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.
At Inspire Fitness of Columbus, engaging instructors propel exercisers toward fitness goals during fun group workouts. The studio specializes in Zumba classes, which whirl Latin-inspired dance steps and rhythmic music into parties that celebrate fitness and community. Parquetry lines the spacious dance floor, where participants can shimmy and shake without crashing into their neighbors. More energizing than coffee brewed in a particle accelerator, Zumba soundtracks teem with salsa, hip-hop, and reggaeton beats handpicked by Grammy-winning producers. Boot camps and toning classes complement Zumba’s cardio workout by cultivating strength, muscle tone, and core stability.
Title Boxing Club Powell began as a cocktail of talents: the fighting prowess of former professional boxer Danny Campbell, the acumen of businessman Tom Lyons, and the top-of-the-line gear from Title Boxing, LLC owners David Hanson and Tony Carbajo. Hanson and Carbajo provided the gym’s equipment and outfitted the first location with an onsite pro shop. Campbell put together two signature Power Hour workouts, one based on boxing and the other on kickboxing. Lyons took care of the franchising, and the club has spread all over the nation.
The independently owned and operated Powell location upholds the founding model, boasting 90-pound heavy bags installed into floor-to-ceiling black metal frames. Inside, students can burn calories and learn some self-defense during boxing and kickboxing fitness classes. When the workout's over, they can head to the pro-shop area, where padded cage walls neatly separate the goods from the rest of the gym and provide an excellent place to duke it out over whose T-shirt looks better.
Opportunities for exercise are everywhere within Valor Performance. The private gym contains large tires, TRX machines, an AstroTurf area, and free weights that are 100% fat free. The facility is rarely without another essential component: owner and trainer Jeremy Diamond. Mr. Diamond boasts a degree in sport and exercise science and a friendly nature that helps him work easily with pretty much any client. Diamond uses his vast expertise to help clients achieve their personal goals, whether that means losing weight or bulking up with muscle. When not training others in the gym, Diamond regularly posts fitness tips and videos on his Facebook page, including humorous takes on common workout issues such as grunting in the gym.
Equipment: Free weights, Cybex, Hammer strength, cardio equipment, TRX Bands
Average class length: 30–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 11–25 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Bring your A-game.
Fit Body Boot Camp instructors guide clients toward their fitness and weight-loss goals at locations throughout the world. They lead group workouts that integrate cardio exercise with resistance training and weight training, keeping sessions varied in order to avoid disheartening plateaus. Nutritional guidance supplements tailored fitness programs to ensure that clients are properly fueled to lose, gain, or maintain their weight.