Finding the right yoga studio can be tough to navigate. Some appreciate meditative, calming yoga, while others prefer sweltering heat. Fortunately, the yoga movement is thriving in Grand Rapids and there are plenty of fantastic studios where you can practice. Here are 16 tried-and-true list places with a brief description for each that will make it easier for you to find your flow!

Funky Buddha Yoga

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Funky Buddha Yoga was the first hot yoga studio in Grand Rapids and has since become an institution in West Michigan. They offer hot yoga that is ridiculously fun, sweaty, and relevant to everyday life. This place is all about getting active: you will sweat, and you will work! The studio has a Bohemian-Esque vibe complete with an artistic chalkboard wall, strung lights, and lively color. Given the popularity, the classes are typically packed, so get there early. During the summer, they host free yoga in the park and stand up paddleboard yoga. You can find a Funky Buddha studio in Holland, Eastown, and Forest Hills.

AM Yoga

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Through service, community, and love, AM Yoga’s mission is to help you discover who you are by removing what you aren’t. As their name says, AM is practicing the state of I AM – Sadhana (daily spiritual practice) + Satsang (sacred gathering) + Seva (selfless service). The 60-minute Vinyasa classes are the perfect balance of stretch and strength training. If you’re in need of a longer, deeper stretch, then try out Yin Vinyasa. Carve out time to meditate with classes like Meditation Vinyasa and New Moon Meditation. Spice up your routine & hit up one of their community classes at hot spots like the GRAM or Donkey Taqueria.

Yoga Fever

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Yoga Fever combines the ancient science of yoga with contemporary warm and hot vinyasa yoga classes. The tastefully decorated studio has a spacious lobby and practice room. Their vigorous classes deliver exceptional results and continual advancement in a supported environment. You’ll have room during class to focus your energy and get stronger in each pose. The instructors really take the time to explain what your body should be doing. They also pay particular attention to the history and philosophy of yoga. Check out Yoga Fever for a yoga studio that is inclusive, diverse, creative, and positive!

Kula Yoga

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Looking for a hip studio where everybody knows your name? Then Kula Yoga is the place to be. They aim to provide quality yoga instruction and it’s great for those on a budget. Kula is an inclusive, judgment-free zone. Yogis are encouraged to explore their practices under the guidance of knowledgeable and nurturing instructors. They offer different types of classes like Buti Yoga (awaken the chakras & power within!) as well as frequent workshops designed to enrich your knowledge, practice, and foundation of yoga. They recently moved to the heart of Eastown beautifully renovated home shared with Wanderluxe Beauty & Wellness Co. The new space is bright & airy, tastefully decorated, and totally zen!

Twisted Hot Yoga

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If you want to turn up the heat, head over to Twisted Hot Yoga. Twisted’s classes are 99 degrees and 45% humidity, to be exact! Their Push and Chill classes are not heated, but there is residual heat, which keeps the room nice and warm. They also offer a super encouraging environment with friendly and positive instructors. Each teacher has a slightly different specialty, but all are knowledgeable and passionate about yoga. The studio is the perfect balance between not too big and not too small. BONUS: the cool lavender towels at the end of class are HEAVENLY. Check out one of their locations at Knapp’s Corner or  Caledonia.

Grand Rapids Healing Yoga

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If you’ve experienced trauma or want to use yoga as therapy, then Grand Rapids Healing Yoga is the place for you. They offer group yoga and private practice for transformation and empowerment. Instructors encourage self-care, learning to befriend the body, and connection to the present moment. All teachers strive to protect students from physical, emotional, and psychological harm. The instructors are carefully trained and follow a complete code of ethics. Be empowered in your body, mind, and spirit.

From the Heart Yoga & Tai Chi Center

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This studio is guaranteed to give you a fun, challenging, and potentially eye-opening workout for both your body and heart. Founded by Behnje Masson and Rick Powel in 19971, From the Heart was one of the first studios opened in Grand Rapids. The expert instructors attract multiple internationally known teachers every year. The alignment-based principles will make you stronger, more flexible, and empowered. From the Heart is a beautiful and serene space with a welcoming atmosphere. They offer explicit instruction, a great workout, and time to get focused and relaxed. You will also learn yoga in a way that prevents injury.

The Yoga Studio

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Practicing since 1979, the Yoga Studio is Grand Rapid’s first yoga studio.  Instructors are trained in the Iyengar system of hatha yoga. They focus on precise alignment and use props (blocks, straps, bolsters, blankets, the wall), so there is less risk of injury. Teachers of Iyengar Yoga are held to a high standard of knowledge that is rigorously maintained through ongoing study. The Iyengar philosophy connects both the body and mind through its holistic approach. Class sizes are small, so each student receives individual attention and guidance. The Yoga Studio will encourage your pursuit of self ­knowledge while providing a well-rounded practice.

Lotus Jo’s Yoga

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Lotus Jo’s recenently opened and is so adorable–it feels more like home than a yoga studio. It’s community-oriented & will meet you wherever you’re at in life. Their rates are SUPER affordable & they offer great drop in prices too.  Love the free CBD restorative yoga class and the essential oils + heavenly aromas.  The zen vibe radiates the moment you walk in the door and it’s beyond cozy (complete w/blankets & tons of props). Go check it out – it’s perfect for all-levels and you won’t be intimidated.

