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A local fitness studio has given itself a new image to help clients reach their health goals through one-on-one training, personal training, and a specialty bootcamp. Read on for more!


Cincy Chic: Tell us more about FitZone!
Chris Witbrodt, Owner of FitZone: FitZone is a private personal training studio in Cincinnati Ohio. We specialize in creating efficient, individualized programming for 1 person, in a small group setting. Our sessions have between 1 and 4 clients per session and each person has their own program, and 1 coach.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open FitZone?
Witbrodt: FitZone’s inspiration is based on the poor direction the fitness industry has taken. People need real help with what to do, how often to do it and how to do it, with the intensity required to actually make a change. Large group fitness provides little direction and only way to workout, 1 on 1 personal training can be very expensive and large gyms with $10 a month dues only care about the transaction, not the client.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the studio?
Witbrodt: I’m the trainer behind FitZone. I have 15 years experience, 20,000 hours logged worth of transformations, methodology for adherence, and programming for busy men and women looking to go back 10 years.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch FitZone?
Witbrodt: FitZone has been here for one year but with little direction or culture. The change is now though. May 8th FitZone will host its first 21-day challenge. FitZone now has a leader, a direction, and a culture that is here to stay.

Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer clients?
Witbrodt: FitZone offers personal training, 1-on-1 training, and a specialty bootcamp that only last 45 minutes. FitZone’s bootcamp is created by an NFL strength coach and has not only a great metabolic conditioning component but an efficient workout for busy professionals looking to burn max calories.

Cincy Chic: What makes FitZone unique?
Witbrodt: FitZone uses MyZone technology with their bootcamps and training. MyZone is a heart rate monitor based training made popular by OrangeTheory Fitness, but not exclusive to them. The FitZone leader board is very unique. Every client has a defined goal and that goal is recognized publicly. The client’s percentage to goal is monitored and given a number, and is annotated on the client leader board for other clients to see who is in the lead each week.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for FitZone in 2017?
Witbrodt: Everything from the paint, the energy, and the unparalleled interaction with your trainer. May 8th starts our 21-Day Belly Buster Challenge and we’re also hosting an upcoming Charity Bootcamp that will benefit veterans.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with FitZone?
Witbrodt: Check out our Facebook page, follow along with our blog, or visit


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Learn about a local personal trainer who offers motivation, inspiration, accountability and safety to the “over 40” crowd.

Peak Physique offers health and fitness classes to the “Over 40” crowd.

Cincy Chic: Tell us more about Peak Physique!
Mic Pinchek, Owner at Peak Physique: Peak Physique is a personal training service that offers motivation, inspiration, accountability and safety to the senior population (my oldest client is 98!), in addition to the “over 40” crowd for small group fitness classes. By designing effective fitness programs, clients are able to achieve their health and fitness goals.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind Peak Physique?
Pinchek: As the lead personal trainer at a local gym for five years, it was time to move on to my next adventure. My clients believed in the value of my service and invited me to come into their homes and continue to train them. In 1995 I found my niche and my clients love the convenience of me “coming to them,” and a career was born!

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the business?
Pinchek: Sole proprietor of many hats, myself! A pioneer when the personal training industry exploded in the 90s, I have sustained a successful business and avoided burnout because I love being part of a person’s transformation, both physically and emotionally, by watching them include health and fitness into their daily lives.

Mic Pinchek, Founder of Peak Physique

Cincy Chic: What types of training and services do you provide?
Pinchek: Peak Physique offers private sessions where I travel to clients’ homes and small group training at my studio in the Milford/Loveland area.

Cincy Chic: What is it that makes Peak Physique unique?
Pinchek: Adaptability! After more than 20 years in the business, I have “seen it,” “felt it,” and “heard it.” Holding a special certification on how to work with our aging bodies, not everyone should be doing a cookie cutter workout that they see on social media or read in magazines and expect results. I keep it real and believe there is no one way, product, style, or services that is the right way. We are all different and anything can be modified to work for that individual.

Cincy Chic: What are you looking forward to the most in 207?
Pinchek: More sleep! Ha! I’m most looking forward to making connections to more people through networking and volunteering.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for Peak Physique this year?
Pincheck: I’ll be attending the IDEA Personal Trainer Institute where I learn from the very best and bring back lots of goodies for my clients to help them toward continued success!

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more about Peak Physique?
Pincheck: Visit or call me at 513-305-7326, I would love to help!

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Read about a local fitness studio that offers a non-intimidating atmosphere where each individual can focus on specific goals, regardless of their current workout level.

Fitnext LLC offers group fitness classes with people you know.
Fitnext LLC offers group fitness classes with people you know.

