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.
Focusing on delivering results, the trainers at Canyon Fitness Studio work closely with their clients to meet their goals, whether they're training for a sport, recovering from an injury, or just hoping to shed a few pounds. With more than 15 years of experience between them, Markeeta and Jimmy Canyon lead boot-camp classes they've designed to deliver visible results, mixing up workouts with functional exercises, core-strengthening, and holding a burrito at the end of a fishing pole. The trainers also work one-on-one at their clients behest, designing a personalized program to meet the needs of each individual.
Over the past 63 years, Thoma & Sutton Eye Care has crisscrossed Ohio and Kentucky, planting 20 eyewear outposts across the region. At each optical stronghold, teams of talented opticians examine peepers, determine prescriptions for glasses and contacts, and fit faces with thousands of stylish specs flown in from fashion capitals around the world. Clients can peruse the up-to-date displays, which feature frames from designers such as Coach, Calvin Klein, and Kenneth Cole, before trying on a pair and slipping past a parole office.
Helmed by Dr. Diane Arel and Dr. Mandy Garrison, Art of Smiles Dentistry offers a comprehensive range of dental services. From the basic cleaning to cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers, the doctors' combined experience of 26 years and several hours of continuing education ensures meticulous execution of any procedure. Art of Smiles Dentistry also offers treatments that help iron out facial wrinkles, such as Botox, Dysport, and dermal fillers.
As twilight approaches, Mary Beth Nishime can hardly sit still. Her inner party animal is purring, and its insatiable hunger can only be quelled with a hearty helping of beats, moves, and action. Fortunately, Zumba provides all three, plus the joyful atmosphere common to Latin salsa and merengue. So Mary Beth and her crew move the party to local churches, schools, and senior centers, where students of all fitness levels melt calories and stress with each chest pop and hip swivel. A team of teachers leads many of the church-based classes, filling the room with more energy than a newborn quasar. And to help students vary workouts, Mary Beth also hosts boot camps, yoga classes, and kickboxing sessions at her dojo, Nishime Family Karate.
Backed by two medical degrees in botanical and naturopathic medicine as well as the expertise that comes with administering more than 300 hours of acupuncture treatments, Dr. Tommy Ray Thompson knows how to protect patients against a slew of maladies. During sessions that incorporate ancient acupuncture therapy, the steady-handed doc carefully places hair-thin needles along specific corporeal points or “channels.” Keen to the subtle pricks, these bodily highways transform into intravenous postmen, sending signals to internal organs to dissolve chronic pain and stress. Chiropractic care realigns spines to correct years of built-up muscular stress from poor posture or sleeping in the headstand position. Adjustments further alleviate soreness when coupled with massage therapy and applied kinesiology sessions. Other services include nutrition consultation and detoxifying footbaths.