PeaceLab Yoga

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The Mission of PeaceLab Yoga is to create a warm, inviting yoga community where yogis of all experience levels can come together to share in the Art and Science of Yoga. They aim to empower each student on their path towards wellbeing, growth, and personal fulfillment. PeaceLab Yoga strives to offer the highest quality yoga programs in a serious, yet playful, environment. They accept you as you are and know when to challenge what you thought you couldn’t do. PeaceLab will also help you slow down and deepen your practice, work on peak poses, and learn about the elements of yoga history and philosophy. Peacelab is located in Grandville!

Yoga Blue Studio

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This hot yoga studio’s admirable mission is to support the police, fire, medical professionals, their families, and the communities they serve. Yoga Blue offers a counterbalance to high-intensity, high adrenaline work days through breath and mindfulness. A unique feature is that they provide Broga, yoga for men, which combines core-strengthening, muscle-toning, cardio-working, stress-reducing, clarity-enhancing yoga postures with functional fitness exercises. Love the cause & mission of this awesome studio!

Renew Mama Studio

With a niche focus on motherhood, Renew Mama Studio provides a variety of yoga classes, services, and resources to both prenatal and postnatal mothers. Their classes are taught by instructors who are specifically trained in this area. They also aid in the physical and emotional demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Come in for a little “me time” or bring your baby for a great bonding experience. Renew Mama Studio is hyperfocused on building community and supporting women during their motherhood transition. BONUS: They also offer child care and a calming lounge where moms can decompress, get some work done, or find some much needed rejuvenation.

Seva Yoga

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Seva Yoga in East Grand Rapids offers a variety of classes that can be physically challenging or more calming and meditative. The teachers, atmosphere, and culture of Seva are all-inclusive and nurturing. The studio has a lively energy, like-minded people, and fun music! It’s a wonderful space for a breath-based, soulful practice. Great teachers, community, and the studio itself is beautiful and relaxing. No matter your style, no matter your experience level, there is a class for you.

The Yoga Zen

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If you’re looking for a yoga studio in the heart of Caledonia, then bee-line over to The Yoga Zen. This newer studio is an inclusive space for all ages, abilities, and backgrounds to learn and practice yoga. With over 7 different classes to choose from, including power vinyasa, you won’t be lacking options. They even offer kids, adult, and adapted yoga classes to accomodate physical limitations. BONUS: They actually have a Zen-Den. Schedule a  massage or body work with Reiki or AromaTouch where you can truly unwind, breathe, and relax.

Expressions of Grace & Cascade Yoga Studio

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At Expression of Grace & Cascade Yoga Studio, the teachers work from their heart. Each class offers a different kind of practice and they’re all beneficial. Some of their unique classes include theraputics (for specific injuries), yoga for women over 50, and martial arts / self defense. The relaxed environment, positive vibes, and special classes (yoga with live music or meditation) all make this studio worth checking out. They also offer thai body work, massage, & energy therapy!

Iyengar Yoga Center of Grand Rapids

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Iyengar yoga develops strength, endurance, and optimal body alignment, in addition to flexibility and relaxation. The Iyengar method also focuses on self-awareness, intelligent evaluation, and profound inward reflection. All classes at the Iyengar Yoga Center are taught by experienced, dedicated, and rigorously trained Certified Iyengar Yoga Teachers (CIYT). The Iyengar Yoga Center has a beautiful new facility and the classes will leave you feeling refreshed and energized.


Getting your sweat on is one of the best feelings in the world. That euphoric moment at the end of a hard workout is always worth it! The key to real change though (we all know this) is consistency and dedication. To help keep you motivated, here are some of my fav fitness studios in Grand Rapids that focus on sustainable change, serious sweat, and building a community of fitness fanatics that will keep you coming back for more!

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4G Athletic combines the best parts of any kind of fitness facility you can think of to create a one-of-a-kind space that’s revolutionizing boutique fitness. The atmosphere is modern and cool looking, with sleek designs and a very clean interior.  Unlike many boutique fitness studios that focus on one form of exercise, 4G stands for four fitness groups: MOVE, BIKE, FLOW, & LIFT.  With a variety of options to choose from on a daily basis, you’ll never get bored. Each workout is structured within a 45-minute format and has its own custom space. The yoga is room is absolutely beautiful, the bikes are state of the art, and they offer a variety of equipment for their HIIT workouts.

Allegro Coaching

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A boutique studio in the heart of Eastown, Allegro Coaching believes in conditioning the body, mind, and spirit through fun and effective fitness classes. In musical terminology, Allegro means “fast and fun” and the 40 large group classes offered truly reflect their namesake. From Pilates and TRX to BODYPUMP, Boxing, Team Shred, and Tai Chi, Allegro infuses their studio with a variety of classes making the dreaded fitness plateau a thing of the past.

Title One Kickboxing

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Located in Kentwood and Knapps Corner, Title One Kickboxing will make you drip within the first 10 minutes – no joke. Their kickboxing workouts incorporate kicking with punching (yelling is optional!) for a dynamic and uber-challenging experience. They also offer Power Hour (a true boxer’s workout) and Mixed Martial Arts. Title One believes in digging deep and seeing what you’re really made of. If stumbling out of a workout in a haze of sweat and satisfaction is what you’re looking for, this is for you.

