Since 1990, Power Shack Fitness Centers have fostered a casual, low-stress ambiance at its four locations, eschewing the large crowds and intimidating vibes of many mainstream gyms. A retinue of nationally certified personal trainers is on hand to craft custom workout plans for members, acquainting them with the gym’s array of free weights, cardio machines, and functional training equipment. Group fitness classes are also led by nationally certified instructors. Offerings include barbell conditioning, yoga, spinning, dance, and power grunting. Depending on the location, you can also take advantage of tanning amenities or pick up nutritional supplements.
Next Level Fitness fosters a nurturing family environment by fielding a supportive staff, furnishing a host of up-to-date equipment, and gearing training toward each visitor's individual goals. Cheery yellow walls augment the gym's welcoming vibe, which is less intimidating than a puppy playing soft jazz on the piano. The 7,000-square-foot workout area brims with both machines and free weights. Treadmills direct their glare toward mounted flat-screen television screens and holograms of canteens situated just out of reach. A cadre of certified trainers—all of whom were college or pro athletes—impart their kinesthetic wisdom during one-hour personalized sessions, and group classes and boot camps spur wholesome bouts of perspiration with spinning courses and core-bolstering moves. Next Level specializes in athletic-performance training for all ages and sports, having run players from the NFL, NBA, and MLB through their paces in a 12,000-square-foot turf field house. Amenities such as batting cages, pitching cages, and cages containing surly pythons can sharpen clients' speed, strength, and evasiveness for upcoming games. Next Level even rents out the field house for sundry other inertia-obliterating purposes, such as games of dodge ball, rugby, football, and track and field events.
At Victory Fitness Center, members pump iron in the weight room and pedals on the stationary bikes before giving weary muscles respite in the whirlpool or sauna. Besides providing fitness coaching to keep everyone on the right track, the gym also provides an environment free of intimidation with men- and women-only workout areas. To supplement those workouts, the staff designs easy-to-follow weight-loss programs, and certified trainers lead group classes such as Zumba, boxing, and boot camp.
After living everywhere from Washington, DC, to Guatemala, the owners of Urban Moves wound up in Columbus, and decided to pursue their passion for fitness and entrepreneurship. They bought the gym from its previous owner, and transformed it into a membership-free fitness studio dedicated exclusively to exercisers working with trainers, either one-on-one or in group classes.
In the boutique studio, the team of personal trainers designs programs to suit their clients’ goals, whether they want to complete a 5K race or take a bite from the famed nougat peak of Mount Everest. The troupe also hosts a variety of group classes in a wide range of exercise modalities, from gentle yoga to high-tech Power Plate training—a bona fide miracle of modern science that shapes muscles through vibration.
Fueled by Joseph Pilates' belief that exercise should enhance and support the natural machinery of the human body, instructors lead students through a tapestry of intense, focused moves that draw from weight training, aerobics, yoga, and tai chi. In addition to leading group mat classes aimed at boosting core strength, they stock their hardwood studio with machines such as Cadillacs, ladder barrels, and reformers that rely on handles, ropes, and pulleys to heighten the workouts. The staffers offer semi-private and private lessons that focus exclusively on these reformer machines, which each face their own mirror so practitioners can perfect their poses and James Cagney impersonations simultaneously. To liven up the floor routines, they sometimes combine elements of TRX suspension training or ballet-barre workouts, both excellent complements to the intense core work of Pilates.