Peak Performance's USPTA-certified pros help fledgling first-timers and proficient players hone their tennis expertise in a comfortable environment with a one-hour, private tennis lesson. Under the direction of Muriel Stine and Kevin Vaughn, who possess more than six decades of combined experience, the skilled staff provides an experiential lesson that titillates tennis learners on a mental, physical, social, and intergalactic level. From sharpening game-time strategies and improving physical ability to building court-born friendships and nurturing passion for the game, the one-hour lessons are as well-rounded as holes in the net caused by confused woodpeckers.
History pulses through Lemko Hall, a turreted brick building in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. Over the past century, it has served as a saloon, a ballroom, and a movie set where stars Robert De Niro and Christopher Walken filmed a scene for The Deer Hunter in 1978. Nowadays, one of the space's tenants, Studio 11, channels an even older legacy: the yoga tradition of ancient India.
The studio's seasoned teachers impart moving meditations that have been passed down from generation to generation via careful instruction and epic games of telephone. Classical Hatha poses help yogis of all levels cultivate strength and flexibility as they learn to center their minds and control their breath. Students steep their minds in yoga's meditative qualities during flowing, breath-focused Vinyasa routines or explore the practice’s athletic side during Ashtanga sessions teeming with dynamic poses and vigorous thumb-wrestling bouts. Those seeking a more private yoga experience can engage in a Thai massage, in which a trained practitioner guides the body through assisted poses and stretches.
Yoga-inspired Pilates sessions revolve around centuries-old isometrics that promote balance and help chisel the core. Students seeking a full immersion in yogic history can enroll in studio-sponsored trips to India, which pair yoga classes with sunset meditations and spiritual discourses.
Euphoria Health and Fitness provides athletes with the equipment they need to shape up, and the post-workout therapy they need to stay healthy. The gym populates its strength-training studio with Cybex VR3 equipment and lines it cycling studio with Keiser M3 bikes, which are highly stable and resistant to tipping as cyclists practice slinging newspapers. Circling the cardio center, Star Trac treadmills and elliptical machines flash shows and movies via their onboard high-definition televisions. Nearby studios host group fitness classes and boot camps where participants feed off one another’s energy to tough out rigorous workouts.
In a quieter nook away from the hullabaloo, a massage therapist relaxes sore muscles with sports, Swedish, and deep-tissue bodywork sessions. The therapist integrates ice and heat as necessary, helping endurance runners, triathletes, and everyday gym-goers reclaim normal range of motion. To elevate the experience, the therapist often plays gentle music and fragrances the air with essential oils.
Movement Matters guides students through a muscle-toning medley of fitness classes including pole-dancing workouts held in a gym bedecked in kaleidoscopic hues and DJ-quality sound and lighting equipment. Alluring and enjoyable, pole dancing cultivates strength and litheness with exercise that tests the mettle of every muscle in the body. Those looking to foster flexibility and basic pole precision climb up during the Pole Fit session, which imparts the foundational grips of bar work and readies pupils for more difficult maneuvers on the pole, such as parallel parking. After students complete one instructed drop-in session, they can sharpen their skills during Open Pole, a free-for-all forum ideal for practicing lessons from previous classes and perfecting impressions of billowing flags.
The trainers at Cleveland Boxing Academy include domestic and international champs—Vonda Ward is an International Boxing Association and World Boxing Council heavyweight world champion, and Robert Francis is a two-time New York state champion. During classes and lessons, they teach students the science behind boxing while providing an intense workout that can help fighters sculpt their physiques.