Best Fitness Gyms in the Woodward Corridor

by: Mark H. Stowers

Getting in shape, exercising or just plain working out is always a New Year’s desire and resolution for many. The chain gyms hit up potential customers with get you in the door specials that lock up folk’s checking account but usually leaves their muscles in disrepair. Private gyms in the Woodward Corridor may be off the beaten path but the attention and detail received will be more resolute when you look in the mirror. And no matter the style of workout desired, there’s a local gym ready to get you into shape, fashion an exercise plan or take your already regulated workout to the next level. Here’s our list of the best fitness gyms in the Woodward Corridor!

Best Fitness Gyms in the Woodward Corridor

Tiffany’s Training HIIT Studio in Royal Oak offers 55-minute high-intensity workout consisting of cardio and strength training in a small groups of 12 max. With bursts of cardio to burn fat and strength training to build and tone muscle. The first class is free and the business was voted Best Fitness Class in 2020 by HOUR Detroit Magazine. Best small group fitness for women, men and they offer kids programs and sports training.

Also in Royal Oak, Nafas Fitness Studio offers a place to breathe – and get into shape. Their Mission is to provide the community with a “fitness and yoga studio under one roof. In a safe, friendly, non-competitive environment. For people of all ages and abilities. A place to inhale strength and exhale stress. A place to breathe

The self-paced fitness and yoga studio is the only studio that offers 23 classes in fitness, dance, and yoga a week. With a wide variety of group classes, members can meet their unique fitness needs, go at their own pace and switch things up. The studio has a reputation for “having amazing instructors and members.” And offers a fun, welcoming, nonjudgmental environment “where you can break a sweat, dance, and express your inner power. Students of all levels are made to feel welcomed.”

TracieLG Fitness in Berkley offers cycling, strength training, personal training, online coaching and most importantly – accountability. You can “join the tribe” and find a fitness schedule and level that fits your lifestyle. With three class styles including Force where attendees build strength and muscle definition, Blend with a combination of cardio and strength to challenge endurance intervals and push muscles to the edge and then C&C, a unique high energy circuit class designed to “deliver an intense burn.” There’s also the Signature Ride, 30/30 Ride and HIIT Ride that will give you what you desire in a cycling workout – and then some.

Josh Kosier, owner and trainer at Ultimate Athlete Performance is in the business of training athletes to reach their peak. Ultimate Athlete Performance is the best source in Michigan for Sports Performance Training. Kosier has a Master’s degree in Exercise Science and is CSCS certified. Their training programs are designed with the intentions of increasing maximum performance using the latest research methods when designing workout programs. Their focus on speed and agility training sets them apart from other training programs.

Each athletes mechanics while sprinting and decelerating are analyzed and then work on improving mechanical efficiency. This is achieved through technical drills as well as strength and conditioning methods to improve force production. In teaching the skill of sprinting, Kosier and his staff “train HEAVY, train FAST, and build the Ultimate Athlete.”

TwyFit in Clawson is a smaller private studio with a warm comfortable feel but delivers challenging workouts for any fitness level. After a few decades working as a personal trainer, owner Michael Twydell decided to open his own gym. He works with a variety of clients. Those that want to lose weight, elderly clients and clients that need rehabilitation after being injured or going through surgery. His goal is to help as many individuals as he can to discover the benefits of a healthy fitness lifestyle. Classed include cardio kickboxing, senior stretch and tone, Mega-HIIT that gets your metabolism revved up and there’s also summer teen athletic training and conditioning for all sports.


One special “class” is Girls That Curl program aimed at all fitness levels. A group of 4-6 women is put together to match the same fitness level. Along with their trainer, they work as a team to encourage and motivate each other to achieve their goals. And by making it a group workout, there’s a savings.

Detroit Sweat in Royal Oak, offers plenty of workout options but based on the philosophy of delivering and all around approach to a sustainable body. Three different workouts each week include muscle endurance training, power and strength training and metabolic conditioning training. The private gym also includes nutrition education to help outside of gym time and accountability trainers help you meet your goals by keeping you on your workout path to a better you.

A chain gym might fit your budget but a private gym will fit your life and help create a healthy lifestyle that pays more dividends in the long run.


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