At GoYoga, certified instructors welcome students of all skill levels by demonstrating modifications that make poses easier for beginners or trickier for veterans. During Flow Fundamentals classes, they gently adjust alignment as students build strength and release stress with basic poses. Deep breaths power full-fledged Flow routines, which revolve around graceful Vinyasa sequences that more closely resemble dance steps. In addition to hosting beat-driven Groove sessions, the studio holds many types of classes inside an 85-degree room, which ousts toxins and allows muscles to feel as limber as a freshly massaged puddle.
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 South Beach Fitness’s two Columbus-area locations, experienced trainers lead exercisers through calorie-torching classes such as kickboxing, Pilates, and Zumba. In addition to the more than 20 classes offered each week in the cardio cinema and aerobics studio, the spacious club houses high-tech cardio equipment and free weights. A 40-yard dash area facilitates intensive speed training or very short walks. After all the hard work, a nutritional-counseling area helps clients keep fitness goals in line with their dietary habits.
Inside Southbeach Fitness, licensed instructor Kenya Day helps her students burn up to 1,000 calories during each of her Zumba classes. She enthusiastically blends multicultural dance and music styles, such as salsa, merengue, samba, and hip-hop—an energetic approach that aims to feel more like a party than a workout.
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.
In 2002, former Houston Astros pitcher and certified CrossFit Level 1 coach Ralph Hicks decided to increase the accessibility of his all-time favorite fitness regimen by devising CrossFit programs for everyone from children to dedicated athletes. Today, his seasoned staff of trainers guide exercisers to physical peaks during innovative classes that borrow from CrossFit's workout philosophies and focus on such areas as endurance, baseball skills, and kids' fitness. The motivating trainers also light fires under those wishing to compete in the CrossFit Games. While pursuing personal records in reps, students hoist barbells, lift their own bodyweight, and toss homesick meteors back to their belts amidst the gym's vibrant wall graffiti.