I was looking to become stronger and to complement my running. Beth Homan updated my weightlifting knowledge but also stressed the importance of core workouts for runners. Beth ... is not shy in telling me to exert a little more effort or to advise me that part of my proposed race schedule is too aggressive. The ability to ask Beth questions specific to my current running race, injury, etc. has helped me very much.
My MAC membership has been an enjoyable experience and a great investment in my better health. Personal trainer Beth Homan is largely responsible for what health benefits my experience at the Michigan Athletic Club has produced. I highly recommend her.
Name:Brian D. Schroeder, M.D., MBA, FACP
I used to think that working with a personal trainer was an exercise in vanity. I also thought that it was totally unnecessary. “I’m a smart guy! I should be able to do this on my own!” But then again, I don’t replace my own brakes or do my own taxes—there are experts out there who know how to do it better and faster than I can. I decided to give it a try.
I’ve been working with Russ Zalkin for several months now and I’m very pleased with the results. Not only am I losing weight, but I’m seeing improvements in my muscular strength and definition. I’m in the best shape that I’ve been in more than 20 years. And while Russ hasn’t figured out how to turn back the calendar, it’s probably the next best thing.
To say that Ryan Patterson has changed my life is an understatement. I would never have imagined that I would have progressed this far in this amount of time. I've lost nearly 40 lbs., dropped 8 clothing sizes, and reduced the medications I take for blood pressure.
One of the many things I've learned since I began working with Ryan is how important it is to change up your workouts, and of course, to include a healthy diet. I also feel working out on a regular basis with a qualified personal trainer is critical. A PT can guide you through your transformation, show you the best exercises for your current skill level, and continue to challenge you as you get stronger.
When I first started training with Jason I had never worked out with weights before and he was really patient with me. He is always pushing me; when I don't think I can do something he tells me I can. He's taught me proper form and really helped me get my body to where I want it. We are always doing new workouts and the variety keeps it from getting boring. Jason's knowledge and expertise are awesome!
I am a 91-year-old woman who is still trying to keep all the wheels working. Since I moved here in 1992, I have made the MAC part of my life. While I can’t do many of the things I used to be able to do, it still is an important part of my weekly routine.
In the last few years I have begun to work with Deb Popp three times a week. I attend her stretch class and also work with Deb on an individual basis doing personal training. Deb has been able to devise a program which is specific to me. I feel fortunate that I have been able to work with her because she has a great understanding of what my personal needs are. Deb takes a personal interest in my wellbeing. While some days are better than others for me, Deb’s positive and enthusiastic personality is always evident; she really keeps me going. And at my “young” age, that is a plus!
Having trained with Tom Hilker regularly for the last five years, I can’t imagine having a better trainer. Tom is always in good humor without being phony about it. He’s at home with all kinds of people, young or old, male or female, great athletes, even old klutzes like me. He has the ability to remember whatever people tell him about themselves and take it all into account. He also has a sixth sense for sizing up the body, figuring out what is going wrong and how to fix it.
With a brain that never stops, he’s lots of fun to talk to. That’s because he’s interested in and pretty knowledgeable about virtually everything. Since there is never a dull moment working with Tom, you get a better attitude. Not that he makes it easy. He doesn’t let clients get in any ruts. With Tom pushing me on strength, balance, agility and flexibility, I have seen a lot of improvement. What makes Tom a great trainer? Tom says that some people become trainers just because they like to work out, but, according to Tom, it’s not about that. You have to really want to help people. Tom clearly does.
Jamie has been my personal trainer for several months, and during this time she has helped me achieve amazing results! Years of high-impact cardio have left me with multiple injuries, and Jamie has provided me with modifications so that my goals were attainable. She has helped me lose weight while increasing my muscle tone and overall self-confidence. When I started training with Jamie, I was new to weight training, but I realized I needed a change because weight loss became more difficult as I entered my forties.
Jamie is very a knowledgeable trainer, and knows how to manipulate specific muscle groups to help add proportion to my body. In my fitness routine, Jamie has implemented weight lifting and minimal HIIT cardio, and increased my protein intake to fuel my growing muscles and aid in burning fat. She is full of helpful nutrition tips and always holds me accountable to my goals. This makes it so much easier to stay on track and make good choices throughout the week. What I like most about Jamie’s training is that she is actively involved in her own healthy lifestyle. She practices what she preaches, and as she evolves with new techniques, Jamie passes on her successes to her clients. She is very encouraging and a joy to be around! I feel focused, energized, and the best I’ve felt in years thanks to Jamie!
I retired at 67—a desk-bound "porker" who hadn't exercised in a decade. After training two years with Stephanie I had lost 30 pounds and increased my strength substantially. She inspired me with her knowledge and her own personal commitment to physical conditioning. I now exercise, bike, run, and golf regularly. My wife Jannel works out with me at the MAC and we both have that extra energy to play with our grandchildren.
Over the past year and a half, I have been working out with my speed and strength coach, Justin Patnoude. During my training sessions, Justin has immensely increased my speed and agility with the exercises he puts me through. With his expert training, the gains in speed and agility have translated onto the football field as well. Being faster and stronger has allowed me to become a better football player and resulted in more playing time. Justin is truly a great trainer and even a better person.
Name:Suzanne K. Clark
While learning to play tennis, I partially tore the supraspinatus muscle in my left shoulder. Besides being very painful, the injury greatly decreased my range of motion. My doctor sent me to physical therapy. I worked hard in therapy 2-3 times per week for about three months, and, although the pain was better, I did not regain my full range of motion.
After continuing to play tennis for a few months and being daunted by increasing pain and the lack of functionality of my shoulder, my tennis pro referred me to personal trainer Keri Morrison.
After a few weeks of working with Keri, I could already see improvement in my range of motion, posture, and pain level. We would work on one motion until we could improve it; then Keri would focus on another motion. After eight months of working with Keri, I can now raise my arm above my shoulder, reach my arm behind my back and unhook my bra, and get dressed without having to slip clothes on with my injured shoulder first. In addition, I can now hug with both arms! Most importantly, I can now hit overhead tennis shots!
Keri’s guidance has given me my arm and shoulder back. I left physical therapy thinking I would have to live with pain and baby my left shoulder for the rest of my life. Thanks to Keri and her persistence, I have full range of motion in my shoulder, no pain, and I walk a lot taller. I highly recommend Keri as a personal trainer. It was really not that difficult to get my range of motion back. It just takes a skilled trainer like Keri, a willingness to do the stretches/exercises, and patience.