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.
With its row of simple barbells, rowing machines, and mats, the spartan, warehouse-like space of Crossfit Toledo doesn't resemble a shiny globogym or yuppie fitness center. That's because CrossFit workouts focus on functional movements and intense, strength-building exercises, building toned, powerful muscle with pull-ups, pushups, running, squats, and weightlifting. Armed with an iron will to strengthen their students mentally and physically, the CrossFit-certified coaches continue the legacy of their mentor, Crossfit Toledo founder (http://library.crossfit.com/free/pdf/CFJ_Lengel_Morran_2.pdf).
A multi-time national champion himself, sixth-degree karate black belt and Ohio Martial Arts Hall of Famer Jeff Gears is passionate about helping people reach their goals. This is true whether a student is looking to tone up or become proficient in a new sport. Each instructor at Jeff Gears MMA has been hand-picked not only based on their martial-arts proficiency, but for their ability to relate their experience to students at all skill levels. Kids classes are available in karate, and adults can choose from muay thai, cardio kickboxing, or krav maga self-defense sessions.
Helmed by veteran personal trainer Jeff de Groff, HomeBody Xtreme Fitness tailors workouts to suit the needs and schedules of anyone looking to get or stay in shape. A schedule of daily boot camps, kickboxing classes, and weightlifting sessions is available at Jeff’s well-equipped gym, which is home to free weights and punching bags. For those too busy to travel to the gym, meanwhile, Jeff brings his expertise and portable fitness equipment with him for custom in-home sessions that incorporate resistance training, stretching, and plyometrics.
As his students move through each Vinyasa pose in 90-degree heat, master yogi Brent Coldiron offers up optimistic and philosophical thoughts. Rather than the soft thrum of a gong or the soothing sounds of trickling water, he punctuates his poses with an eclectic mix of tunes from bands such as Led Zeppelin. Coldiron leaves the intensity of his classes up to each student, which allows him to accommodate clients of virtually any age, fitness level, or combustibility.
"Insanity" is a fitting moniker for the workout that certified instructor Josh Mompher teaches. He advises participants to be ready to work hard during the high-intensity routines, which torch calories and quickly whittle the body while building stamina. In fact, his students kick off their mornings with this intense calorie burn: sessions meet at 6 a.m. three days per week.