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.
Stone Gym's trainer takes a no-frills approach to boxing. Devon Stone grew up around boxing and now teaches the sport along with kickboxing and the all-important skills of striking and counterstriking, a must-learn for mixed martial artists and professional match lighters. The floor-level ring dominates one end of the no-nonsense gym, where a row of hanging punching bags separates the boxing arena from the weightlifting zone.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
Lady of Livingston's seasoned trainers guide groups of women toward toned physiques with a flexible schedule of beginner, intermediate, and advanced fitness classes. Infusing melodic Latin moves into every session, Zumba challenges participants to swivel their hips and rock out on air maracas to the beat of sultry dance tracks. Meanwhile, Basic Step classes integrate a variety of choreographed aerobic exercises, and high-energy sessions of Sweat-N-Chisel utilize alternating intervals of strength and cardio training to evict invasive fat cells from their protoplasmic digs. Focusing on both mind and body, yoga and mat Pilates encourage participants to submerge themselves in spiritual tranquility as cadenced movements aim to build core strength, increase flexibility, and reconnect shadows to their estranged owners. Spinning classes require an additional $5 fee.
TruFit Fitness Studio’s trainers are so keen to show off their body-transformation results that they post pictures on Facebook of real clients who have undergone 12-week fitness programs, proof that their fat-blasting exercises really work. They use these intensive programs—which incorporate nutrition plans and fitness sessions led by a personal trainer—as well as fitness classes to help clients achieve their wellness goals.
Exercisers can burn calories and tone muscles in a range of classes that includes Vinyasa Yoga and a challenging blend of tae bo and kickboxing. Ballet Barre Fusion classes work even the smallest muscles and create long, lean dancer lines, and Zumba classes set to upbeat Latin music torch calories in a party-like atmosphere.
TruFit Fitness Studio has also implemented a kids' program to encourage physical and nutritional wellness for youngsters.
"If exercise could be packed into a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed, and beneficial, medicine in the nation." These words, spoken by Robert N Butler, M.D., Director of the National Institute on Aging, are the driving force behind Fitness Rx. Here, the staff blends exercises from a range of disciplines including core fusion, barre, and Brazil butt lift to boost the health of its students during Fitness Rx Method sessions. The sessions boost metabolism and cardiovascular health while sculpting muscles and tightening midsections, delivering a full-body workout with both physical and mental benefits. Other classes, such as yoga, Pilates, dance, and kickboxing, work in a similar way, engaging students in challenging workouts that strengthen the body and rejuvenate the mind more effectively than falling asleep on a treadmill.