From fuchsia-colored walls peppered with inspirational quotes to a staff of motivating instructors, studioFiT curates a high-energy yet encouraging atmosphere for fitness workshops and classes. The studio’s seven-day curriculum blends cardio, toning, and mind-body classes in order to cater to each student’s individual fitness goals, whether they seek improved pliability and balance, or the ability to beat a mongoose in a Zumba dance-off. By keeping class sizes small, studioFiT ensures personalized attention for each student. Firm believers that good exercise health should be shared, the gym also boasts a member-referral program that rewards clients who bring in friends by gifting them a raffle ticket for a chance to win prizes such as class discounts or fitness apparel.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Powerhouse Gym's 18,000-square foot interior is a fitness haven filled with free weights, cardio machines, and full boxing and training studios. A haven for health gurus, the gym's doors open at 5 a.m. every Monday morning and never close until 10 p.m. on Friday. Full weeks of 24-hour fitness opportunities lets a staff of personal trainers readily help new members navigate the space. Once inside, they establish routines on the equipment or showing how best to utilize the new functional training studio to achieve fitness goals or sneak away from work to nap.
Alternatively, instructors welcome students into unique group fitness classes, such as Boxing Blast, which combines hardcore conditioning and strength training drills traditional boxing technique and mitt work, and R.I.P.P.E.D., a total body workout utilizing resistance and cardio training. Those looking to enhance their physical conditioning and strength by using free weights and odd objects can try Armageddon, a fitness session that combines sandbags, jump ropes, battling ropes, kettle bells, and sledge hammers with a circuit, interval, and cross-training modalities. The space also features a classic running track, locker room facilities, and a Kid Zone babysitting service five days a week. Their newest addition is a brand new fully functional training studio set up with equipment for a variety of activities, including tire flipping, rope climbing, and box jumps.
In 2003, two fitness-industry veterans, both tired of gyms' reputations as exclusive and elitist establishments, decided to start Fitness 19, a series of gyms dedicated to cultivating a friendly and convenient environment for families to work out in. Needless to say, they experienced meteoric growth—a Fitness 19 logo now hangs above the gym doors of numerous locations spread across 26 states. The gym's owners invest entirely in equipment, outfitting each location with dozens of treadmills, free weights, and resistance-training machines. They also ensure every location has a kids' playroom with games appropriate for the youngest tykes, as well as TVs and DVD players so that tots can watch their favorite shows, such as Thomas the Tank Engine's Total Body Workout.
Rana Khami worked for years on the business side of the fitness industry, staring through the glass at all the people she was helping. She found her position in sales unfulfilling without the personal contact with clients working-out on the floor. So, she left and pursued a personal-training certification, returning to the industry a mere six months later as a trainer. She left behind the traditional gym setting, as well, creating a program that she could teach to clients in their own homes. Today, she runs Changing Lives Personal Training, helping people to live healthier lives through one-on-one training sessions and nutritional advice.
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.