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.
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.
Boasting indoor courts, modern equipment, and a multipurpose aquatic center, the Dearborn Racquet & Health Club encourages fitness for the whole family. The facility was fully renovated four years ago and has made upgrades every year since. Racquet addicts can take a whack on the spacious indoor tennis courts or face a goggle-wearing foe on the hardwood floors of the four racquetball rooms. After honing sprint speed and long-distance stamina on the indoor running track, guests will never again miss the ice-cream truck. The track surrounds the fitness center, a 17,000-square-foot forest of strength-training and cardiovascular equipment. The swimming pool's lanes welcome liquid laps, and the hot tub's jets massage workout-weary appendages and warm popsicle-filled bellies. An indoor golf training center allows club connoisseurs a chance to practice their swings without wandering through the bramble after sliced balls.
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.
The staff members at Zumba4Women know how to most effectively train their female clients, because the trainers are all female themselves. They use their headlining Zumba classes—Latin dance-inspired cardio—to help clients torch calories amid a party-like atmosphere. They also lead group boot camps and personal-training sessions, during which they tailor workouts to each client during one-on-one sessions.