Professional dancer Tiffany Russell's early career saw her gliding across some of the world's most prestigious stages, winning applause with her nimble footwork in productions of My Fair Lady, Guys and Dolls, and The Wizard of Oz. When Tiffany and her family settled in Lansing, she had trouble finding a dance studio with the scheduling flexibility she needed as a parent and the challenge she craved as an artist who trained with the Russian Ballet Academy and the Broadway Dance Center.
She subsequently founded Spartan dance and Fit Center in 2010, where adults with hectic work schedules can shimmy in anytime for drop-in ballroom classes, and kids can find plenty of opportunity to study pirouettes and greco-roman swan wrestling in after-school ballet classes. The center's esteemed chorus line of dance teachers is well-versed in a multitude of performance styles, enabling wide-ranging instruction in dance varieties that include hip-hop, contemporary, and lyrical.
Polished hardwood floors and full-length mirrors line the interior of East Lansing Hot Yoga, where a furnace warms the air to a humid temperature of 105 degrees. The sultry heat, similar to that of a tropical rainforest or Ricky Martin music video, catalyzes a variety of health benefits as yoga students break a healthy sweat. The elevated temperature loosens exercisers’ limbs, allowing for deeper execution of poses that lengthen and strengthen muscles.
The studio's instructors welcome students of all experience levels to classes that range from energetic hot vinyasa sessions to hot yin, which emphasizes meditative poses that are held for longer amounts of time. They also teach participants to breath slower and deeper, which can lower blood pressure and relieve physical tension. After class, students can cool off with a refreshing shower in the locker rooms.
At each of its seven locations across Michigan, Seung-Ni Fit Club helps clients of all ability reach peak physical condition through kickboxing, bootcamps, and the studio's proprietary body-sculpting and slimming regimens. Core workouts build strong abdominal and lower-back muscles with targeted movements, while kickboxing sessions burn up to 1,000 calories per hour as participants fight against the resistance of heavy bags and invisible bad guys. Zumba classes get bodies moving to infectious Latin rhythms, and BodySculpt classes build dense, well-defined musculature through high-intensity dumbbell workouts.
For a more defense-based workout, exercisers can turn to Seung Ni's comprehensive martial arts program. Classes include Brazilian jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, and kids' programs for children as young as three.
Backed by more than 35 years of dance experience, Kick It Out! Dance Studio director Denise Krumm leads her team of instructors in coaching students from kindergarten through adulthood in dance styles such as pom, jazz, hip-hop, and lyrical. Classes run the gamut from casual lessons to achievement-centered classes that result in travel to various Michigan competitions. In addition to more traditional dance forms, the studio also offers Zumba’s dance-party workouts, which get bodies moving with Latin-inspired moves that are more fun than tangoing with a treadmill.
East Lansing's Bubble Island serves wonderfully aromatic teas and more.
Don't go off the grid! With the free wifi at Bubble Island, you can surf the web and get some work done.
Bubble Island will even bring the amazing food from their kitchen to yours.
Parking validation is offered to all Bubble Island diners.
Store your bike at one of the many racks outside of Bubble Island.
Super-savers will adore the low-prices at Bubble Island, too — meals there usually cost less than $15.
Bubble Island has three square meals a day on the menu, so swing by for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Night owls and early risers alike will appreciate that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day.
So slow down, relax, and take some time out for tea. You'll be a Bubble Island regular in no time.
Lift, stretch, and sweat at State of Fitness in East Lansing and challenge yourself to a workout you'll enjoy.
Next time you're in the neighborhood, this gym should be at the top of your list with their amazing restaurant.
Got kids? No problem at State of Fitness! This gym is a fantastic spot for families to hang together.
These kickboxing classes feature a variety of kickboxing and cardio moves, keeping you aware and focused.
If you're trying to get to the next level of fitness but aren't quite sure how to get there, the gym also has personal trainers available to meet with you at any time.
Transform your body with the robust challenge of a cross fit program.
Parking is plentiful, so visitors can feel free to bring their vehicles.