Beyond what its name might suggest, Buttercup Pole Dance revels in all aspects of the hip-swiveling arts. Naturally, a highlight of the business is the pole-dance program, which is supervised by owner, competitive pole-dancer, and certified fitness instructor Sarah Jade. These classes are structured to accommodate all levels of pole-dance enthusiasts, from the uninitiated to the advanced—introductory sessions acquaint beginners with spins, transitions, and grip techniques, while four-week session classes are grouped by level to graduate students from basic routines to upside-down inversions.
For a more portable pastime, the center teams up with Michelle Garner, owner of Happy2BHooping LLC, who calls on her background in belly dancing and her Hoola-Fit trainer license to lead students through artistic and heart-pumping hula-hoop fitness routines. The center also brings out students’ inner vixens in sultry chair-dance and exotic-dance choreography, along with stimulating sweat glands and dancing shoes in Latin-inspired Zumba classes.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Since then, Carrie has traveled around the country, hopping from gym to gym demonstrating the innovative program that draws techniques from ballet. Much like angering a witch with a penchant for frog spells, performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Inside the Evolution Martial Arts studio, multiple black belt-holder Ryan L. Cook draws from 23 years of martial arts experience to lead classes through kickboxing and jiu-jitsu moves. Students can also opt for cardio-kickboxing classes that burn calories while toning the body, and kids aged 3-5 can build confidence and motor skills during Little Ninjas classes.
The Wellness Center's commitment to health extends to areas as diverse as chiropractic care, acupuncture, and group fitness classes. Under the guidance of a team of chiropractic doctors and acupuncturists, the staff combats muscle and joint pain, stress, and other health problems through physical therapy, chiropractic adjustments and 14 types of massages. Fitness programs, meanwhile, range from hatha yoga classes to outdoor boot-camp exercises that use tractor tires as fitness equipment, instead of traditional strength-training tools like dumbbells and industrial-size pickle jars.
There’s a no-nonsense intensity to the fitness approach at CrossFit Jaguar's gym—its mission statement declares that “routine is the enemy” and demands you to “release your inner beast.” To achieve these goals, the certified CrossFit trainers unleash their students to tackle various machines and workouts that work to transform health, appearance, and resolve.
No two workouts will ever be the same: in one session, you might find yourself on the tug-of-war ropes, obstacle courses, and the occasional piggyback ride. Olympic sports such as weightlifting and track and field inspire many of the exercises, from barbell squats to sprinting while jumping hurdles. Beginners can master CrossFit basics during small-group Foundations courses, which can teach you more about presses and cleans than a professor of laundry studies.
Along the way, the coaches aim to help you find success in your career and family life as well as in workouts. They often hold nutrition consultations and personal-training sessions to teach strategies for setting goals and managing your time.
Harmony Yoga & Wellness Center's stable of passionate instructors guide yogis of every skill through group yoga classes. At the softly lit, 1,200-square-foot studio, they lead classes each day of the week. Though they suggest that students bring their own, the instructors rent mats and bath towels for a $1 fee. As a wellness center, Harmony gives students access to additional resources ranging from acupuncture and massage to nutrition counseling and other therapies.