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.
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.
Before founding World Sports Fitness, Pierre F. Mouele routinely went toe-to-head in the ring, earning a kickboxing championship title. Finally, he hung up his gloves and retired his cactus-covered shoes so that he could use his boxing training to whip people into shape. Today, he puts his clients and classes through the same demanding conditioning regimen that prepared him to lay out his opponents.
His students cut swathes of muscle pummeling red, black, and blue punching bags in Shotokan karate and self-defense classes. Alternatively, clients heft weights and toss heavy balls during strength-conditioning courses, which help them sculpt a fighter's body without any of the impact exercises associated with traditional boxing training, such as getting constantly punched.
Blue and red padded squares glow underfoot in the vast gym, unused punching bags standing in neat ranks to the side of the space. Above them hang tidied rows of flags, representing the many nations and organizations from which World Sports Fitness draws its curriculum.
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.