F45 Fitness

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F45 Fitness stands for Function 45, as in 45 minutes of functional, no-nonsense, air-gasping fitness. Hailing from Australia and located near Woodland Mall, F45 training merges three separate fitness styles (High-Intensity Interval Training, Circuit Training, and Functional Training) into one heart pounding, station-based workout. The fusion of these three training concepts has led to the development of 27 different workouts that rotate throughout the gym on a regular basis. If you’re looking for a punch in the gut with a side of variety, F45 Fitness is for you.

FLEXcity Fitness

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FLEXcity Fitness is a HIIT focused studio blending leading techniques into a one-of-a-kind training concept. Built for ALL fitness levels, FLEXcity sessions are 56 minutes and interval based, incorporating cardio, strength training, and flexibility into each and every class. This signature FLEX56 workout was created to make exercise fun and effective. If you don’t have time to pick and choose between 50 different classes and want to place your chips on a sure thing, check out FLEXcity.

Orange Theory Fitness

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Located in Kentwood, Knapps Corner, and Holland, Orange Theory Fitness takes your workout to a whole new level by incorporating data into the science behind getting sweaty. Each session is one hour and combines cardio with strength training using treadmills, indoor rowers, hand weights, and floor exercises to get serious results. During your gym session, you wear a heart-rate monitor that displays the data in real time on a screen, letting your trainer know how you are doing and keeping you accountable too. The goal is to hit the “Orange Effect” or the level where there’s increased energy and calorie burn up to 36 hours after the workout!

Grit Life

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Grit Life Grand Rapids focuses not only on physical conditioning, but also nutrition, recovery, and mindfulness. It’s a community more than a workout class, and when it comes to fitness, there’s strength in numbers. They offer daily classes both indoor and outdoor that focus on boxing, full-body strength, and circuit training. Drop in classes are only $15.00, making it an affordable option anytime of the year.

Burn Boot Camp

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Ok, you’re a busy parent with a full-time job – how are you supposed to find time to work out? Enter Burn Boot Camp GR. Each class is only 45 minutes but boasts an average burn of 700 calories per session! AND they offer free childcare at select times throughout the week. They also provide members with Focus Meetings every three weeks, or one-on-one time spent with a trainer to help you track fitness, nutritional, even personal goals. It’s a true lifestyle transformation program that helps busy families make time to get their sweat on.

MVP Sports Clubs

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If you want big-time variety and amazing amenities, MVP Sports Clubs is your place! Offering over 400 complimentary group fitness classes each month, MVP provides its members with classes to fit even the busiest schedule. From Group Power to Yoga, Aqua Fit to Zumba, they have what you need to get moving and get motivated! It’s anything and everything you would want in a workout facility.

Friction CrossFit

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It’s no secret that CrossFit has been taking the nation by storm, but have you checked out Friction CrossFit yet? At Friction, they leave the fancy equipment at the door and focus instead on great coaching and personalized attention. It’s group class, but the coaches and community at large are focused on helping you achieve optimal results by pushing you to the ultimate limit – and then a little bit further.  If you’re looking for a no-frills, personalized workout, head to Friction.

CKO Kickboxing

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CKO offers 30 group classes per week combining kickboxing with conditional drills for a total body workout. Located in North Downtown with free parking, their trial deal is unbeatable – 3 classes and kickboxing gloves for $20.00. Get all the stress of the day out at CKO and pack it into your punch!

GR Challenge Center

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Located on Monroe right downtown Grand Rapids, the GR Challenge Center is more than a traditional fitness facility. It offers challenging, sweat-worthy classes such as Yoga, Strength, and Total Body workouts, but brings a community element to the class that isn’t easy to imitate. As a member, you are embraced by a family of fitness and health providers dedicated to helping you find your best self through understanding, coaching, and training. If you don’t want to be another face in the crowd, check out GR Challenge Center. 

YMCA of Greater GR

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Who doesn’t love the YMCA? Nobody. With multiple accessible locations peppered throughout the Grand Rapids region, a ridiculous amount of fitness classes for any ability level, child care, robust aquatics programming (the list goes on!) there’s something for everyone here. Get your sweat on exactly how you want to, without breaking the bank, at the Y.

Armentality Movement Arts Center

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Find a low-stress workout that stills makes you sweat at Armentality Movement Arts Center. Joy, laughter, meditation, strength, and friendship are woven throughout every program at Armentality. Offering dance, yoga, concert dance, martial arts, global culture themes, fitness classes, and more, this facility is a place where you can get fit physically while also growing mentality at the same time. Feel energized and refreshed at Armentality.

Grab a towel, water bottle, and a friend to check out one of these sweat-worthy fitness studios in Grand Rapids. Share your favorite workout program or place with us in the comments below and be sure to subscribe to GR Healthy Living for all our latest updates and health happenings in the GR area!









Are you ready to try something new? Whether you’re a workout warrior and need a shift in your routine, or ready to re-introduce yourself to working out, The Barre Code is for you. At The Barre Code Grand Rapids, you can expect to see people rocking all fitness levels. Now let’s get started!

