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In February our "60 Second Inspiration" stories return and we have a great line-up coming!

We will kick things off with Kaitlyn Frisch's story of transformation.  She never valued health and fitness until gaining weight and having limited mobility after an injury.  Now it is a huge part of her life.  Kaitlyn's story will air on Monday, February 3rd.  You can always catch the replay on our Facebook page the next day.
Want to nominate someone to be a "60 Second Inspiration" story? Email

We love rewarding you for getting consistent with your workouts.  We know that you realize the real reward comes in the benefits you feel when fitness is your routine.  Here are some of our members who earned a BAC Reward in December.  

We are excited to reveal what our 2020 BAC Reward gifts will be very soon!  Expect for the announcement to come around Valentine's Day!
Questions? Contact our membership director Amanda Freeland at
Community Outreach

The January Sweat for a Cause was amazing! The Zumba party hosted by Rexann McConnell was a hit and raised $200!

In February we are raising money for Zonta with an Urban Mix workout on Friday, February 21st. Join instructor Courtney Holmes at 5:30pm at Bay Urban Fitness. This is open to families, ages 10 and up. A donation of at least $5 is appreciated.
If you would like to contact us about a Community Outreach event email
Beachbody at BAC

We LOVE seeing you at the Club. We KNOW that the energy, variety of workouts and accountability we offer at BAC changes lives. Hands down. 

We know you are also looking for ways to stay active when you are not at the club. You can enjoy a quick workout at home or on-the-go with our friends at Beachbody.

Owner Trina Gray loves to box at Urban, teach strength, Turbo and Pilates at BAC, attend yoga and Lift & Shred classes and works out up in the weight room. But she also  uses Beachbody on Demand (an on-line workout library) when she is juggling life between work, kids and travel.

Workout with no boundaries. 
Be fit   anywhere, anytime! 
With BOD, you get hundreds of workouts, unlimited for a year. You can workout with your smart phone, iPad, laptop or smart TV.  On the road or at home? This works.   

Questions about getting BOD All Access through BAC? You can get it solo or packaged with a month of Shakeology ON SALE, including a FREE Shaker Cup and food plan! 

Check out the link above to go directly to the BAC Beachbody account or simply REPLY to this email and we will get you set up. 

Shakeology of the Month
It tastes like dessert, but acts like a multivitamin!

Why Shakeology?
We all struggle with food prep and getting all the nutrients we need in life every day. Shakeology solves both of those problems.  It literally fills the gaps in our daily nutrition. We still advocate eating clean, colorful, whole foods for your daily meals. Shakeology is a multivitamin in a meal.

It is quick, convenient and filled with vitamins, minerals, superfoods, probiotics, prebiotics, digestive enzymes, amino acids, antioxidants and protein. It is NOT a diet shake or a quick fix. It is whole food nutrition. 

Need Shakeology at home for YOUR family? FREE shaker cup with purchase! 

You can order a supply for home at:

Healthy Living Recipe
by Kelly Lake
Mediterranean Beet Bowl
Beets provide some impressive  health benefits . They are low in calories and a great source of nutrients, including fiber, folate and vitamin C. 
Beets also contain nitrates and pigments that may help lower blood pressure and improve athletic performance. While not much to look at in their natural state, their beauty, vibrancy and sweet earthy flavor lies beneath its rugged exterior . Simply peel, chop and roast beets at 400 degrees for forty minutes to transform this super food into a super ingredient in a delish healthy bowl.
1 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed if canned
1 cup lean protein, chopped and pan seared
1 cup chopped and de-seeded cucumber
½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
1 cup sliced fresh basil
½ cup crumbled feta cheese
¼ cup toasted walnuts
1 cup roasted beets
1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
4 cups spring greens
4 TBSP balsamic vinegar
2 TBSP extra virgin olive oil
Divide each ingredient between two large salad bowls and enjoy. Serves two.
Fitness Inspired Gala Highlights!
Larry Donajkowski was voted the most inspirational story of the year at our Ftiness Inspired Gala!  It was a night filled with happy tears, hugs and lots of love for members willing to share their stories of transformation through fitness. At the end of the evening, the audience was asked to vote for the three stories that imapcted them most.

