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While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise. Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
15603 Wick Road
Allen Park,
MI
US
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.
3240 Ferris Avenue
Lincoln Park,
MI
US
Founder Connie Fedel first turned to yoga as a method of coping with illness, and over time her devotion to the stress-relieving art helped to diminish the painful symptoms of systemic lupus. Eager to expose others to yoga's physical and spiritual benefits, she began to teach yoga in 2005, and has since opened Taylor Yoga as a venue for Hatha sessions six days a week. Hatha yoga syncs breathing techniques with a series of fluid poses, each of which can boost circulation, stamina, and balance while putting the mind at ease. Connie highlights the personal element of yoga practice by encouraging students to reflect inwardly during classes. Though its group and private classes can be introspective, Taylor Yoga promotes fellowship through its supportive atmosphere and scheduled events for couples and children. The studio's Pilates classes also serve to tighten tummy muscles with communal workouts.
8935 Telegraph Road
Taylor,
MI
US
The signature workout at F3 Fitness—Warrior Protocol Training—strings together a series of high-performance metabolic workouts designed to propel athletes to an elite level. Laid out in a series of circuits, the dynamic and synergistic movements are designed to ultimately leave the athlete with a functionally strong, dense, muscular body and the mental and physical stamina of an ancient warrior. Trainers also lead fusion classes, a variety of kettlebell sessions, and MMA classes that introduce students to fighting, striking, and takedowns popularized in professional martial-arts fighting.
23250 Van Born Rd
Dearborn Heights,
MI
US
Yoga Alliance–registered instructor Erin Moss designs her classes to cater to specific clientele. In doing so, she has helped musicians and fiber artists—such as knitters and clothing designers—ease tension and enhance their work with poses that can alleviate pains caused by poor posture and repetitive movements. In her beginners’ and stress-relief sessions, Erin emphasizes the meditative side of yoga and helps students assume slow, gentle postures.
22805 Goddard Road
Taylor,
MI
US
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.
2146 Fort St.
Lincoln Park,
MI
US
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