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Once you walk into the vibrant studio tucked away in the lower level of The Oakwood  Apartments in Heritage Hill, rest assured you can drop your stuff (and stress) at the lockers and disconnect as soon as you enter the studio. Whether you’re working on centering your strength in Barre Code or breaking a sweat in Brawl, you are bound to leave feeling accomplished after your workout.

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The Barre Code is more than a great workout; it is a fitness community with a mission focused on self-acceptance and empowerment. Ultimately, you’ll strengthen your relationship with your body and the people around you. 

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Barre Code

Barre Code is the original total-body isometric workout, designed to build muscular endurance & mental strength. Anticipate a wide variety of exercises, props, and upbeat playlists week to week, guaranteed to keep you engaged.


Brawl is a heart-pumping cardio kickboxing class designed to test your coordination and endurance. You’ll kick, punch, sweat, and walk out feeling like a total warrior!

Total Body Conditioning

Total Body Conditioning is a high-intensity boot camp class designed to build functional strength & improve cardiovascular conditioning. Brace yourself for a sweaty, heart-pounding workout that uses heavy weights, HIIT, and high-energy playlists.

Member Perks
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The studio welcomes all fitness levels and walks of life. The Barre Code is committed to taking care of members and that your experience goes beyond a workout routine. All monthly auto-paying member gain access to some sweet Member Perks:

  • Free H2O + 10% off retail
  • Free or discounted admission to in-studio events
  • 1 waived late-cancel fee per month
  • Bring a friend with you for free once per month

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Try out the wide variety of class styles & equipment to build strength and refresh your mind. The fun lighting is designed to elevate your mood and the energetic music will give your mind, body, & spirit a much-needed boost. Now is the time to join this awesome community dedicated to helping you grow from the inside out. See you at the barre!

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Summer is filled with spontaneous road trips, fun nights with friends, one too many beach parties, and plenty of vacations – few people can say they stayed clear of all the sweet treats and indulgences. But with fall on the horizon, it’s time for a healthy reset. As the kids head back to school and the temperatures cool down, you may find yourself craving a more consistent workout routine and structure to get your sweat on! 

ACTIV8 Challenge – That Extra Push You’re Looking For!

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If you’re looking for some extra motivation with a fun group mentality and expert training, sign up for MVP Sport Club’s Activ8 Challenge. Kicking off on Monday, September 17th, this 8-week challenge will give you all the tools needed to build strength, lose weight, and kickstart your health & fitness journey. With the support of experienced personal trainers, you’ll experience small group training, nutritional guidance, and learn how to develop lifestyle habits. It also includes activity and body measurement tracking along with a supportive community that encourages you to do your very best.

Sometimes, it takes a group expecting you to show up, to actually show up. It’s that element of accountability we all love to hate, but it’s an essential component to see real, lasting changes. Plus, it’s more fun to workout with friends!


Here are a few inspiring testimonials from previous participants who not only conquered the challenge, but made INCREDIBLE lifestyle changes:

Amy Hutchinson

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When 2018 rolled around, Amy decided she needed show up and get fit. Choosing to participate in the Activ8 Challenge was the exact opportunity she needed to build a solid health foundation inside and outside the gym.

“There was a time when I would get on the treadmill and didn’t think I could do that speed or incline without hanging onto the bar. I needed to get moving and on a regular basis. I would put off trying to be healthier, thinking ‘Just one more day’, or ‘I’ll get started next week’. There is no better day than today to get started on being healthier. Activ8 provided the tools I needed for healthier habits, such as how to build and portion meals, and how to find my rhythm in working out while still pushing and chaellenging myself. Now I choose healthy every day! ”

Ryan English

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New to town and quickly gaining 10 pounds, Ryan knew he needed a change:

“I joined RDV and immediately jumped into the group fitness classes. When ACTIV8 started, I decided it would be a great way to achieve my fitness goals. I was new in town, I was new to the gym, but I never once felt alone during the ACTIV8 Challenge. From the friendliness of the front desk staff to the expertise of the group fitness instructors, everyone at RDV played a part in the success of this challenge. The program binder was great, the weekly challenges kept me on track and provided variety, but by far the best resource was my trainer, Jesse. He kept us accountable, inspired us to push beyond what we thought we were capable of and provided us with thoughtful guidance.”

Ryan saw measurable results, losing 16 pounds and 10 inches!

“I look and feel better than I have in years, my energy levels are way up, I’m more confident and comfortable in my own skin. ACTIV8 is an investment in yourself with a built-in support system and a well thought out plan all laid out for you.”

David Miller

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Looking to jumpstart his wellness journey, David joined the ACTIV8 Challenge Challenge in February 2018. The eight-week challenge offered the training guidelines and accountability support he needed to get back into the routine of being active and making healthy choices again.

“The Challenge gave me constant encouragement from the trainers and staff, a great camaraderie with the small group I trained with, and a healthier attitude towards keeping fit in general. I had great gains in my endurance and realized that even as I get older, I have the capacity to push myself beyond what I think I am capable of. No matter where you are starting from, it’s important to keep focused on where you want to end up. The ACTIV8 program gives you an opportunity to kick things into gear and create a stable platform from which to move forward after its completion.”

