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.
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.
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.
In elementary school, Quanda Johnson told her classmates she wanted to be a dentist when she grew up—and that’s just what happened. These days she is indeed a licensed dentist who has been helping Today’s Smiles for more than a decade. She specializes in cosmetic dental treatments, such as veneers, cosmetic fillings, and stain removal via whitening rather than outfitting each tooth with a slipcover. She and her team also offer general dentistry services, including exams, extractions, and even braces.
Pilates is an almost century-old workout style, which Stott Pilates—its younger, 20-year-old offshoot—updates with modifications grounded in fitness research. Equilibrium Pilates Studio owner Nancy Hodari and her team of 26 instructors specialize in this modality, teaching the regimen’s more than 500 exercises in a serene, 5,000 square-foot studio. Their workouts are open to all fitness levels and ages, and focus on enhancing posture, strengthening core muscles, and bolstering spinal health. While some of their sessions unfold on yoga-style mats, others center on the reformer, Pilates’ signature resistance equipment designed to expand range of motion for increased semaphore skills. The instructors also venture beyond Pilates to teach Equilibrium's signature fitness classes, such as the dance-inspired Xtend Barre, intense HIIT55 interval training, and nonstop sessions of total body conditioning. Visitors burn calories and build flexibility as they take advantage of the studio's 27 pieces of equipment, including five spin bikes, ensuring that they'll never get bored with the same old workout.
Comfort, convenience, and personal attention power Vital Performance Fitness, a 24-hour fitness studio owned by a friendly mother-daughter team. Here, calories melt and muscles ripple in a 3,000-square-foot studio equipped with fresh towels and free bottled water. Personal-training sessions teem with custom-built workouts and nutrition resources, which can help clients lose weight, build muscle tone, or enhance athletic performance. During group workouts, certified trainers guide up to three clients toward fitness goals with Power Plate machines and TRX equipment. TRX suspension straps gravity-powered bodyweight exercises that can be tailored to different levels of fitness. Power Plates’ vibrating platforms help muscles contract 25–50 times per second, the frequency at which hummingbirds sneeze. As workouts wind down, the machines shift into massage mode, congratulating muscles on a job well done. Three recommended sessions a week can serve as a substitute for a regular exercise routine or a tumble inside a dryer.