Criston Smith wanted to bring a fitness studio that would allow clients to reach their fitness goals in a small group environment.

“We’ve developed a non-intimidating and eclectic atmosphere that allows each individual to focus on specific goals, regardless of their current workout level,” he explains.

The studio offers motivational trainers as well as the technology, workout variety, and nutrition advising clients need to help them follow their workout plans and see results.

Smith says he was inspired to launch Fitnext because he wanted to offer affordable personal training. “With us, you can work out with your friends, family, or co-workers, enjoying their energy and company but also focus on your specific goals such as weight loss, weight gain, endurance, flexibility, etc.,” he adds.

Smith’s background made him the perfect person to open a fitness studio in Cincinnati. He’s a fitness educator, motivator, and ambassador. “At times I’m empathetic but not sympathetic,” he says. “Don’t think about proving yourself to me or others around you. Think about yourself, think about how you may need improving.”

Smith says that when he’s working with a client, he likes to discover what they’re capable of achieving. “I will help you break mental and physical boundaries you thought were impossible,” he says, adding that he will push clients beyond their limits to help them get where he knows they can go.

Criston says that one quote that has always stuck with him is, “It’s never too late to become what you might have been.”

“I refer to it as well as encourage others to refer to it when challenges present themselves in daily life,” he says. “Always push yourself to do better than the time before, giving 100 percent. When you live each day knowing that you’ve done everything in your power to succeed, win or lose you will be satisfied with your end results.”

Thanks to their three locations, in downtown Cincinnati, Montgomery, and Covington, Smith can offer his classes to even more people in the Tri-State.

The group personal training sessions from Fitnext include functional training, interval training, and circuit training while the group fitness classes include an indoor/outdoor bootcamp, cardio combat, trampoline bounce, and Urban Explorer – and outdoor trek around the city.

Smith prides himself on not only the business he runs, but on the affordability of it. Offering affordable classes has always been one of his goals and one of the main inspirations behind his business model.

A one-on-one personal training session can cost between $30 and $60 for a 30 minute session. “Our model allows us to train multiple clients at one time focusing on specific goals,” he explains. “In most group workouts at other gyms, each individual will be performing the same exercises with the same amount of repetitions,” he says. It’s different with Fitnext, you’ll be given a custom workout plan that is fit for you, your fitness level, and your fitness goals.

When you opt for a group workout class, one-hour sessions can be as low as $10.

Not only is Fitnext unique in that is offers you the option for small group training sessions, but they’re personal training methods you can’t find anywhere else. “Incorporating the use of technology in sessions with Personal Digital Assistants allows the trainer to train multiple individuals more efficiently,” says Smith. “Trainers focus more on coaching, motivating, supervising, body mechanics, and safety, making clients feel as if they are receiving one-on-one attention despite there being multiple people in the room.”

Smith says that he and Fitnext are always looking to form partnerships within local businesses. “We are beginning to form a partnership with Cincinnati Public Schools focusing on Common Core standards,” he says. “At the end of the high school term, students are expected to either be enrolled in a college institution, enlisted in the army, or employable with a specific trade skill.”

To help local high school students be prepared to meet Common Core requirements, Fitnext has developed a nine-month personal training program that is geared toward high school juniors and seniors preparing them to sit for the American Council on Exercise personal trainer certification examination.

“Students will have practical training with clients, learn how to manage a business, and how to self-promote on social media outlets such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram,” says Smith. “Upon passing one of the top industry certifications, students will be ready to accept entry-level jobs in the field or start a business.”

However, if students who participate in the program decide to go to college, they will have a trade skill providing opportunity for them to make money while attending school. “This is an exciting new venture and we are looking to partner with schools across the city,” adds Smith.

You can find the three Fitnext locations below:

Fitnext Sycamore, 803 Sycamore Street in Cincinnati; Fitnext Montgomery, 9729 Montgomery Road in Montgomery; and Fitnext Covington at 831 Madison Avenue in Covington.

To learn more about Fitnext, visit You can also check out the online scheduler and classes here. You can also get social with Fitnext on Instagram and by liking Fitnext-Sycamore, Fitnext-Montgomery, and Fitnext-Covington on Facebook.

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A local Francophile is bringing a French touch to the Tri-State. Learn about her private fitness studio and how she’s placing an emphasis on self-love to get you to where you want to be mentally and physically.

Jill Landis, Founder of Bell et Bien Fitness in O'Bryonville.
Jill Landis, Founder of Belle et Bien Fitness in O’Bryonville.

