Moonlight pools in the gym’s entryway as the nighttime visitor stops to fumble for her keycard. It’s 3 a.m. She worked the night shift again and wants to work off some tension. Her fingers grasp the small plastic card and with a quick swipe, she’s inside. Immediately enveloped by the warm glow of Snap Fitness, she joins the other late-night exercisers in pounding on the treadmill and lifting weights before the sun rises.
Accessible 24/7 via keycard, guests enter Snap Fitness to tone their physiques on myriad cardio and strength equipment day or night. During staff hours, they can seek out fitness assessments and one-on-one sessions with personal trainers, which ensure all moves are performed effectively, topped with a dose of motivation. The trainers devise personal fitness plans for each guest, taking into account their strength, cardio, and flexibility conditions to help them tackle weight loss, boost overall body strength, or attempt to finally unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
As they enter the training circle at Curves, female guests come face-to-face with the smiles of other women. And just as points on a circle share a common distance from the circle's center, workout participants share the experiences of those nearby by trading stations throughout the 30-minute training session. One minute is spent on a piece of strength-training equipment built for feminine frames and designed to work two opposing muscle groups with a single movement. Exercisers then move on to a recovery station, where they run, jog, or dance to maintain heart rates and keep platforms in place during momentary losses of gravity.
Counterpoint Pilates uses Balanced Body Pilates and Stotts fitness equipment in combination with fully certified Stott Pilates training to promote noodlelike flexibility, chiseled core muscles, and brawny backs. Classes on the schedule are designed to benefit all fitness and age levels, including sprightly teens, stiff-bodied seniors, and middle-aged cupcake muggers. For one-on-one muscle molding, private sessions are customized to the needs and goals of each Pilates patron, promoting personalized feedback for brisker betterment of the body. Located in the historic Rose Street Market Building, Counterpoint Pilates provides validated parking across the street. Click here for more details about parking and classes.
As the name suggests, Anytime Fitness is open all day and all night, seven days a week, 487 days a year. But just because it's open at all hours doesn't mean it surrenders its locker rooms to the dark forces of the night: security is active there around the clock. Besides creating a safe gym atmosphere that fits your life's schedule rather than vice versa, Anytime's hours cuts down on crowds and long lines to use each club's array of cardio equipment, circuit equipment, and free weights.
Kalamazoo Speedway’s five-in-one shows exhilarate onlookers with five back-to-back races under a star-flecked dome of night sky. Rocket-powered roadsters whip around the 3/8–mile track in successive divisions, each with distinct vehicle specifications. Outlaw Super Late Models spin spectator heads with speeds of up to 115 mph, and Cyber Stocks provide less-experienced dragsters the chance to defend their place in the pavement pecking order without resorting to dangerous midrace rounds of paper-rock-scissors. The May 7 show is the first autograph night of the 2011 season, allowing fans to score John Hancocks from their favorite bumper-rubbers at 6 p.m. before the races start, as well as in the open pit area following the final checkered flag.
Happy Our Art marries artistic endeavor with fine wine and spirits in a friendly, vibrant atmosphere that provides expertly instructed classes for artists of any skill level. Grab a seat in front of one of Happy Our Art's provided canvases fully stocked with paint, brushes, aprons, and all the necessary accouterments. Unlike water-skiing or taking a driving exam, participants are encouraged to bring a favorite case of beer or find a use for the juice boxes left fermenting for months in the car. Over the course of the two- to three-hour session, participants will navigate the process of reproducing a preselected painting under the expert guidance of one of Happy Our Art's savvy pigment pilots. At the end of the session, paintings can be brought home to share with loved ones or use to conceal a painting of a wall safe.
Focus On U Fitness, which is owned and operated by a trio of sisters, tightens and tones women during 45-minute boot-camp classes offered Monday–Friday. Designed to deliver a fun, full-body workout free of domineering drill sergeants, these perspiration-producing sessions hone the heart with cardio and mold muscles with resistance training. Gentlewomen of all ages and ability levels work toward weight-loss goals employing hand weights, exercise balls, and a giant hamster wheel.
