The inside of Blue Ash Strength & Conditioning looks like a jungle gym for adults. Here, people hang from bars of different heights, jump up to gymnastics rings, or flip giant tires through the space. This is a typical CrossFit class, led by experienced trainers who change up the workout routine every day to ensure muscles don't plateau. Their exercises are designed to create well-rounded athletes, and everything that's done can be scaled to accommodate guests of all fitness levels. A typical day at Blue Ash can bring any number of unforeseen challenges, from running around outside to hurling medicine balls.
Patty first discovered rock climbing in college. “I got sucked in right away,” she says. Before long, she found herself marrying a fellow climber—a man she met at Climb Time back when it was still managed by the original owners who also blended their relationship with climbing. “They got married at the gym,” Patty says, describing how the first owners scaled the roof to say their "I dos." Though Patty and her husband didn’t exchange rings at the top of a wall, they did decide to buy the gym.
The expansive arena challenges climbers with a 24-foot climbing wall, where novice and expert mountaineers alike grasp handholds with chalked palms or coax a gorilla to carry them up piggyback style. Along the other side of the facility, Patty and crew dare climbers to test their strength on a wide array of 15- to 60-degree bouldering inclines that sit above moveable pads to cushion jumps or falls.
Led by championship dancer Marco Mechelke, Dare to Dance's squad of experienced instructors help dancers of all experience levels to kick up their heels and ignite calorie bonfires. Up-tempo beats resound in high-energy Zumba and fitness classes, and quick-steppers master more than 15 styles in ballroom-dance classes. Wall-to-wall mirrors reflect synchronized fleet-footers as they cut and painstakingly resew rugs across three studios' combined 10,000 square feet of smooth, polished wood floors.
The TriHealth team is comprised entirely of fitness professionals: licensed dieticians, certified trainers, degreed instructors, and registered oneiromancers. Together, they bring an unparalleled expertise to some 100 varied training sessions a month for pupils of all sizes, fitness levels, and prior fitness predilections. Regular classes such as step aerobics, strength training, and yoga all provide good warm-ups for the more advanced intro to spinning and boot-camp jam sessions that form the current backbone of periodically changing specialty classes. Within 10 to 15 classes, most participants are able to run faster than 10 slow men and out-arm-wrestle most aquatic animals. To this end, TriHealth also conducts a range of toning aquatic activities—like the core-shredding Deep Water and general aquacise—from its variety of indoor and outdoor pools. Class chedules can be viewed here.
Arthur Murray Dance Studio has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and the Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, the Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Clients who arrive to lessons partnerless will be paired up with other classmates as the instructors assess their current skill level and make recommendations on the most appropriate program. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
Founded in 1963 at a local YMCA, the Cincinnati Ballet grew into a major regional company by adhering to its mission to express the human experience through dance. Today, it continues upholding that vision by housing resident artists who entertain audiences with dance performances of both classic and original work. Beyond supporting local audiences and their right to clap, the Cincinnati Ballet also seeks to nurture artists through the Otto M. Budig Academy. There, a professional faculty trains aspiring performers at all skill levels. These training opportunities are supplemented by outreach programs such as CincyDance!, which provides free training and dance attire to children.
Owner Nico Gonzalez opened Fitness Physiques by Nico G wellness boutique to help his clients harness the life-changing power of being healthy. At this 2,700-square-foot space in Blue Ash, members can find Pilates Balanced Body equipment and a hardwood-floor group fitness studio with classes taught by certified instructors. The center also offers personal-training sessions and monthly health and wellness educational workshops. Classes range from Zumba and a yoga-Pilates fusion to Hatha yoga and Core Adrenaline sessions, which blend Pilates with strength training for long, lean muscles without bulk.