The Detroit River's international waters stretch out for miles in either direction, winding along the Detroit skyline and kissing the Canadian border. As ships snake their way through the current, they pass lighthouses on small green islands, bridges stretched across overhead, and workers milling about on the riverside docks. Building on 20 years of boating, the captains of the Diamond Jack, Diamond Belle, and Diamond Queen let passengers take in these sights to the tune of guided narration as their ships' white and sea-foam green hulls slice through the water. The three ships have proven impervious to squalls and Poseidon's road-construction crews since their maiden voyages in the mid- to late 1950s, and safely gather up to 250 passengers on their panoramic upper decks or in protected lower cabins. Today, passengers on these storied steel decks can sip beer, wine, and soft drinks or nibble on snacks from an on-board snack bar during tours. Captains also pilot each ship on private group excursions, as well as school field trips past the river's ships, yacht clubs, parks, and docks.
To help better motivate clients, the coaches at Fitness Innovation Team, a sister club of CrossFit Bloomfield, knew they would have to design workout regimens that were engaging and accessible to all fitness levels, but would also reward hard work with great results. As so, they came up with group classes that are built around high-intensity interval training, which helps build strength, improve flexibility, and elevate metabolisms for maximum calorie-incineration. Incorporating everything from kettlebell swings to body weight exercises supported by TRX suspension equipment, these classes provide an ever-changing challenge that can help anyone from casual enthusiasts to competitive athletes. The studio's RowFIT workouts, for example, combine the spirit of a spinning class with muscle-building indoor rowing sessions. This type of rowing class not only helps to strengthen major muscle groups across the body, but also provides an intense cardio workout, all without placing undue strain on the joints or requiring attendees to wear a life jacket.
After buying their first canoe in 1942, Chester and Stella Heavner were hooked. So were their friends. After constantly loaning out their red-canvas Old Town canoe, the pair invested in two more and started charging a nominal rental fee. In 1953, they made it official with a patch of riverfront property, eight canoes, and a trailer.
Today, Heavner Canoe & Kayak Rental is run by Chester and Stella’s eldest son, Alan. He and his staff manage an inventory of more than 200 canoes and kayaks, which they rent at three locations along the Huron River.