Fitness-minded visitors sweat their way through The Sports Club’s more than 100,000 square feet of equipment, group exercise classes, and workout-enhancing amenities. Patrons who thrive on camaraderie can get energized during group classes in one of five practice rooms, and lone wolves can try their hands, limbs, and cores at weight machines by Cybex, Hammer Strength, and Life Fitness. Seventy cardiovascular machines fill the rest of the floor space, each equipped with a personal television that can play any home-brought DVDs, CDs, or flip books. During the warmer seasons, staff members uncover 2 of the 3 pools and 5 of the 14 indoor tennis courts, creating open-air recreational opportunities that earned the facility Hour Detroit magazine's award for Best Outdoor Tennis Court in 2008 and 2009. Employees can keep an eye on guests' youngsters in the childcare room, which brims with age-appropriate activities for toddlers and stuffed-animal focus groups.
At iSweat Studios, the sights and sounds of a night on the town power dance steps, boxing moves, and bicycle wheels. Three industrial workout spaces teem with graffiti murals, which summon sweat with sultry verbs such as “train” and “cycle.” Here, upbeat instructors lead varied workouts that battle boredom and fortify each major muscle group. In the cycling room, up to 25 students pedal Keiser M3 stationary bikes that monitor speed, heart rate, and distance traveled. Wheels and records spin in tandem during Cycle DJ classes, where live DJs craft soundtracks for rides packed with hills and sprints. Calming yoga poses and energizing salsa moves fill the iSweat room, where exercisers of all levels melt calories and stress. Brimming with kettlebells, battling ropes, and TRX suspension straps, a third studio hosts functional training workouts, which help exercisers build enough strength to arm wrestle the Statue of Liberty.
When Kelle Ilitch turned her dream Pilates studio into a reality, she spared no consideration. The airy blue space is instantly calming, although its abundance of high-tech Reformer machines makes it clear that she and her fellow instructors mean business. The space accommodates many class styles, from classic mat Pilates lessons—including specialized sessions for seniors and kids—to ballet-barre-based workouts. Like Pilates and cummerbunds made of cement, the barre workouts strengthen cores while lengthening and toning thighs. The staffers also teach Kinesis, a form of strength training that allows for an entirely free range of motion, making it easier to tone muscle groups across bodies simultaneously.
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.
CoachMeFit’s weight-wise trainers devise metabolism-boosting routines tailored to achieve each client’s personal body-betterment goals in a fully equipped semiprivate personal-training studio. One-hour individual sessions can incorporate a mixture of calorie-blasting cardio, free weights, grunt-generating sets on weight machines, and exercise-ball work, all under the energetic eye of a form-focused trainer. Vacation-bound duos can book a double training session to share the pain of extended deep squats and the eventual joy of frame-worthy beach photos. CoachMeFit’s clean facilities boast an on-site locker room with showers, as well as complimentary granola bars and bottles of water; televisions and music help take minds off of rebuilding muscle fibers during workouts at clients' request.
Following the principles of the Pilates’s eponymous founder, Joseph Pilates, Teaser Pilates’s instructors help students sculpt lean, flexible physiques. The studio’s schedule includes mat- and apparatus-based classes, such as apparatus classes where students in gaggles of five climb aboard Reformer, tower, and small barrel equipment, performing a series of exercises that apparatuses resist with a system of springs, ropes, and the will to prove the superiority of machines over man. Students can also choose to learn the fine point of technique and form during private sessions, which partner clients up one-on-one with an encouraging instructor who tailors workouts to suit each individual's needs and desired amount of abdominal muscles.