Michigan College of Beauty's licensed professionals pass on their beauty know-how to aspiring aestheticians and cosmetologists. In addition to completing their course work and exams, students gain hands-on experience pampering clients with nail, hair, waxing, and other salon services. At the student salon, senior beauty students perform all services under the watchful eyes of state-licensed cosmetologists, who ensure that clients receive professional-quality care and that students are using only No. 2 scissors.
As a doctor, Mike Sartorius knew that packing on pounds every winter and struggling to shed them the following spring was setting his body up for a major metabolic breakdown. Even after he finally decided to lose the weight and keep it off, it took him five up-and-down years to learn the habits that would lead to long-lasting results. Once he nailed down his five principles of staying fit, however, his body underwent a transformation. Before long, his career would follow suit.
Dr. Mike soon teamed up with his friend, Jerry Lockwood, to found VIP Training and Fitness. The boot camp, which draws on Dr. Mike's experiences with weight loss, proved an initial success and has since been featured on shows such as MTV's I Used To Be Fat. Dr. Mike and Jerry continue to host boot camps at two locations, though nine other trainers have stepped up to pack each week's schedule with 27 available classes. In all of these classes, trainers strive to maintain a balance between fun and intensity. They ensure their campers’ safety at all times by demonstrating proper form and using seat belts as resistance bands.
Marketti Academy of Cosmetology's 10,000-square-foot facility houses student aestheticians, manicurists, and cosmetologists who perfect their trades with hands-on training. Instructors lend one-on-one attention and hand-to-hand high-fives to each pupil, creating an intimate learning environment that celebrates individuality. In the clinic, 50 students hone their skills on actual clients. The burgeoning professionals perform inexpensive facials, Redken coloring treatments, mani-pedis, and other salon services.
Fitzone for Women’s 14 locations across Florida, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan beckon ladies of all ages and fitness levels to sweat side-by-side during supportive group classes and workouts. Each location hosts 20-minute circuit-training sessions that incorporate Nautilus machines, which increase weight in 1-pound increments, rather than the traditional 10 pounds. Fitness professionals work hand-in-hand with members to design a personalized workout plan, while group classes get bodies in shape with high-energy sessions of Zumba, strength training, kickboxing, and running away from a giant boulder rolling downhill. Fitzone for Women’s specially designed windows simultaneously let in sunlight and block views into studio from the outside, and its locker rooms have private dressing stations for an extra ounce of comfort.
For a stationary object, the ice rink at Lakeland Arena sure does go through a lot of transformations. Some days, it flattens out as a glistening stage for the triple axels and pirouettes of local figure skaters. Other days, it morphs into a speedy battleground for youth and adult hockey leagues, or a speedy playground for community members. And on days in between, the icy surface hosts a number of learn-to programs helmed by expert instructors. One such program, Atoms, teaches kids aged 4-12 the basics of hockey as well as the more advanced steps required to outsmart an army of sentient Zambonis.
The instructors at Lu Lu’s Pottery help students transform their talents into tableware through a variety of techniques and classes. Use glass remnants to recreate unforgettable scenes from Footloose on tabletops in the tiled-tables class ($50+), or brighten up the path to a backyard outhouse by enrolling in the stepping-stones class ($15+). Retired wedding DJs can repurpose their spinning skills in the individual wheel-throwing class ($50), creating receptacles large enough to hold their vast memories of the bunny hop, and homeowners with difficult soil can create a tree sculpture ($40) to replicate absent foliage. Classes last two to eight days and include one to two firings, tools and clay, and expert guidance. Call to inquire about current offerings and to reserve your spot in class.
After collecting 13 years of teaching experience, certification from ACE Fitness and Jonny Kest's Center for Yoga, and a degree as a registered dietitian, Andrea von Behren combined her passions for healthy living and strategic poses into Body Language Fitness & Yoga Center. There, a highly trained staff patrols both a heated yoga studio and designated workout room during more than 80 weekly classes. Andrea strives to keep the center's atmosphere convivial yet challenging with a custom blend of cardio, strength training, yoga, and nutritional guidance. Her efforts have earned the center the title of Detroit's Best Yoga Studio from Vote 4 The Best of Summer 2011. Alongside the majority of fitness and yoga classes, onsite child care helps to foster a family-friendly ambiance and adorable games of Duck, Duck, Downward Dog.