Voted Best Athletic Club by Kalamazoo Gazette readers in 2010, West Hills Athletic Club helps guests achieve their health goals with engaging instructors and a varied approach to fitness. The complex offers 11 body-bettering group classes for sweat junkies of all skill levels. The Body Blast class employs a variety of resistance equipment to amp up strength with total-body conditioning, and the Cardio Boxing class marries intense kickboxing moves and dance choreography set to a high-octane soundtrack to kick start cardiovascular systems.
When Joy Kakabeeke was diagnosed with fibromyalgia, she turned to yoga. Having experienced the restorative, therapeutic effects of yoga in the past, Kakabeeke was pleasantly surprised at how regular yoga sessions helped ease the discomfort of her fibromyalgia. As a result, she opened Yoga Reflections as a means to share her knowledge and experience with others. Here, she and other instructors lead not only yoga classes, but also Pilates and sculpting barre classes that take place throughout the week.
Family Fitness and FitZone for Women Centers are spread across eight locations, but they share a common goal: to help guests find their ideal physique. They accomplish this mission by filling their 15,000- to 25,000-square-foot facilities with ellipticals, arc trainers, and treadmills that engage cardios, cores, and limbs alongside group training classes led by certified personal and group fitness instructors. Visitors can also keep tabs on their progress with the centers’ fitness monitoring program and body mass testing.
The Courthouse Athletic Center helps pintsize athletes build sports skills, friendships, and healthy lifestyles at six-week-long basketball and volleyball camps. Instead of playing full-contact Rubik's cube on Friday evenings, kids can burn off energy with a full hour of games and drills led by a friendly, experienced instructor. Youngsters play with campers near their own age and skill level, building confidence as they discover how to levitate volleyballs and putt basketballs into the hoop. The coach encourages each athlete along the way, sharing tips on form, strategy, teamwork, and sportsmanship. In addition to becoming better competitors, camp-goers develop perseverance, deepen their love of the game, and learn not to clone the ref, even in the event of a double-dog dare.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 512 days a year with nonstop security. Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can take advantage of a two-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside a swimming pool filled with mud. One personal-training session or group class guides fitness-seekers in the direction of toned bodies with personal attention or the positive reinforcement of group environment and rebar. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with five tanning sessions to paint new, ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze. As an added bonus, this Groupon waives the enrollment fee.
As a division of Bronson Healthcare Group, Bronson Athletic Club (BAC) strives to engage people in a healthier lifestyle. Top-of-the-line fitness and sports facilities—including 80 cardio stations with personal theater systems, an indoor track, and a full-size basketball and volleyball court—made BAC a first runner-up in the Best Health Club category of the Kalamazoo Gazette's 2011 Reader's Choice awards. Members participate in multilevel group fitness programs such as full-body boot-camp workouts, yoga, and Zumba classes. Studios feature maple floors that diminish shocks and a warm-water exercise pool for low-impact fitness or walleye diasporas.
Among other amenities, the deli nourishes visitors with a menu of healthy sandwiches and smoothies, and the spa relaxes muscles in whirlpools and steam rooms. The nutrition-savvy staff, which includes personal trainers and a registered dietitian, helps people drop pounds with individualized weight-loss programs.
The staff members of privately-owned SWAT Fitness Club present a wide range of over 60 Les Mills fitness classes each week. They curate a selection of the nationally prominent program's sessions that includes CXWorks & RPM, Body Pump, Body Attack, and Body Flow. The latter involves a confluence of yoga, tai chi, and Pilates. They also offer Pilates, SilverSneakers, and YogaStretch classes. In addition to this diverse buffet, SWAT's team promotes health in a 26,000 sq. ft. space with cardio equipment, which includes Stairmasters, Cybex ARC Trainers, stationary bikes, treadmills, and a cardio theater, where you just watch that scene from Forrest Gump and get fit. Certified fitness experts comprise the staff, and their beats cover the facility's various areas for free weights, Life Fitness and Hammer Strength machines. The club’s amenities—the café and childcare center—augment the classes and workout equipment. Locker rooms are the cherry on top, featuring steam rooms and complimentary toiletries.
With an experienced team of personal trainers, Strength Beyond focuses on helping clients craft workouts suited to their personal needs that help them reach their fitness goals. Each location features tanning services and fitness equipment such as Hammer Strength machines and BH Fitness treadmills. Members who need motivation to complete one more push-up or run longer on the treadmill can sign up for personal training sessions or Zumba, Pilates, or yoga classes.