Getting in shape, much like speed reading Russian literature, requires concentration and the strength to forge ahead through painful, protracted inner monologues. Forge ahead toward fitness with today’s Groupon: for $12, you get five drop-in core or specialty fitness classes at the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center in Dearborn (up to a $60 value).
The sprawling, 200,000-square-foot Ford Community & Performing Arts Center hosts a wide array of summer fitness classes, available seven days a week. Sweat, make your heart pump, and guzzle bottles of Gatorade in aerobics classes ($5 resident, $7 nonresident), such as cycling, kickboxing, and boot camp. Body-sculpting sessions are held on the floor and use hand weights, Resist-A-Balls, and Dyna-Bands to mold stomachs into washboards and heads into musical jugs. Specialty classes ($10 resident, $12 nonresident) include strength-building kettlebell training and Z-Box, which, like a heavyweight champion’s prom, blends boxing with fitness-approved dance moves. Four different Zumba options, such as Aqua Zumba and a weight-assisted variety, alter the fast-paced, Latin-dance-inspired workout, making it accessible to all skill levels and shoe styles.
Although not included with today’s Groupon, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center also boasts lap and leisure pools, two waterslides, a climbing wall, and a full fitness center. An indoor track allows runners to sprint without being interrupted by nosy sparrows, and two full-court gymnasiums are open for volleyball, basketball, or balancing atop a beach ball. Locker rooms and childcare are available.
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
A 1,201-seat auditorium that values acoustic excellence as much as visual grandeur, the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center houses ornate wooden accents and intricate wall panels that soar over a sweeping balcony peppered with plush red seats. Ample wheelchair seating and elevators to all levels abound, ensuring audience members seated in the balcony won’t need to rely on the creaky wooden catapults still in use at many theaters.