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.
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.
Attentive yoga instructor, Meena Puri, taps her 500 hours of teacher training to guide students through challenging yoga classes for all skill levels. The studio's 75-minute sessions run six days a week, giving pupils ample opportunity to engage in meaningful yoga-mat bonding. Fledgling flexers can absorb the fundamentals in beginners' classes, where deep breathing and relaxation techniques help to ease into gentle, restorative poses. A sequence of flowing postures linked together with conscious breathing creates muscle-manipulating heat and an invigorating aerobic workout, and yoga-fundamentals sessions stress proper alignment to help mat mavens to achieve a greater range of motion and build mathematically sound human triangles. Endurance, strength, and flexibility classes use a combination of sun salutations, balance poses, and inversions to build strong limbs capable of reciprocating hugs with overzealous spirit bears.
Intermix Fit Club's staff of workout wonks engages patrons in challenging exercises with sessions tailored to specific fitness goals. Designed by a U.S. Navy SEAL, each TRX suspension-training class straps aspiring athletes into a circuit of bands slung from the ceiling that provides resistance on multiple planes of motion. Each member of the 15-person class can expect constant strain in various core muscle groups as they grapple with serpentine harnesses, vanquish calories, and funnel flecks of sweat into a souvenir jar. Classes are open to those 16 years and older, and patrons must weigh less than 300 pounds.
The Life Time Turkey Day 5K jump-starts Thanksgiving celebrations with a healthy, full-body feast of exercise, with proceeds benefiting local food organizations. Starting on the world-famous Fremont Street, pavement stompers weave past the historic downtown vistas lining Las Vegas Boulevard, home to myriad celebrities, reality television shows, and retired slot machines. After coasting to a finish beneath the Fremont Street Experience, participants gather for a postrace party, where refreshments, music, and chances to win prizes from sponsors accompany huffs and puffs of accomplishment. Additionally, strollers are permitted during the race but must line up behind individual runners and must not be equipped with nitrous.