As if inspired by the visitors stretching at the fitness center below, a glass spiral staircase extends to the high ceiling, where skylights illuminate the floor below. Heather DuPuis designed Vie Fitness & Spa as an oasis for healthy living, blending health-club amenities and fitness services with a light, airy atmosphere and soaring architecture.
Certified trainers keep clients engaged in an active lifestyle through programs tailored to each individual's goals and lifestyle. In barre classes, an amalgamation of Pilates, ballet, and strength exercises set to up-tempo music work to tighten abs and thighs, and spinning classes test students' endurance while reminding them of their first bicycle's eventual theft.
An onsite juice bar refuels bodies, which stay refreshed with the boutique shop's designer water bottles and hand-poured Illume candles. To unwind after a taxing workout, patrons can stop by the facility spa for a massage or facial or head to the locker rooms equipped with fluffy towels and Pure Fiji bath products with which to wash the towels.
Certified in personal training, corrective exercise, and performance enhancement, Mike Lauzon teamed up with certified trainer Sean Rhinard to help patrons work toward health and aesthetic goals. Mi-Fit, located within Michigan Academy of Dance and Music, begins training programs with a free consultation to assess weight and body fat and build a program tailored to one's schedule and well-being. The trainers build varying workouts, which burn calories and sculpt sinews through resistance training, core building, and stints with Ropes Gone Wild gear featured on The Biggest Loser. For those not able to make it to the gym, Mi-Fit works to create a personalized, self-guided program built around the equipment already in the patron?s home or the boulders available in a mountain goat?s home.
Most training packages include nutritional plans and food logs, which help clients keep themselves on a dietary timeline as they work toward preset goals. Trainers can connect clients with vitamins and nutritional supplements from Optimum Nutrition or help design and install a home gym to fit the space requirements of a basement.
Carrie Rezabek Dorr founded Pure Barre in 2001, and it has since grown its low-impact, high-intensity, ballet-inspired workouts to locations across the country. Certified Pilates instructor Carrie Bristol—who has an MA in French language and culture—operates the Ann Arbor location. Here, she welcomes students to a total-body workout that blends isometric exercise with therapeutic stretching to burn fat and build lean muscle mass. Although a soundtrack of upbeat music lends rhythm to each session, the absence of jumping, bouncing, and jack-hammering prevents damage to joints. The only equipment is a ballet barre used for stability and the meditative focus that turns a single hour into a boon for the body's health.
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Gyrotonic Ann Arbor & The Movement Center's flexible instructors guide students on the path to their ideal workout method and difficulty level from an array of Pilates, Gyrotonic, and Gyrokinesis classes. During a 55-minute introductory session, fitness coaches enmesh private consultation with a complete exercise regimen as they determine each client's fitness level and helpful modifications for posture or physical limitations, such as injuries or inability to feel gravity. Explore basic Pilates to highlight individual muscle groups, or exercise on a Gyrotonic machine, which facilitates circular movements and full-body bending.
Intelligent Exercise helps aspiring exercisers achieve bodily balance and tone with a fusion of classic Pilates and modern fitness methods and a robust schedule of classes. Mat classes range from the instrument-oriented floor exercises of a Pilates Mat with Props session to the roto-aerobic intensity of Gyrokinesis and the breath-focused flow of Yogalates. Equipment classes comprise 50 to 55 minutes of resistance workouts on larger Pilates apparatuses and are capped at five students per session, making it easy for pupils to choreograph postclass dance numbers that can be used to intimidate rival gangs of fitness buffs.