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.
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 group fitness classes to shake away calories during Zumba or pummel punching bags to build strength and endurance. The space also features a classic running track, locker room facilities, and a Kid Zone babysitting service five days a week.
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.
When Mark Swift began personal training eight years ago, it was a part-time passion. But his love of fitness so inspired clients that the on-the-side job flourished into a full-time endeavor, Swift Results Personal Training. Mark still whips his clients into shape with a back-to-basics philosophy that relies on high-impact, high-intensity, sweat-inducing workouts. But his services now also encompass in-home sessions, group training, sports training, and Warrior Boot Camp.