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.
The dental team at Commerce Village Dentists maintains families' chompers and brightens smiles with progressive dental technology, such as digital x-rays and ultraviolet-light whitening. During the exam, the dentist peruses mouthscapes in search of cavities and gum disease. A trained technician then snaps a set of digital bitewing and panoramic x-rays to reveal unsavory problems in oral underworlds while protecting the patient from the developments of a third nostril associated with the higher doses of radiation in conventional x-rays. A skilled hygienist then sloughs off tartar with toothpaste and floss and administers enamel-strengthening fluoride to youngsters.
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.
MotorCity Trivia hosts ebullient live trivia shows at a variety of area bars and restaurants, letting teams and individuals alike munch on toothsome eats as their brains get tickled by challenging games. Monday-night munchers can detonate hunger with Lions & Tigers & Beers’ zing-infused Dynamite! burger ($8.99) laden with jalapeños and pepper jack cheese, and the Bayside Sports Grille’s macadamia-crusted Canadian whitefish ($16.95) sends mouths on a flavorful border-crossing sojourn on Wednesdays and Sundays. Those in search of circular sustenance during Friday and Saturday trivia fests can nibble through Aubree’s Pizzeria & Grill’s comestibles, including a Caribbean jerk personal pizza ($12.59) festooned with sweet-and-spicy jerk sauce, bacon, and jalapeño steel drums. The chefs at CJ’s Brewing Company cloak Alaskan cod in a regal golden-ale beer batter when crafting their scrumptious fish 'n' chips ($10.99) for Thursday-evening feasts, and the burritos ($9.99) at Mr. B’s Rustic Tavern snuggle chicken or beef into soft flour-tortilla sleeping bags in honor of Tuesday dinner.
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.