Within the sunny, wood-floored studio, groups of exercisers tone muscles and liquidate fat cells to the tune of toe-tapping Latin and International rhythms. Helmed by Joel, a seasoned fitness instructor with 18 years of industry experience, Zumba classes trick your body into burning calories, setting it in motion with heart-pumping beats to elicit a mixture of high-energy movements and dance steps. A strong proponent for proactive lifestyles, Joel can also use his intimate knowledge of nutrition and exercise to help clients meet fitness goals such as losing weight or training to dig a hole to China with their bare hands.
Personal trainer Bryan Dennison's boot-camp sessions keep trainees on their toes with exercises ranging from the yogic bliss of the tree pose to the unbridled bloodlust of cardio-kickboxing drills. His personal-training seminars base routines around of the goals of individuals or small groups—they might include calisthenics, weightlifting, and resistance exercises using TRX suspension cords. Through the intensity and motivational camaraderie of programs such as the 90-day challenge, Dennison has built a loyal following of newly streamlined physiques.
The educated trainers at BodyX Fitness Solutions are focused on getting their clients results. Which is why they offer one-on-one sessions, group strength training classes, and nutritional coaching inside their 2100 square foot private facility.
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.
Brent Insco had already roundhouse-kicked his way to a black belt in karate, trained with boxers, and learned krav maga when a car crash laid him low. As part of his physical therapy, he soldiered on in his martial endeavors and began the decade-long process of becoming a Brazilian jujitsu master. That was in 2004, and to this day he still makes frequent sojourns to San Diego to study under the BJJ legends, Saulo and Xande Ribeiro, who themselves learned the art at Gracie Humaitá, established by the creator of BJJ, Hélio Gracie. At his own studio, Downriver Jiu Jitsu & Fitness, Insco teaches students of all ages the fighting form—a judo-like discipline founded on the principle that a small fighter can best a larger opponent, as in the tale of David and Goliath or the popular children’s book If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, It Will Destroy You. Insco’s trainers also lead fitness classes, such as Latin-inspired Zumba dance, boot camp, yoga, and Bruce Lee’s martial-arts system, jeet kune do, and work with clients one on two in semi-personal-training sessions.
Steven Pierce, founder of RS Health & Fitness, doesn't limit his exercises to the gym. He sees the big picture and prioritizes wellness education on a large scale within the Detroit community. Steven's efforts have taken him to the airwaves as a featured expert on Fox 2 News, to Charter Health High School as a physical fitness educator, and to businesses as a seminar leader. Even if his clients are unable to meet with him, Steven will provide them with plans for at-home and travel workouts, such as bench-pressing a flight attendant.
RS Health & Fitness remains his base of operations, however. Here, Steven and his team of personal trainers provide customized exercise plans for anyone from professional athletes to first-time gym-goers. Each of their personal-training programs takes a comprehensive approach—they include fitness evaluations, nutritional consultations, and check-ins every 30 days that monitor progress. The instructors also host boot-camp classes for groups, accommodating all skill levels with fast-paced kickboxing drills and sandbell lifts.
Unlike regular warehouses, with their shelves of boxes and closets full of forklift bones, The Workout Warehouse fills its spaces with a different kind of inventory: lost pounds, new goals, and personal records. And, unlike most gyms, this facility strictly offers classes, creating a communal environment that encourages exercisers to rally around their health-oriented objectives, as well as each other. Through contract-free memberships and drop-in capabilities, guests gain access to multiple classes daily, including spin, boot camp, Zumba, and boxing. Extra inspiration is never too far, as the facility holds frequent contests that add a hint of competition to workout routines.