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.
After collecting 13 years of teaching experience, certification from ACE Fitness and Jonny Kest's Center for Yoga, and a degree as a registered dietitian, Andrea von Behren combined her passions for healthy living and strategic poses into Body Language Fitness & Yoga Center. There, a highly trained staff patrols both a heated yoga studio and designated workout room during more than 80 weekly classes. Andrea strives to keep the center's atmosphere convivial yet challenging with a custom blend of cardio, strength training, yoga, and nutritional guidance. Her efforts have earned the center the title of Detroit's Best Yoga Studio from Vote 4 The Best of Summer 2011. Alongside the majority of fitness and yoga classes, onsite child care helps to foster a family-friendly ambiance and adorable games of Duck, Duck, Downward Dog.
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.
Fitness Rx's team of instructors deploys to dozens of locations throughout southeastern Michigan to lead a staggering array of fitness classes. Whether they're guiding groups through kickboxing's strikes, yoga poses, or Pilates’ core-strengthening moves, they draw on their diverse backgrounds, years of experience, and enthusiasm. Additionally, trainers meet for one-on-one or semi-private sessions, and supplement workouts with nutrition support to help clients achieve varied goals, from building strength to fitting back inside their high-school-graduation cap.
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.
Clarkston Gym & Fitness's spacious studio hosts self-propelled caloric warfare and motivating group exercise. The spacious facility brims with Cybex machines and state-of-the-art cardio apparatuses, all set aglow by the flickering light of several flat-screen TVs that hang overhead. Treadmill belts whiz beneath the fleet of foot, and both cross-aerobic machines and stationary bikes exert more robotic resistance than a shy android. A full schedule of Zumba, Pilates, and cardio-kickboxing classes welcome all monthly members for $8 per drop-in class and grant a social spin on slimming down or a sweaty spin on doing one's taxes. The gym's roster of ancillary amenities includes fitness evaluations, tanning, towel service, and dry locker-room saunas.