The City of Wayne Parks & Recreation community center's indoor and outdoor fitness facilities bustle with adults and youth alike as they work toward healthier versions of themselves. Patrons annihilate calories on weight equipment and cardio theaters, along with equipment specifically designed to meet the needs of guests with neuromuscular and hypokinetic conditions. The center also hosts sporty activities within its indoor ice rink, track, and swimming arena, and its outdoor grounds roll out hiking trails, playgrounds, tennis courts, and soccer fields, which also double as covert chariot-racing arenas after midnight.
The certified instructors lead a schedule of fitness classes, which includes hula-hooping, boot camp, and karate, along with one-on-one personal-training sessions, in which they develop customized workout routines tailored to each client. As parents work out, they can leave their youngsters under the supervision of staff members in the interactive Kids Zone, complete with play structures and video games.
Optimal results in a minimal time frame. That’s the goal of Nina—Sergeant Bootcamp himself. After a stint in the military, Nina returned to his true passion—fitness—and took up the reins at boot camp, where today he motivates clients of all fitness levels through indoor and outdoor workouts. Each 60-minute sweat session forgoes machinery and high-tech equipment for simple exercises, such as running, calisthenics, and weight training. Yet, Nina doesn’t let campers fall into any sort of routine; he changes up classes regularly to keep muscles guessing and clients from getting bored. Aimed at shredding body fat and toning physiques, each camp begins with a body-fat composition test so that clients can see their progress and achievements in numbers, rather than by whether or not they can fully conceal themselves behind a telephone pole.
SVS Vision Center?s founders opened their first shop in Sterling Heights, Michigan, in 1974 to help the community clear up its vision. But even these optical gurus never foresaw their humble business expanding to more than 60 locations sprawled across 8 states. Today, each shop continues the tradition of ensuring ocular health and crystalline sight, beginning with exams from seasoned optometrists. Afterward, patients head to the optical dispensary, where they try on frames by Coach, Tiffany, Nike, Versace, or Ray-Ban. The staff then fits the stylish selection with polarized and scratch-protected prescription lenses to help guests read books clearly or see a charging moose from a distance. Most of SVS Vision Center?s frames can also hold sunglass lenses as well, eliminating squinting during summer months and tropical vacations.
Torso-contortion coaches at Blazing Belly Dance teach the ways of meandering midriffs to aspiring hip-hypnotists ages 16 and up. During the course of four weeks, students tone their muscles, gain flexibility, and acquire the poise and seductive movements of football placekicker Adam Vinatieri. Each course culminates in level-appropriate choreographed dances so proud midsections can show off what they've learned.
Fitness Rx's team of instructors deploys to dozens of locations throughout southeastern Michigan to lead a staggering array of fitness classes. Whether they're guiding groups through kickboxing's strikes, yoga poses, or Pilates’ core-strengthening moves, they draw on their diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and enthusiasm. Additionally, trainers meet for one-on-one or semi-private sessions, and supplement workouts with nutrition support to help clients achieve varied goals, from building strength to fitting back inside their high-school-graduation cap.
Amid the kettlebells, sandbags, and medicine balls that pack its indoor fitness studio, Boot Camp Michigan hosts high-intensity workout sessions in the mornings and evenings throughout the week. Its imaginative routines draw from four essential fitness factors—cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility—and change from day to day to thwart fitness plateaus. The program’s exercises aim to reduce fat, build muscle, and diminish stress, and accompanying nutrition plans encourage healthy lifestyles and discourage unhealthy eating habits, such as shelling shrimp while trying to parallel park.