Jennie Handrich was in 3rd place! She talked about how it felt to be on a hike with her family, wiping tears away, because she was struggling to keep up to now being able to run a half marathon!  She has lost 82 pounds!  
Ron Garrow was in 2nd place! He talked about not expecting to live past 50-years-old, and when he passed it he realized he actually wanted to be around for his 12 grandkids.  He started working out consistently and took his A1C from a nine to a six.  He has lost 56 pounds!  
Larry received the most votes and was shaking with excitement and joy! On January 1st, 2019 he walked into Bay Athletic Club with a New Year's resolution to take back his health.  He was 290 pounds, being told by his doctor his medication needed to be increased and he was sleeping with a CPAP machine.  He couldn't believe what his life had become.  On January 1st, 2020 Larry ran a half marathon.  He has lost 99 pounds. 

The magic of our Fitness Inspired Gala reached households all over Northern Michgian.  WBKB TV covered the event and then followed up with a feature on this year's winner Larry Donajkowski.  You can watch it by clicking on the image below.

Trina Gray, Bay Athletic Club
February 2019
Get Rewarded for Your Workouts 

The best reward for living fit is priceless. It's your health. It's your happiness. It's your stress release. It's your confidence. It's your energy. It's the example you set for others. 

We want you to feel the love of a healthy lifestyle. You can find it at Bay Athletic Club. We are here to support your goals, provide you a safe and welcoming environment and lots of variety and expertise along the way. 

A few years ago, we decided to go a step further for our members. As a team, we wanted you to commit to a fitness routine AND we wanted you to have more to show for it. 

BAC Rewards were born. 

We have gifted custom t-shirts, blankets, chairs, back packs and jackets to members who workout on a regular basis. We have prizes for your first 20 workouts, as well as for completing 100 and 200 workouts in a calendar year. 

This month, we'll be announcing our 2020 BAC REWARDS! 
Stay tuned. You can earn them ALL by simply committing to coming to BAC or  Bay Urban a few days per week all year long! All seasons, all times of life.    Let fitness be your constant.  
It will carry you through. 
Trina Gray, Owner, Bay Athletic Club and Bay Urban Fitness

PS - Need a jump start for 2020? Check out our 21 Day Slimdown in February!  
Owner, Bay Athletic Club 


  • Transform your body.  Win prizes.  Start 2020 with a seriously fun dose of fitness and motivation!
  • Last year more than 50 people got amazing results in this program.  We can't wait to create that again! Check out our 2019 winners below!
  • Kicks off on Sunday, February 2nd to Sunday, February 23rd
  • This three week program offers 21 Day Slimdown workouts three days a week; choose between 6am (meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays) and 6:30pm (meets on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays)
  • The 21 Day Slimdown offers effective fitness, simple nutrition tips and accountability and tons of support
  • Opt to have your weight and measurements tracked as well as before and after pictures.  Participants with the best transformation win a one-of-a-kind Adidas track jacket with the BAC logo embroidered on it
  • The cost is $50 for members and $75 for non members.
  • Sign up by calling 989.356.5600 or replying to this email!

  • This popular camp kicks off on Monday, February 3rd to Thursday, February 27th
  • Improve your inner and outer strength by lifting heavy in an empowering environment and focusing on personal development with other supportive women
  • Meets Mondays and Thursdays; choose between 11am or 6:30pm
  • Camp led by Beauty coaches Trina Gray, Sarah Morrison, Amy Schultz, Cindy Limback, Tracie Granata, and Amanda Freeland
  • This camp includes quality nutrition content, accountability, a free Shakeology each week and a rewards program!
  • Cost is $50 for BAC members and $75 for non members
  • SPECIAL BEAUTY VIP discount!  Once you have done five Body Beauty camps and are a BAC member, your cost of camp becomes $30
  • BONUS: we have a Beauty loyalty program with gifts!  You can earn tanks, pins, bracelets and even an Under Armour Body Beauty jacket! 
  • Sign up by calling 989.356.5600 or emailing
When we choose to focus on our health we have to choose to create habits that will last for life.   When it comes to nutrition, we often fall into the trap of dieting. Diets do work when we first start them, almost any diet that you try will initially get you results. When we eliminate some calories, stop eating non-nutritious foods and start eating more nutritious foods, we will improve our health and lose weight.

