As the name suggests, the trainers at every BODY believe people of all ages and fitness levels can live longer and healthier lives by exercising. They’ve put together a lineup of classes that target specific areas of the body, such as Belly Be Gone and Booty Boot Camp, as well as age-specific classes that pair clients with appropriate workouts and nutrition education. The Discussion Group class fosters a community where students facing similar issues find the support and motivation necessary to face their most daunting fitness challenges and bathroom-scale poltergeists.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
Housed in an open, peaceful space, Serendipity Yoga offers a variety of classes for yoga enthusiasts or for those hoping to increase flexibility without the negative back talk of a medieval stretcher. Vinyasa classes focus on the inhalation of oxygen with each movement, creating a coordinated dance between breathing and posing. Traditional ashtanga yoga enhances concentration and calm with a series of linked postures, whereas hot vinyasa yoga places students in a heated room to release toxins, increase flexibility, and keep ice-cream trucks in business all winter long. Because there are no prerequisites for any of Serendipity's classes, the expert instructors will tailor each movement to the individual student's level. Check out the schedule for class times.
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.
Little Lotus Wellness Studio is a wellness center for the 21st century. For proof, head to the studio's YouTube channel, affectionately known as the "Meditation Station." There, clients can watch guided meditations, yoga demos, yoga-themed soap operas, and other clips that can help them sustain their healthy lifestyle between visits.
Don't let the team's savvy use of the internet fool you, though. Staff members are as hip to the past as they are to the present, and they prove it by highlighting ancient healing practices. Yoga, for instance, is the studio's primary focus. Classes especially emphasize Hatha, a style that blends flexibility-enhancing poses with conscious breathing. Other styles include Mixed Yoga, which incorporates aspects of ashtanga and kundalini yoga, and Lean & Lovely, which blends yoga poses with Pilates, light weight lifting, and aerobics. To complement the workouts, the team hosts weekly meditation sessions, too, and a house massage therapist is on hand to soothe aches and pains and relax the mind.
Equipment: Rogue Fitness, kettle bells, squat rack, free weights, resistance bands
Students should bring: Towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5?10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
What's up?: No memberships, just personalized training
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: The workouts are easily modifiable for any fitness level so don't be afraid of falling behind.