Sign-Up Today

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The ACTIV8 Challenge provides a unique and effective opportunity to help you fall back into a routine and ignite your health and wellness journey before the winter season. Not only will you see results and feel your best, the 8-week time frame will enable you to establish a realistic & attainable routine that you can incorporate for years to come.

Ready to sign up!? Simple click this link, register for a time, and you’ll be on your way to living a healthier & happier lifestyle!


Have you heard of 4G Athletic? If the answer is yes, there’s a high five heading your way! If it’s no, you’re really missing out! 4G combines the best of any kind of fitness facility you can think of to create a one-of-a-kind space revolutionizing boutique fitness today. For real.

The Facility

The space is just awesome. It’s modern and cool looking, with sleek designs and a very clean interior. It’s a fun motivator and atmosphere members looking forward to.

The Classes

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Unlike many boutique fitness centers that focus on one form of exercise, bet it yoga, Pilates, cross fit and the like, 4G stands for four fitness groups, meaning four different workouts that give you a nice variety. Each is structured within a 45-minute format and has its own dedicated space, customized to the specific kind of workout.

Get Stronger with LIFT

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Combine strength with movement training, and you get LIFT. Grab a barbell, some plates and hit the bench to get stronger, build endurance, and gain some extra muscle definition. The equipment is pristine and set up for you. Customize your weight and push yourself to the next level each time. 

Rejuvenate with FLOW

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Build strength, restore flexibility, focus on mobility, and de-stress the body and mind. FLOW is a mix of power vinyasa in a 75-85 degree heated room. First timers and experienced yogi are encouraged to attend. 4G recently partnered with AM Yoga to offer a truly comprehensive, empowering yoga program. Anticipate incredible instruction and take your practice to the next level. If you haven’t noticed, this yoga studio is absolutely STUNNING, complete with strung lights, earthy tones, and a relaxing atmosphere.

Get Cardio with BIKE

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Think big music, a get-it-done group mentality, and an awesome instructor challenging your power, speed, and distance – encouraging you to get better with every mile. It’s crazy fun, crazy hard, and totally worth it. Each class offers a new playlist and the instructors customize based upon your preference. BONUS: The bikes are state-of-the-art and in mint condition!

Find Resilience with MOVE

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The name says it all. Using HIIT style interval training, enjoy an always changing workout that will keep you guessing. Get sweaty, toned, and build strength with a variety of circuits that include TRX, Ropes, Kettle Bells, Sleds, ViPR and more. MOVE is all about challenge, fun, and, change. It also incorporates heart rate monitoring where you can track your calories, heart rate, and improvement each time. The group camaraderie always motivating and you’ll love the hype, invigorating music. 

The People

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Ali, the general manager, leads the pack of rad instructors who take the time to get to know you by name and encourage you to work hard to get the results you’re after. They offer weekly incentives, challenges, and even send helpful email reminders to schedule your weekly classes. At 4G Athletic, they believe that people should “sweat in solidarity” and support each other in shared goals. This is truly a community based on healthy movement and effective, motivating workouts.

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Something else to note, it’s for everyone. Like, really. Some gyms say anyone can go, then your boyfriend comes along with you to a yoga class and things get awkward. It’s not like that here. Men, women, and families all come to get a good sweat, participating in one of the four dynamic classes they offer on a rotational basis throughout the day. Just read through the testimonials on their community page and you’ll be clamoring to check out 4G Athletic too.

The GR Fitness Destination

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That’s it in a nutshell. Located just 15 minutes outside of Grand Rapids with free parking, a state-of-the-art facility, 4G isn’t a place you hit up if you have time on your way home from work. People plan their day around the class they want to go to; it’s the anchor in their schedule, and something they seriously look forward to.

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Why? Because the unique fitness platform works, and people are starting to notice. The variety is an essential motivator, it’s an easy-to-get-to location, the instructors are the best out there, and the facility is really fun. It’s a no-brainer.  

Check out 4G Athletic online, learn more about their classes, the schedule, the instructors and schedule your first class for free. We promise it won’t be your last!

If you’ve been to 4G Athletic, share your comments below – what do you love about it?



Better than a barre studio and more than a yoga lounge, Alkalign Studios in Ada presents an invigorating fitness approach that focuses on the whole body and self-improvement from the inside-out. How? It’s called functional fitness, and it can help you find a dynamic life balance, grounded in strength and serenity.

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Functional fitness emphasizes core stability while preparing your body for daily activities. By incorporating balance and coordination with strength and flexibility, Alkalign helps participants train for life.

Alkalign Studios offers holistic classes that focus on strength, alignment, cardio, and nutrition training. In each class, elements of barre, yoga, Pilates, and even physical therapy are integrated in a way that feels completely fresh.

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The instructors at Alkalign strive to educate, empower, and inspire people to be a better version of themselves. Their classes are mindfully presented with hands-on instruction and a focus on physical function.

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Each class at Alkalign incorporates 7 functional movements: squat, lunge, hinge, push, pull, rotate, and walk. To properly exert these movements, the body requires strength development, flexibility, mobility, and balance. Alkalign builds upon the foundation of these areas with the repetition of functional movement, so clients walk away from each class noticing immediate results.

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What you practice at Alkalign translates to life. Whether it’s a sport, hobby, or mastering daily tasks that were always rooted in pain, Alakalign instructors work to break that pattern, while helping you live a healthier, happier life!

