As a division of Bronson Healthcare Group, Bronson Athletic Club (BAC) strives to engage people in a healthier lifestyle. Top-of-the-line fitness and sports facilities—including 80 cardio stations with personal theater systems, an indoor track, and a full-size basketball and volleyball court—made BAC a first runner-up in the Best Health Club category of the Kalamazoo Gazette's 2011 Reader's Choice awards. Members participate in multilevel group fitness programs such as full-body boot-camp workouts, yoga, and Zumba classes. Studios feature maple floors that diminish shocks and a warm-water exercise pool for low-impact fitness or walleye diasporas.
Among other amenities, the deli nourishes visitors with a menu of healthy sandwiches and smoothies, and the spa relaxes muscles in whirlpools and steam rooms. The nutrition-savvy staff, which includes personal trainers and a registered dietitian, helps people drop pounds with individualized weight-loss programs.
Instead of letting her fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome slow her down, Paula Kleckner-Miller found inspiration within her struggles to help others overcome their own conditions. Thus, she studied massage therapy and Reiki to attain a healing touch. Today, she practices an array of massage styles within her studio, where guests relax atop cushioned tables draped in fresh linens.
The holistic philosophy—that the state of the entire body should be considered when treating an ailment—guides the staff at Kalamazoo Manual Therapy through their treatments, which include manual therapy, pediatric massage, medical acupuncture, infrared sauna sessions, and hot-stone therapy. Each of these therapies offers a different approach to wellness, allowing staff to fortify the body's self-healing abilities without drugs or magic spells.
As a medically-based gym, Borgess Health & Fitness Center features state-of-the-art fitness equipment as well as nutritional counseling and comprehensive health evaluations. In addition to the equipment, the gym also features 70 group exercise classes each week including Zumba, Pilates, and yoga. Other amenities include a sport shop, café, and locker rooms with saunas.