What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.
Bikram Yoga Ann Arbor’s instructors, certified by the technique's creator, Bikram Choudhury, sculpt lean frames with strengthening postures performed in elevated temperatures. They lead patrons of all skill levels through 90-minute Bikram-yoga classes, bathing bodies in hot air, which helps to loosen limbs for deeper stretching and coaxes out beads of sweat to flush out toxins and internal snowmen. The 26 postures pair up with two breathing techniques to awaken slumbering organs and keep veins coursing with oxygen-rich blood as students bolster balance, strength, and flexibility. Recently remodeled, the studio is now 75 percent bigger, includes more showers, and boasts new locker rooms.
Paint and Pour has studios in Downtown Ann Arbor and Brighton, as well as hosting parties at restaurants and bars across Metro Detroit where students can fill their canvases with whimsical images that range from tropical sunsets and romantic strolls in the rain to teddy bears. Each class focuses on a single painting; after they settle at their easels, students listen in as a seasoned instructor leads them through a step-by-step recreation of the night’s piece. Some paintings are intricate, and accessible to adults only; others, like the aforementioned teddy bear, are offered on Family Days, and appropriate for all ages.
The studio creates a welcoming, tranquil environment in which students can grow their physical, mental, and spiritual selves. Inside the mother-and-daughter-owned sanctuary, yogis at any experience level—from beginners who've never saluted the sun to bend-experts capable of tying their shoes with their own toes—are encouraged to twist and stretch their way through myriad classes.