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BodyPure Studio owner Tina Boos, who?s accrued more than two decades of fitness-industry know-how, centers BodyPure Studio around a medley of Pilates, body-sculpting, and cardio classes. Earning her Pilates certification has enabled her to stock the studio with every available apparatus, ranging from mats to the Reformer, Wunda Chair, Cadillac, and Ladder Barrel?the latter of which should only be reserved by registered Donkey Kongs. As a barre instructor, Boos leads the studio's signature BodyPure class, a fluid workout for limbs and seats that also levels out tummies. Each of her fellow instructors upholds her fitness expertise, possessing at least one certification in Pilates, barre, or group fitness.

BodyPure's combination of professional tutelage and state-of-the-art equipment earned it a top-five spot among CityVoter finalists for Detroit's Best Pilates Studio of 2011. Its facility houses workout rooms for both group and private training sessions.

400 East Brown Street
Birmingham,
MI
US

Each boot camp spans four weeks of exercise, with classes held up to five days a week. Classes might meet indoors or out, depending on which of the nine locations a client chooses to attend, but the regimen of exercise remains the same. Trainers cook up new routines daily, which might include fitness kickboxing, jump-roping, obstacle courses, or sport yoga, in which the class plays a scrimmage using the first student who manages to contort themselves into the shape of a football.

2225 E 14 Mile Road
Birmingham,
MI
US

The human body is a resilient network of organ systems and personal energy that, when treated well, can often heal itself. Yvette Cobb firmly believes in this mantra. She founded YC Yoga for Life Center as an extension of this belief; she combines her professional training as a nurse practitioner and her passion for yoga for a well-rounded approach to health. Befitting Yvette's background, the studio draws inspiration from conventional as well as holistic therapies, aiming to restore the balance that allows clients to lead happier lives.

The yoga instructors adhere to Kundalini-inspired classes, which strengthen mind-body connections by blending sequences of controlled, graceful movements with mindful meditation. Hellerwork therapists similarly address the mind and body during the same treatment, relaxing stress-laden muscles with bodywork techniques before identifying the underlying emotional sources of residual tension. The center's detoxification programs and nutritional guidance also improve clients' holistic balance without relying on prescription medications.

502 Lewis Street
Birmingham,
MI
US

When Barre Bee Fit founders Jillian Lorenz and Ariana Chernin opened their first studio in Chicago, they considered it a "leap of faith." As it turns out, their passion for women's fitness proved infectious with clients and, within four years, the humble basement location blossomed into a national franchise spanning eight cities. But for all that expansion, their fundamental mission has remained the same: to empower women.

Jillian and Ariana resent the image of the ideal woman as being represented by Barbie dolls or really stylish Go-Bots. Even the name itself, "Barre Bee," playfully jabs at that notion. Their rotating lineup of cardio and strength-training barre classes focus more on helping women feel healthy and fit rather than being able to squeeze into a size 0 or their elementary-school snowsuit. Sessions take place at a ballet barre, covering repetitive isometric movements to tone bodies, giving gals the confidence to strut out the door at the end of sessions with a sense of accomplishment.

555 Old Woodward Avenue, Suite 13L
Birmingham,
MI
US

Nationally certified trainers, who collectively boast backgrounds in personal training, fitness, and military service, challenge students to set goals and strive to achieve them during one-on-one sessions and group classes. Within a 3,500-square-foot facility lined with rows of free weights, exercise balls, and chin-up bars, trainers motivate students in boot camp, self-defense courses, or group-training sessions with a back-and-forth dialogue not unlike those in scenes from Rocky and Ernest Goes to the UFC Championship. The trainers can also map out programs to address and strengthen specific muscle groups during personal-training sessions or can engineer sport-focused regimens that improve power and coordination in games such as soccer, basketball, and golf. Exercises that incorporate Bosu-ball work and heavy-rope training prepare clients for police and fire exams by improving mental focus and techniques for unwrinkling uniforms.

750 Forest Avenue
Birmingham,
MI
US

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.

380 South Bates Street
Birmingham,
MI
US