To Jill Landis, fitness is more than just an hour at the gym a few times a week – it’s a lifestyle.

“Every decision we make affects our health and happiness; what we eat, how we sleep, what we think, and how we exercise,” says Landis.

This thought process is why Landis started her private fitness studio Belle et Bien Fitness. “We specialize in small group training that builds strength while maximizing calorie burn,” she says. “Our classes blend traditional strength-training with bodyweight exercises and plyometrics.”

The program offered at Belle is structured to meet the needs of each individual client, whether they’ve never worked out a day in their life or are a seasoned athlete, to everyone in between, Landis wants everyone to achieve their fitness goals.

In addition to the private fitness studio, Landis offers information and support for building an overall healthier lifestyle, including assistance with making nutritional choices.

Landis says she was also inspired to launch Belle through a promotion of change resulting in self-love rather than self-hate. “We promote self-acceptance as the path to fitness,” she explains. “For this reason, there are no mirrors in the workout space. Furthermore, our message is that exercise and good nutrition are a reward, not a punishment.”

Landis has a background in the health and fitness world, which is what makes her decision to open up a fitness studio all the better. A certified personal trainer and group instructor, Landis has years of experience helping people make the necessary changes needed to get and stay fit.

“The program at Belle is intended to be used as the best of two models for fitness success: The individual attention of personal training and the comradery and affordability of group fitness,” she says.

There are two categories of classes offered at Belle: strength and cardio. Landis says that the strength classes target specific muscle groups through a variety of exercises and modalities such as traditional strength training, bodyweight exercises, and postures borrowed from yoga and other traditions. The second category is cardio. “Cardio classes are designed, through a blend of strength-based exercises and plyometric movies, to increase overall calorie burn,” explains Landis. One of the most popular classes at Belle thanks to its efficiency in achieving a maximum burn is HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

Although the studio is new, Landis just opened the doors to Belle on October 1, it brings a unique quality to the Tri-State. Located in a converted photography studio, there are hardwood floors, chandelier lighting, and high ceilings – making you feel like you’re in a relaxing atmosphere doing workouts that feel as though you should be in a hardcore training gym.

“It’s an interesting blend that speaks to a core truth: beauty is sweat, sweat is beauty,” says Landis.

Another attribute of Belle’s uniqueness is the name of the studio. A self-proclaimed Francophile, Landis has the tendency to blend the French language and culture into different aspects of Belle. “The studio name and design, the names of workouts, and elements of the traditional French lifestyle including the high value the French place on fresh, lovingly-prepared food shared with others makes the studio unique,” she says.

Landis says that although Belle is a brand new studio, she will be offering plenty of new classes and other workshops. “We are hoping to begin a class just for expectant and new moms in November,” she adds. She also wants to add more 30-minute HIIT classes to the schedule in the coming months and hosting a variety of lifestyle programs.

Belle is located at 1989 Madison Road in historic O’Bryonville, next to Bob Roncker’s Running Spot.

To learn more more Belle et Bien Fitness, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. To schedule a private consultation, call 513-813-0031 or click here to drop in and try your first class for free.

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We chat with the local lady behind a local fitness studio that encourages you to grow and transform through a custom-created new lifestyle design.

Tracey Palmer, Founder of TruFyre Fitness.
Tracey Palmer, Founder of TruFyr Fitness.

Cincy Chic: What is TruFyr Fitness?
Tracey Palmer, Founder of TruFyr Fitnes: TruFyr Fitness is both concept and concrete strategy for finding the fire that is simmering in everyone and is ready to ignite, grow, transform, be strong, and motivate through lifestyle design.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind TruFyr Fitness?
Palmer: TruFyr Fitness came to life from my personal transformation. With a background in nursing and understanding how the body can work both for us, and against us, I wanted to use my education to help clients begin there own journey of transformation and get the most out of their lives. I want to help clients feel strong, powerful, and alive.


Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Palmer: I am the founder of TruFyr Fitness.

Cincy Chic: When did it launch?
Palmer: I conceived and launched TruFyr Fitness in January 2016.

Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer?
Palmer: I currently offer my Tru-Power 45 class. This is a unique program that incorporates many unique aspects of fitness through an intense 45 minute full body workout. Proper technique, safe physical activities and a fun flavor to the class creates an atmosphere of fun and excitement!

I also provide one on one coaching by appointment. Group training sessions, assisted stretching, nutritional education along with innovative ideas including lifestyle design are all part of services I provide.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points?
Palmer: Price points for classes, group training, assisted stretching and other available services vary depending upon the session you choose.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Palmer: You can find me at TruFyrFitness on Facebook and Instagram.