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.
For more than 15 years, seasoned yoga instructor and teacher trainer Katherine Austin has been educating others on how to incorporate yoga and its many benefits into their daily lives. She’s joined by a team of skilled instructors, who imbue their knowledge of Vinyasa, Ashtanga, Iyengar, and Kundalini methods onto students of any age and ability. Daily classes range from gentle yoga for beginners and senior citizens to more advanced sessions that challenge students to go deeper into their postures. Prenatal classes also aim to lower stress and increase flexibility for moms-to-be, and the classes have been showcased on Fox 2 News. Along with teaching students the benefits of yoga, Karma Yoga's staff helps their community thrive by donating a percentage of each class rate to Detroit's Urban Farming.
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.?
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.
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.
Pilates is an almost century-old workout style, which Stott Pilates?its younger, 20-year-old offshoot?updates with modifications grounded in fitness research. Equilibrium Pilates Studio owner Nancy Hodari and her team of 26 instructors specialize in this modality, teaching the regimen?s more than 500 exercises in a serene, 5,000 square-foot studio. Their workouts are open to all fitness levels and ages, and focus on enhancing posture, strengthening core muscles, and bolstering spinal health. While some of their sessions unfold on yoga-style mats, others center on the reformer, Pilates? signature resistance equipment designed to expand range of motion for increased semaphore skills. The instructors also venture beyond Pilates to teach Equilibrium's signature fitness classes, such as the dance-inspired Xtend Barre, intense HIIT55 interval training, and nonstop sessions of total body conditioning. Visitors burn calories and build flexibility as they take advantage of the studio's 27 pieces of equipment, including five spin bikes, ensuring that they'll never get bored with the same old workout.