Perfect for expectant and new mothers looking to stay in shape, Mommy & Me Fitness encourages tots to come along for classes. The schedule includes Strollering, a cardio class that incorporates baby carriages, and Baby Boot Camp, which uses kids as the most adorable weights this side of medicine balls that squeal “oof!” when you toss them, using tots’ weight to perform squats, lunges, and presses. Big Kid classes cater to older offspring, with a 20-minute mom-and-kid workout that shows young'uns the fun side off exercise before letting them go off and play while their moms finish with 40 minutes of higher-intensity exercise.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 60-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Fitness enthusiasts Jenny Quinn and Trista Parisian founded FLEXcity Fitness after realizing they shared a passion for helping others get into shape. Their innovative FLEX classes combine strength and cardio work by using TRX, treadmills, indoor cycling, barre, BOSU and more. The studio boasts that a FLEX56 class burns a minimum of 500 calories per session. See their FAQ page for more information.
"When we invest in ourselves, then we invest in increasing the overall quality of life." This is the guiding philosophy behind Shen Dojo, a center for movement, healing arts, and meditation. Here, practitioners of all levels can immerse themselves in yoga, tai chi, and the martial arts as they connect their bodies with their minds and spirits, improving the inner balance that increases self-awareness, self-confidence, and overall wellness.
At Centre Pointe, the staff members take a holistic approach toward health. That much is evident from the center's meditative yoga classes. Sessions help increase flexibility as well as give students time to unwind and reflect on all of the websites they've visited that day. At the end of each session, instructors hope students will feel not just relaxed, but that their spirits, relationships, and energy have been renewed.
Bellydance Grand Rapids teaches hips to shimmy and shake for the first time or for performance. Weekly classes and workshops focus on skill sets for individual levels ranging from absolute beginner to advanced. In classes, students learn arm positions, isolations, traveling with layers, and choreography with props, all in an environment that focuses on community, fitness, and empowerment.