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.
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.
Since 1968, Woodside Meadows Golf Course has tucked away plenty of opportunities for low scores among the lush bluegrass that covers it from first tee box to 18th green. A relatively short undertaking at 6,068 yards from the furthest of two tees, the layout pulls players into confrontations with four large ponds and two small ones during their round, allowing ample opportunity for a refreshing midround cannonball. Before teeing off, players can warm up on the driving range, and an onsite eatery offers snacks such as hot dogs to help players refuel.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 70 course * Total length of 6,068 yards from the back tees * Two sets of tees per hole
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.
SoEmi Therapeutics allows people to indulge themselves with the revitalizing pampering of a thorough massage. Owner and certified therapist Brandy Fukusawa gives clients the options of Swedish, therapeutic, or deep-tissue sessions as well as reflexology and couples massage. Brandy can also bookend massages with a hot-stone facial, foot-exfoliation scrub, or paraffin dip for flummoxed fingers.