The Robertson family exemplifies the unifying power of family fitness. While parents Mark and Melissa manage Ascension Climbing's incoming clients, their three kids—Grace, Caleb, and Zeke—provide one-on-one training in the art of scaling mountainsides or the gum-studded underside of a giant's desk. Grace, who formerly coached college climbing teams, transfers her expertise to competitive clients during one-on-one lessons at one of 18 ropes. Zeke oversees the littlest ones at Ascension’s climbing walls and two bouldering caves, and Caleb fills in the schedule with lessons on climbing safety and technique.
As a tightly knit, climbing-savvy family, the Robertsons hope to strengthen the bonds of other clans through Ascension Climbing’s many activities. They invite families to climb and boulder together during events and trips. They also host groups and parties, spreading their love of climbing through chaperoned events and overnight lock-ins.
At GL Dance Fitness, working out is often a form of cross-cultural exchange. As Latin-inspired music from around the globe reverberates in the studio, instructors lead students through high-energy dance moves that draw inspiration from salsa, belly dancing, and merengue. Specialty classes tweak the formula, slowing things down a bit during Zumba Gold, adding a strength-building element with small weights during Zumba Toning, and introducing students to man’s first best friend—the chair—during Zumba Sentao. Kids also get their groove on during six-week Zumbatomic sessions that utilize tot-appropriate beats to boost metabolisms and encourage the confidence necessary to excel on math tests and beat back bullies with nothing more than a perfectly executed musical number.
Zumba was designed as a Latin-based dance fitness program, and has taken the world by storm. With Zumba, participants will experience different musical rhythms. They will be amazed at how quickly they will find themselves dancing the samba, salsa, cumbia, merengue and grooving to the latest in hip hop and pop music.
Inner Peace is helmed by certified yoga instructor and reiki therapist Maureen "Mo" Dwyer, who uses her 13 years of fitness-training experience to help benders of all backgrounds listen to their bodies to achieve a strong, balanced mind-body connection. The current class schedule includes gentle yoga for students searching for a contemplative, relaxing experience, or Vinyasa for those looking to develop the strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance needed to finally advance in the Cirque du Soleil tryouts. Beginners are welcome to attend all classes as modifications are given to help experienced students advance their technique, and all levels of yoga practice provide transformative benefits such as improved circulation, stress relief, better breathing, pain alleviation, and inner peace. Mats are provided, but students are encouraged to purchase their own in order to continue their practice at home.
Beginning in 2001 as a small fitness operation in the basement of an office building, Pure Barre has since blossomed into a widely acclaimed, widely publicized approach to exercise with a nationwide following. Dancer, choreographer, and fitness buff Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre more than a decade ago in Birmingham, MI. Performing the Pure Barre technique can be a fast and effective way to transform your body. Motivating music slices through the 55-minute workouts, each of which utilizes a ballet barre and small isometric movements designed to burn fat and tone muscles.
Students don?t have to be fighters to train at PTC Combat Fitness, as the gym has programs for athletes of all skill and experience levels. Expert instructors lead noncontact classes such as cardio kickboxing, as well as contact classes such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, MMA, and boxing that only involve sparring when the student is ready. They also lead other classes such as self-defense and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for kids, and members can enjoy unlimited access to the weight and cardio training facilities when they?re not in use by another class or instructor.