GRHL Promo!

Interested in trying Alkalign for yourself? This awesome studio is offering an incredible deal for the month of June. Sign up for unlimited classes for just $79!  Just click the following link and sign up for your first class. Alkalign now, thank yourself later!

When Monday night rolls around, I’m always psyched to cruise over to CKO Kickboxing, where I get to sweat, glow, and challenge myself with every kick and punch!  There’s nothing better than a motivating trainer, hype music, and punching some bags to lift me out of the Monday funk.

Over the past few months, I’ve been taking classes at CKO Kickboxing and I’m officially addicted to the heart pumping cardio, combat moves, and intensity of the class. The best part!? IT’S FUN! There’s never a dull moment with the constant push to amp your fitness and lively atmosphere.  During my first class, I definitely felt intimidated, but as soon as the instructor cranked the music and got the momentum going, I found my groove and quickly caught on.  Though it takes time and commitment to truly learn the techniques, push yourself to new limits, and build strength, here are a few reasons why I absolutely LOVE kickboxing and why you should give it a shot!

It’s a Huge Stress Relief

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If you have any pent-up stress or aggression, kickboxing is an AWESOME outlet. Instead of internalizing a stressful event or bad day at work, take it out on the bag–or put a face on it and punch your least favorite person into oblivion. There’s extreme satisfaction that comes with hitting the bag a little harder each time or launching it further after a few powerful kicks. After just 30 minutes of class, my adrenaline and anxiety significantly subside. I feel more empowered, confident, and relish in the afterglow of the much-needed endorphin and serotonin boost.

Build Physical Strength & Endurance

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In addition to the mental benefits, kickboxing engages all of the muscle groups in your body through high-intensity training.  The martial art techniques combined with bursts of explosive energy can burn up to 750 calories an hour. At CKO, the trainer breaks down each technique in preparation for several combos which typically include jabs, uppercuts, roundhouses, sidekicks, and backhands.  Toward the end of class, we finish off with squats, sprints, and intense ab work. PHEW! I’m always a sweaty mess and ready to collapse during the final minutes.

Social Benefits

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Another awesome component of the class is the camaraderie. Not only do I get to workout with a few friends who hold me accountable, the atmosphere of CKO is highly motivating and encouraging. The instructors work with you to achieve proper form and maximum strength, the music is off da hook, and the adrenaline of each workout is enhanced by the group aspect. When John G (our Monday night trainer) shouts, “Don’t get tired, get busy!” the extra effort is contagious and keeps everyone going.

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Kickboxing is an invigorating way to develop yourself physically, mentally, and socially. Since attending CKO, my back, shoulders, and arms are more sculpted and I’ve improved my cardiovascular endurance. Maybe you never pictured yourself ferociously taking out your aggression on an innocent bag, but if there’s one thing that makes us better at being human, it’s surpassing all the expectations we have of ourselves. If you’re craving something new and ready to get busy at the gym, we have a SWEET kickboxing studio right here in GR! Or you can check out any of CKO’s +65 locations all over the United States. For more insight on the benefits of boxing, read this inspiring interview with an accomplished kickboxing champMaureen Shea

yoga studios
What does a funky buddha, a bohemian vibe, and Eastown Grand Rapids have in common? The makings of my new favorite fitness regime. I recently discovered a $30 Groupon to try a month of unlimited classes at the Funky Buddha Yoga Hothouse. I live a few miles from their Eastown location, so I figured, why not!? Despite my love for fitness, Yoga had taken a backseat to my HIIT and strength training workouts. Thus, I decided to try something new and emerge myself in the full Yoga experience.

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I pre-registered for my first class, Power-Flow w/Music, with the Funky Buddha app. The app lays out the weekly schedule and is easy to navigate. I arrived about 10 minutes early and relished in the Bohemian-Esque studio complete with an artistic chalkboard wall, strung lights, and lively color. It was happy hour on Friday, so members were especially chatty and friendly. For an added touch, they burned a little incense and played upbeat, acoustic music–just what I needed after a long week.

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At the start of class, the instructor introduced herself and her assistant. She exuded a calm, helpful demeanor. We first settled into Balasana, Child’s Pose, and focused on our breathing. It occurred to me that I rarely breathe consciously and my mind immediately entered a quiet, calm awareness. Despite my lack of experience, I felt comfortable and invigorated. Within a minute of class, they cranked the heat and I braced myself for a sweaty mess. Thankfully, I came prepared with 2 towels: 1 to place over my mat and a bath towel to wipe off added sweat. As the heat intensified, I let my feelings of self-consciousness, along with beads of sweat, melt right off of my body as I focused on my practice.

