The instructors at Al Irish's Shut Up and Box channel more than 14 years of experience into intense circuit-training workouts brimming with dynamic movements and power-packed blows. In addition to variable workout formats such as TRX straps and kettlebells, classes feature live DJ tunes that couple music and fitness better than a mariachi band performing on a treadmill. Captivating laser projections zip and scatter across the gym walls and replace traditionally somber gym decor with an invigorating, club-style atmosphere.
Handgun rentals are available.
Mark Cortis wants people to feel safe and comfortable when firing a handgun, so much so that the NRA-certified instructor offers a lifetime retake option for his concealed-carry students. That's no small gesture. Since 1991, Mr. Cortis has trained thousands of people, including those who work as professional security officers, private detectives, and law-enforcement officers. He's also pretty easy to get ahold of, offering classes seven days a week.
An active-duty officer with the Detroit Police Department, Jeff Banks helps students of all levels of marksmanship obtain a state Concealed Pistol License, also known as a CPL or CCW permit. With that aim, he teaches the Michigan CCW/CPL Training Class that, in addition to imparting the basics of operating a handgun, covers methods of non-violent conflict resolution.
In Normandy Oaks Golf Course, the city of Royal Oak operates a course open to the public. Aside from scenic views and lush, emerald fairways, the course offers players nine chances to hit long-distance drives and slam-dunk their ball into the hole. It also has a pro shop and a teaching professional ready to iron out rickety swings.
The staff at Franklin Athletic Club knows that staying in shape requires a multifaceted exercise routine and dietary regimen. Their newly renovated facility reflects this understanding, with a multitude of exercise equipment, fitness classes, and an onsite restaurant.
Club members can join TRX suspension-training, martial-arts, dance, and yoga classes led by experienced instructors. They can also develop personal-training routines using more than 10,000 square feet of free weights and cardio equipment. A 20-yard indoor pool facilitates year-round aquatic exercise, and an outdoor pool allows karate students to chop gigantic blocks of ice in the winter.
After a racquetball game or a match on 1 of 13 indoor tennis courts, athletes head to the club's Babylon Cafe to replenish their energy with American and Mediterranean dishes such as chicken wraps and falafel plates.
CCW Advance’s state- and NRA-certified instructor, Christopher Laird, keeps his courses to 10 students, ensuring they receive personal attention and understand gun operation and safety fundamentals before they apply for a Michigan concealed pistol license. In each of his classes, Christopher focuses on the differences between personal protection at home versus the outdoors and how the gun owner's responsibilities change in different scenarios. He picks convenient spots around Southfield for each part of his classes, such as a local library for classroom training, a local range for live-fire training, and locally prepared soufflés for targets.