Studio director Michele Pearson taps more than 12 years of yoga experience to lead mindful Iyengar-style classes, emphasizing precise alignment and helping students bolster stamina, flexibility, and balance. The studio's flexible schedule accommodates students of all skill levels, boasting a variety of 60- to 90-minute classes throughout the week. During sessions, instructors draw from Iyengar yoga's repertoire of 14 breathing exercises and 200 sculpture-worthy poses, helping students hit the meticulously aligned stretches with demonstration, verbal cues, and hands-on adjustments. During Level 1 sessions, Michele teaches attendees how to mold their limbs into the fundamental poses, and the Level 2 and 3 classes begin to challenge pupils by introducing sustained inversions. Aiding students with their first handstands and headstands, the practice space's rope wall allows guests to safely practice inversions without having to turn off the room's gravity.
At Yoga Shelter, you won't hear esoteric chants echoing through the halls or meditation music reverberating from rock-shaped speakers. That's because founder Eric Paskel wants to make yoga accessible for all students, whether they're searching for inner peace or a more toned bod. Contemporary and classic music accompanies classes that range from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to classes like Xflowsion, a combination of yoga, martial arts, and dance that can be repeated at home or at your boss's wedding reception. There is no hierarchy of classes; each 60- to 75-minute session is open to all skill levels. As Paskel himself puts it on his about page, “What's different about us is that we admit we have issues, we know we have work to do—if you can relate to that, you'll love this place.”
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.
Sifu Owen Matson trains students on the ving tsun kung fu techniques taught to him by a line of Moy Tung sifu and grandmasters. Matson's classes cultivate students' balance of body and mind through the practice of three open-hand forms and two person drills.
A well-weathered teacher, Matson began his training in 1999 under the expert tutelage of Robert "Moy Yat Tung" Squatrito, who helped him master the swift movements and powerful strikes of the kung fu discipline. After becoming a member of the Moy Tung's MY4 and ICC inner training circles, Sifu Owen traveled to Detroit to open his ving tsun studio.
Vixen Fitness’s certified instructor Danielle Green was fed up with the lack of exercise programs designed to empower women. After a year of throwing private dance parties in her clients’ homes, Danielle realized that many women pursue fitness to feel desirable, which involves not only simple aesthetics, but also self-confidence. Her insights panned out. Today, her all-female fitness operation includes two studios where she and her team of sultry instructors help women unleash their inner Aphrodites. In a comfortable setting, women swivel into leaner bodies during pole-dancing and sensual-dance classes. When they’re not teaching lap dance and aerobic strip-tease classes, teachers help students carve out fitter frames with Zumba and yogalates—a hybrid of yoga and Pilates—and host the original bachelorette and girl’s night out parties that inspired the studio's beginning.
Even CrossFit pros have a least favorite move. For CrossFit BMW: Benchmark Workouts coach Christopher Binno, it’s the box jump. Binno knows how effective routines with his least favorite move can be, though, because he took up CrossFit to become a better wrestler; and it worked. He and fellow coach Jarrod Bell—who has 25 years of fitness and coaching experience as well as CrossFit and Olympic lifting certifications—lead the center’s classes, which consist of an ever-changing high-intensity routine of functional movements that quickly whittle the body into shape. They also teach Fundamentals classes, which teach first-timers to perform core CrossFit moves and the basic dance steps from the Scarface stage musical.