When Roald Dahl wrote Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, he imagined a much-coveted golden ticket that granted access to myriad wonders and unveiled the inner workings of an entire industry. Adele Fridman, founder of MetaBody, created a real-life version of that ticket with her MetaBody Yoga & Fitness Pass, though it applies to fitness instead of candy. The pass grants access not to a single gym but to classes at a variety of local studios, specializing in everything from yoga to boot camp. With the freedom to move from location to location, students can sample different regimens, instructors, and styles of exercise to cobble together a program that fits their needs and goals. MetaBody's nutritionists supplement class packages by coaching clients in healthy eating, recipe cooking, and speed-reading nutrition-fact labels.
Normally host to rousing sessions of gymnastics, dance, and basketball, Hamilton County Sports Complex mixes all its specialties together every Saturday at its open-gym session. Known as Community Appreciation Day, the Saturday open gym encourages families to run, jump, and otherwise burn calories with a smorgasbord of activities, including climbing ropes, mini zip lines, rock walls, foam pits, a toddler zone, and more. Indoor soccer, basketball, and batting cages give rambunctious sports-lovers a chance to hone their skills, and dance fanatics can rehearse for a spot in Mikhail Gorbachev's Boogie Jamboree with the gym's Dance Dance Revolution. Gymnasts can endlessly bound on trampolines, TumbleTraks, or a bungee trampoline. This Groupon is good for the entire immediate family, giving you the chance to watch the folks grapple up climbing ropes or collectively kick the winning goal.
Students should bring: Energy and enthusiasm.
Average class length: Less than 30 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Indoors only
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be prepared to jump in, have fun, and move through your workout fast.
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
The workouts change daily, so there's always a new challenge. With a 30-minute workout, clients move from one round to the next every three minutes doing cardio, strength moves, hitting, and kicking. It's hard to get bored with so much going on during your workout. And because workouts are quick and effective, it's easy to stay motivated to spend 1.5 hours each week.
What is the biggest mistake you see people make when trying to get fit on their own?
Exactly that?working out alone and not having fun while they're exercising. It's easy to burn-out and get bored spending 30?60 minutes on one activity, especially if they aren't seeing results quickly.
Do you run your gym according to a particular exercise philosophy?
Work hard while having fun. We motivate our members to work just a little harder than they believe they can, so they gain confidence and see results.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
Having trainers dedicated to working with each client, every time they come in, allows members of all ages and fitness levels to have a great workout.
Located in Geist, Massey Martial Arts Academy is a karate, tai chi, and judo/jiujitsu school for students of all ages. Taught by seventh-degree black belt and national champion Marvin Massey and fourth-degree black belt Zach Yde, classes at this private academy range from beginning karate to kickboxing and self-defense sessions. Clients gain strength and flexibility in martial arts classes while simultaneously learning respect and discipline, and can compete for belts or simply come for a workout off the beaten treadmill path.
At Yoga Monkey + Fitness, Aleasha Sholes and Angie Howard want all of their staff and students to behave like monkeys. The co-owners covet the animal's playful spirit, physical poise, and social nature, encouraging guests to embrace these qualities with a variety of classes. Whether they are leading Vinyasa yoga sequences or kickboxing jabs in their two workout studios, their constructive attitudes boost both moods and heart rates. They continuously strive to redefine each student's limits, though they never lose sight of the ideal balance among work, play, and meditation dream duels. Their health-care backgrounds?Aleasha was a nurse, and Angie devises wellness programs for independent and assisted-living facilities?give them the anatomical know-how to customize their programs based on different strength levels.
The name, KnowSweat, is more than a hollow boast. The instructors have amassed years of martial-arts and personal-training experience, they and hold an accreditation from the American Council on Exercise Faculty. In that capacity, instructors train other fitness professionals in pursuit of continuing-education credits, and they bring that same level of expertise to every class they teach.
The teachers anchor many of the gym's workouts in martial-arts maneuvers, incorporating fast-paced punches and kicks into cardio routines like a ninja with a short attention span on a treadmill. Students jump rope, shadow box, and fling high-flying roundhouses at one another. All the while, heavy pads strapped to hands and forearms absorb the impact.