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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.

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:
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."

Debbie Hudson

Where she works: North Oakland Family YMCA
Contact her: 248-370-9622
Years training: 5
Specialty: CrossFit, Olympic lifter, Level Two coach through USA weightlifting
Certification: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), certified personal trainer, Level 1 CrossFit trainer
Fave equipment/exercise: Snatch-related movement or clean-and-jerk movements
Cost: Depends on the number of sessions, call for specifics
Approach: As a CrossFit trainer, Hudson uses this combination of metabolic conditioning and movements to help her clients reach their fitness goals. She designs workouts that tend to be shorter, say 10-25 minutes, but at a very high intensity. She often works with women over the age of 35 who are just getting interested in lifting weights. Lifting doesn't give you a beefed-up appearance, notes Hudson, who says her clients enjoy feeling stronger. Proof: At 117 pounds, Hudson, who competes in weightlifting, has heaved 150 pounds over her head!

Mike Jackson

Where he works: Lifetime Fitness Commerce Township
Contact him: 248-960-0955
Years training: 10
Specialty: General, strength and conditioning, clients ages 40-55 looking to get back in shape
Certification: National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), National Strength Coaching Association (NSCA), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), Health Fitness Specialist (HFS)
Fave equipment/exercise: Clean and press. "It works your whole body," says Jackson.
Cost: $100 per session
Approach: "My philosophy is that exercising should be about functional training," explains Jackson. "Functional training is based on real life movements. Those are the movements that most apply to real life and what we do on a daily basis so I work with clients to develop those muscles. I don't use a lot of machines."

Diana Rose

Where she works: MFit Fitness Center at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube
Years training: 16
Specialty: Middle-aged overweight women, clients with special medical conditions
Certification: American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM)
Fave equipment/exercise: Medicine ball or fit ball. "They're so versatile," says Rose.
Cost: Around $50 an hour, call for specifics
Approach: "My style is to meet the client where they're at, and then learning how to push them in a safe way," says Rose. Her workout programs are tailored to individuals, not a one-size-fits-all approach. One reason clients work well with Rose? "I look like a real person. I'm really fit but not super ripped." She says clients who are just getting started trying to lose weight often worry about looking silly at the gym. Rose helps them get over that idea that they have to look a certain way to feel successful at the gym.

Nancy Seguin

Where she works: Macomb Family YMCA
Contact her: 586-468-1411
Years training: 6
Specialty: Fitness classes, pre- and post-natal fitness, seniors
Certification: Aerobic & Fitness Association of America (AFAA), World Instructor Training Schools (WITS)
Fave equipment/exercise: Push-ups. Says Seguin: "They're so good for you, they work your whole body."
Cost: Rates set by YMCA facility, call for more information
Approach: "My philosophy is that a client's best results come from motivation, consistency and intensity," Seguin says. She adds that a trainer's part is to help with each, along with pushing clients to their highest level. Seguin also brings personal experience, in addition to her professional credentials, to help clients get back into shape after having a baby (she's had two within the last few years!).

Jimi Varner

Where he works: The Sports Club of Novi
Contact him: 248-735-8850, ext. 233 or
Years training: 13
Specialty: fat-loss programming, strength training, teens
Certification: Certified personal trainer and certified lifestyle-weight management consultant through American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Fave equipment/exercise: "The medicine ball, because it's so versatile," Varner says.
Cost: $61 for one hour, group training sessions can also be arranged to lessen price
Approach: "My approach is really a hybrid-cross blend of a lot of different disciplines," says Varner, who has helped out on NBC's The Biggest Loser and is a featured trainer on MTV's I Used to be Fat. "I don't use a template or a cookie-cutter approach when it comes to clients. I try to find what's going to keep them motivated at the end of the day – keep them motivated to stay in the gym doing a program they don't mind adhering to – because then they're going to train more intensely."

Leah Veprauskas

Where she works: At clients' homes throughout Oakland County
Contact her: 248-760-9453
Years training: 12
Specialty: Group training, lifestyle management, private training
Certification: Certified Strength Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through National Strength Conditioning Association (NSCA), certified personal trainer through National Council on Strength and Fitness (NCSF)
Fave equipment/exercise: Sandbells. These sand-filled neoprene discs are versatile and fun, explains Veprauskas. "Sandbells not only work your prime muscle movers, but your core and accessory muscles, too."
Cost: Ranges from $10 for in-group sessions to $75 for one-on one
Approach: "My typical clients fall into two groups," explains Verprauskas, "It's either those looking for group training on a regular basis or those focused on making lifestyle changes." Verprauskas points out that much of her time is spent talking to clients about how to achieve their goals and what challenges might be happening in their lives that might be holding them back. "My personal training sessions aren't just about exercise. It's about helping individuals learn how to take control of their lives."

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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