"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.
Drs. Craig Goldin and Marcy Goldin cosset mouth bones with advanced dental procedures with a precision that helped to earn both of them features as two of Hour Detroit's Top Dentists in 2010. The two-hour Opalescence treatment brightens teeth without using heat or ultraviolet rays to bully stains off porcelain playgrounds. A unique syringe-to-syringe mixing system delivers a fresh dose of the chemically activated whitening gel, and its distinct red color ensures thorough application and removal. Potassium nitrate and fluoride are packed as tightly into the formula as a suitcase full of well-rolled socks, strengthening enamel and decreasing sensitivity. The option of a movie keeps peepers busy while bites turn bright and hands dip into a soothing complimentary paraffin-wax treatment.
At Miller Vein, a team of board-certified vein specialists wields advanced technology to treat unsightly facial veins found on the nose, cheeks, forehead, and neck. The Veinwave treatment employs heat to exterminate unwanted facial veins and unseasonably stubborn rosacea blooms. An ultra-fine insulated needle broadcasts harnessed radio-frequency energy into the affected blood vessels, causing their walls to stick together and essentially erasing the dilated veins until the face is smoother and more brilliant than Einstein playing the jazz trombone. Individual sessions last roughly 30 minutes, and follow-up treatments are often necessary to suppress future intravenous uprisings.
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.
Though she looks nothing like Ghengis Khan, Jen Dunbar is building an empire. Its outposts are made of muscles resting on a foundation of knowledge, and it exists to promote an active lifestyle filled with motivation and self-confidence. As an exercise physiologist, Dunbar studies the latest kinesiology research every day, looking for evidence-based ways to melt fat and boost muscle mass. She also draws from years of lacrosse coaching and four personal-training certifications to help her clients to perform at their peak, whether they're running a marathon, slimming down for a wedding, or preparing for the national hopscotch championships. Filled with strength training, sprinting, and constant encouragement, her workouts challenge exercisers to push themselves, even if they've never done a pushup before. In addition to training athletes one-on-one, Dunbar leads small-group workouts and online boot camps packed with jumping drills, body-weight exercises, and weight-lifting challenges.