Normally, if a deer was to wander into a yoga class, it would raise some eyebrows and maybe even cause a bit of panic. At Room to Breathe Outdoor Yoga, though, wildlife is just part of a framework that makes every session a bit magical. Classes here unfold atop an open-air platform that has been constructed in the white pine forest of Walnut Bluffs Park, a pocket of land so peaceful that it's hard to believe it's just minutes outside the city. A wooded path leads guests back to the shady, custom-built platform for daily classes, including sunrise sessions that are lit by candles until the mayor tugs the rope that raises the sun into the sky. On Sunday mornings, hymns from a nearby church carry through the trees, and every other day of the week, students move through poses while listening to the calls of hoot owls and wild turkeys.
At SUP Columbus, skilled instructors empower aquaphiles to explore the region's waterways by paddleboard. Though they're happy to rent out boards and paddles, they tailor their services to suit beginners; all classes take place on the placid waters of 3,300-acre Hoover Reservoir and are capped at four students. Additionally, instructors convey effective paddling skills, balance, and positioning, along with tips should students choose to take up the sport independently. They'll direct students to ideal bodies of water and neighborhood bathtubs for paddling, for instance, and guide students toward the proper clothing and equipment.
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Average Duration of Services: 30–60 minutes
Brands Used: Fred Astaire Dance Studio
Pro Tip: Wear comfortable shoes that stay on your feet, no flip-flops or slides.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Fun and easy dance instruction
Recommended Age Group: Adults
When coaches at Titanium Lacrosse teach an athlete how to throw, catch, or shoot, they’re not just instilling a new skill; they’re cultivating new instincts. Their approach, known as the Titanium Methodology, emphasizes proper form, precision, and confidence, with the chief aim of making the game flow naturally for players. The coaches work on athletes at various clinics and leagues.
During years of laying on mammoth hits as a linebacker for Ohio State and first-round draft pick of the New England Patriots, owner Andy Katzenmoyer learned a thing or two about training to meet peak performance. That same training also came in handy when getting back into shape after suffering a career-ending neck injury. Today, with the help of trainers Tricia and Ross, he customizes workout programs that focus on athletic skills, speed, and agility–whatever it takes to reach the individual's goals.
The team tackles these objectives within a 6,000 sq. ft gym sporting a padded floor and plenty of natural light. There, they train people individually or in small groups, running through equipment-based workout that utilize pull-up rigs, treadmills, and rowing machines that replaced last year's mechanical gondoliers. They also lead CrossFit classes, where students swing kettlebells overhead, toss medicine balls, and perform squats while clenching barbells in their fists–a mixed bag of routines and exercises that changes each session and boosts performance from all muscle groups.
Westerville Golf Center's lush driving range coddles golfers with first-rate facilities that landed it on Golf Range Magazine's 2011 Top 100 Ranges list. With the Birdie Frequent Hitter card in tow, golfers can whack, juggle, and comically trip over $36 worth of driving range balls while traversing 80 verdant grass slug-stations. A fleet of 40 covered tees, heated in winter, shelter stick swingers from summer sun and unseasonable chills, and loaner clubs are on hand for those still slicing the air with old mannequin legs. Ideal for sharing with a close friend or one of the staff's PGA instructors, orbs come in small ($5/40 balls), large ($7.50/75 balls), and jumbo ($13/175 balls) buckets.