The issue with diets is that if you do veer from the rules you've made for yourself, your brain gets a signal that you have failed and you start to eat how you were before more and more. Then, you gain weight back or lose the results that you got. That creates the idea that eating well isn't worthwhile because your results won't last.

That's just not true. Eating well is always worthwhile. The whole idea of dieting needs to be let go. What we should focus on is a nutritious lifestyle that we can sustain, that doesn't feel like restriction and that allows us to incorporate treats and foods we love without feeling guilty or like we are always worried about food. Here are a few tips that might help you towards a healthier lifestyle:


1. When you go shopping, look at your cart. Is half of your cart produce?
2. How often are you eating a treat? If it's more than twice a week, consider keeping it to twice a week.
3. Are you drinking enough water? Stay hydrated all of the time by drinking ½ your body weight in ounces of water everyday.
4. How much soda and alcohol are you drinking? Limit your consumption to allow your body to work as well as it can.
5. Create a schedule for yourself with healthy habits that will last. Create a breakfast routine, pack your lunches as often as possible and eat at home for dinner as much as you can. 
Eating well should not be stressful. The thing to remember is to take it one step and one small change at a time until you find what works for you.

We offer a 3-pack of personal training for $95. You can mix and match your sessions to include personal training for fitness and/or nutrition coaching with Amanda. Email to get started.
You'll notice a change to the mornings on Monday and Wednesday in February.  The 7:30am Body Blast class will now be on Wednesdays and the 7:30am Abs class will now be on Monday.  Both classes will still be taught by Cindy Limback.

Hop in an Urban Box 5pm class on Sundays in January.  Please sign up ahead of time. To maximize time on the bags, class is open to 20 people. If you sign up, please show up to be respectful to others who want to attend! NO SHOW POLICY: If you miss class without calling ahead, we will need to take you off the next class you are signed up for.  Call 989-356-5600 or email to get signed up.  
Wraps are available for purchase for $8.00, gloves are provided.  

In February we are raising money for Zonta with an Urban Mix, Sweat for a Cause workout on Friday, February 21st!  Join Courtney Holmes at 5:30pm at Bay Urban Fitness.  A donation of at least $5 is appreciated.  Everyone is welcome, not just BAC members. 

RIDE 90: Sunday, February 9th at 8:30am
  • 90 minute endurance ride
  • a special RAMP test during the workout to gage your endurance and strength
  • test your physical and mental toughness 
  • space limited to 19 people - hurry! 
  • led by Samantha Kendziorski
  • $10 members/$20 non-members
  • sign up required 
  • 989-356-5600 or email
POUND 90: Friday, February 14th at 5:30pm
  • 90 minute Pound workout, Valentine's Day edition!use the drumsticks to rock out a killer workout that feels like a party
  • burn mega calories while toning your body
  • led by Ami Lenning
  • $10 for members / $20 for non members
  • sign up required
  • 989-356-5600 or email
BOX 90: Friday, February 28th at 5:30pm
  • 90 minute Urban Box workout
  • use the gloves, hanging bags and other box related equipment in a special endurance version of the popular class
  • scorch calories while chiseling your mid-section and upper body
  • led by Amanda Freeland
  • $10 members/$20 non-members
  • sign up required 
  • 989-356-5600 or email
YOGA 90: Saturday, February 29th at 10am
  • 90 minutes of a restoration, relaxation and rejuvenation practice
  • a special Leap Day extended Yoga class in an extended month
  • led by Cheryl Mack
  • $10 for members/$20 for non members
  • sign up required
  • 989.356.5600 or email