For many, maintaining a healthy fitness regimen is an off-putting chore on par with cleaning the garage or assembling that backyard roller coaster for the kids. The folks behind Snap Fitness, which now boasts locations all over the world, are of the opinion that this doesn't have to be the case. They believe 24-hour access to premium cardio and strength-training equipment, innovative easyFIT monitors to track personal progress, and perpetual guidance from certified professionals can help transform physical fitness into an accessible activity that yields measurable and tangible results. In addition to providing online workout rubrics and meal plans, they work to keep sweat glands up and running by offering workout rewards programs, making regular check-in calls, and measuring bodies—sans padded muscle suits—every 30 days.
At each of its seven locations across Michigan, Seung-Ni Fit Club helps clients of all ability reach peak physical condition through kickboxing, bootcamps, and the studio's proprietary body-sculpting and slimming regimens. Core workouts build strong abdominal and lower-back muscles with targeted movements, while kickboxing sessions burn up to 1,000 calories per hour as participants fight against the resistance of heavy bags and invisible bad guys. Zumba classes get bodies moving to infectious Latin rhythms, and BodySculpt classes build dense, well-defined musculature through high-intensity dumbbell workouts.
For a more defense-based workout, exercisers can turn to Seung Ni's comprehensive martial arts program. Classes include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, and kids' programs for children as young as three.
As photos of Katie Kelly lunging and stretching on the sun-drenched beaches of Lake Michigan attest, all the world is her yoga studio. After acing her bachelor's degree from Michigan State University, she sought out renowned yoga sensei Jonny Kest in Birmingham, Michigan. At his levitating feet she learned his secrets, and when the time came, she rose up and snatched her 200-hour certification from his famously clenched fist. From there, she downward dogged and warrior posed her way up the coast, before finally opening her own cozy Saginaw studio.
Today, assisted by a faithful thermostat that keeps the atmosphere hot but not unbearable, she wrings sweat and toxins from bodies with the intense poses of Ashtanga yoga or the gentle stretches of relaxing Yin yoga. Classes spirit away distractions, creating a meditative space in which students turn off their cell phones, slip out of shoes, and set their portable microwaves to vibrate.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable visitors to fortify their physical well-being with a cornucopia of advanced fitness equipment and certified personal trainers. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man or one of his many secretaries tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength-training gear or top-of-the-line cardio machines, which feature televisions and other media diversions. A friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from aloof gym employees and ear-splitting pump-up jams. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
It's no surprise that a place called All About U Fitness customizes workouts to fit each student's skill level and fitness goals. But what may come as a surprise is that the studio maintains that personalization while specializing in group fitness classes. Men and women alike gather in yoga, Zumba, Cardio Core, and strength-training classes, where instructors make modifications in order to challenge students regardless of their starting fitness level.
RockFit Center's new workout facility crystallizes faltering musculature while kindling deadbeat calories with sleek equipment, one-on-one personal training, and group classes. Thirty days of open gym access lets sweat donors washboard their cores through exercise-ball workouts or by using the abundant machinery to get in shape for the Olympics' new jumping-jacks event. Otherwise, drop pounds in solidarity during two group classes held from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cardiofit (Monday) boosts stamina, and Zumba (Wednesday) exercises the hip's swivel setting. BandTastic training (Thursday) gets bodies in sousaphone-carrying shape with explosive movements on a synthetic turf. A 90-minute yoga class held on Tuesdays and Thursdays keeps muscles from locking and speaking in all caps, and a personal-training session and a complimentary fitness analysis with one of RockFit Center’s experienced staff members establishes current fitness levels and guides patrons toward healthy goals.