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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.
Certified in personal training, corrective exercise, and performance enhancement, Mike Lauzon teamed up with certified trainer Sean Rhinard to help patrons work toward health and aesthetic goals. Mi-Fit, located within Michigan Academy of Dance and Music, begins training programs with a free consultation to assess weight and body fat and build a program tailored to one's schedule and well-being. The trainers build varying workouts, which burn calories and sculpt sinews through resistance training, core building, and stints with Ropes Gone Wild gear featured on The Biggest Loser. For those not able to make it to the gym, Mi-Fit works to create a personalized, self-guided program built around the equipment already in the patron’s home or the boulders available in a mountain goat’s home.
Most training packages include nutritional plans and food logs, which help clients keep themselves on a dietary timeline as they work toward preset goals. Trainers can connect clients with vitamins and nutritional supplements from Optimum Nutrition or help design and install a home gym to fit the space requirements of a basement.
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.
This Groupon gently stretches your muscles and joints, a pleasant sensation sought after by every bungee cord, Laffy Taffy, and Stretch Armstrong. For $45, you get to drop into five yoga asana classes at Unity Woods anytime before December 20, a $100 value. Unity Woods is a prestigious 30-year-old yoga center with clean, spacious studios in four DC-area locations; this Groupon is good at all four: the Bethesda, Woodley Park, Tenleytown, or Arlington studios.Follow @Groupon_Says on Twitter.
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.
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.
Barre Bee Fit's dynamic approach to physical fitness trades traditional exercise techniques for ballet-barre work that blends elements of Pilates, dance, and yoga. As they celebrate the opening of a new location on Plymouth Road, the cardio, toning, and stretching classes utilize a grab bag of props and isolated movements that target often-ignored muscle groups to help participants build strength while still maintaining their feminine shapes. The expansive 1,000-square-foot studio gives practitioners plenty of space to swish their limbs to inspiring music and vintage dishwashing-detergent jingles.
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.
Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor’s instructors, certified by the technique's creator, Bikram Choudhury, sculpt lean frames with strengthening postures performed in elevated temperatures. They lead patrons of all skill levels through 90-minute Bikram-yoga classes, bathing bodies in hot air, which helps to loosen limbs for deeper stretching and coaxes out beads of sweat to flush out toxins and internal snowmen. The 26 postures pair up with two breathing techniques to awaken slumbering organs and keep veins coursing with oxygen-rich blood as students bolster balance, strength, and flexibility. Recently remodeled, the studio is now 75 percent bigger, includes more showers, and boasts new locker rooms.
There’s something a bit different about Sun Moon Yoga. While most students walk in expecting the standard hardwood floors and mirrored walls, they’re instead greeted by décor that takes its cues from Eastern temples. Faux archways and cork floors lead them to the main practice room, where an instructor sits upon a pillow-strewn platform . Perhaps unsurprisingly, the staff’s approach to yoga also strays from the modern-day standard, with classes that focus on the mental effects of yoga just as much as the bodily benefits. The classes embrace all types of practice, from the swiftly flowing poses and breaths of Spirited Yoga to the slow, intense postures inherent to Kripalu and elderly acrobats.
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.
Whatever the season, Saline Parks and Recreation hosts a variety of activities enjoyable for the whole family. Inside the fitness-focused facility basketball and volleyball courts invite players onto their competitive planes, indoor and outdoor running tracks beckon footfalls, and two pools and a hot tub create low-impact enjoyment. As the crack of balls colliding with bats echoes from the four adjacent softball fields, players on the five-hole disk golf course aim frisbees into baskets. While adults take advantage of the facility's amenities, childcare professionals are available to watch little ones who aren't participating.
Fitness Rx's team of instructors deploys to dozens of locations throughout southeastern Michigan to lead a staggering array of fitness classes. Whether they're guiding groups through kickboxing's strikes, yoga poses, or Pilates’ core-strengthening moves, they draw on their diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and enthusiasm. Additionally, trainers meet for one-on-one or semi-private sessions, and supplement workouts with nutrition support to help clients achieve varied goals, from building strength to fitting back inside their high-school-graduation cap.
When asked the purpose of Kenville Studios, the owner quotes a friend who once said, “I’ve never seen an angry dancer.” The studio’s staff helps students find happiness through self-expression, art, and freedom in classes such as ballet, ballroom, flamenco dance, tap, swing, and jazz. They also lead fitness-minded classes, such as Zumba and yoga, as well as kids’ classes and summer day camps.