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.
The two facilities that comprise Cleveland Sports Institute—Parisi Speed School and Cuyahoga CrossFit—form a fitness duo that produces athletes well versed in agility and nutrition education. Helmed by executive director John Collis, Ph.D., the institute’s staff leads CrossFit classes designed to build strength and endurance through a philosophy of constantly changing motion. The team also conducts athlete-specific, small-group training and programs that work to develop skills such as linear speed, change of direction, and flexibility. The Sports Institute also hosts the L.E.A.N. Nutrition-Weight Loss program which supplements training sessions with custom meal plans suited to each individual’s goals and ability to digest freshly pumped iron.
Open Yoga Gallery helps yogis attain endurance, strength, concentration, and flexibility through 75-minute classes held in a progressive, eco-conscious studio. The passionate, certified instructors aim to revitalize students of all skill levels—from budding benders to expert extremity elongators—through a variety of small classes. Every week, the schedule brims with up to 40 classes, including Hatha yoga, which employs traditional postures to increase balance, concentration, and breath control, and Open Level Slow Flow, a gentle practice that focuses on core strength, alignment, and breathing while saying the class name five-times fast to improve enunciation.
More than 10 years ago, a young couple dreamed up Titans Gym—a 24-hour facility that would house exercise equipment, tanning services, and a cafe teeming with nutritious snacks. Since then, Geoff and Niki DelGrosso have laid the bricks of that ambition, packing their two gyms with row upon row of advanced Strive, Precor, and Magnum equipment and three levels of professional tanning beds. The duo hired a team of fitness instructors to lead an abundance of group exercise classes, personal-training sessions, and surprise games of Red Rover in their private studios. To refuel exercisers, the onsite Titan Up café serves up a dietician-designed menu of wholesome smoothies, pizzas, and desserts. In the end, the couple's efforts have earned accolades from numerous fitness media publications, and their studios have won the title of Best Urban Gym from Cleveland Scene magazine.
Reed Yoga's owner Michelle Reed has spent nearly a decade studying the way the human body moves, both by training in martial arts and by earning certifications in yoga instruction and massage therapy. Now she applies her muscle mastery in a studio located on the 14th floor of the downtown Statler Arms building, where she leads the alignment-oriented stretches of Iyengar and the dynamic flowing sequences of Vinyasa yoga. Her associate Corissa Bragg commands the deep flow class and tantra yoga, helping students work up a sweat and perform the sun salutations that earn the earth an extra six hours of daylight at the end of the month. Bryan Shelly teaches yoga flow for all levels.
Seated meditation begins and ends each of the studio's classes, during which students spread their own yoga mats across the practice space's dark wood flooring. The space is enclosed by sunshine-yellow walls and floor-to-ceiling mirrors that allow non-vampiric pupils to monitor their posture and technique.
Newly opened K2 Fitness is a fitness center that wants to help its members get into the best shape of their lives. Certified trainer Jason Kouvaras runs the gym, as well as offers challenging personal-training sessions. With free weights and machines on the floor, and group fitness classes such as spinning, boot camp, yoga, and boxing, clients will have everything they need to burn calories and work up a sweat.