Optimal results in a minimal time frame. That’s the goal of Nina—Sergeant Bootcamp himself. After a stint in the military, Nina returned to his true passion—fitness—and took up the reins at boot camp, where today he motivates clients of all fitness levels through indoor and outdoor workouts. Each 60-minute sweat session forgoes machinery and high-tech equipment for simple exercises, such as running, calisthenics, and weight training. Yet, Nina doesn’t let campers fall into any sort of routine; he changes up classes regularly to keep muscles guessing and clients from getting bored. Aimed at shredding body fat and toning physiques, each camp begins with a body-fat composition test so that clients can see their progress and achievements in numbers, rather than by whether or not they can fully conceal themselves behind a telephone pole.
Amid the kettlebells, sandbags, and medicine balls that pack its indoor fitness studio, Boot Camp Michigan hosts high-intensity workout sessions in the mornings and evenings throughout the week. Its imaginative routines draw from four essential fitness factors—cardio, resistance, core, and flexibility—and change from day to day to thwart fitness plateaus. The program’s exercises aim to reduce fat, build muscle, and diminish stress, and accompanying nutrition plans encourage healthy lifestyles and discourage unhealthy eating habits, such as shelling shrimp while trying to parallel park.
Primetime Fitness's staff may consist of personal trainers and nutritionists, but they take their philosophical cue from postmen, delivering results 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The cardio theater – with TVs blaring entertainment – and the strength training room remain perpetually ready to sculpt bodies. The on-site nutrition and supplement store stays open during normal business hours. Members can work up a sweat with mechanical assistance or under the watchful eye of a trainer in group fitness classes such as Zumba or TurboKick. The staff also supplement workouts with nutritional coaching for weight loss, which includes meal plans and weekly weigh-ins.
Snap Fitness's around-the-clock gyms enable members to work on their physical well-being with a cornucopia of fitness equipment. With 24-hour access, members don't have to let The Man tell them when to help themselves to Snap's strength and cardio equipment, which features built-in TVs and other media diversions. For those who exercise during conventional hours, Snap's friendly, unintimidating atmosphere welcomes patrons of all ability levels, unlike schoolyard dodge-ball squads. Members also enjoy nationwide access to all Snap Fitness locations, ideal for working out while traveling.
For a dose of custom advice, patrons can seek out a personal-training session with a certified coach, who helps them assess and address their fitness goals. Clients reap the benefit of individual attention as a personal trainer helps them tackle weight loss, prepare for an arm-wrestling competition, or unveil the mysteries of arcane cable-weight machines.
“Dude’s a genius,” David Molk, now a center for the NFL’s San Diego Chargers, told AnnArbor.com in February 2012. The dude in question is Mike Barwis, the trainer who helped Molk successfully train and bulk up for NFL scouting season after injuring his foot. Barwis has trained professional athletes in not only football, but also other sports too, from ice hockey to cycling. He even served as the head strength coach at the University of Michigan for three years.
At Barwis Methods, he and his team—who have been featured on ESPN and SI.com—teach his high-level training techniques to civilians. Their services range from simple gym memberships and group classes to one-on-one personal-training sessions. Their programs run up to five days per week, and can focus on improving your overall athleticism or getting faster so you can outrun your former self in the event that you invent time travel.
Founder Connie Fedel first turned to yoga as a method of coping with illness, and over time her devotion to the stress-relieving art helped to diminish the painful symptoms of systemic lupus. Eager to expose others to yoga's physical and spiritual benefits, she began to teach yoga in 2005, and has since opened Taylor Yoga as a venue for Hatha sessions six days a week.
Hatha yoga syncs breathing techniques with a series of fluid poses, each of which can boost circulation, stamina, and balance while putting the mind at ease. Connie highlights the personal element of yoga practice by encouraging students to reflect inwardly during classes. Though its group and private classes can be introspective, Taylor Yoga promotes fellowship through its supportive atmosphere and scheduled events for couples and children. The studio's Pilates classes also serve to tighten tummy muscles with communal workouts.