Upon entering Go Cycle Studios, it might feel like you’ve accidentally walked into a club: hip-hop, rock, and dance music streams from the expansive sound system, reverberating off the exposed brick walls and polished concrete floors. The cycling and fitness center’s owners, Jimmy and Lisa, use this atmosphere to set the mood, but they’re serious about exercise. They and the other instructors tailor spin classes and other fitness programs to challenge riders of all levels, from beginners to those who want to work up to jumping a police barricade. Under their instruction, riders sweat astride Keiser stationary bikes, each outfitted with monitors that display RPMs, heart rate, approximate calorie burn, and miles covered. Before or after class, students can head to the back patio to sip coffee in the fresh air or furtively discuss ways to hasten the comeback of handlebar streamers.
In addition to his NASM certification, Jungle Gym Fitness Studio’s owner Jason Schaefer spent six years as the official trainer for Automotion, the Detroit Pistons dance team, helping him helm a gym where patrons can work out and express creativity in innovative classes. The bare-bones studio hosts indoor and outdoor boot camps as well as nightclub-inspired dance and boxing aerobics courses. Class sizes are limited to about 20 students to ensure each student gets ample attention and personalized technique tips. Along with group classes, instructors lend nutritional advice and assist patrons in training for races and sports-specific goals such as improving golf swings and preventing wrist injuries in ping-pong marathons.
As handpicked songs reverberate through the sun-filled room, certified instructors lend individualized guidance and adjustments as students sequence through challenging physical poses. The scene is a familiar one inside Yoga Planet Studio, where a supportive community of students mingle with a laid-back teaching environment. New owners took the reins of the space in March 2013 and since then have built a staff of nearly one dozen teachers who relieve stress and bolster fitness levels for it students. Yogis of all ages and skill levels fill a variety of classes, including Hot Vinyasa, Yoga/Pilates Fusion, Basic, and Gentle classes, as well as more specialized workouts.
Master Your Body Fitness gives exercisers the power to take control over not just their appearances, but their lives. Owner Victor Oddo has spent a good chunk of his own life helping others realize their potential, and he’s used physical fitness as the vehicle to do so. At Master Your Body, Victor joins forces with personal trainer Marvin Hayoo to identify fitness problems and stomp them out on the spot. The duo offers one-on-one training sessions as well as intense group classes, including beginner martial arts, cardio kickboxing, and strength training. In the latter, students learn how to safely and properly perform powerlifting and Olympic exercises, whether they’re simply trying to build muscle or get strong enough to become a superhero who specializes in opening pickle jars.
Andrea Rogers, a dancer and choreographer who has worked with pop stars Enrique Iglesias and Aaron Carter, fell in love with Pilates because the practice strengthened her core. However, on the cusp of becoming a certified instructor, Andrea began combining her Pilates sessions with ballet and found that when she practiced Pilates poses vertically, she gained more endurance and further developed her rhythm skills. That's when the Xtend Barre philosophy was born. Her total-body workouts stretch and strengthen muscles with a combination of ballet barre and Pilates exercises.
And much like The Macarena, her method caught on. Today, at Xtend Barre studios across North America, instructors challenge students of all ages, genders, and experience levels with a range of classes.
Equipment: Rogue Fitness, kettle bells, squat rack, free weights, resistance bands
Students should bring: Towel
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 5–10 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
What's up?: No memberships, just personalized training Established: 2014
Registration required: No
Good for beginners: Yes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Free street parking
Pro Tip: The workouts are easily modifiable for any fitness level so don't be afraid of falling behind.