Fitness guru Lisa Nash, whose body-sculpting expertise has benefited clients from U.S. Marines to local doctors, leads fitness classes that privilege cardiovascular training and weight loss over hulking machines and protein powder. Athletes of all ages can shed pounds, shake the police, and increase heart health in more than a dozen motivating classes ranging from 50-minute cardio-kickboxing bouts to 90-minute total-body workouts. High-intensity cardio interval-training sessions incorporate Lisa’s experience breaking in military recruits and aspiring firefighters, and Gams, Butts & Guts tones and tightens the lower body with high-rep aerobics rather than saran-wrap pants. High-steppers, kickboxers, and ab toners wishing to enroll in Lisa’s classes must supply their own weights and mats.
Unlike regular warehouses, with their shelves of boxes and closets full of forklift bones, The Workout Warehouse fills its spaces with a different kind of inventory: lost pounds, new goals, and personal records. And, unlike most gyms, this facility strictly offers classes, creating a communal environment that encourages exercisers to rally around their health-oriented objectives, as well as each other. Through contract-free memberships and drop-in capabilities, guests gain access to multiple classes daily, including spin, boot camp, Zumba, and boxing. Extra inspiration is never too far, as the facility holds frequent contests that add a hint of competition to workout routines.
Bastet is an Egyptian goddess known for her feline head and strong, confident demeanor. Fittingly, the multitalented staff at House of Bastet strives to impart the goddess’s poise onto each of their students. Leading the way is Ms. Tene', a Michigan State University graduate with a fine-arts and dance specialization who has modeled and earned a certification as a yoga and fitness instructor. At House of Bastet, she corrals her team’s range of skills to run an array of programs, including world-dance classes, modeling workshops, development courses, and etiquette lessons, which teach students the oft-mysterious social conventions that could mean the difference between landing a job as a paid actor, or landing a job as a paid actor in a horse costume.
With thousands of locations all over North America and a ranking of the sixth-best franchise by Entrepreneur, Anytime Fitness is a fast-growing chain of fitness centers that bills itself as "the club for busy people." The gym is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week, and members get keycard access to work out with the strength training and cardio equipment onsite. Personal TVs on treadmills, ellipticals, and bicycles make working out fun, and there are live Zumba, yoga, Pilates, and hip-hop cardio classes taught by certified instructors in the group fitness studio. Clients can also choose to work out with a video-on-request system, hit the free weights or dumbbells weighing up to 110 pounds, or have a session with a certified personal trainer to amp up their routine. With an emphasis on cleanliness, efficiency, and friendliness, Anytime Fitness helps its members work out when it's most convenient. When not at the gym, Anytime Health online grants members access to perks such as meal and workout plans, activity trackers, and Q&A forums.
Personal trainer Bryan Dennison's boot-camp sessions keep trainees on their toes with exercises ranging from the yogic bliss of the tree pose to the unbridled bloodlust of cardio-kickboxing drills. His personal-training seminars base routines around of the goals of individuals or small groups—they might include calisthenics, weightlifting, and resistance exercises using TRX suspension cords. Through the intensity and motivational camaraderie of programs such as the 90-day challenge, Dennison has built a loyal following of newly streamlined physiques.
Steven Pierce, founder of RS Health & Fitness, doesn't limit his exercises to the gym. He sees the big picture and prioritizes wellness education on a large scale within the Detroit community. Steven's efforts have taken him to the airwaves as a featured expert on Fox 2 News, to Charter Health High School as a physical fitness educator, and to businesses as a seminar leader. Even if his clients are unable to meet with him, Steven will provide them with plans for at-home and travel workouts, such as bench-pressing a flight attendant.
RS Health & Fitness remains his base of operations, however. Here, Steven and his team of personal trainers provide customized exercise plans for anyone from professional athletes to first-time gym-goers. Each of their personal-training programs takes a comprehensive approach—they include fitness evaluations, nutritional consultations, and check-ins every 30 days that monitor progress. The instructors also host boot-camp classes for groups, accommodating all skill levels with fast-paced kickboxing drills and sandbell lifts.
Within the sunny, wood-floored studio, groups of exercisers tone muscles and liquidate fat cells to the tune of toe-tapping Latin and International rhythms. Helmed by Joel, a seasoned fitness instructor with 18 years of industry experience, Zumba classes trick your body into burning calories, setting it in motion with heart-pumping beats to elicit a mixture of high-energy movements and dance steps. A strong proponent for proactive lifestyles, Joel can also use his intimate knowledge of nutrition and exercise to help clients meet fitness goals such as losing weight or training to dig a hole to China with their bare hands.