When he founded CrossFit Akron North, Josh Felber already knew that persistence was at the core of any athletic pursuit. He preached that philosophy to the many athletes and fitness newbies who visited his gym, and the idea took firm root between the pull-up bars and the climbing ropes. Today, the gym's staff includes eight coaches who, between them, teach CrossFit, CrossFit swimming, On Ramp classes, and personal training sessions. Rather than focusing on how big your biceps are or how far you can throw a harpoon from the rowing machine, each class focuses on overcoming your personal limitations?a touch that adds a competitive edge to the cooperative, community-focused workout.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from jazz dance, yoga, Pilates, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.
If variety is the spice of life, then Yoga & Fitness Passport is a veritable East Indian Trading Company. The outfit curates some of the highest reviewed fitness studios throughout both Canada and the U.S. From there, they issue passports that give exercisers a chance to jump from yoga to Zumba to pole dancing classes, all at different studios. Rather than having to navigate each gym's scheduling site, guests can find and sign up for sessions through the Yoga & Fitness Passport site. From there, folks just need to show their confirmation on a smart phone or wood etching, and it's off to the races.
Asian Sun Martial Arts and Fitness helps students cultivate a well-rounded self-defense system by providing instruction in tae kwon do, karate, kung fu, kickboxing, and certified Krav Maga. At the core of each class are fitness and self-defense. Instructors teach students of all fitness levels and who range from 2.5-year-olds to senior citizens. Asian Sun Marital Arts and Fitness' team of expert black belt instructors have also boosted the popularity of its Cardio Fit Kickboxing classes, which have sculpted lean, strong muscles for participants since 1994.
Located within Hickey Karate Center, both Red Door Yoga and Martial Fight and Fitness programs emphasize full-body fitness through centuries-old practices. During either class type, small groups of about 10 people meet for lessons on basic technique that aim to challenge physical fitness and minds. During yoga classes, an instructor trained in the YogaFit technique leads students through a series of traditional poses designed to tone muscles, reenact childhood Twister parties, and improve flexibility. Martial Fight and Fitness classes combine martial arts self-defense techniques and kickboxing-style movements into a strength and conditioning workout that highlights form without physical contact. Because of the traditional curriculum, students who take these classes may find it easier to later transition into a martial arts program. Yoga classes run in the evenings on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday, and martial arts classes take place on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings.
The fitness instructors at each of Body Sculpting's dozens of gyms lead their customers in the fight to stave off osteoporosis, increase lean muscle mass, improve cardiovascular fitness, and lose weight. During fitness sessions, they teach visitors the proper form and principles of the gym's flagship Body Sculpting program, which focuses on cardio and weight-training exercises that often require only a set of 5-pound dumbbells, an exercise mat, and a stretch band. They augment this central program with a range of other classes that delve into barre-fitness techniques, exercises for the abdominals and core, workouts for the back, and cardiovascular training. To help customers achieve their fitness goals and continue fighting crime past bedtime, the gym sells products such as stretch bands used by physical therapists, heel-elevation boards, and instructional manuals. Trainers also help customers stay fit with an exercise of the month that draws from techniques such as Pilates.