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We spent the 1st part of the class in standing poses, then gravitated to poses either lying or sitting on our mat. The instructor gave clear, step-by-step directions throughout the entire duration. Finally, we ended with  Savasana, where you lie on your back, close your eyes, and breathe long and deep. I forced myself into a relaxed, meditative state and found my inner zen.  After an inspiring “namaste,” I walked away feeling energized and fulfilled. It was not easy, but it was one of the best workouts I’ve ever done. At this point, I decided to make Yoga a regular practice in my health and fitness journey.
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During my trial with Funky Buddha, I took 19 classes and was never disappointed. Two months later, I’m officially a member and striving to improve my practice. When I want to switch things up, I find a scenic setting outside or attend a community class. Since sticking with Yoga, I’ve increased my flexibility, strength, and coordination. Beyond the physical rewards, Yoga has also taught me to:

Embrace things both in and outside my comfort zone
Stay in the moment and be present
 Simply breathe and relax
Find new ways of approaching life

Funky Buddha is a gem in the Grand Rapids area. If you haven’t tried it yet, go for it! They have 3 locations in Grand Rapids, Holland, and Forest Hills. Sign up for new customer specials, check out one of their events, or take a class for beginners. Happy bending!

barre studio

The secret’s out – workouts don’t have to be full of push-ups and high knee runs to see serious results. (Hallelujah!) The Barre studio movement has arrived in full force around West Michigan, showing everyone that tiny, pulsing movements that are hyper-focused or long fluid motions that are repetitive and centering are just as, or even more, effective than any boot camp. Using a combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga, and Pilates, barre studio classes focus on isometric strength training (think fiery pulses) combined with high reps and small movements.  Spend a sweat session in any local barre class and we guarantee you’ll stumble out satisfied and ready for more. Here are our top 6 Grand Rapids Barre Studios worth checking out!

Studio Barre

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This girl walks into a barre…

That’s the catchphrase of this trendy boutique barre studio located in Breton Village. Think all of the fun and none of the hangover as the “barre-tenders” serve up roughly 5 classes a day focused on exceptionally effective and personalized barre workouts for all fitness levels. The musically driven 60-minute sweat session makes you dig deep physically while the energetic instructors keep you mentally “in it” until the end. Looking for a fun place to go with great music and a results-centered workout? This is it.

The Barre Code

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Live by the barre code and find strength in the struggle. We think this place has what it takes to become a GR mainstay and you will too when you visit the newest addition to the local Barre circuit. Located in historic Heritage Hill Downtown, the Barre Code’s signature class is a 50-minute session focused on lengthening and strengthening your muscles, incorporating the best of Barre and challenging you to the max. Beyond Barre, the studio also offers Barre-dio, a class that combines heart-pumping cardio movement with dynamic pulses to bring you the best of both worlds and Brawl, recognized by Self Magazine as one of the best workouts in the country! If you’re an old hat at Barre and you’re interested in switching it up and trying something new – the Barre Code is perfect for you.

Beer City Barre

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Who knew beer and working out went hand in hand? Located on Monroe in Downtown GR, this sweat centric class incorporates yoga, Pilates, and dance elements into a fast-paced workout. Pulse like crazy till fatigue, then ramp up your heart rate with large range movements to make every minute count. Low impact? Yes. Huge results? Oh yeah. Have fun with weights, balls, bands, rings and your own body resistance to create long, lean muscles while you refocus your mind for the week ahead. Beer City Barre’s first trial class is only $20.00, and you get the second class free! That’s $20 for two classes – a great deal for anyone interested in trying out the Barre method for the first time.

Pure Barre

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Tried and true, Pure Barre Grand Rapids is probably the most well-known of the Barre programs around the area. Located in Knapp’s Corner, this intimate and friendly studio offers approximately 7 different classes a day (that’s a lot!) and is one of the fastest, yet safest ways to change your body. Each class is similarly structured, focusing on warm up, arms, toned thighs, seat lifting exercises, core work, and a nice cooldown. It’s low impact, so your joints won’t feel it the next day, and helps you strengthen and tone without the pain. If you’re looking for a stable workout routine, that’s effective and fun, this is for you!

Alkalign Studios 

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Alkalign takes barre to whole new level, offering classes that focus on targeting strength, alignment, cardio and nutrition training to let you find your own dynamic life balance. They combine barre, yoga, Pilates, and nutrition consultation to offer a fun and well-balanced way to stay fit and have fun. A community focused studio located in Ada, they even provide a supervised playroom for children birth – 10 years, so busy moms can still feel grounded with a holistic health-focused workout.

The Dailey Method

Variety, that’s what comes to mind when we talk about the Dailey Method. A welcoming, purposeful place, the Dailey Method in Eastown starts with the basic, then ramps up to an action-packed, heart beating workout. Here, clients receive individual education and a hands-on holistic approach that makes a real difference. And who knew you could cycle AND practice barre at the same time? Their Daily Cycle class does just that, integrating elements of both into a well-rounded hour of power. For local moms, they also provide an infant and kids’ room, so you can get a workout in while your kiddos have a playdate. Win-win!

Get your best barre outfit out of that closet and hit the pavement to check out these awesome studios. Did we miss an amazing studio in your neck of the woods? Did you try a class? Let us know by commenting below. We would love to hear from you. Be sure to subscribe to GR Healthy Living for all our latest updates and health happenings in West Michigan.


MVP Sports Clubs

At the beginning of the New Year, it’s safe to say most of us will be setting fitness goals or resolutions for the year ahead. Unfortunately, by the end of January, many of us fall back into our former routines and our everyday streak of working out diminishes. We spoke with Dave Nykerk, Director of Fitness at MVP Sports Clubs, to find out how to make our fitness goals and resolutions last. He offers realistic and inspiring advice on what it takes to feel accomplished, healthier, and stay on track for good. And if you’ve already thrown in the towel on your resolution, don’t sweat it! It’s not too late to bounce back!

