Having spent many years in the dance and fitness industries, Vanessa Berry knew precisely what to look for in her staff members when she opened Kick Dance Studios more than 10 years ago. Today, staffers include those who have trained at distinguished organizations including the School of American Ballet, Joffrey Ballet School, and Broadway Dance Center.
But as proud as she is of her team, Berry is doubly so of her students, including her award-winning dance team. Her facility's two studios constantly bustle with the moves and grooves of highly organized dance classes, which include ballet, jazz, tap, hip-hop, contemporary, musical theater, and acrobatics.
When years of competitive running and triathlon competitions left her with race-ending injuries, studio owner Jen Portman turned to yoga to help heal and strengthen her achy limbs. Jen studied under celebrated yogis including Bikram Choudhury and Shiva Rea, and now passes on their wisdom in the confines of her own heated studio. Her hot-yoga sessions are suitable for students of all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels, as the intense temperatures help melt even the stiffest of muscles into deep, healing stretches and Möbius-strip-inspired poses.
Eastpointe Health and Fitness takes an integrative approach to wellness. The staff includes chiropractors, massage therapists, acupuncturists, physical therapists, fitness instructors, nutritionists, and personal trainers. To accommodate this wide array of services, the facility is broken down into rooms for wellness treatments, two fitness studios for classes such as yoga and Zumba, and a gym with complimentary childcare.
An indoor-cycling studio, Breakaway Ryder uses stationary RealRyder bicycles, which tilt and lean in an effort to provide a full-body workout. Exercisers hop off of the polished, wooden studio-floor and on to one of several stationary bikes, where their legs furiously pump in group classes. Certified instructors lead them in cross-training sessions, orchestrating tilts and turns that exercise the core as well as the lower body.
Within a vibrant, yellow-and-blue-walled workout space, a fleet of free weights, treadmills, stationary bikes, and elliptical trainers populate the floor. Group workouts take solo regimes a step further, cultivating a sense of community as students perform step aerobics, kickboxing moves, or deeply held yoga poses in a heated studio. Additionally, personal-training sessions allow clients to work with a fitness guru who will custom build a workout that incorporates functional-training tools such as jump ropes, medicine balls, and dip bars, as well as motivating tools such as encouraging words of wisdom and large gentlemen with chainsaws standing behind the treadmills. Guests can drop tots off at the childcare center, which welcomes kids with games, toys, and a television. After workouts, grownups can replenish energy reserves with fresh-fruit smoothies at the adjacent café, where they can also play chess or surf the Internet between weight-lifting sessions. To promote wellness inside and out, they can visit an onsite spa or stop and see the resident chiropractor, who can treat their sports injuries and chronic pain with a range of holistic therapies.