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.
Jennifer Paczas doesn?t champion one style of exercise over the other. Far from it?the personal trainer is certified to teach a potpourri of techniques, from kickboxing to yoga. Alongside her fellow instructors at the award-winning Shake, Shimmy, Sweat Group Fitness, Inc, Jennifer helps lead a total of 24 group classes. The studio?s Zumba Sentao sessions partner participants with chairs for core-strengthening dance workouts. During one-hour INSANITY classes, combinations of aerobic and strength-training exercises help burn up to 1,000 calories, roughly the amount consumed by eating the standard American meal of donut hoagies. Besides classes seven days a week, the Shake, Shimmy, Sweat team is also available for one-on-one training.
Equipment: Barbells, Dumbells, Resistance bands, Boxes, pull bars, TRX-like strap
Students should bring: Bottle of water, towel, ready to work attitude
Registration required: Yes
Good for beginners: Yes
Average class length: 30-60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Guests allowed: No
Parking: Parking lot
Pro Tip: Arrive with a positive mind and ready to have fun
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.
Rana Khami worked for years on the business side of the fitness industry, staring through the glass at all the people she was helping. She found her position in sales unfulfilling without the personal contact with clients working-out on the floor. So, she left and pursued a personal-training certification, returning to the industry a mere six months later as a trainer. She left behind the traditional gym setting, as well, creating a program that she could teach to clients in their own homes. Today, she runs Changing Lives Personal Training, helping people to live healthier lives through one-on-one training sessions and nutritional advice.
When Mark Swift began personal training eight years ago, it was a part-time passion. But his love of fitness so inspired clients that the on-the-side job flourished into a full-time endeavor, Swift Results Personal Training. Mark still whips his clients into shape with a back-to-basics philosophy that relies on high-impact, high-intensity, sweat-inducing workouts. But his services now also encompass in-home sessions, group training, sports training, and Warrior Boot Camp.