Concentrating on not-from-concentrate fresh juices, smoothies blended to order, protein shakes, and locally roasted Boston Stoker coffee, Locolicious blends crazy delicious drinks from a full-service thirst-quenching establishment. A liquid mouth-injection of 100% juice ($4) helps cut down on colds, strengthen bones, and improve one’s understanding of Inception, using the pure nectar of carrots, green apples, or fresh oranges. Locolicious can also combine juices into healthy medleys, forming nutritious harmonies such as Viva La Veggie’s ($4.50) mélange of celery, carrots, beets, parsley, and the opening chord from most ’80s training montages.
Sunlight bounces off the glossy, light-gray floors of The Iron Room. In its expansive, warehouse-like space, resistance equipment waits to be brought to life with a grunt from a motivated student. Certified trainers Roger Downing and Sarah Reeves lead these pupils––no matter their current fitness level––through boot-camp-style classes that use exercises targeting specific muscle groups, which change daily. For example, a workout that focuses on the back includes the use of rings and battle ropes interspersed with high-intensity aerobics. When no class is in session, the students arrive to use the training equipment at their leisure.
Professional Latin dancer and certified Zumba instructor Tabra Tacuri embraces the link between dance and fitness: her dance career with longtime partner Anthony—an award-winning dancer certified by the National Dance Council of America and Arthur Murray—has helped her maintain an enviable shape. Together, they lead others in slimming down while strutting their stuff on the dance floor with a combination of ballroom dance and dance fitness classes at Fit 4 Life Ohio. The pair leads group and private dance lessons in ballroom, Latin dance, and Argentine tango and works with betrothed couples to perfect their first dance for their big night. Shifting the focus to fitness, Tabra once again calls upon her Latin-dance training to help dancers of all levels shimmy their way to narrower waistlines during her high-energy Zumba and Zumba toning classes.
She further motivates clients to reach their fitness goals with in-home personal training and nutrition coaching. In her e-fitness program, she leads personal training and group fitness classes via webcam and Skype, allowing clients to get in shape at home or on a crowded commuter train. The e-training sessions also include personal assessments and interviews to ensure that clients stay on track.
Driven by a mission to provide women from all walks of life a fun and challenging alternative to conventional fitness routines, instructors at Pole Vixens Xtreme lead seven pole fitness classes within a studio outfitted with professionally installed poles. They also host pole-centric parties for gals looking for a unique way to spend a night out on the town, as well as workshops and private lessons.
Practice Yoga on Fifth focuses on Ashtanga (breath synchronized with fixed postures) and Vinyasa (linking movement with breath) yoga styles, emphasizing the physical, mental, and spiritual benefits of the practice. The staff of talented instructors teaches a varied set of classes appropriate for both beginners and yogis more bendable than taffy warmed in a British child’s pocket. A drop-in beginner's class (currently offered Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m.) takes a slow, gentle pace to acquaint brand newbies with postures, and open-level Vinyasa teaches accessible endurance-building, flexibility-enhancing sequences in a room heated to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. More-advanced classes include Hot Vinyasa—a sweaty, stretchy 90 minutes of challenging poses in 95-degree heat—and the Ashtanga primary series, a fast-paced sequence of 72 postures with synchronized breath. See the schedule for dates and times.
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.