Ten years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a solid workout spot in Detroit. But look at us now! The Motor City has grown exponentially and is manufacturing epic sweats and fit bodies thanks to awesome new fitness studios that have decided to call our city home.
So, if you’re new in town or just want to get more variety in your weekly workout routine, we’ve scoped out all the best places to get your sweat on in Metro Detroit.
Head to Fuse45 for a class that will whip you into shape in—you guessed it—45 minutes. Fitness junkies flock to this hot spot for workouts that are the SHIIT (sustainable high-intensity interval training) and combine cardio and strength moves that limit the impact on your joints. And with everything from rowing machines to Air Assault Airdyne bikes to Concept 2 SkiErgs, it’s impossible to fall into a workout rut at Fuse. And with studios in both West Bloomfield and Royal Oak, there’s no excuse not to check it out.
When it comes to Detroit yoga, Citizen is known for more than just their classes. The community they’ve created is second to none — take a step into any one of their three studios and you’ll immediately feel like you’re part of their awesome tribe. And asanas aside, the teachers bring meaning to each and every practice through wisdom and storytelling. Their attention to your body AND your mind is what makes Citizen so special (and zen, obviously).
The Barre Code
The Barre Code lives up to its reputation here in Detroit. And if you’ve never done barre, this is a great place to start. The teachers are super knowledgeable and bring tons of energy to every workout. How hype are we talking? Enough to wake up a room of extra-sleepy students for an early-morning class! Beyond the classic barre-style burns, they also mix things up with fusion cardio and restorative classes. Fitt Tip: try the cardio-based Brawl class. It’s not for the uncoordinated, but it’s an undeniably a good time!
Live Cycle Delight
Live Cycle Delight is bringing the heat to the trendy West Village downtown. From yoga, TRX, and circuit training to super-fun indoor cycling classes, expect a high-energy sweat session that you just might become addicted to. Not sure what to try out first? We suggest one of their themed cycling classes or their Bootcamp. Just be prepared — you WILL be sore the next day! Plus, now you can enjoy a slightly sweatier version of all your fave classes at the new LCD Hot just around the corner.
Detroit Body Garage
It’s no surprise that Detroiters are obsessed with this West Village studio! Their industrial-chic vibes and cool urban and community feel make this the perfect place to get your heart pumping. Each class is catered to a different workout goal, and the trainers really work with you to make that goal a reality. From a calming yoga flow to a full-force, high-octane HIIT class, count on coming to each class with determination and leaving with endorphins!
Yoga Shelter is pretty much a household name around Metro Detroit. With multiple locations, the Shelter has embraced this community for a loooong time, and they’re the go-to for heated Vinyasa, if that’s your cup of tea (or matcha latte). Expect a tangible energy and liveliness throughout your flow that will fill you up all day. Oh, and they have super-fun yoga apparel — so there’s a lot here to love!
CycleBar does high-energy indoor cycling right. Trust us — once you experience rocking your ride with the CycleStars (their awesome instructors) at this super-fun, state-of-the-art studio in Royal Oak, Troy, Northville, Bloomfield Hills, you won’t be able to get enough. As soon as you walk in, you’ll feel the bumping energy from the CycleBar squad (with custom Spotify playlists). And don’t worry — you’re not in this alone in this. They’ll be with you through every dance (and pedal) all the way to the very end.
If barre and yoga don’t get your adrenaline pumping or if you are craving something totally new, Planet Rock is your place. You’ll have to venture a little outside the city to Madison Heights, but we promise it’s worth it. Our friends at Planet Rock offer a 101 class series that fill you in on everything you need to know about climbing, so no need for any fear or intimidation here. And if you’re an experienced climber, you can get your bouldering and top-roping fix with routes that change constantly to keep the climb exciting and challenging. Once you get addicted to climbing—and you will—you can become a member and score access to all PR has to offer including the fitness center and yoga classes!
From coast to coast, orange fever is spreading, and Metro Detroit has not been spared (no complaints here). Orangetheory Fitness leads the charge in circuit training and their high-energy, motivating teachers will push you through each workout to the finish. If you’re not familiar with OTF by now, this is a 60-minute cardio and strength fusion class that will have you running on the treadmill, rowing, and dripping sweat with various resistance exercises. The goal at OTF is to get you in the orange zone — aka the optimal heart rate level to burn the most calories (it’s all very scientific). Easily one of the most challenging studios around, it’s no surprise almost every class is waitlisted.
Pulse Fitness is a true one-stop shop downtown (and in the ‘burbs, too!) — they’ve got an open gym, personal training, and group fitness! And with classes that focus on everything from boxing to endurance to HIIT to recovery, it’s impossible to get stuck in a boring workout routine. They even have a shake bar and offer nutritional counseling services if you’d like to start cooking up abs in the kitchen. Oh, and they have outdoor community classes all summer long!
Nafas Fitness is a Royal Oak favorite, and for good reason. The studio has a friendly, welcoming vibe and a very loyal community. If you’ve ever been to a studio that feels intimidating and cold, this is the opposite of that — and then some. And they pack a little bit of everything into their weekly workout schedule — we’re talking cardio, Pilates, and tons of yoga. So, no matter what your routine, you can find something that works for you. Our pick: Booty Bunz.
Jabs Gym is what boxing gym dreams are made of — think rustic digs, black lighting, hip-hop music, and teachers in camo pants (well, sometimes). With two locations and lots of class variety, there are plenty of ways to get your sweat on. We highly recommend the “BoYo” class — an epic combination of high-energy boxing and restorative yoga. So, skip the therapy session for a stress-relieving round at Jabs. Just bring your brightest neons, your A-game, and all the energy you can muster because you’re in for a killer workout.
Lean Body Studio
One of the hottest studios to pop up in Royal Oak, this boutique circuit training studio offers low-impact, high-strength workouts that change every day. Each class features between five to seven stations that you circulate with a partner (fun times!) while being guided by super-motivating and fun instructors. The music is bomb, the ambiance is hype, and the studios are gorgeous! Not that guys aren’t welcome at Lean, but this spot is all about babes supporting babes and women working out together in an encouraging environment.
Center For Yoga
Deserving of their heritage status, Center for Yoga in Downtown Birmingham has graced this town for nearly 25 years. So it’s no wonder CFY is known as ‘Detroit’s Original Vinyasa.’ And here, it’s all about your individual experience — yogis are encouraged to flow on their own during class to help establish a deeper personal connection and a more creative practice. Sure, it takes some getting used to, you’ll feel empowered once you let your body take the wheel.
If you’re looking for a really unique (and super-fun) fitness experience, look no further than Gripz Gym, Metro Detroit’s official ninja warrior gym. Climbing cargo nets, swinging Tarzan-style from ropes, and launching off trampolines sounds like a slightly more fun workout than running on the treadmill — but maybe that’s just us. You can be the judge as you’re flying—literally—through obstacles made for the whole family. Whether you sign up for their ninjaBasics class or try to get your boss to host your next work outing here (team building, anyone?), this is one experience you won’t forget anytime soon.
Ever wanted to try CrossFit but you’re overwhelmed about where to begin? No worries — you’re not the only one that’s ever looked at a WOD and thought it looked more like high school French class than a workout. Maybe you don’t even know what a WOD is—that’s okay—we all started there. At CrossFit BMW in Rivertown, they’ll make you feel welcome whether you’re a first timer or a seasoned veteran. Regardless of your experience level, get ready to work hard and embrace the lifestyle.
**Updated by Megan Blaszak, September 2018