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.
Jason Schoenherr spent his early years as an athlete in organized sports, never training in the martial arts until he enrolled in a kung fu class at the age of 20. In kung fu, he found a practice both physical and mental. The ancient style captured his interest, and he began to study other traditional Chinese martial arts such as tai chi and qi gong. After more than 17 years of training and teaching, Jason—having earned the title of sifu—opened Detroit Kung Fu Studio, his own school at which to provide a traditional kung fu education.
Sifu Jason and his instructors strive to recreate the art of kung fu as it was taught by the Buddhists at the Shaolin Temple or the Taoists at Wudang Mountain. To them, the martial arts were not a method of violence, but a way to end violence and attain enlightenment through a mind-body connection. The staff members foster this goal through the careful construction of a relaxed, friendly environment.
The staff at Franklin Athletic Club knows that staying in shape requires a multifaceted exercise routine and dietary regimen. Their newly renovated facility reflects this understanding, with a multitude of exercise equipment, fitness classes, and an onsite restaurant.
Club members can join TRX suspension-training, martial-arts, dance, and yoga classes led by experienced instructors. They can also develop personal-training routines using more than 10,000 square feet of free weights and cardio equipment. A 20-yard indoor pool facilitates year-round aquatic exercise, and an outdoor pool allows karate students to chop gigantic blocks of ice in the winter.
After a racquetball game or a match on 1 of 13 indoor tennis courts, athletes head to the club's Babylon Cafe to replenish their energy with American and Mediterranean dishes such as chicken wraps and falafel plates.
CCW Advance’s state- and NRA-certified instructor, Christopher Laird, keeps his courses to 10 students, ensuring they receive personal attention and understand gun operation and safety fundamentals before they apply for a Michigan concealed pistol license. In each of his classes, Christopher focuses on the differences between personal protection at home versus the outdoors and how the gun owner's responsibilities change in different scenarios. He picks convenient spots around Southfield for each part of his classes, such as a local library for classroom training, a local range for live-fire training, and locally prepared soufflés for targets.
An active-duty officer with the Detroit Police Department, Jeff Banks helps students of all levels of marksmanship obtain a state Concealed Pistol License, also known as a CPL or CCW permit. With that aim, he teaches the Michigan CCW/CPL Training Class that, in addition to imparting the basics of operating a handgun, covers methods of non-violent conflict resolution.
Owner Jon Hughes presides over Downtown Ferndale Bike Shop's experienced staff members as they equip customers with the pedal-powered steeds that line every inch of the 1,400-square-foot shop. Pedal jockeys can race over roads with fresh tires ($15+) or ward off sidewalk splash with a pair of fenders ($15–$75), and helmets ($30–$120) protect delicate craniums from accidents and overzealous hairstylists. In the repair shop, mechanics scrutinize rides for problems before tweaking and tuning gears, frames, and wheels for smoother, safer riding. For an additional $40, customers can upgrade to a full tune-up, during which mechanics entirely disassemble and reassemble steely steeds.