Though Pilates apparatus seem to take center stage within the Ann Magee Fitness studio, it's not uncommon to see someone jump rope atop a Bosu ball or hook up TRX cords to the reformer. That's because the instructors espouse Pilates principles—core strength, body alignment, and breath work—without limiting their guests to a specific movement repertoire. Helming workouts that never repeat routines, they blend traditional Pilates stretches with kettlebell swings, hula-hoop shimmies, and trampoline leaps. To ensure that advanced students don't have to relearn the 50 components of a perfect jumping jack, the staff sorts patrons into different lessons based on their experience levels. They also offer a purely aerobic approach to fitness during their group stationary-cycling classes.
As an actress, model, and recording artist, Caprice Burrell is no stranger to the spotlight. But it's as a fitness instructor and CEO at Alter Ego Pole Fitness & Wellness Studio where she truly gets to shine. Burrell's positive attitude fosters a supportive, nonjudgmental environment in which women can confidently unleash their inner vixen. In addition to a range of ladies-only pole-dancing lessons, the posh studio hosts ab-toning and Zumba sessions, along with special events and parties where revelers celebrate birthdays, weddings, or pole-welding certifications with sweets and champagne.
Equipment: Cvbex, Lifefitness, ProMaxima, Stairmaster, Everlast.
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
The fitness instructors at Xtreme Advantage Personal Training & More help clients reach personal fitness goals, whether simply staying in shape or competing in bodybuilding contests. Personal-training sessions and group fitness classes take advantage of the facility's bounty of equipment, including free weights, leg presses, and treadmills.
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.
"We believe the body is a wonderful place to live!" This is the upbeat motto at Pilatez Bodyworx, a studio specializing in Pilates workouts for exercisers of all fitness levels. Experienced instructors lead group classes that build long, lean muscles and strong cores with easy-to-use equipment or mats. Private sessions are also available to help guests achieve individual goals.