Next Level's head trainer Michael Fox has trained clients of all fitness levels?from athletes to a 72-year-old nun. His versatile training techniques, or perhaps his willingness to work any soreness out of a client's muscles with a foam roller after a session, prompted Allure to name him one of Detroit's best trainers. At Next Level, he and his fellow trainers lead custom private sessions and group classes that focus on diverse workouts ranging from weight training to kickboxing to yoga. Members can always work out solo on the gym's free weights and cardio machines, too, motivated by playlists of high-energy jams or just a voice sporadically yelling "Faster, FASTER".
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Pointe Fitness cobbles bodies into sturdy, muscle machines with 21,000 square feet teeming with free weights, cardio equipment, and one half of a basketball court. Skilled instructors guide students through cardio workouts, yoga sessions, and Zumba dance-offs, while specialized women's fitness programs promote healthy lifestyles with one-on-one teaching and inspiring group support. During breaks from chiseling physiques in the circuit training space, or building up enough core strength on the rowing machines to start a transatlantic canoe club, Moe⎯the business's canine mascot⎯frolics with guests to keep spirits high.
In 2003, two fitness-industry veterans, both tired of gyms' reputations as exclusive and elitist establishments, decided to start Fitness 19, a series of gyms dedicated to cultivating a friendly and convenient environment for families to work out in. Needless to say, they experienced meteoric growth—a Fitness 19 logo now hangs above the gym doors of numerous locations spread across 26 states. The gym's owners invest entirely in equipment, outfitting each location with dozens of treadmills, free weights, and resistance-training machines. They also ensure every location has a kids' playroom with games appropriate for the youngest tykes, as well as TVs and DVD players so that tots can watch their favorite shows, such as Thomas the Tank Engine's Total Body Workout.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.