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.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
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. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. 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.”
At Bad Boy Gym, amateur athletes train toward fitness prowess through kickboxing, 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. Insanity classes put students to the test with intense intervals of cardio kickboxing to forge a full-body, cardio-conditioning workout, while Let's Get Ready To Rumble classes feature a new full-body exercise every 8 seconds set to energetic music. 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.