Detroit Gyms to Help You Crush Your Exercise Goals

By: Aaron Cohen | February 3, 2021

Photo taken before pandemic. Photo Courtesy of Jabs Gym.

Now more than ever, fitness plays an essential role in our health and happiness. While major aspects of our routines may be on hold, there is no reason to eliminate exercise from your lifestyle. On the contrary, there are options available that make it it easier than ever to safely take care of your mind and body. Whether you prefer to work out from home or in a socially-distanced group setting, these classes will keep you looking and feeling your best.

Blue Yoga

Based in Birmingham, Blue Yoga has found their Zen amidst the chaos of the pandemic. In an effort to protect their loyal clientele, Blue has transitioned to a digital format, offering online, on-demand yoga flows along with live, zoom-based classes. But, according to co-owner Niki Fink, they have found their audio-only format to be most effective. “With yoga, you’re not really supposed to be seeing anything. It’s antithetical to the process,” Fink said.

“With audio, you put in your AirPods, turn off the lights and you can be anywhere.”

Jabs Gym

With locations in Detroit’s Eastern Market and Birmingham, Jabs offers online and digital outlets for your quarantine-induced aggression. Both gyms have taken measures to ensure the safety of their patrons, including halving the number of heavy bags (thus, doubling the space between), decreasing class size and initiating touchless check-in. Trainer Armond Harris, recommends the 7 a.m. class as a means of kickstarting a day of working from home. For those who wish to avoid public spaces, JabsAtHome offers equally challenging classes online.

Detroit Flyhouse

Circus-inspired fitness has greatly increased in popularity in recent years. Perhaps this is due to the prevalence of absurdly impressive videos on social media. If you’ve watched someone walk a trapeze, dance on suspended silk or hang from dangling hoops and wondered how one could possibly attain those skills, look no further. Detroit Flyhouse Circus School offers classes in a wide range of aerial arts that will allow you to build incredible core strength while simultaneously blowing the minds of your friends and family. While no digital options are available (specific equipment is required), class sizes have been reduced and sanitation highly prioritized.

Core City Fitness

In the heart of Detroit’s most rapidly developing neighborhood, Core City Fitness provides an inclusive and inspiring space to build mental and physical strength. Focused on (but not limited to) Crossfit-centric workouts, CCF welcomes clients of all ages and abilities. “We have 60-year-olds working out with 20-year-olds,” said trainer Stacy. “We tailor programs to our clients.”

One might suspect that opening during a pandemic would create a host of insurmountable challenges. To the contrary, their partnership with Corktown’s Alien Eagle Janitorial Supply has ensured top-tier sanitation at every level. They have taken additional steps to keep clients safe, including limiting class sizes and taping socially distant measurements throughout the space.

Along with regularly-scheduled programming throughout the week, Core City Fitness gives back to the community by offering free “Sober Workout Days” for anyone who has been substance-free for 48 hours. The goal is to provide a supportive, health-conscious environment to those struggling with dependency/addiction. As Detroit rounds the bend of pandemic life, CCF looks forward to continued growth within a fast-growing neighborhood.