At The Fighting Fit, certified instructors sharpen both kids’ and adults’ muscles and minds through lessons in krav maga and CrossFit sessions. Hebrew for "close or contact combat," the krav maga was created by Imi Lichtenfeld for the Israeli army, who needed a hand-to-hand fighting system that could be learned by anyone regardless of age, gender, or athletic ability. Unlike traditional martial arts, krav maga involves no forms, but rather teaches students basic self-defense skills. The multipurpose gym also leads CrossFit Bad Boys sessions that jump-start metabolisms and build dynamic, functional strength and balanced fitness. At least one instructor guides students and all times during classes, and the team offers personal training for individuals who fear being alone in a room with kettlebells.
MotorCity Trivia hosts ebullient live trivia shows at a variety of area bars and restaurants, letting teams and individuals alike munch on toothsome eats as their brains get tickled by challenging games. Monday-night munchers can detonate hunger with Lions & Tigers & Beers’ zing-infused Dynamite! burger ($8.99) laden with jalapeños and pepper jack cheese, and the Bayside Sports Grille’s macadamia-crusted Canadian whitefish ($16.95) sends mouths on a flavorful border-crossing sojourn on Wednesdays and Sundays. Those in search of circular sustenance during Friday and Saturday trivia fests can nibble through Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill’s comestibles, including a Caribbean jerk personal pizza ($12.59) festooned with sweet-and-spicy jerk sauce, bacon, and jalapeño steel drums. The chefs at CJ’s Brewing Company cloak Alaskan cod in a regal golden-ale beer batter when crafting their scrumptious fish 'n' chips ($10.99) for Thursday-evening feasts, and the burritos ($9.99) at Mr. B’s Rustic Tavern snuggle chicken or beef into soft flour-tortilla sleeping bags in honor of Tuesday dinner.
Dr. Benson and Associates upgrades smiles with whitening kits that can be used at home to lighten teeth over the course of about two weeks. After filling out a brief medical history, patients sink their teeth into a pair of impression trays, which the dentist will use to fabricate a pair of plastic whitening trays. Patients will return for a second 15-minute visit to adjust the fit of their trays and pick up their take-home kit, which includes the custom-fit trays and whitening gel. Depending on the shade desired, stains fade over the course of approximately two weeks, banishing evidence of years of coffee drinking and wine-cork chewing. To preserve the gel’s effectiveness, leftovers can be stored in a cold, dark environment such as a refrigerator or a chocolate-banana split, where they can be called upon to freshen smiles as needed. Dr. Benson also offers refill kits ($50) that can last up to two years.
Dr. Jason Cohen performs a range of preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental-care services inside a state-of-the-art office, surrounded by walls painted white to pay homage to the pearly whites he and his staff serve. In addition to full examinations, cleanings, and Invisalign treatments, they also perform technologically advanced procedures such as aqua abrasion, which uses a focused steam of water to clean and polish teeth, and laser dentistry, which employs energy beams to treat teeth and gums. For many services, Dr. Cohen wields CEREC technology—a blend of 3-D photography and computer-guided manufacturing used to craft ceramic crowns, inlays, or veneers in a single visit. Dr. Cohen encourages his entire staff to stay current with their certifications and participate in ongoing-education courses in an effort to keep up with the latest dental procedures.
Rio Massage & Brazilian Waxing's services are simple: they specialize in banishing muscle tension with massages, and unwanted body hair with waxing. Massage therapists are well versed in deep-tissue, medical, and sports massage techniques and apply them to uproot stress buried in clients' shoulders, backs, and wishbones. Waxing treatments help clients showcase hairless bikini zones, bare underarms, and smooth legs.
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.