Brothers William and Norman Dabish opened the first Powerhouse Gym in Highland Park, Michigan, in 1975. That gym still stands today in its original location, and has more than 300 sister sites throughout the world, which have hosted workouts by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Cameron Diaz, Jerome Bettis, and other celebrities. The internationally recognized chain of gyms keeps its 1.2 million members in shape through fitness classes and a host of free weights and resistance machines at every location. Powerhouse Gym’s rapid growth has even led to the development of a line of branded sportswear, an annual magazine, an internal broadcast network, and the gym's own proprietary muscle.
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.
Bees help our ecosystem thrive, pollinating plants as they fly between them to keep our planet's flora diverse and healthy. Yoga serves a similarly comprehensive, connective purpose for the health of our minds and bodies, according to instructors Julia and Nicole Bush. That, and the honey moat they built, is why they named their center Yoga Bee Studio. The classes they and instructor Jennie teach incorporate a variety of sensory elements and yoga styles. "Practicing multiple styles and techniques," say the Bushes, "allows your body to feel its full range of experience."
Among the classes Julia, Nicole, and Jennie teach is Candelight Vinyasa, which is designed to shift students' focus toward the way poses feel rather than what's going on around them. There's also hot Vinyasa, which takes place when the wood-accented studio reaches 90 to 100 degrees. Hatha routines feature poses held for extended periods of time. Restorative classes are recommended for those who are older or healing from injuries. They use props, like soft wedges and rubber chickens that give pep talks, for a gentler experience.
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.
Pat Lieske is a master of shooting sports. He has spent more than 25 years honing his skills in clay-target shooting, game hunting, and wing shooting, among other specialties. Today, Mr. Lieske shares his expertise with others as the owner of Michigan Shooting Centers, which hosts Pat Lieske's School of Shooting. At his ranges in Brighton and Lake Orion, Mr. Lieske trains students of all ages and skill levels.
Passionate staff members stroll through bell-shaped fairy doors at The Bead Gallery’s Ann Arbor location, which has housed a voluminous spread of crafting accessories in an idyllic Victorian abode for more than 20 years. Both here and at the store's Howell locale, sprawling aisles house an epic selection of Czech pressed glass beads, Swarovski crystals, and semiprecious gemstones, which customers can buy loose, by the strand, or in repurposed Skittles bags. Crafters can also sign up for classes that cycle through beadwork, metal and stone techniques, and methods for manipulating wire and glass. Along with their expert instruction, The Bead Gallery’s crackerjack staff can also flex their restringing skills to repair beaten-up baubles.