Mesh Fitness is the first business to open in the new Dublin Bridge Street District, part of the multi-gazillion dollar Riverside Park project. Mesh has a prime location facing the river, in what will become one of the most exciting areas on the north side of Columbus. While the space isn’t huge, it has everything you would want in a somewhat “traditional” gym setup, but also has some really cool features that sets it apart.
First, the basics… The décor is very industrial, but in a modern way. High ceilings with exposed pipes and ductwork move down toward pale wood accent walls, with dashes of blue and yellow throughout the space. The building is brand new, so everything feels very clean when you are at Mesh.
The space is occupied by six “zones.” There are traditional zones like Cardio that face Riverside Drive that is full of top of the line treadmills, stair climbers, ellipticals, bikes, and rowers. There are also a few unique pieces like a Ski Erg machine and four Woodway treadmills, which are as good as it gets for runners. Then there is a Strength zone that has all of the upper and lower body machines along with free weights. Again, everything is brand new. Then, you notice three zones labeled as “Pulse,” “Power,” and “Pedal.” This is where Mesh begins to set itself apart from most neighborhood gyms.
The Pulse-Power-Pedal zones are all small, glass-front rooms that can hold 8-12 people. Each zone has it’s own room, and comes complete with equipment meant to enhance that aspect of the zone. The Pulse zone has TRX bands, treadmills, and rowers, and the zone focuses on getting your heart rate spiked and burning fat during and after class. The Power zone is full of boxing bags and trainers, medicine balls, and kettlebells. This zone will build strength and power. Finally, the Pedal zone is a spinning room, with bikes that track your rpm, resistance, and speed. Each room also has a TV monitor that, when paired with a HR monitor, will track your heart rate for advanced workout metrics.
The zones are really cool and are what makes Mesh stand apart from most other gyms, but one of the biggest reasons you should join is because of their pricing structure. Everything is month-to-month, and they operate on an “a la carte” basis -- in other words, you only pay for what you want to use. If all you want is a gym with a treadmill and some free weights, there is a monthly price for that membership (as little as $10 per month). If you want unlimited classes and your own locker, you will pay a bit more, but there is a price for that. They even have a package that gives you unlimited use of their zones, as well as an unlimited membership with Harbor Yoga.
Meshhttps://www.mesh-fitness.com/ will turn into one of the coolest gyms in Dublin, especially when the Riverfront area opens up and you will be able to get a workout in, then explore all the excitement around that area. With their flexible pricing options, Mesh makes for a great home gym that has it all, or somewhere you can keep a low monthly membership to pair with your other favorite studio. Either way, you should definitely check them out while their grand opening pricing is still in effect!
Columbus Monthly recently published an article called Year of The Warrior: The changing world of fitness. They profiled people pushing the boundaries when it comes to getting in shape or staying in shape, and having fun doing it.
If you have ever thought about trying an obstacle course race (OCR), there are plenty of places around the city where you can train that are as outside the box as the races themselves. This year, you can find these races within hours of Columbus:
Some of these races are easier than others, and some more well known. No matter your fitness level, there is no reason not to try one of these races in 2017, and start training for them in new and exciting ways. We definitely don't recommend jumping in to a OCR race without any training. You will regret that decision.
Below, we list five of Columbus’ most unique and effective training spots that will get you ready for your first (or next!) obstacle course race.
The Movement Lab
By now, you’ve probably heard of Ninja Warrior (the show where people way more in shape that you or I try to complete a series of obstacles in the shortest amount of time without falling). One of its first female stars, Michelle Warnky (also profiled in the Columbus Monthly article) owns an indoor Ninja/obstacle gym right here in Columbus. They offer classes for kids or adults, as well as open gyms. There is no pressure when you go in, and you can just try your hand at some of the obstacles you’ve seen on TV, or might see on an OCR course this year!
Vertical Adventures is the premier indoor rock climbing gym in Columbus, with over 15,000 square feet of space and walls that go as high as 45 feet. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be an expert (or go to the top of each wall!) to try your hand at climbing. Vertical Adventures has beginning classes and one-on-one lessons that will get your grip strength and upper body strength ready for those walls you’ll face during your obstacle course race.
Peak Human Performance
Peak is one of our favorite gyms around Columbus because they take the time to understand what you want to accomplish and will put a plan in place to get you to reach your goals. Their main focus is on athletes and working to improve those athletes skills. Peak's coaches have trained some of the CBJ players, but do a great job at tailoring individual goals in their group classes as well. The Peak coaches will definitely improve both your endurance and your strength to help you power through any type of terrain you’ll face during any race this year.
Also, catch Peak at our next Sweat Sesh on February 18!
ReForm Total Fitness
Located on the east side of Columbus in Reynoldsburg, ReForm offers all types of classes, but they specialize in bootcamps and OCR training. Every Sunday, they put on an OCR training open gym, where you can come in and try all the different obstacles you’re likely to see, no matter which race series you choose to do. ReForm has both indoor and outdoor obstacles, so it doesn’t matter if it’s raining or not, you’ll get the best first hand experience at what you’ll have to conquer on the course.
Don't count our your local CrossFit gym. There are so many applicable moves and skills that you will learn in CrossFit that you'll need out on the course.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus