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.
Dr. del Rosario, Dr. Bonior, and the center's hygienists form a team that treats patients with an approach based in communication and warmth. Treatments range from basic cleanings to extractions and emergency care, and a choice of sedative and anesthetic options ensure a level of personal comfort typically found only when wearing a monogrammed bath robe to work. The practice has been caring for teeth and their owners for almost five decades, and staff members have years of experience.
From the comfy confines of his oral sanctuary, Polyviou's Dr. Paul Polyviou and a crack team of beak-cleaners take the time during each treatment to stop and communicate their findings to patients, answering any questions they have and addressing all concerns. The one-hour appointment begins with a reconnoiter of molar mountains for any treacherous crevasses or other enamel anomalies, plus a bonus blood-pressure check and oral cancer screening. Next, x-rays take a deeper look to suss out potential cavities, gum disease, infections, and nests of sleeping bats. Dr. Polyviou might even deploy an intra-oral camera to detect hard-to-spot cavities or decipher the ancient runes on the backs of incisors. Finally, the Polyviou team scrubs the plaque and tartar from sullied smiles so that mouths feel fresh and clean without the hassle of sucking on a plug-in air freshener.
Fitness Rx's team of instructors deploys to dozens of locations throughout southeastern Michigan to lead a staggering array of fitness classes. Whether they're guiding groups through kickboxing's strikes, yoga poses, or Pilates’ core-strengthening moves, they draw on their diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and enthusiasm. Additionally, trainers meet for one-on-one or semi-private sessions, and supplement workouts with nutrition support to help clients achieve varied goals, from building strength to fitting back inside their high-school-graduation cap.
While teaching jazz dance in the 1960s, Judi Sheppard Missett decided to step away from tradition by offering an experimental class that allowed her students to simply dance without the judgment of mirrors or the constraints of rigid technique. In these sessions, she began infusing popular dance moves with specific fitness workouts to forge a distinctive blend of cardio exercise, strength training, and dance instruction. Little did she know that this “just for fun” class was the prototype for what would become the national fitness sensation known as Jazzercise.
Today, Jazzercise takes its aerobic techniques from a variety of sources that include jazz dance, hip-hop, resistance training, Pilates, yoga, and kickboxing. The class formats, which vary according to different toning goals, are just as diverse as the program's move set. Two-time Dancing with the Stars champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of the improvisational routines, although her advanced skills aren't needed to get the most out of classes. Instructors cultivate a noncompetitive atmosphere where all exercisers—with the exception of those marked as cursed by jazz-hand palm readers—are welcome regardless of age, build, or fitness background.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.