The championship-winning coaches at Gym Skills lead an array of tumbling and gymnastics classes in a noncompetitive and encouraging atmosphere. Mommy & Me courses, geared toward children ages 18 months–2.5 years, allow parents to join in on introductory limb bending, while preschool gymnastics lessons ease 3- to 5-year-olds into the world of muscle malleability. Both half-hour classes gently work little ones' flexibility, balance, stretching, and tumbling skills using kid-friendly gym equipment such as trampolines, balance beams, and 500-pound teddy bear dumbbells. Obstacle courses test youngsters' abilities to climb, jump, perform forward and backward rolls, and unravel shuttle-launch algorithms.
Today, it's undeniable: Jazzercise is a worldwide empire, spanning more than 1,800 locations and 32,000 weekly classes across the globe. It's also hip; gone are the leotards and legwarmers of the 1980s, replaced with a high-intensity blend of cardio, strength training, kickboxing and power yoga performed to hits by chart-toppers from Shakira to Justin Timberlake. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set, with recent additions such as Fusion, Core, and Strike broadening the workouts' variety and application. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background. This sense of community keeps Jazzercise devotees coming back, but so too do the results; benefits ranging from weight loss and boosted core strength to increased flexibility and stress relief.
Jazzercise's continued success can be traced to the innovation of its founder, Judi Sheppard Missett. While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, she
decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. Little
did she know that this ?just for fun? class was the prototype for what would become the Jazzercise sensation.
The number of certifications garnered by Geoff4Fitness.com’s namesake trainer demonstrates his commitment to approaching physical fitness from all angles. In addition to being an ACE-certified personal and group-fitness trainer, he is licensed in sports safety and CPR. Geoff also holds a pupil-activity permit for the Ohio Department of Education, for which he has coached at the high-school level for five years. He also helps adults reach their fitness goals with his MMA fitness classes, 45-minute workouts comprised of circuit-based movements.
At Ohio Krav Maga & Fitness, a facility staffed by decorated martial artists and coaches, experienced instructors guide students through self-defense classes. Those that lead the studio?s namesake Krav Maga courses show students how to work with their body?s natural instincts to take down a predator or quell the body?s urge to start the wave with every conversational mention of sports.
In the gym?s fitness corner, Cardio Xtreme slings five rounds of fast-paced punches and kicks. The gym's Gahanna facility also offers CrossFit classes, where students perform a variety of functional movements in short bursts of maximum intensity. The classes help burn fat and build muscle rapidly.
For more than 50 years, Judy Dollenmayer Studio of Dance's instructors have been dedicated to training students of all ages. And as they offer more than 100 classes per week, there is something for everyone. Their styles range from jazz to tap to hip hop. While they emphasize turnout, flexibility, and posture in ballet, they focus more on the storytelling aspect of dance in lyrical classes, helping dancers drive their movements through emotion. During hip-hop classes, they coach students to hit funky, fast-paced movements, and in tap, they teach feet to tap out rhythmic beats. In addition to these expressive forms of movement, the instructors also lead barre ballet fitness classes, which blend dance techniques into calorie-burning cardio routines.
If you ask the trainers at K Zone what the keys to fitness are, they might say function and variety. And they would know: they've all lost 20?60 pounds themselves. At this studio, their main goals are to incorporate a variety of exercises for their clients during personal training and boot camps that keep muscles guessing and heart rates up. Kettlebells, free weights, resistance bands, and medicine balls are just some of the tools they use to help clients achieve their fitness goals. During boot camps, each client gets an intense full-body workout and sessions are available at varying times throughout the week to help accommodate almost any schedule.