Fitworks is home to a dedicated cadre of certified muscle architects who guide eager physiques through intense, small group workouts. Peruse the schedule before sampling a tension-undoing yoga class or a weekend-morning muscle-pump session, ideal for prepping for an underwater bench-press that will determine the office's next round of promotions. One-hour Zumba classes harness the rhythmic power of merengue, conga, belly dancing, and more to kill calories while resuscitating sleepy toes. After classes, students can freshen up or flex unused singing muscles in Fitworks' shower facilities.
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.
Club 51 Fitness covers every fitness base with group exercises, a 40,000-square-foot workout room, and personal training. Top weight-machine brands such as Life Fitness, Nebula, and Hammer Strength make appearances alongside cardio machines, and hardwood-floored classrooms flooded with natural light host yoga, Pilates, and boot-camp classes. The club also boasts childcare services and a women-only workout area, useful for avoiding pickup lines from randy treadmills. After workouts, guests can lounge in the locker rooms' dry saunas and steam rooms or in the onsite day spa.
All 10,500 square feet of HER Total Fitness are dedicated to the same goal: helping women pursue their fitness goals in a modern, supportive, judgment-free environment. The facility features an entire area stocked with LifeFitness strength-training equipment in addition to a separate section with Precor ellipticals, treadmills, and other cardio machines. With a bit of assistance from the staff, women can use this equipment to stay in shape.
Although members can develop and follow their own workout regimens, HER Total Fitness offers professional guidance in the form of personal training and group classes. The trainers can work closely with each individual, providing valuable insight and encouragement while keeping personal goals in mind. Throughout the week, instructors also lead group classes. Dance-inspired Zumba sessions get pulses racing, Vinyasa yoga hones mental and physical balance, and boot camps combine calisthenics and interval training to create high-intensity workouts that help build strength and stamina.
Aside from all of the workout opportunities, HER Total Fitness also caters to its members' needs by providing various amenities. Tanning beds ensure that the skin can retain its sun-bronzed hue all year long. The onsite massage therapist specializes as a medical massage practitioner, using specific modalities to address stress and tension found deep within the soft tissues. The facility even offers free childcare services in a safe, supervised environment complete with age-appropriate games and toys.
When she discovered a RealRyder fitness class as a student in Ann Arbor, Casey Hilmer fell in love with the way the bikes leaned from side-to-side because it meant she was working her core, upper body, and lower body, all while improving her balance and torching calories. When she couldn't convince the Ann Arbor studio to open a location in Cincinnati, she decided to take matters into her own hands and open Power Ryde with her mom. Their studio's classes utilize the same RealRyder bikes for a more intensive spinning workout.
Eastside Wellness Connections? studios offer a range of core-strengthening workouts. Stationary bikes form rows inside one room for spinning classes led by a certified instructor. Laminate floors provide the stomping grounds for yoga classes, where students on mats bend, twist, and somersault their way into a series of poses. And Pilates students use mats and reformer machines to build long, lean muscles.