Meet Dave Nykerk, MVP Sports Clubs Fitness Director

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Tell us about yourself.

I Attended the University of Michigan where I played baseball and earned my degree in movement science. During my time at UofM, I had three different surgeries, which got me involved with physical therapy and more focused on fitness. When I graduated, I started personal training at the MVP Holland location for a handful of years and then became the fitness manager for another 3-4 years. I loved being around athletes, fitness, and just people in general and making their lives happier. From there, it grew into the different facets of fitness, and I realized how much of an impact you can make not just in the athletic world, but in someone’s life through weight loss, better movement, and changing their habits. Consequently, I became more passionate about the fitness realm and not just sports performance. I recently stepped into the Fitness Director position at MVP Sports Clubs.

How to Stay on Track

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With the new year, we all know people are more enthusiastic about setting fitness goals and hitting the gym. How do you encourage people to maintain their fitness regimen and not fall off the wagon?

Start with the why. Ask yourself why do you want to be around fitness? What are your goals? For every person “the why” is going to be different. Some people it might be to look better; for some, it might be so they can keep up with their kids; for others, it might be so they can walk up a flight of stairs without being out of breath. It’s important for everyone to realize why they want to be involved with fitness.

The second step is developing realistic short and long-term goals. Realistic goal setting is super important, just so they’re obtainable and you don’t get burnt out. By a short-term goal, think a month or under, that way you can feel a sense of accomplishment when you complete those goals. Also set a long-term goal, three months or longer, so you have something to continue working toward throughout your fitness journey.

Finally, find a support system, so when you do hit those valleys, and you don’t feel like working out, you have accountability. Whether it’s family or friends, a friend that you met at the gym, a personal trainer, or a group exercise instructor, you have someone pushing you through those times when you don’t want to work out.

How to Get Started

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What advice do you give to those just starting their fitness journey?

Start slow and don’t think you need to jump into everything all at once. Make sure you find activities that you enjoy–if exercise isn’t fun, or fun to some degree, it’s not sustainable. A common mistake is that people jump in, are super motivated and excited, and they plateau and get burnt out fast because they start at a pace that they’re not able to sustain.

Be confident and don’t compare yourself to others in the gym and don’t worry about what they’re thinking about you. Go back to your why. Think about why you’re there and focus on that. Don’t be so worried about what other people are thinking or what they’re even doing.
Often people are discouraged by setbacks and failure. How do you recommend people stay motivated and bounce back after neglecting their fitness routine?

It’s important to keep in mind that everyone goes through those valleys and lows where they’re unmotivated. Just realize it’s perfectly natural for someone to go through this. During those times, focus on fitness as a lifestyle choice–it’s not a temporary decision to be fit–it’s a long-term lifestyle choice. Concentrating on the lifestyle component helps people get back on track quicker, minimizes the lows, and gets people motivated to continue working out.

Also, mix up your exercise routine, so that when you do feel like you’re hitting those lows, find something new and exciting. Whether it’s in a group exercise class at one of our MVP Sports Clubs locations or trying a new program, switching things up will help kickstart your workout routine if you’re finding yourself in a low.

Don’t be Intimidated

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The idea of fitness can be intimating or misunderstood. Many believe that you need to look a certain way or be a die-hard gym fanatic to be fit. How do you think people should perceive fitness?

Fitness is a solution to helping you live a healthier, happier life. It doesn’t mean that you necessarily have to fit into one mold of lifting weights, take group exercise classes, or swim, play basketball or tennis. As long as the activity makes you feel better and gets you moving, that’s what’s important. Fitness is a means to a healthier life. Again, going back to fitness as a lifestyle; there’s not just one form of fitness or one right answer.

What MVP Offers

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With the new year, how do you encourage people to achieve their fitness goals and see results? What does MVP offer to help people achieve their goals?

It’s essential that when you start fitness, to make sure you find a couple of different ways to track your progress. One way is to measure your initial weight, your body fat percentage, or get circumferences done around your body with a trainer. It could also be doing a physical assessment, so seeing how fast you can run a mile. That way, you can measure your results.

Everyone views success differently, so having a starting point is essential. Somone might lose 10 pounds by doing exercise, and someone else might not lose any weight but lose 3% body fat. It comes down to how a person feels, and not the tangible numbers that you see on paper.

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Ways to Get Started at MVP:

1) A game plan session. When a new member signs up at the club, they get a 1-hour consultation session with a trainer to help get them on the right path to reach their goals. This is the perfect time for MVP members to obtain some measurements if they feel like it’s a good fit for them.

2) Another option for someone is personal training, especially if they need more individualized attention.

3) Take group exercises that we offer. We have over 20 different types of group exercise classes that are free with your membership. Some group exercises that are more popular right now are TFW (Training For Warriors) and our Zone Training class because it incorporates heart rate monitoring and immediate feedback through technology. Yoga is becoming increasingly popular because people are gaining a better understanding of the mental and physical benefits.

4) The MVP eight-week challenge coming up in February called the Activate Challenge, which is geared toward members that are new to the fitness world.