Vixen Fitness’s certified instructor Danielle Green was fed up with the lack of exercise programs designed to empower women. After a year of throwing private dance parties in her clients’ homes, Danielle realized that many women pursue fitness to feel desirable, which involves not only simple aesthetics, but also self-confidence. Her insights panned out. Today, her all-female fitness operation includes two studios where she and her team of sultry instructors help women unleash their inner Aphrodites. In a comfortable setting, women swivel into leaner bodies during pole-dancing and sensual-dance classes. When they’re not teaching lap dance and aerobic strip-tease classes, teachers help students carve out fitter frames with Zumba and yogalates—a hybrid of yoga and Pilates—and host the original bachelorette and girl’s night out parties that inspired the studio's beginning.
Arthur Murray has been a leading name in franchise dance since 1912, when the entrepreneur began selling mail-order dance lessons. Expanding his reach, he enlisted teachers to spread his signature dance lessons on first-class steamships and skyrocketed to fame in the '30s after introducing the public to such dances as the Lambeth Walk and The Big Apple. By the 1950s, Arthur and his wife, Kathryn, were hosting their own highly popular TV show on ABC, The Arthur Murray Dance Party, which ran for 12 years. Today, Arthur Murray's team prepares students for rug cutting at special events and weekend nightclub jaunts. Throughout lessons, instructors teach the foundations of two to four dances from a long list of styles that range from Latin to country-western, helping students to learn basic step patterns, timing, and the ability to lead or follow.
I co-ordinate, market, and teach a high impact Zumba class in Bloomfield Hills, MI. Historically I have never enjoyed working out, who really does? However, I strive to make each session fun so no one realizes just how intense a workout they are getting.
To help better motivate clients, the coaches at Fitness Innovation Team, a sister club of CrossFit Bloomfield, knew they would have to design workout regimens that were engaging and accessible to all fitness levels, but would also reward hard work with great results. As so, they came up with group classes that are built around high-intensity interval training, which helps build strength, improve flexibility, and elevate metabolisms for maximum calorie-incineration. Incorporating everything from kettlebell swings to body weight exercises supported by TRX suspension equipment, these classes provide an ever-changing challenge that can help anyone from casual enthusiasts to competitive athletes. The studio's RowFIT workouts, for example, combine the spirit of a spinning class with muscle-building indoor rowing sessions. This type of rowing class not only helps to strengthen major muscle groups across the body, but also provides an intense cardio workout, all without placing undue strain on the joints or requiring attendees to wear a life jacket.
Amid the indoor tennis courts and workout rooms of the Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness facility—co-owned by Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh and Tony Scheffler—D1 Sports Training’s professional instructors push both youth and adults toward new fitness goals with a menu of high-intensity training programs. The intimate group classes strive to mimic the intensity and caliber of top college and professional training curriculums, improving participants’ chances of chasing down NFL halfback Red Grange on the street. Kids as young as 7 can cultivate athletic skills through age-specific training courses, and adults of all fitness levels can pursue goals of weight loss, strength, and endurance during boot camps, strength-training classes, and personal-training sessions. Detroit’s D1 Sports Training is part of a nationwide training program with 13 locations across the United States and an impressive range of NFL, NBA, and Olympic athlete clientele.
Breath takes various forms at Breathe Yoga Studio. During group and private yoga classes, it centers minds as bodies pose, the light from paper lamps dancing across hardwood floors in the 75- to 90-degree studio. Experienced teachers use the flow of oxygen to bind bends, balances, and inversions during all-levels Vinyasa routines and athletic Power Vinyasa sessions. Breaths release tension as low sighs in Hatha sessions, which relax the body with gentle stretches, dim lighting, and tranquil music. For special occasions such as birthday parties, breaths whip across candles on cakes or propel bicycles outfitted with sails during the ride home.