Internationally trained and Pilates Method Alliance–certified instructor Ahmé Bovée channels more than 15 years of experience as a fitness instructor into her core-strengthening workouts. After ending her five-year career as the host of Canada's popular Pilates in Guelph television series in 2007, she founded her open, sun-kissed studio. At Pilates in East, she helps students of all ages and abilities boost flexibility and endurance with resistance bands, weights, and reformer machines during group Pilates classes and private training sessions. This busy instructor deftly divides her time between these Pilates classes. She hosts teacher training certification programs and—like that dollar bill with the online tracking URL—travels the country to present at Pilates on Tour conferences.
Seva Yoga's teachers host daily classes that vary in style and difficulty to accommodate students of all abilities inside the studio’s serene, high-ceilinged sanctuary. Certified yoga instructors move about the practice space during sessions, including moderate and gentle classes, offering verbal cues and hands-on adjustments to help beginners sink into stretches. Vinyasa sweat sessions encourage more seasoned yogis to hone their meditation skills while moving from one pose to the next with balance-challenging movements designed to bolster muscles without adding bulk or its attendant purple shorts. In total, six different types of classes are available, with some sessions taught on donation basis. The studio also teaches a 200-hour program designed to pass along knowledge to budding yoga instructors.
The ocular experts at Smeelink Optical frame out- of-focus eyes in calibrated corrective lenses and more than 1,000 designer frames from brands including Oakley, Prada, Versace, and Gucci. In approximately 60-minutes, trained optometrists test for a gamut of ocular issues including nearsightedness, farsightedness, and wandering third eyes. Exam results identify the ideal set of corrective lenses ($99+) from a collection of polycarbonate, transitions, polarized, and multifocal fillers to nestle inside a selection of traditional, trendy, and natural-material frames ($99+). Basic frames ($99+) appease minimalist eyes, and vogue Gucci or Coach frames ($189–$369) make seeing feel stylish and fancy, like watching expensively dressed strangers in a hotel lobby.
One day back when Joseph Workman worked in the technology and customer service fields, he realized that he was ready for a career change. He started attending the Everest Institute to study massage therapy, eventually becoming a member of the American Massage Therapy Association and the owner of West Michigan Massage Therapy. In 60-minute integrated sessions, he provides relaxation and therapeutic relief, calms achy muscles, and helps knead out tension from limbs that have spent too long juggling apricots to impress grocery store cashiers.
Like many women before her, Flirt Fitness founder Amy was hesitant to try pole fitness. But when she realized just how much fun—and how effective—pole workouts could be, she couldn’t keep the secret to herself. She became a certified instructor and opened her own studio to share it with other women.
Amy’s pole-fitness classes fuse together multiple fitness disciplines, including exotic dance, Pilates, and yoga. Students graduate through eight levels of training, learning the basics in Pole Kitten classes and eventually graduating to advanced moves, such as holding on with a single finger. Amy also teaches private and semiprivate lessons and hosts bachelorette and birthday parties in her candlelit studio.