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.
Krav Maga Novi’s instructors help their students to master the krav maga fighting style in their fitness studio, but the techniques were not designed for studio combat. They are intended for street fights—more specifically, self-defense. Krav maga’s originator, Imi Lichtenfeld, was a champion wrestler and boxer, but he realized during World War II that traditional fighting styles were inadequate in unofficiated, real-world conflicts. And so he developed krav maga, which is now the official self-defense system of the Israeli armed forces. At Krav Maga Novi, however, instructors teach the style to civilians, from its basic headlocks and punches to techniques for defeating multiple attackers without first convincing them to form a conga line. Classes at the studio can also focus on specialty areas, such as ground fighting, kickboxing, and defeating opponents armed with sticks, knives, and other weapons.
Meena Puri was born in India and brought up in a place where yoga was woven into thefabric of the culture. Though she drifted from the practice as she grew older and moved away from home, she eventually stumbled upon a yoga class in America, bringing her life full circle. At the Yoga School of Milford, she and her team promote wellness of the mind and body through an eclectic range of yoga classes. These range from more traditional approaches, such as Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga, to more contemporary styles such as yoga Pilates.
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.
As its name implies, Root Strength begins with strong groundwork. The gym is built on the fitness foundations of proper technique, education, safety, community, and performance. The 5,100-square-foot facility builds on this base through various cardio and strength-training programs, each targeted to a different type of member, whether that's individuals pressed for time, athletes, or youth.
What began in 1975 as one inner-city gym in Highland Park, Michigan, has since evolved into a global health-club organization with locations in 17 different countries. Powerhouse Gym equips weightlifters and cardio bunnies alike with all they’ll ever need to keep—or create—a tight and toned physique. The gym offers equipment outfitted with personal TVs as well as a cast of certified and knowledgeable personal trainers. Depending on location, members will also have access to group fitness classes, such as yoga, Zumba, and Les Mills BodyPump, as well as 24-7 turnkey access to the facility.