At Bad Boy Boxing Gym, amateur athletes train toward fitness prowess through a medley of kickboxing, yoga, and TRX classes in a no-frills, full-boxing-ring environment. The gym’s powerhouse instructors shepherd students through group sessions to blast fat from bodies as they train under the royal-blue ceiling beside rows of gleaming elliptical machines and treadmills. Eschewing group classes for the plentiful bonus balls and resistance bands, guests can forge fitness paths on their own. They can improve their musculature by shadowboxing in the ring, whip endurance levels into shape with jump ropes, or pummel a punching bag until it promises to train them personally. Kids boot camp classes are also available, with 2012 and 2013 Junior Olympic champion "Bad Boy" Brendon working with the trainer to help kids improve their health and learn self-defense techniques.
Because you only get one body, the trainers at Belly Body Fitness (Detroit) work their best to make sure it's in great shape. Encouraging exercise and healthy living, motivators get participants moving during Zumba classes, where a blend of salsa, belly dancing, hip hop, and Shakira Dust create a fun, inspiring environment to burn calories and shed pounds.
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.
Ashtanga Michigan's founding instructor Matthew Darling preserves the roots of Ashtanga yoga through private, individually paced Mysore-style classes. Students unfurl their own mats and spend 45-minutes linking continuous Ashtanga postures with calm breaths and visualized Twister mats. Open class times allow students the freedom to arrive and practice until progressions are complete at any point during the 2.5-hour session. Suited for all levels of practitioners, yogis devise their own individual posture flow during each session, while the expert instructor supervises, offering postural adjustments as needed to ensure students get the most out of their practice.
At Living Tradition Yoga, instructors honor the rich tradition and teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. Developed in the 1970s, the Iyengar style of yoga emphasizes precise body alignment, a specific sequence of postures, and a deep connection between body and mind. At Living Tradition Yoga, director Chris Briney cultivates a space for physical exploration, and draws from an extensive academic study of the form and Guruji Iyengar’s teachings. Props such as blankets, yoga blocks, and straps can be used to help adjust poses, or can be tied together to play group jump rope at the end of class. The school also offers training intensives with certified Iyengar instructors, as well as workshops such as “‘Power Yoga’ Redefined” and “Fly the Friendly Skies-Inversion Workshop.”
After experiencing personal tragedy, Ivy Mitchell turned to Zumba Fitness and discovered more than a standard workout program. She was not only losing weight and getting in shape, but also found herself smiling more and feeling happier. She attributes this emotional windfall to Zumba's ever-changing routines, fun environment, and community atmosphere. After experiencing this personal change, Ivy decided to share her passion with others by becoming an instructor, and she now leads classes at three Detroit-area Zoe Fitness locations.
Ivy's Zumba sessions fuse the funky beats of international rhythms with easy-to-pick-up moves. This process can help students lose pounds and wiggle hips without wearing a salt-shaker costume and waiting to be shook by the giant living next door.