Tim and Christina Adam have opened Ninja Hub, a gym that uses obstacles similar to those found in the American Ninja Warrior television show.
JACKSON TWP. An old airplane propeller hangs from a steel beam inside the Ninja Hub.
Tim and Christina Adam are confident the feature gives them the country's only ninja warrior gym with a real propeller, courtesy of a friend who decided he had one he could spare.
Ninja Hub is a gym filled with obstacles, and spinning propellers usually are in the mix. The obstacles give ninja gym customers a workout that includes hanging, climbing, pulling, running and jumping. It's an active and different style of exercise for people who are tired of lifting weights or using traditional machines.
Obstacles at the center are based on the NBC television program "American Ninja Warrior." Tim Adam began watching the program, which NBC has carried for 10 seasons, with the couple's two children, now ages 8 and 5. The kids liked the show and wanted to run their own obstacle courses, so Adam started creating makeshift courses in the backyard.
In 2016, he built a permanent course and friends started coming over to use it. Some would visit two or three times per week.
Someone finally suggested Adam try an indoor center.
Adam opened Ninja Hub in May after converting a warehouse and garage space in 6207 Dressler Road NW near the Hall of Fame bridge. Adam built the equipment with Daniel Murphy. Both are welders and they constructed a steel frame that supports many of the obstacles. Participants can handle different obstacles individually or route a course and race each other.
Most courses finish with a run to the top of a warped wall Adam and Murphy built. The wall is curved at the base, which offers a start where someone can scale to the top. There are tiers that are 9 1/2 feet, 12 feet and 14 and 3/4 feet. People who scale the wall can ring a boxing bell at the top to mark their achievement.
Adam and Murphy are among a staff of eight who work at Ninja Hub as coaches to show people the obstacles, supervise and ensure safety.
The center hopes to build a feeling of camaraderie and encourage participants to work toward achievable goals, Christina Adam said. Once a goal is achieved, the Ninja Hub has a wall that guests can sign to acknowledge their success.
Because it's currently the only ninja warrior gym in the Canton and Akron areas, Ninja Hub has attracted participants in the American Ninja program looking for a place to work out, Christina Adam said. There also are hopefuls for the program, including Tim Adam who submitted a video last year and plans to submit another. Admittedly, having the Ninja Hub makes creating the video easier.
The pair see the center as a place where parents and children can have fun and get some exercise. The hub has open gym periods where parents can bring their children. There also are adult-only open gym times.
"The idea is to get off the couch, stop playing video games and get active," Tim Adam said.
Ninja Hub has an hourly rate, as well as options for memberships. Classes are offered and there are teams to help those who want to prepare for competitions. The facility can be rented for birthday parties and corporate training events, group events and fundraisers.
To check the schedule and get more information, visit ninjahubgym.com.
The Nimisila Center in Green now is home to four interconnected businesses after starting with a single fitness studio.
Shelly Kadilak, a fitness advocate and martial artist, opened Kadilak Fitness in the plaza, at 4875 S. Main St. In 2017, she teamed with personal trainer Angela Stripe to open Kadilak Spin Center next door. Kadilak said the spin center offers a fitness option for someone recovering from injuries, for those working to lose weight or build lung and heart volume, or as cross training for runners.
In September, Melissia Tompkins began offering classes at the Yoga Den. Yoga training helps reduce anxiety, relieve stress and help with circulation, Tompkins said.
Zenu Therapeutics, a holistic health practice that offers advance medical message treatments, opened in November. Danielle Fleischman is co-owner and a personal trainer in addition to being an advanced massage therapist.
The four businesses support each other, with a goal of helping clients improve their health and wellness, Kadilak said in a press release.
415 Group adds partner
Chad Isler has been named a partner with 415 Group, which provides certified public accounting, business consulting and information technology services.
Isler joins the firms 10 other partners in managing client accounts and overseeing daily operations.
"Chad has a proven track record of providing outstanding service to our clients," said Frank Monaco, 415 Group managing partner. "We’re confident that as partner, he will help steer the direction of our firm and continue to set our clients on the path to success."
The firm also named Todd Ruggles as a director and Brian Raber as a senior manager.
Gambrinus Inn gone
A fenced in lot is all that's left of the former Gambrinus Inn.
The restaurant at 2145 Gambrinus Ave. SW closed in the fall and the property was sold in November. The property included the building, which sits on two lots, and 14 other lots.
The original building dated to 1910, according to filings with the Stark County Auditor's office. Records indicate the restaurant opened in 1930 and a covered patio was added in 1950.
In Canton Repository article from August 1977, the restaurant was referred to as a "ham and egger place" that generally catered to truck drivers or Timken Co. employees. At that time the restaurant was on its fourth owner and others would follow. Before the sale, Michael and Cathy McCaulley had owned it since 2000.
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