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.
Elements of Exercise eschews the dreary, solitary workout routines for high-energy, group workouts. Their classes run the gamut from cardio kickboxing to kettle bell, zumba, and boot camp classes. Personal trainers help clients craft customized fitness regimens, helping them tackle fitness goals such as weight loss, improved flexibility, or turning their forearms into a living homage to Popeye.
Vibe Fit offers a fun and refreshing way to get fit with tri-weekly Zumba classes. Zumba—Columbian slang for "fast moving" or "buzzing like a bee"—layers salsa, merengue, and cumbia Latin dance styles with hip-hop and reggaeton moves for one delicious multi-layered dance salad dressed with olive oil and shoulder shimmies. Burn up to 700 calories per class and tone hips, thighs, and abs in an hour-long sweat fest currently offered Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7 p.m. (starting on October 1, Tuesdays and Thursdays begin at 6 p.m.) and Fridays at 6 p.m. Trainers Cindy DeBiasi, Christy Baas, and Susan Stokely, all licensed Zumba instructors with more than 50 years combined experience in group-exercise teaching, alternate high- and low-intensity movements, making the classes a lively, challenging workout for both beginner and advanced students.
Fitness guru Lisa Nash, whose body-sculpting expertise has benefited clients from U.S. Marines to local doctors, leads fitness classes that privilege cardiovascular training and weight loss over hulking machines and protein powder. Athletes of all ages can shed pounds, shake the police, and increase heart health in more than a dozen motivating classes ranging from 50-minute cardio-kickboxing bouts to 90-minute total-body workouts. High-intensity cardio interval-training sessions incorporate Lisa’s experience breaking in military recruits and aspiring firefighters, and Gams, Butts & Guts tones and tightens the lower body with high-rep aerobics rather than saran-wrap pants. High-steppers, kickboxers, and ab toners wishing to enroll in Lisa’s classes must supply their own weights and mats.
Yoga Alliance–registered instructor Erin Moss designs her classes to cater to specific clientele. In doing so, she has helped musicians and fiber artists—such as knitters and clothing designers—ease tension and enhance their work with poses that can alleviate pains caused by poor posture and repetitive movements. In her beginners’ and stress-relief sessions, Erin emphasizes the meditative side of yoga and helps students assume slow, gentle postures.
At CrossFit 313, everyday people from all walks of life tackle a high-intensity training regimen embraced by soldiers, emergency responders, and law enforcement throughout the country. Rather than wasting time on a treadmill or stationary bike, participants get moving with an ever-changing routine of squats, pull-ups, kettlebell exercises, and plyometrics, which helps them avoid workout plateaus while building strength, agility, and flexibility.