Ladies shed more than just calories as they twirl around poles in classes at Swing Fit—their inhibitions go out the window, too. The studio’s experienced instructors inject a healthy dose of fun into fitness as they guide students of all levels through 60-minute workouts. Though cleverly disguised as fun and flirty dance routines, these pole-fitness workouts target the abs and arms with strength and cardio exercises. The studio's new hip-hop cardio class presents an equally stylish option for staying in shape. This modern routine blends a bass-driven soundtrack with exercises designed to send each client's metabolism and street cred skyrocketing. When they aren’t leading classes six days a week, Swing Fit’s instructors teach girls sensual ways to twirl and spin during private, group parties.
After experiencing personal tragedy, Ivy Mitchell turned to Zumba Fitness and discovered more than a standard workout program. She was not only losing weight and getting in shape, but also found herself smiling more and feeling happier. She attributes this emotional windfall to Zumba's ever-changing routines, fun environment, and community atmosphere. After experiencing this personal change, Ivy decided to share her passion with others by becoming an instructor, and she now leads classes at three Detroit-area Zoe Fitness locations.
Ivy's Zumba sessions fuse the funky beats of international rhythms with easy-to-pick-up moves. This process can help students lose pounds and wiggle hips without wearing a salt-shaker costume and waiting to be shook by the giant living next door.
Zu Cru Fitness instructor Dru is just as comfortable helming kickboxing workouts as he is taking center stage at a Latin-inspired Zumba dance party. Armed with an AFAA group-exercise certification and dance-instructor training, Dru has more than a decade of fitness experience. His studio's workouts range from Pilates and spinning to weight-training sessions.
Because you only get one body, the trainers at Belly Body Fitness (Detroit) work their best to make sure it's in great shape. Encouraging exercise and healthy living, motivators get participants moving during Zumba classes, where a blend of salsa, belly dancing, hip hop, and Shakira Dust create a fun, inspiring environment to burn calories and shed pounds.
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.
At Bad Boy Boxing Gym, amateur athletes train toward fitness prowess through a medley of kickboxing, yoga, and TRX classes in a no-frills, full-boxing-ring environment. The gym’s powerhouse instructors shepherd students through group sessions to blast fat from bodies as they train under the royal-blue ceiling beside rows of gleaming elliptical machines and treadmills. Eschewing group classes for the plentiful bonus balls and resistance bands, guests can forge fitness paths on their own. They can improve their musculature by shadowboxing in the ring, whip endurance levels into shape with jump ropes, or pummel a punching bag until it promises to train them personally. Kids boot camp classes are also available, with 2012 and 2013 Junior Olympic champion "Bad Boy" Brendon working with the trainer to help kids improve their health and learn self-defense techniques.
My Tactical Advantage's experienced trainers help their pupils build up a strong sense of self-worth and hone their bodies into shape. A former U.S. Marine Sergeant draws from his experiences bodyguarding presidents and defending embassies to teach his students about fitness and close combat. During aerobic boot camps, he helps them put their doubts and self-judgments in a crippling suplex with kettlebells, stretching, toning exercises, cardio and strength training, cardio kickboxing, and mitt work.
Far more than a mere gym, My Tactical Advantage helps its students build all-important self-esteem. The identity-reconstruction program helps people adopt new personas for themselves by emphasizing positive character traits, such as bravery and the ability to chew through iron bars. In addition to empowering individuals, the fitness and training center aims to improve the community by nipping violence at its root with the pro-responsibility and anti-bullying TRUST youth program.