My Gym Children's Fitness Center, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 30 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6–8, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient.
Doctor of Chiropractic Chris Tomshack opened the first HealthSource office in 2006 and has watched his business take flight, growing to more than 250 offices nationwide. The expansion is due in part to progressive-treatment protocols and business systems and in part to the experience Dr. Tomshack gained while in the US Air Force and the MBA program at the University of Toledo, and at Palmer College of Chiropractic, where he graduated summa cum laude. At each of his offices, a team of chiropractors, licensed massage therapists, and trainers helps to alleviate ailments such as disk degeneration and fibromyalgia. The team can also tailor treatments to alleviate pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, migraines, or arthritis, and its progressive-rehab program works with body areas that are known to cause trouble, such as weak lower backs and rebellious pinky toes.
At My Gym's hundreds of locations, kids from six weeks to 13 years old grow their brains and bodies with the help of games, music, and gymnastics. From Little Bundles (up to six months) to Tiny Tykes (up to 13 months) to Waddlers (up to 22 months) and beyond, classes divided by age get kids moving while pairing them with peers who share their same level of development. Outside of class, Practice and Play gives parents and kids a chance to explore the facilities at their own pace. The gyms also host an enticing range of special events; birthday parties and Parents' Nights Out are a few of the special programs available.
Anchored by founder and certified personal trainer Damon Burrell, Heaven and Hell Bootcamp's staff of workout wonks help clients conquer fitness goals in group boot-camp classes. With a regimen of 40- to 45-minute boot-camp classes held every weekday, Heaven and Hell keeps chests heaving, heart rates thumping, and sequined leotards shimmering at a rate that suits almost any schedule. The high-octane group workouts change each day, but typically feature agility training, calisthenics, cardio exercise, and core strengthening achieved by hoisting dumbbells, jumping rope, and stealing medicine balls from the nests of predatory birds of flight.
At Next Yoga, the team of instructors believe that yoga not only builds flexibility and strength, but also improves balance and tones muscles. Whatever students are hoping to get out of their class, they can expect dynamic power yoga workouts in a warmed environment that's designed to energize and tone at the same time. Although the fast-paced classes are set to upbeat music, they welcome and challenge students of all ages and ability levels. At the studio, students can take advantage of amenities such as showers and private lockers.
Eric Johnson has always loved coaching. He has worked with youth and adult sports teams, helped people with post-rehab exercises, and guided friends, strangers, and visiting relatives alike through rigorous workouts. Today, Eric runs the show at Human Component Fitness, offering small group classes that focus on TRX suspension training and free weights to help students build muscle and endurance.