Six days a week, CrossFit Level 1–certfied trainers Dan and Malorie Gibson unveil a new Workout of the Day at Howell CrossFit. These challenges typically comprise a series of functional exercises such as pull-ups and box jumps. Regardless of the day's workout, they oversee their trainees as they complete the exercises as intensely as they can, which means moving quickly and reciting the dialogue from the T. rex scene in Jurassic Park at the top of their lungs.
The instructors and therapists at Yoga + Herbs strive to help clients lead healthier and more fulfilling lives by restoring a sense of balance between minds and bodies. To accomplish this, the center offers a variety of wellness approaches, including yoga classes that teach students how to develop a greater awareness of their body's capabilities. These classes range in physical intensity, from dynamic power yoga sessions held within a heated practice space to more tranquil classes that emphasize meditation and mindful breathing exercises instead of demanding asana sequences.
If yoga alone can't help visitors find the relief they seek, Yoga + Herbs also offers a variety of ayurvedic and naturopathic treatments intended to alleviate painful conditions by jump-starting the body's natural healing processes. Bodywork sessions—including everything from reiki therapy and reflexology to cranio-sacral massage and neuromuscular therapy—can help support these efforts as they target the sites of withheld stress and tension.
As she struggled to surmount issues with her own weight, Boogie Box Fitness creator Dede Barbanti drew from her professional dance background, martial-arts training, and enthusiasm for exercise to pioneer the gym's rigorous yet fun workout routine. The calorie-flaming moves, which have been featured by Dr. Oz and publications such as Dance magazine, have since spawned BBX Kids and the more vigorous BBX Hardcore. Behind the regimens' popularity lie easy-to-follow steps culled from kickboxing, strength training, plyometrics, and Latin and hip-hop dance. In addition to motivating patrons to shimmy into fitter physiques, Dede channels her expertise as a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist into the BBX Body membership site. Here, visitors can peruse custom menu plans, exercise tutorials, and life-coaching advice given by the world's smartest biceps.
Like a delicious stir-fry, Studio Fusion's curriculum is a healthy and often spicy mix of ingredients. An overarching goal to combat boredom guides each session, and supportive instructors monitor their students with personalized guidance, whether they're showcasing a Zumba spin or one of Cardio Kick's rapid-fire jabs. Their classes range from yoga and cardio kickboxing to aerobic step and the Latin-inspired Zumba. In BarreFusion classes, students tone muscles, increase flexibility, and improve balance with ballet- and Pilates-inspired workouts set to music. The staff also hosts personal-training sessions that continue to prioritize exciting routines, and instructors take their classes on the road for parties and fundraisers.
The trainers at Gravity Training Zone identify as fat-loss specialists, using an evolving training formula that combines progressive overload, interval training, metabolic conditioning, and peripheral heart action. They infuse this formula into their group fitness sessions, which cover subjects such as metabolic conditioning, interval training, and cardio boxing. They also specialize in training for young athletes, empowering them with exercises that boost power, function, agility, and balance for athletic performance. For an even more personal approach, they conduct semiprivate training and in-home personal training.
With a large space for free weights and circuit machines, the 4,500 sq.-ft Hybrid Fitness Studio inside Retro Fitness has the versatility of a 1,620 sq.-ft. turf field. Intent on keeping patrons entertained while breaking a sweat, the gym has the versatile Life Fitness Synrgy360. They also offer a variety of fitness classes, from bootcamps to CrossFit-style workouts, to TRX and HIIT (high-intensity interval training). Personal trainers are available to help clients work toward their fitness goals, such as dropping pounds or preparing to cartwheel a marathon.