At Livonia Yoga Center, the instructors aren't married to classical yoga styles. They still host hatha classes that emphasize proper pose alignment and vinyasa classes, which feature a flowing sequence of breath-synced postures. However, a menu of four to five classes a day offers a lot of room for creativity. Complementing those staples are less traditional sessions like the Healthy Backs class, which targets the neck, shoulders, spine, and hips to prevent poor posture and help students develop hardier exoskeletons.
After Randy Woody lost his aunt and grandmother to diabetes and obesity, he became increasingly distressed about his own 320-pound frame. He began researching weight loss and strength training and set to work creating a healthier lifestyle for himself—all at the age of 13. Over the years he was able to whittle away 145 pounds, and eventually became a personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, and member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He teamed up with Brenda Woody, a fitness trainer and motivational speaker, to start Michigan Women Boot Camp, a weight-loss program that has transformed the lives and bodies of more than 10,000 clients.
Six days a week, the indoor boot-camp sessions challenge students with a rotating lineup of light running, resistance training, obstacle courses, and core exercises. Like scaffolding that reads only transcendentalist literature, the environment is supportive, yet serious. The Woodys only expect campers to perform to their individual ability level, but they ask students to show up as often as five times a week to get real results. The approach must be working; the Woodys boast that approximately 85% of their members are repeat visitors.
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. Hip hop, dance, soul, chill, contemporary, and classic music accompanies all classes, ranging from Yoga Rocks, which focuses on sequenced postures, to Fusion, a blend of faster- and slower-moving classes. 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.
"Torture chambers"?that's how many students of Bikram Yoga would describe the studios where they practice their craft. It's an apropos name for places set at a blazing 105 degrees that feature students twisting their bodies into 26 yoga postures. However, these hatha-inspired positions heal rather than hurt; as students flow through the therapeutic positions, the simmering heat soothes away chronic aches, boosts flexibility, and encourages everything from weight loss to increased circulation to healthier lymphatic flow.
Every month brings new cause for celebration at Jet Boxing Circuit Center. Dan Jett, the center's owner, checks in on his clients progress, and most times both parties are pleased with the results: less fat, more toned muscles, and an overall healthier lifestyle. Transformations are thanks to Dan's custom cardio-based training program, which combines elements from a range of fitness disciplines, including Pilates, yoga, calisthenics, kickboxing, and core training.
Dan Jett brings more than 20 years of experience into his private training studio. Dan works with men and women during group training sessions, private training sessions, and his signature 28-day fitness challenge. For the latter option, Dan trains students three to five days per week and outlines specific nutrition plans to help lose weight and sew uneaten cheeseburgers into a quilt.