Ladies shed more than just calories as they twirl around poles in classes at Swing Fit—their inhibitions go out the window, too. The studio’s experienced instructors inject a healthy dose of fun into fitness as they guide students of all levels through 60-minute workouts. Though cleverly disguised as fun and flirty dance routines, these pole-fitness workouts target the abs and arms with strength and cardio exercises. The studio's new hip-hop cardio class presents an equally stylish option for staying in shape. This modern routine blends a bass-driven soundtrack with exercises designed to send each client's metabolism and street cred skyrocketing. When they aren’t leading classes six days a week, Swing Fit’s instructors teach girls sensual ways to twirl and spin during private, group parties.
As the name suggests, the trainers at every BODY believe people of all ages and fitness levels can live longer and healthier lives by exercising. They’ve put together a lineup of classes that target specific areas of the body, such as Belly Be Gone and Booty Boot Camp, as well as age-specific classes that pair clients with appropriate workouts and nutrition education. The Discussion Group class fosters a community where students facing similar issues find the support and motivation necessary to face their most daunting fitness challenges and bathroom-scale poltergeists.
My Tactical Advantage's experienced trainers help their pupils build up a strong sense of self-worth and hone their bodies into shape. A former U.S. Marine Sergeant draws from his experiences bodyguarding presidents and defending embassies to teach his students about fitness and close combat. During aerobic boot camps, he helps them put their doubts and self-judgments in a crippling suplex with kettlebells, stretching, toning exercises, cardio and strength training, cardio kickboxing, and mitt work.
Far more than a mere gym, My Tactical Advantage helps its students build all-important self-esteem. The identity-reconstruction program helps people adopt new personas for themselves by emphasizing positive character traits, such as bravery and the ability to chew through iron bars. In addition to empowering individuals, the fitness and training center aims to improve the community by nipping violence at its root with the pro-responsibility and anti-bullying TRUST youth program.
Within a private, boutique-style gym exuding a familial vibe, Bodymorph takes its clients back to workout basics. The personal trainers on staff prize simplicity over an abundance of doodads and gimmicks, exclusively leading private sessions and small group boot-camp classes. The elasticity of the programs, however, stretches to accommodate each participant's various goals, from weight loss to enhanced athleticism to improved posture to healing.
During indoor classes, trainers eschew the all the shouting and court-martialing of traditional boot camps. They help sculpt physiques with modern equipment—such as strength machines, stability balls, and free weights—from the cozy confines of a homey studio. Diet plans can supplement exercises on the side, and music and a disco ball lend a festive atmosphere to workouts.
The muscular trainers that lead the variety of fitness programs at TV Fitness—Ryan and Earl Carruthers—know that every person who walks through their doors does so with their own set of challenges and goals. To help accommodate guests of all fitness levels, the duo offers a wide lineup of fitness programs at their gym. Most of their programs focus on interval training, using the high intensity moves to spike the metabolism, make uncomfortable fat cells cry sweat, and help guests burn fat for hours after exercising.
Snap Fitness’s convenient locations buff bods and tone cores with Matrix fitness equipment, free weights, and a cardio TV theater 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An all-access keycard grants unlimited opportunities to punch a bag instead of a time clock or swing a kettlebell without inadvertently granting wings to a down-on-his-luck angel. Clients can arrive at Snap super late and pretend to be working out in an Edward Hopper painting or pound the treadmill at 5 a.m. and get pumped for 6 a.m. Regardless of the when, the where of Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere provides a refreshing change of pace from packed, worn-out gyms or tough elementary schoolyards.
Ashtanga Michigan's founding instructor Matthew Darling preserves the roots of Ashtanga yoga through private, individually paced Mysore-style classes. Students unfurl their own mats and spend 45-minutes linking continuous Ashtanga postures with calm breaths and visualized Twister mats. Open class times allow students the freedom to arrive and practice until progressions are complete at any point during the 2.5-hour session. Suited for all levels of practitioners, yogis devise their own individual posture flow during each session, while the expert instructor supervises, offering postural adjustments as needed to ensure students get the most out of their practice.