Mercy HealthPlex has helped the local community get into shape for more than 16 years by way of four state-of-the-art wellness, fitness, and athletic centers in Anderson, Downtown, Fairfield and Western Hills. At each location, nationally-certified fitness pros guide exercisers of all levels to their goals in a variety of fitness classes and programs.
Mercy HealhPlex falls under the umbrella of Mercy Health – Cincinnati healthcare network, which has been serving Cincinnati for more than 160 years. The network includes physicians and caregivers who provide services at 180 regional locations, amassing accolades from Truven Health Analytics along the way. In fact, Truven named Mercy Health- Cincinnati as one of the nation’s Top 15 health systems three years in a row, the only health system in Cincinnati to accomplish this feat.
Peachy Seiden, a registered dietitian with 15 years of culinary experience, has penned two books of healthy recipes designed for cooking around a busy schedule. Inside a house painted peach, she teaches groups to prepare nutritious dishes with diverse international influences, including baked penne with health-smart Bolognese and moo shu chicken with flour tortillas for wrapping or tossing like frisbees. She also ladles out health advice and leads weight-loss programs with nutritional assessments and weekly weigh-ins to track progress. She also conducts weekly mind focusing and energy gathering Qi Gong and Tai Chi classes.
For Cincinnati natives James T. Lutz, MD, and Daniel L. Buchanan, DC, the inspiration to help others lose weight came not from classrooms but from discussions with patients. James' work as the medical director of Bethesda Hospital's Weight Control for Life program showed him the trouble many patients have maintaining weight loss. After watching clients' ups and downs, Dr. Lutz developed the UniqueU program, a medically structured system that fosters weight reduction within clients without sacrificing safety.
Helping a friend move. Spryly climbing stairs. Jogging with the dog. To the trainers at LivFit Nutrition and CrossFit Anax, physical fitness is all about increasing your day-to-day functionality. To that end, they lead a daily-changing regimen of classes that focus on strengthening everyday movements, such as running, lifting, pushing, and waving away pollsters on the street. Instead of overseeing armadas of elliptical machines or treadmills, they engage patrons in games of toss with medicine balls and send them sprinting, heaving kettlebells, and dropping for push-ups. They mix up activities each session to stave off the boredom of repetition, keeping everyone involved and meeting their fitness goals. These trainers know, though, that total body fitness is only possible with a nutritious diet, so they also guide their monthly members to better eating habits with monthly check-ins.
Fulfilling the roles of a traditional physician's office as well as an indulgent day spa, Rejuve Cosmetic and Wellness addresses its clients skincare needs by providing medically inspired services alongside standard treatments. Dr. Bret Bruder personally performs all of the injectable and surgical procedures. The center's cosmetic laser system can spruce up appearances by zapping unsightly stubble, minimizing the appearance of scars, or even fading unwanted tattoos. To thoroughly exfoliate the skin and remove signs of impurities, the team offers chemical peels as well as treatments using dermaplane and microdermabrasion technology. Injectable dermal fillers improve the skin's overall texture as they smooth away signs of wrinkles and the specialized facials can restore a youthful radiance to the cheekbones by treating the skin with antioxidant-rich salves, Vitamin C masks, or handfuls of sequins.
At StrongFit, a team of certified personal trainers take a personal and multidisciplinary approach to fitness—they construct individual fitness and nutrition regimens for each of their clients. The trainers' customized plans are based on the results of fitness assessments sanctioned by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and congratulatory high-fives have been approved by a roundtable of local surfers. Using the results of these tests, the trainers determine what exercises are ideal for their trainees and then motivate them to meet fitness goals in one-on-one training sessions or in one of the gym’s boxing classes. All StrongFit instructors and personal trainers have completed a rigorous training program to provide clients with optimal service.