bars waiting to be hoisted high. Trainers?each with a CrossFit Level 1 certification or better?fuel 60-minute group or one-on-one workouts with calls of encouragement. The fifteen-strong staff unites backgrounds as diverse as a mechanical-engineering degree, a fireman, and a seventh-place finish in the breaststroke in the 1996 Olympics. Using up to date equipment, the team motivates students to sprint up and down the back alley, drag sleds, or toss medicine balls.