Jumping hurdles and bashing on a tire with a sledgehammer are two activities Coach Kevin uses to get his clients fit. He mixes these unconventional training tools into boot camps designed to improve virtually all aspects of fitness, from core strength to endurance. A devotee to any workout that works, Coach Kevin also fills his gym spaces with TRX suspension equipment, agility cones, ladders, and battling ropes.
Jennifer Gray puts her 15 years of fitness-industry experience to use formulating goal-oriented programs for women. Gray begins with a healthy helping of circuit weight training and kickboxing before adding a pinch of Pilates, a dash of yoga for flexibility, and a sprinkling of belly dancing for core strengthening. She also strives to help clients develop nutritionally sound eating habits, giving them the tools to avoid fatty, bad-for-you foods such as processed meats and deep-fried statues of Grover Cleveland.
Amid the indoor tennis courts and workout rooms of the Bloomfield Tennis and Fitness facility, D1 Sports Training’s professional instructors push both youth and adults toward new fitness goals with a menu of high-intensity training programs. The intimate group classes strive to mimic the intensity and caliber of top college and professional training curriculums, improving participants’ chances of chasing down NFL halfback Red Grange on the street. Kids as young as 7 can cultivate athletic skills through age-specific training courses, and adults of all fitness levels can pursue goals of weight loss, strength, and endurance during boot camps, strength-training classes, and personal-training sessions.Detroit’s D1 Sports Training is part of a nationwide training program with 13 locations across the United States and an impressive range of NFL, NBA, and Olympic athlete clientele.
Inaugurated in 2007, the Muddy Watters trail series fuses the tough terrain of trails, mud, and rivers into single 5-kilometer routes hindered by frequent stops for boot camp-style exercises. Along with three main races throughout the summer, several offshoot versions adapt the rules into new themes, such as a women-only run and a miniature, 1-mile scramble ideal for kids and 5,000-foot-long snails. Despite the tenacity of the courses, the slog pays off in more ways than one: beyond building character and doling out awards for the speediest participants, the race helps benefit local charities, which in the past have included Volunteers of America and the Alzheimer’s Assocation.
The certified trainers at American Fitness have been helping their clients get into better shape for more than 27 years. This family-owned, functional gym has everything members need to burn fat and build muscle, from new cardio machines and free weights to resistance-training machines and group exercise classes. In this spacious facility, gym-goers can dance up a sweat in Zumba classes or punch, kick, and jab their way to fitness during kickboxing.
As a doctor, Mike Sartorius knew that packing on pounds every winter and struggling to shed them the following spring was setting his body up for a major metabolic breakdown. Even after he finally decided to lose the weight and keep it off, it took him five up-and-down years to learn the habits that would lead to long-lasting results. Once he nailed down his five principles of staying fit, however, his body underwent a transformation. Before long, his career would follow suit.
Dr. Mike soon teamed up with his friend, Jerry Lockwood, to found VIP Training and Fitness. The boot camp, which draws on Dr. Mike's experiences with weight loss, proved an initial success and has since been featured on shows such as MTV's I Used To Be Fat. Dr. Mike and Jerry continue to host boot camps at two locations, though nine other trainers have stepped up to pack each week's schedule with 27 available classes. In all of these classes, trainers strive to maintain a balance between fun and intensity. They ensure their campers’ safety at all times by demonstrating proper form and using seat belts as resistance bands.