Though its name may conjure fantasies about sprinting down crowded streets or bench-pressing buses stalled in traffic, Urban Active Fitness grants its members abundant space in which to spread out and follow their workout proclivities. At dozens of locations across the Midwest and South, members can sculpt their bodies in whichever manner they choose—from personal training with resistance machines and free weights to group classes in cycling, Zumba, and Pilates. A number of group classes draw on the gym’s urban theme for inspiration. Urban Iron, for example, focuses on building muscles that resemble the cast-iron beams of skyscrapers, and Urban Yoga closely imitates the poses necessary to squeeze onto a subway train at rush hour.
I teach Boot Camp Fitness Classes and do small group training out of my own studio in Sylvania. My clients range in age from 12 to 80. My emphasis is on functional training and exercises that can improve mobility, strength, posture, and energy levels. I make exercise challenging yet fun.
Instructors at Wow Fitness, many of whom boast certification from the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, cheer on clients during a diverse range of classes, including all-levels yoga, Zumba, and circuit training designed to maximize fat burning. Those with children can deposit them at onsite childcare for an additional fee or lie down on the floor and bench-press them to build muscle.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, 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 up to 500 calories with each go-round.
If you know that Marco Iagulli has earned two bodybuilding trophies and competed in 200-mile bike races, it may come as a surprise that his original career path wasn't "nationally recognized personal trainer." After getting his associate's degree in electromechanical engineering and doing extensive research in exercise science and nutrition, he realized he could apply his engineering and physics knowledge to developing safe, technically correct exercises. Now the owner of Powerline Personal Fitness, Marco and his staff lead exercisers through original workout routines such as Scorpion group fitness, which amps up the intensity while lowering the risk of injury. Powerline's personal trainers also work one-on-one with clients to help them reach their fitness goals, whether to lose weight quickly or improve their conditioning as an athlete.