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.
Before Rebecca became the owner of Shanti Yoga, she spent 13 years in the financial industry. Now she fuses her practical knowledge with her love of yoga to help others gain peace in their minds and their wallets. While drawing on her background in Sivananda yoga, Rebecca––a Yoga Alliance instructor––helms a team of teachers who lead classes inside a quaint red-brick building. The instructors help pupils forge healthy minds and bodies with Vinyasa, Agni, and Yin yoga techniques.
Upon entering Go Cycle Studios, it might feel like you’ve accidentally walked into a club: hip-hop, rock, and dance music streams from the expansive sound system, reverberating off the exposed brick walls and polished concrete floors. The cycling and fitness center’s owners, Jimmy and Lisa, use this atmosphere to set the mood, but they’re serious about exercise. They and the other instructors tailor spin classes and other fitness programs to challenge riders of all levels, from beginners to those who want to work up to jumping a police barricade. Under their instruction, riders sweat astride Keiser stationary bikes, each outfitted with monitors that display RPMs, heart rate, approximate calorie burn, and miles covered. Before or after class, students can head to the back patio to sip coffee in the fresh air or furtively discuss ways to hasten the comeback of handlebar streamers.
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Contemporary and classic music accompanies classes that range from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to classes like Xflowsion, a combination of yoga, martial arts, and dance that can be repeated at home or at your boss's wedding reception. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
Yogi Jason Schramm, inspired by the daily struggles of the city he loves, named his yoga school in its honor. Within the school’s three locations, he draws upon more than 10,000 hours spent teaching to show students how to find inner peace and use it to effect change. The instructors use ancient yoga poses to propel pupils inward, and Schramm lets subtle influences from his martial arts training shine through in some courses. Ashtanga classes summon sweat with vigorous poses that build strength and flexibility, and Vinyasa techniques weave movement, stillness, and deep breathing into a fluid sequence that changes daily.
With its open floor plan, graffiti-style artwork painted on the walls, and aerial rigs hanging from the ceiling, it's clear that Pulse Fitness Training is no ordinary gym. Clients can find all the classic cardio and strenth-training equipment they'd see in a traditional fitness center, but can also work out with functional equipment such as tractor tires and battle ropes out on the floor. Aerial silks and hoops can be climbed to build upper body strength or to finally impress old elementary gym coaches. There's also a host of small group fitness classes led by certified instructors, ranging from TRX training to yoga and cardio barre sessions. After the workout, gym goers can head over to Pulse's nutritional shake bar, where a staff member will whip up a fresh protein shake to help replace burned energy.