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Four Ways to Spring Into Health / Image courtesy of AKT // Published: 4.14.2021

Four Ways to Spring Into Health


They say "dance like no one is watching," right? Well, with the dark room, pumpin' dance music and positive vibes flowing, that's exactly what AKT is all about.

AKT is a dance-based cardio concept, offering a unique combination of four modalities: Dance, Bands, Circuit and Tone. With new original programming created every three weeks and the belief that movement has a powerful, lasting impact, AKT is for all body types and fitness levels. The four different class modalities are a mix of low rep/high weight to improve muscular strength, and high rep/low weight to improve muscular endurance.

Each class stays the same for three weeks, so you can improve and get better at what you’re working on. Then, they change it up to prevent plateauing. At AKT, they like to take a personal training approach to group fitness, so that you feel inspired and motivated the entire class, and can reach your fitness goals.

Touted amongst some of the "fittest" influencers like Kelly Ripa, Alicia Keys and Shakira, AKT gives members the chance to dance, sweat and get stronger while surrounded by a strong sense of community, motivation and electric energy.

The AKT Mason location opened in Summer 2020 and AKT Liberty is opening May 3 (free intro classes before then if you sign up with their Founding Membership special). Founders Membership offer is 20% off unlimited classes for life. Original price is $189 per month and 20% off is $152. They’re hosting Open House events at both locations coming up, so you can check it out for yourself: click for AKT Mason event or AKT Liberty event. Learn more about Mason here and Libery here.



One of the best things you can do for your body is to just stretch it out! Stretching can help improve sports performance, increase range of motion and reduce muscle and joint pain, as well as decrease stress, increase energy, prevent injuries, improve your posture, and so much more.

At StretchLab, you get a one-on-one assisted stretch from a certified Flexologist. Whether you are an elite athlete or a desk jockey - StretchLab can be a game changer.

How is this different than stretching yourself at home? You start off at a body scanner. It gives a full read-out of your mobility, muscle activation, posture and symmetry to pinpoint individual needs and monitor progress. Then, you get a customized one-on-one assisted stretch session by a certified flexologist who's trained to make sure you have the best form and stretch possible.

At StretchLab, you can either pay a drop-in fee or sign up for a membership, featuring options for four or eight visits per month. One-on-one sessions available.

StretchLab Mason is located in the Deerfield Towne Center at StretchLab Mason 5015 Deerfield Blvd, Mason, OH 45040. And the new StretchLab Kenwood is coming soon to 7731 Kenwood Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Learn more here.


The Barre Code Cincinnati

Going beyond the barre to offer cardio, strength training, and restorative classes The Barre Code is all about positivity and female empowerment. Yaas, Queen.

In Cincy, they currently offer three 50-minute core class formats:

(1) Barre: The original total-body isometric workout, designed to build muscular endurance and mental strength. Using a wide variety of props, variations, and playlists from week to week, they keep it fun and engaging.

(2) Brawl: Their nationally-acclaimed cardio kickboxing class designed to test your coordination and endurance. You'll kick, punch, sweat, and walk out feeling like a total warrior!

(3) Strength Training: Lift your favorite Bootcamp props (body bar/med ball) while cycling through three circuits of heavy-weighted functional exercises. This low-impact class helps you build strength, master your technique and improve overall performance.

Located at 615 Main St. Cincinnati, OH 45202, their downtown studio opened in April 2017 with a mission to meet (and exceed) the unmet fitness needs of women who live, work and play near the Central Business District, OTR and The Banks.

In honor of their 4th anniversary, they're hosting a socially-distanced celebration event Thursday, April 22 at 5:30p.m. They’ll have a 75-minute class featuring all three of their class formats, followed by refreshments and prize drawings. Tickets are only $14, but space is limited. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

Unable to make the event, but still want to check it out? In honor of their anniversary, get four class credits for $40 [regularly $22/class]. These can be used for studio and/or livestream classes; credits expire two months after purchase (for new clients only). Offer available until May 1, 2021. Visit here to learn more.


Your Wellness Center

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a center that focused on all aspects of your wellness, inside and out? Well, actually, there is.

Located in Montgomery, Your Wellness Center is all about bringing health, wellness, and happiness to their clients through evidence-based medical practices such as: natural hormone replacement therapy, nutrition and weight loss, IV therapy, sexual medicine, and also aesthetic treatments with their MedSpa.

They offer free testosterone testing for men who are experiencing a lack of energy, loss of muscle mass, poor sleep, decreased libido, ED, and more. It’s a simple 5-minute blood draw and you receive a copy of your results along with a clinical evaluation video from a provider.

Their hormone therapy program can help you feel youthful again, adding joy and energy back into your health, happiness, and relationships. Their goal is to both support and empower you so that you can live your best quality of life. It’s also completely natural using bio-identical hormones.

They offer a variety of IV Therapy treatments which can be customized to fit your individual needs and concerns. From boosting your immune system and warding off illness, to increasing energy with Vitamin B12 shots—IV therapy is all about regaining vitality and keeping your body in tip-top shape.

Their MedSpa offers free consultations and an array of skincare services to help keep your skin healthy and glowing! From facials, including the popular HydraFacial, laser treatments (BBL and Halo), and microneedling, all the way to injectables, peels, dermaplaning, and lash services. Visit here to learn more.