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.
In the 1980s, Preston Jackson Sr. and his wife Anna had a vision to equip women from all walks of life with the tools and skills necessary for a career in cosmetology, manicuring, and aesthetics. In the spirit of that inclusive philosophy, Preston and Anna didn't just open a beauty school here in the United States?they also opened the first ever beauty school in the West African nation of Togo. Two decades after that illustrious beginning, the institution known today as P&A Scholars is not just a certified beauty school, it's also a place where clients can get professional-level hair, nail, or skin treatments from supervised senior students before they graduate to work their magic in high-end salons or the wig rooms of the rich and famous.
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.
Steven Pierce, founder of RS Health & Fitness, doesn't limit his exercises to the gym. He sees the big picture and prioritizes wellness education on a large scale within the Detroit community. Steven's efforts have taken him to the airwaves as a featured expert on Fox 2 News, to Charter Health High School as a physical fitness educator, and to businesses as a seminar leader. Even if his clients are unable to meet with him, Steven will provide them with plans for at-home and travel workouts, such as bench-pressing a flight attendant.
RS Health & Fitness remains his base of operations, however. Here, Steven and his team of personal trainers provide customized exercise plans for anyone from professional athletes to first-time gym-goers. Each of their personal-training programs takes a comprehensive approach—they include fitness evaluations, nutritional consultations, and check-ins every 30 days that monitor progress. The instructors also host boot-camp classes for groups, accommodating all skill levels with fast-paced kickboxing drills and sandbell lifts.
Within a private, boutique-style gym exuding a familial vibe, Bodymorph takes its clients back to workout basics. The personal trainers on staff prize simplicity over an abundance of doodads and gimmicks, exclusively leading private sessions and small group boot-camp classes. The elasticity of the programs, however, stretches to accommodate each participant's various goals, from weight loss to enhanced athleticism to improved posture to healing.
During indoor classes, trainers eschew the all the shouting and court-martialing of traditional boot camps. They help sculpt physiques with modern equipment—such as strength machines, stability balls, and free weights—from the cozy confines of a homey studio. Diet plans can supplement exercises on the side, and music and a disco ball lend a festive atmosphere to workouts.
At Mistalocks, students learn dances with such upbeat names as boppin' and steppin', just two of the studio's unconventional lineup of partner dance styles. In group classes, master instructor Buford Collins starts at the beginning, showing students how to count out rhythms, feel the music, and follow steps with a partner. His specialty is Chicago Style Steppin', which has similar characteristics to West Coast Swing, but he also leads students through the steps of Detroit ballroom, Graystone, tango, and salsa. For him, these dance styles are more than just a way to move to music. He considers them a fundamental part of humanity's heritage, much like reality television.