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Top 10 Southeast Michigan Personal Trainers

Wondering what kind of workout will help you get the results you want? These top personal trainers in Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties will work with you to come up with the perfect workout.

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There's no one-size-fits-all workout. For an exercise routine that takes into account your needs—from your body type, to the kinds of exercises you enjoy, to your schedule—you need a personal trainer. Don't worry, Metro Parent has done your homework for you.

On this list you'll find the top personal trainers all of southeast Michigan, from Oakland County to Wayne, Washtenaw to Macomb. Review each trainer's certifications, focus and philosophy to find your own top personal trainer!

Remember, when signing up to work with a personal trainer, you can often get a discount if you buy several sessions instead of just one. Or you might want to find a few friends to do sessions with you for an even deeper discount. Note: These trainers are listed in alphabetical order and don't reflect ranking.

Fred Attard

Where he works: Lifetime Fitness Troy
Contact him: 248-267-1000
Years training: 16
Specialty: Small group training, weight loss, multi-sport training, triathlons and rehabilitation
Certification: Certified personal trainer through National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) and American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Fave equipment/exercise: Treadmill
Cost: Call for rates
Approach: Attard works with a variety of clients at all different fitness levels. With a background in triathlons (he doesn't do these anymore; he prefers distance running), Attard says he sometimes works with clients who are looking to compete. He also points out that working toward a competition can be just the kind of challenge that keeps clients motivated. He recalls training a 55-year-old woman who, during the course of training, not only lost 70 pounds but also successfully completed her first triathlon.

Nick Cabauatan

Where he works: Snap Fitness in Plymouth, in clients' homes, with sports teams
Contact him: 734-674-3638
Years training: 8
Specialty: General fitness, weight management (loss or gain), athletes looking to improve performance through speed and agility, teens
Certification: Bachelor of Science from Eastern Michigan University (EMU) – major in physical education, minor in health education
Fave equipment/exercise: Cable cross. "Close second would be TRX suspension training," Cabauatan says.
Cost: $30-$55, call for details
Approach: "I try to emphasize lifelong wellness versus extreme routines," says Cabauatan. "I like to make working out fun for my clients." As a former high school and collegiate athlete, Cabauatan has a knack for working with teens and sports teams. "When I do programs with sports teams, I try to make the exercises about teambuilding, too – not just a workout."

Robert Gardner

Where he works: Boll Family YMCA, downtown Detroit
Contact him: 313-309-9622
Years training: 6
Specialty: Weight loss, general functional training for real-world fitness
Certification: Degree in exercise science, certified personal trainer through American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Fave equipment/exercise: Push-ups. "They make your whole body work," Gardner says.
Cost: $55-$65 a session, based on package
What makes his approach unique: "The No. 1 thing I try to get across to my clients is to be realistic about their goals and what they're going to be able to do," Gardner says. He points out that programs like The Biggest Loser might set up people for unrealistic expectations. "I try to design a workout that's adapted to a person's lifestyle."

Jennifer Gray

Where she works: Body by Jenn, 33022 Northwestern Highway, West Bloomfield; Gray also comes to clients' homes
Contact her: BodybyJenn.com
Years training: 21
Specialty: Mostly women, but she also has programs designed for brides, and a men's boot camp
Certification: American Council of Exercise (ACE), the Aerobic & Fitness Association of America (AFAA), exercise specialists and kickboxing. Jennifer is currently certified in-group fitness training through the AFAA.
Fave equipment/exercise: Your body. "I love using manual resistance in training," Gray says.
Cost: Packages of 10 are $75 a session, in-home is $90 for a package of 10, $85 on-location
What makes her approach unique: As the founder of Body Beautiful Boot Camp, Jennifer Gray has spent years perfecting exercises to tone muscles while still helping clients enjoy their time working out. She tries to combine the latest in fitness trends along with high- and-low intensity workouts to boost her client's metabolism. For women, she aims to help them achieve a "soft, feminine look."

Jul 9, 2012 10:38 am
 Posted by  Ashley K

One of my favorite personal trainers in Michigan is from Art of Strength. They have a really unique style that never gets boring and always keeps me on my toes. Everyone is really friendly, but they sure know how to keep me motivated and get my butt moving!

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