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.
While running a Stroller Strides exercise program for new moms, personal trainer Candice Peters found her calling. As she said during an interview with Cincy Chic, she wanted to recapture "the energy of women…[in] a non-intimidating and non-judgmental environment." To that end, she opened Hyde Park Body Boutique, where she ushers ladies of all ages and body types toward their fitness goals. She emphasizes no-frills functional fitness with TRX suspension gear and a distinct lack of fancy machines—the studio only stocks treadmills and elliptical machines that drop their "g"s and prefer bagels to crumpets.
Because of this stripped-down aesthetic, the studio leaves room for the sun to dapple the hardwood floors as Candice pilots weight-loss regimens, postnatal workouts, and sports-centric routines alike. During group classes, which include boot camp, TRX, and kettlebells, she continues to embody the accepting attitude that led to her studio's creation, encouraging students to set their own pace.
Willis Music’s staff of dedicated musicians taps into the shop's century in business to guide fellow melody makers of all levels among more than 3,000 instruments and a jungle of accessories. Though in-store stock may vary, patrons can peruse racks for catalog items such as a Planet Waves chromatic headstock tuner, which dials in string tension using vibration ($39.99), or they can pacify rampaging folk singers with strums on a ukulele ($37.50+). A Peavey bass amp ($99.99) gives modern and vintage voice to bass guitars, and metal-encased DigiTech effects pedals ($49.99) awaken drowsy ears with four roaring styles of distortion. Customers can beat out rhythms on the skin of a Toca street djembe ($49.90) or browse various other African, Caribbean, Middle Eastern, and Irish hand drums captured, tamed, and refurbished by independent craftspeople.
Victory Lady Fitness Centers’ three locations offer supportive environments for women to get fit. Clients can individually pursue their weight-loss goals by working with free weights or swimming laps in the pool, or they can attend calorie-stomping group classes such as Zumba, belly dancing, kickboxing, kettlebell, and yoga. Personal trainers provide added boosts of motivation and accountability, helping each woman achieve her specific goal, be it dropping a dress size, preparing for a marathon, or becoming the first person to in the world to balance on one foot. Other gym perks include an outdoor boot camp, a running club, and meal-planning services.
Step-N-Out Dance Studio brings together a talented and diverse group of independent instructors—each expert in their own mix of dance styles. The team of enthusiastic dance professionals, lead private lessons, group classes, and workshops on three separate, mirror-lined dance floors. Together, they can teach everything from the classic ballroom and Latin dances to the fitness-focused belly dancing, Zumba, and trophy-lifting classes. Classes are foundational with a focus on movement, direction, and basic concepts of partner dancing. From getting one's start in Latin dance with salsa and bachata to basic ballroom, classes have a specific focus on teaching novice dancers steps, timing, and connection to build confidence on the dance floor and, in some cases, prepare students for more advanced training.
Amanda sits cross-legged in a sun-soaked room, still amazed that, eight years ago, a love affair with yoga rocketed her through 200 hours of training and into the ownership of her own studio. She has an updated 1,500 sq. ft. space with 14 new classes including Turbokick, Full Body Blast, and more. During Zumba sessions, instructors lead a small group of exercisers—their hips undulating and limbs snaking during body-sculpting power workouts backed by Latin-inspired music. Barre classes fuse Pilates, yoga, and ballet techniques into a total-body workout, using a ballet barre along with resistance bands and light weights.
Amanda teaches alongside a troupe of passionate instructors. They help students of all experience levels find their groove, teaching more challenging moves to advanced pupils or modifications for those still learning to move in earth’s gravity.