For Amber Gilbert, dancing isn't just an alternative to walking. She sees dance as a chance to explore one's personality and express it through movement. As owner and director of The Dance Academy, she presides over staff members as they help students of all skill levels to unlock artistic potential through dance classes. The team of seasoned instructors teaches styles including hip-hop, Hawaiian, and classical ballet amid the studio's barres and mirrors. During classes for youngsters, pint-size students hone motor skills through activities that pair music with moves culled from the worlds of ballet, tap, and jazz.
In addition to torching calories during salsa and swing classes, adults can sculpt svelte physiques through relaxing yoga and Pilates sessions and Zumba workouts packed with Latin-inspired aerobics. The studio's competitive training program prepares dancers for national contests and helps them to look natural when they get a single red rose stuck in their teeth.
At Forum Fitness Center, people build brawn in group classes hosted within a training facility replete with free weights, cardio machines, and a 60-foot indoor swimming pool. Fleet-footed exercisers can run laps around the ghosts of their slower selves on the indoor track, and those who prefer stationary exercise can sweat it out on cardiovascular machines. Iron pumpers can work with free weights—solo or under the supervision of personal trainers—to mold a physique more perfectly sculpted than Michelangelo's homemade garden gnome. Each week, the spacious studios house more than 25 group fitness classes, including yoga, Zumba, spinning, and Body Sculpt, during which thumping music scores a kinetic blend of weight-room exercises.
Anytime Fitness, as the name suggests, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and provides nonstop security. Take advantage of a one-month membership, which equips bodies with enough treadmills, elliptical machines, and weights to make them fit enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A personal-training session introduces gym-goers to each machine, including the outwardly surly but secretly softhearted stationary bikes. Included nutrition guidance and a personal workout plan help keep future physiques in focus. Highlight the results of fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying sessions with one month of unlimited tanning to paint newly ripply physiques a brilliant shade of bronze.
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.
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.