Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and manage arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help to manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lifting and lowering motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses pushing and pulling motions to develop toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Robert Cole’s professional ballet career is one of international proportions—he's graced the stage with The National Ballet of Canada and trained with the Joffrey Ballet School, among many others. As The Ballet Academy's director, Robert blends classical training with movement analysis and conditioning while challenging students to contemplate the whys and hows of creative movement. He and his team of professional instructors help adults and children explore their artistic sides in judgment-free dance classes in the styles of tap, jazz, modern, and ballet. The Academy Division grants more serious performers the benefits of a professional training environment as they further master confidence and discipline. For those who merely want to get in shape or hear the sounds of their hearts beating really fast, The Ballet Academy's instructors also lead Zumba and yoga classes.
Granville Fitness' certified instructors lead group fitness classes in a variety of styles, motivating students to develop sturdy muscle subdivisions and camaraderie with fellow fit-seekers. The boot-camp classes' routines are derived from the sweat-intensive techniques of military training without requiring participants to shave their heads, and Zumba sets workouts to pulsating beats. For one-on-one attention, personal-training sessions pair clients with certified trainers for intense mentoring in areas such as yoga, cardio, and strength training, and trainer-trainee duos work toward student-set goals such as completing a 5K, losing weight, or alligator wrestling. Membership options vary, including an annual membership or month-to-month plans, gaining access to the facility's training equipment including medicine balls, TRX equipment, body bars, and foam rollers.
True to its name, Flags and Beyond doesn't simply stock the stars and stripes. Its catalog boasts colorful banners for both general decoration and holiday cheer. Seasonal flags ring in autumn with images of kittens lounging in a jack-o'-lantern or honor spring with Easter bunnies and painted eggs. Alternatively, a selection of patriotic flags includes classic American symbols, such as the Liberty Bell and a soaring eagle carrying George Washington in its talons. Flags for everyday display proclaim welcoming phrases, from There's no place like home to You are my sunshine! And for added exterior decor, the store carries creative mailbox covers that delight neighbors and mail carriers alike.
Owner and registered yoga teacher Leigh Brennan strives to make her students feel comfortable and welcome on their journeys to healthier lifestyles at A Place To Call Om. Within their open and well-lit studios, they motivate students of all ability levels to push toward well-being via Vinyasa yoga and fitness classes. To set the tone to her classes, Brennan infuses sessions with tunes from her own music library, playing a mix of Top 40 hits and kirtan songs. The classes range in intensity from the vigorous power flow plus, which pairs fast-paced Vinyasa poses with weight training, to gentle flow yoga, a slow-paced series set to soft candlelight and the mewling of contented kittens.
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.