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.
After mastering traditional group fitness classes such as cardio kickboxing and Zumba, instructor Sandy Pierani hungered for more rhythm. To fan her passion, she spearheaded her own program, channeling both her years of dance experience and her love of West African music. Her five-part workout engages the entire body, set to the lively beats of a world-dance medley. She produced original music, recording percussive tracks with West African, West Indian, and Latin influences, specifically designed to complement dance moves while discouraging sloth impressions. Today, she leads guests of all backgrounds and builds through her energized maneuvers, fusing strength training, cardio conditioning, and stretching into one-hour bouts of boogying. She modifies the steps according to each student's comfort level, leading them through the dynamic warm-up to the breath-centric cooldown at their preferred pace.
The Barre Code's dynamic approach to physical fitness trades traditional exercise techniques for ballet-barre work that blends elements of Pilates, dance, and yoga. It provides women with a single destination to fit the full scope of their fitness needs. Now with 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. Custom-tailored fitness programs are anchored by the pillars of the of Barre Code program, which tightens, lengthens, and tones the body while using a ballet bar. The expansive 1,000-square-foot studio gives practitioners plenty of space to swish their limbs to inspiring music and vintage dishwashing-detergent jingles.
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.
The Yoga Republic in downtown Ann Arbor welcomes clients in search of a variety of classes within a supportive community. 25 classes are offered every week and each one is tailored to numerous fitness levels.
Owner and instructor Nicole Teufel is an E-RYT who has helped clients achieve internal and external alignment with her distinctive yoga. Nicole's dedication to wellness extends beyond group classes; during private sessions and wellness coaching, she trains her expertise on the concerns of individuals, crafting personalized regimens that address each person's goals and concerns.
Yoga studios and malls are polar opposites—one a quiet, meditative space, the other a sprawl of commotion and stimuli. But inside the Plymouth Road Mall, Ita Yoga Studio manages to block out the distractions of the surrounding shopping center with a spacious studio suited for all levels of practice. There, instructor Ita Reyes, RYT, guides students through breathing exercises and flowing sequences with held postures in slow flow sessions or more intense Vinyasa classes set to upbeat music. Students can also sync breath and movement over sustained periods during private yoga lessons in her 80- to 88-degree studio, whose warm temperature detoxifies guests while increasing their circulation and flexibility.