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.
Each boot camp spans four weeks of exercise, with classes held up to five days a week. Classes might meet indoors or out, depending on which of the nine locations a client chooses to attend, but the regimen of exercise remains the same. Trainers cook up new routines daily, which might include fitness kickboxing, jump-roping, obstacle courses, or sport yoga, in which the class plays a scrimmage using the first student who manages to contort themselves into the shape of a football.
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.
Mixing military-style drills with traditional exercises in strength and conditioning, the trainers at Corps Performance aim to deliver maximum results to their clients while motivating and encouraging them along the way. Working with clients to set their personal fitness goals?whether it's losing weight, building muscle, or beating their dad in an arm-wrestling match?trainers can work one-on-one with clients, or in small group-training classes.
Jumping hurdles and bashing on a tire with a sledgehammer are two activities the trainers use to get their clients fit. They mix 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, the coaches also fill the gym spaces with TRX suspension equipment, agility cones, ladders, and battling ropes.
Since the first office opened in 1999, the clinicians at HealthQuest Physical Therapy and Medical Fitness have been helping achy patients recover from injury and ailments with customized exercise programs. Now with 10 locations throughout Michigan, the physical therapists on staff continue to help people regain their lives, paying close attention to each individual and, if necessary, talking directly to physicians. They draw from an arsenal of tools, which includes treatment tables, free weights, exercise balls, stepping blocks, and resistance bands, to gently bring muscles back into tip-top shape. Meanwhile, certified trainers increase strength and stamina by leading group exercise classes or working one-on-one during personal-training sessions.