Bastet is an Egyptian goddess known for her feline head and strong, confident demeanor. Fittingly, the multitalented staff at House of Bastet strives to impart the goddess’s poise onto each of their students. Leading the way is Ms. Tene', a Michigan State University graduate with a fine-arts and dance specialization who has modeled and earned a certification as a yoga and fitness instructor. At House of Bastet, she corrals her team’s range of skills to run an array of programs, including world-dance classes, modeling workshops, development courses, and etiquette lessons, which teach students the oft-mysterious social conventions that could mean the difference between landing a job as a paid actor, or landing a job as a paid actor in a horse costume.
My Tactical Advantage's experienced trainers help their pupils build up a strong sense of self-worth and hone their bodies into shape. A former U.S. Marine Sergeant draws from his experiences bodyguarding presidents and defending embassies to teach his students about fitness and close combat. During aerobic boot camps, he helps them put their doubts and self-judgments in a crippling suplex with kettlebells, stretching, toning exercises, cardio and strength training, cardio kickboxing, and mitt work.
Far more than a mere gym, My Tactical Advantage helps its students build all-important self-esteem. The identity-reconstruction program helps people adopt new personas for themselves by emphasizing positive character traits, such as bravery and the ability to chew through iron bars. In addition to empowering individuals, the fitness and training center aims to improve the community by nipping violence at its root with the pro-responsibility and anti-bullying TRUST youth program.
Theresa Taylor—the eponymous instructor behind T Taylor Fitness—believes that fitness and fun go hand in enthusiastically fist-pumping hand. Clad in bright leggings or the occasional tutu, she leads upbeat Zumba dance parties designed to sculpt strong arms and toned stomachs. Whether teaching the original workout’s lively Latin-inspired steps or encouraging older participants during Zumba Gold sessions, Theresa cultivates a lively, supportive environment for students of all fitness levels.
Zu Cru Fitness instructor Dru is just as comfortable helming kickboxing workouts as he is taking center stage at a Latin-inspired Zumba dance party. Armed with an AFAA group-exercise certification and dance-instructor training, Dru has more than a decade of fitness experience. His studio's workouts range from Pilates and spinning to weight-training sessions.
Vixen Fitness’s certified instructor Danielle Green was fed up with the lack of exercise programs designed to empower women. After a year of throwing private dance parties in her clients’ homes, Danielle realized that many women pursue fitness to feel desirable, which involves not only simple aesthetics, but also self-confidence. Her insights panned out. Today, her all-female fitness operation includes two studios where she and her team of sultry instructors help women unleash their inner Aphrodites. In a comfortable setting, women swivel into leaner bodies during pole-dancing and sensual-dance classes. When they’re not teaching lap dance and aerobic strip-tease classes, teachers help students carve out fitter frames with Zumba and yogalates—a hybrid of yoga and Pilates—and host the original bachelorette and girl’s night out parties that inspired the studio's beginning.
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, ?What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do?if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.?