Vixen Fitness’s certified instructor Danielle Green was fed up with the lack of exercise programs designed to empower women. After a year of throwing private dance parties in her clients’ homes, Danielle realized that many women pursue fitness to feel desirable, which involves not only simple aesthetics, but also self-confidence. Her insights panned out. Today, her all-female fitness operation includes two studios where she and her team of sultry instructors help women unleash their inner Aphrodites. In a comfortable setting, women swivel into leaner bodies during pole-dancing and sensual-dance classes. When they’re not teaching lap dance and aerobic strip-tease classes, teachers help students carve out fitter frames with Zumba and yogalates—a hybrid of yoga and Pilates—and host the original bachelorette and girl’s night out parties that inspired the studio's beginning.
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.
Taking a holistic approach to fitness, Ypsi Studio provides group fitness classes and personal-training sessions from ACE-certified personal trainer, Level II willPower & grace instructor, and Schwinn-certified indoor-cycling coach, Julia Collins. Her classes include spin, yoga and Pilates classes, as well as willPower & grace sessions, an exercise program that combines dance with yoga postures and calisthenics. Her studio also provides massage and nutrition services for a complete approach to wellness.
Members at Curves, a fitness center designed exclusively for women, rotate around a circuit of hydraulic resistance machines that have been designed to work with female bodies and promote weight loss, protect against osteoporosis, and deal with arthritis. An experienced trainer is always nearby to help manage participants’ machine maneuvering and muscle making. Instead of fiddling with weight stacks and losing momentum, the hydraulic machines use your own body weight, fitness level, and aerodynamic water bottle to create resistance that matches abilities, decreasing the risk of soreness or injury. Because traditional lift-and-lower motions create bulky muscles, each machine uses push-and-pull motions to create toned, lean muscles perfect for crushing a grapefruit without looking like you can.
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.
The experienced personal fitness trainers at Infinite Iron design custom strength-training programs that include differing levels of weightlifting and cardio depending on the results clients wish to achieve. In one month of 45-minute sessions, gym-goers pump dumbbells and barbells to build muscle and swallow medicine balls to fight head colds. Clients make full use of the gym's equipment, which includes kettlebells, bosu balls, and swiss balls. Trainees also run in place on treadmills and ellipticals in order to raise their heart rates and to symbolize the lack of progress mankind has made in the science of mustard-stain removal.