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After initial consultation and fitness assessment, instructor leads pupil through two sessions of one-on-one personal training
As if inspired by the visitors stretching at the fitness center below, a glass spiral staircase extends to the high ceiling, where skylights illuminate the floor below. Heather DuPuis designed Vie Fitness & Spa as an oasis for healthy living, blending health-club amenities and fitness services with a light, airy atmosphere and soaring architecture.
Certified trainers keep clients engaged in an active lifestyle through programs tailored to each individual's goals and lifestyle. In barre classes, an amalgamation of Pilates, ballet, and strength exercises set to up-tempo music work to tighten abs and thighs, and spinning classes test students' endurance while reminding them of their first bicycle's eventual theft.
An onsite juice bar refuels bodies, which stay refreshed with the boutique shop's designer water bottles and hand-poured Illume candles. To unwind after a taxing workout, patrons can stop by the facility spa for a massage or facial or head to the locker rooms equipped with fluffy towels and Pure Fiji bath products with which to wash the towels.
At Natural Body Health & Wellness, a team of health gurus shepherds passersby onto the path to physical harmony with its healing therapies, collection of advanced workout equipment, and all-natural products. The team is further guided by the experience that comes with seeing 50 to 70 customers a day and seven years in business. Troublesome aches recede into the distance as the center's aqua-massage beds knead away pains with a dry-water system, while Sunlighten infrared saunas purge bodies of toxins acquired from misguided diets and watching too much reality television. The TurboSonic whole-body vibration machine tends to a range of wellness factors, helping clients increase circulation, stimulate cellular fluids, and accelerate the body's overall healing response. Refreshing sips of Tyent–ionized water from the center's shop help visitors cool down after vigorous workouts, and it thoroughly rehydrates bodies.
Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre in 2001, and it has since grown its low-impact, high-intensity, ballet-inspired workouts to locations across the country. Certified Pilates instructor Carrie Bristol—who has an MA in French language and culture—operates the Ann Arbor location. Here, she welcomes students to a total-body workout that blends isometric exercise with therapeutic stretching to burn fat and build lean muscle mass. Although a soundtrack of upbeat music lends rhythm to each session, the absence of jumping, bouncing, and jack-hammering prevents damage to joints. The only equipment is a ballet barre used for stability and the meditative focus that turns a single hour into a boon for the body's health.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Gyrotonic Ann Arbor & The Movement Center's flexible instructors guide students on the path to their ideal workout method and difficulty level from an array of Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Gyrokinesis classes. During a 55-minute introductory session, fitness coaches enmesh private consultation with a complete exercise regimen as they determine each client's fitness level and helpful modifications for posture or physical limitations, such as injuries or inability to feel gravity. Explore basic Pilates to highlight individual muscle groups, or exercise on a Gyrotonic machine, which facilitates circular movements and full-body bending.
HyperFit USA's mission is to improve people's quality of life by training them to be the most capable they can be.
The certified muscle tutors at Fitness Together help students to determine training goals and develop a custom workout plan designed to target self-selected fitness metrics. Shape up for intramural debuts with sport-specific training, sizzle away calories as part of custom weight-loss programs, or bulk up before no-holds-barred dissertation defenses. In addition to workouts, trainers also share nutrition advice, aiding exercisers with healthy grocery guides and access to a library of body-friendly recipes. Workouts unfold in Fitness Together’s full gym replete with cardio equipment, strength-building weights, and communal and private training bays. Stow personal effects in the gym’s well-appointed locker room, which offers temporary shelter to bags, changes of clothes, and inspirational cutouts of Charles Atlas.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Intelligent Exercise helps aspiring exercisers achieve bodily balance and tone with a fusion of classic Pilates and modern fitness methods and a robust schedule of classes. Mat classes range from the instrument-oriented floor exercises of a Pilates Mat with Props session to the roto-aerobic intensity of Gyrokinesis and the breath-focused flow of Yogalates. Equipment classes comprise 50 to 55 minutes of resistance workouts on larger Pilates apparatuses and are capped at five students per session, making it easy for pupils to choreograph postclass dance numbers that can be used to intimidate rival gangs of fitness buffs.
For $135, you get up to five days of day-long Gold summer camp (up to a $275 value). Choose from four sessions:
Elaine Economou and Robin Krienke founded Move to help others live healthier, happier lifestyles. Together, they boast 20 years of professional exercise and wellness experience, including time spent working as instructors of Pilates and Gyrotonic—two of the many disciplines they now offer within their tranquil
studio. Variety is key here—Pilates practitioners, for instance, choose from mat and equipment classes that include Pilates Reformer and Cardio-Tramp, Pilates with props, Pilates for golfers and pre- and post-natal Pilates, among others. Yoga devotees can choose from styles such as vinyasa flow, power vinyasa, and core yoga. Wellness and nutritional coaching helps students maximize the effects of their workouts, while massage therapists knead away muscular tension and the emergency pizza dough most exercisers carry on their backs. In addition to all these wellness services, Move also contains a juice and smoothie bar where fresh libations usher vitamins into daily diets, as well as an on-site boutique that hooks shoppers up with fitness apparel, accessories, and skincare products.
Free weights and cardio machines seem to sprout everywhere at Thrive Martial Arts and Fitness, where working out is about more than just losing weight. The gym focuses on cross-training using small-apparatus equipment such as kettle bells, battle ropes, stability balls, and free weights as well as body-weight exercises for boot camps and personal training. These dynamic activities both strengthen bodies and provide a source of inner motivation. Women's self-defense classes teach a series of techniques for disengaging and incapacitating an attacker or a leering display mannequin, and the wrestling club helps youths get out their aggression and build up a sweat on the mat. For a more targeted workout, individuals, couples, or groups of friends can opt for the individualized instruction of personal training, fighting, or self-defense sessions. In addition to physical activity, personal training programs put an emphasis on diet and nutrition.
A joint venture between a professional boxer and a team of successful kickboxing-equipment tycoons, TITLE Boxing Club maintains a network of dozens of studios spread across 19 different states, winning over a devoted clientele with its invigorating and engaging boxing- and kickboxing-themed classes. Each workout uses the heart-healthy exercise of cardio training. Participants build lithe, strong muscle tissue by delivering powerful blows to punching bags, and build flexibility and agility by practicing roundhouse kicks and hooks. Students can build their core strength and endurance with medicine balls and burpees, enlist a qualified personal trainer to practice their newfound skills in the ring, or just torch calories during intense full-body Power Hour workouts.
Ann Arbor College of Martial Arts & Fitness’s hand-selected, certified instructors incorporate techniques from four disciplines to help students defend themselves in simulations of assaults.
When they aren’t teaching self-defense, instructors help students strengthen their bodies with Pilates and a kickboxing program that combines floor exercises and punching-bag work. In an aerobic interval program, teachers alternate stints of kickboxing, Pilates, and strength and toning techniques in small intervals to maintain cardio levels and help burn calories. Pupils can also burn calories with Zumba, which uses moves from Latin and hip-hop dance in a "fitness party" atmosphere that encourages a full-body workout.
Equipment: Treadmills, eliptical, bikes, weights, Swiss balls, Pilates equipment
Students should bring: Water, shoes appropriate for exercise, wear comfortable clothing
Average class length: 45–60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1–5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Be open to the possibilities that await rather than anxious about the experience.