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.
Instafirm Body Wraps' selection of Tyra Banks– and Ellen DeGeneres–approved wraps streamlines figures with a blend of nutrition-grade minerals and electrolytes that doesn't dehydrate the body. In private treatment rooms, aestheticians cocoon patrons in solution-soaked bandages that shrink circumferences by up to 20 inches, smooth cellulite, and induce flashbacks of childhood mummy costumes. A full supplement of spa treatments includes custom facial masks, microdermabrasion, and detoxifying footbaths.
"Torture chambers"?that's how many students of Bikram Yoga would describe the studios where they practice their craft. It's an apropos name for places set at a blazing 105 degrees that feature students twisting their bodies into 26 yoga postures. However, these hatha-inspired positions heal rather than hurt; as students flow through the therapeutic positions, the simmering heat soothes away chronic aches, boosts flexibility, and encourages everything from weight loss to increased circulation to healthier lymphatic flow.
The inspiring trainers at MetaBody lead troops of workouteers in results-oriented workouts several times weekly. Sweat sessions utilize a variety of exercises and disciplines to produce full-body results in a supportive environment, ideal for beginners and hard-core core-hardeners alike. During any class, motivational instructors will use the instinctual distrust of routine to their advantage. Begin a day of litigating with a refreshing early-morning boot-camp session, or wind down by burning evidence and pounds with a late-evening yoga class. Muscles are kept guessing with new and challenging moves during each session, so participants never fall into a boring, ineffective routine, such as regular teeth brushing. In addition to the fitness classes, students receive a success guide to help prepare for imminent pound loss, a nutrition guide, and a $100 gift certificate for individual coaching. Because the pass sets a 10-class cap at any given location, roving fitness mavens can further shake up their workout regimens by vetting a series of classes or instructors that work best for them.
The mission and approach of Core Sports Fitness represents the fusion of the professional experience and education of its two founders, former Red Wings star Kris Draper and Dr. Jeff Pierce. Their combination of practical and medical knowledge allowed the two to devise a system that would help athletes strengthen their core skills, bolster their overall fitness, and learn the techniques needed to take their performance to the next level in their chosen sport. Although the center offers programs specifically tailored to sports such as soccer, basketball, and hockey, the coaches also offer more generalized sessions that emphasize the universal importance of strength, conditioning, and injury prevention. These sessions include exercises that proactively address areas of structural weakness or instability before they sustain damage. Personal-training sessions address the importance of healthy living off the court or field by providing nutritional guidance as well as general lifestyle recommendations and advice on choosing a sportier middle name. Though many of the training facility's approaches are geared toward increasing athletic performance within very specialized settings, the training techniques covered are also accessible for non-athletes hoping to lose weight or build muscle in a safe and supportive environment.
When Michigan Kettlebells founder Craig Sylvester transitioned from the corporate world to the firehouse, he quickly realized his tired gym routine no longer sufficed. And so, the firefighter and paramedic turned to “old school” training methods, filling his garage with sandbags, logs, kettlebells, sleds, tires, willing neighbors, and anything else that could be lifted or lugged. Six years later, he credits his intense workouts with helping him stay injury-free on the job, and now shares his hardcore training techniques with students. After his pupils have mastered joint-mobility drills and basic kettlebell movements in an intro class, Craig welcomes them to join participants in several group classes. Kettlebell Blitz warms up bodies with calisthenics and yoga before moving on to the hefting of kettlebells, sand bags, and tires, and more advanced classes see attendees mastering the snatch, clean, and jerk or incorporating traditional weightlifting exercises.