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.
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.
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.
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.”
Even CrossFit pros have a least favorite move. For CrossFit BMW: Benchmark Workouts coach Christopher Binno, it’s the box jump. Binno knows how effective routines with his least favorite move can be, though, because he took up CrossFit to become a better wrestler; and it worked. He and fellow coach Jarrod Bell—who has 25 years of fitness and coaching experience as well as CrossFit and Olympic lifting certifications—lead the center’s classes, which consist of an ever-changing high-intensity routine of functional movements that quickly whittle the body into shape. They also teach Fundamentals classes, which teach first-timers to perform core CrossFit moves and the basic dance steps from the Scarface stage musical.