After Randy Woody lost his aunt and grandmother to diabetes and obesity, he became increasingly distressed about his own 320-pound frame. He began researching weight loss and strength training and set to work creating a healthier lifestyle for himself—all at the age of 13. Over the years he was able to whittle away 145 pounds, and eventually became a personal trainer, competitive bodybuilder, and member of the American College of Sports Medicine. He teamed up with Brenda Woody, a fitness trainer and motivational speaker, to start Michigan Women Boot Camp, a weight-loss program that has transformed the lives and bodies of more than 10,000 clients.
Six days a week, the indoor boot-camp sessions challenge students with a rotating lineup of light running, resistance training, obstacle courses, and core exercises. Like scaffolding that reads only transcendentalist literature, the environment is supportive, yet serious. The Woodys only expect campers to perform to their individual ability level, but they ask students to show up as often as five times a week to get real results. The approach must be working; the Woodys boast that approximately 85% of their members are repeat visitors.
Rich crimson and jet-black poles punctuate the lustrous hardwood floors paving Fantasy Fitness Studio, where certified dance and fitness instructors aim to enhance both women's self-esteem and fitness through sensual, muscle-toning pole dancing. They bolster their full roster of pole-dancing classes with tutorials on diverse techniques such as hip-hop dance, boot-camp-style workouts, and Zumba, fostering a motivating environment for students of all skill levels during each session. They also host group parties within the elegant studio and can even organize mobile festivities at offsite locations, such as homes or moon colonies.
The technicians at Styln Street Customs amp up cars with tinted window films, multimedia and navigation systems, and stereos that helped them to earn a top-five spot for Best Car Stereo on CityVoter's 2011 A List. From alarms to CD players, the crew vends and installs premium products by Pioneer Electronics, Kicker, and Python, and blocks out harmful UV rays with five types of window film. Aside from enhancing rides, they also make cars look their best with complete detailing packages that include hand washes, interior scrub-downs, and spray waxes that lock in shine like the giant fireproof safe that holds our sun every night.
The Mastercraft Heating & Cooling team repairs and replaces fixtures with products from Amana, York, Goodman, GE, Kohler, Whirlpool, and Moen. This range of brands represents the extensive specialties that the company’s factory-trained and uniformed staff members boast. They wield extensive knowledge as they repair or install heating, cooling, plumbing, and electrical systems in homes situated in Detroit’s metro area. They also stock EPA-approved and Energy Star supplies that can help you reduce your carbon footprint without having to tactfully avoid puddles of melted graphite.
For more than four decades, CARite has matched drivers up with pre-owned vehicles through a stress- and haggle-free sales process. Makes ranging from Saturns to Buicks sell for below their suggested Kelley Bluebook value, come with an AutoCheck and CarFax report, and stay protected with a 36-month or 36,000 mile warranty and lifetime engine warranty. When not busy filling highways with road-ready automobiles, the center's technicians mend wounded racers with services such as detailing, oil changes, and front-end alignments.
The sound of crackling popcorn fills the air of Detroit Popcorn Company’s 20,000-square-foot shop, where snack specialists been churning out gourmet treats for more than 80 years. Produced onsite, caramel- and cheese-coated popcorn and chocolate-dipped nuts overflow from sports-themed and keepsake gift tins. The snacking experts also add pizzazz to concession stands, birthday celebrations, and circus-themed bachelor parities by renting out an arsenal of machinery, from cotton-candy machines to snow-cone makers.