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Would you like to earn a cool t-shirt and work on your fitness at the same time?!  The answer is either "Yes!" or "Heck Yes!"  Perfect.  Here's what you need to do.  Stop at the front desk to pick up your game card.  Cross off at least 12 of the boxes (by going to group fitness classes) and you will earn a "Fitness Doesn't Take the Summer Off" t-shirt.  This fun game is happening all July.  Grab your card now!

The blankets are flying out of BAC--and we love it!  So many members earned their 100th check in prize since our last newsletter and special shout out to Sara Kwiatek and DeAnn Carter who have earned the sideline chair for hitting their 200th check in!

Here's the quick 411 on BAC Rewards: we want to reward YOU, our members, for making fitness a priority year round.  Members who get at least 100 check-ins during 2018 will receive a red BAC sweatshirt blanket: perfect for picnics, sporting events or snuggling on the couch.  Members who get at least 200 check-ins during 2018 will get the blanket and the sideline chair! comes with a carrying case too!  

No strings attached, just more BAC SWAG and incentive for you, our valued members.
Community Outreach
THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Sweat for a Cause workout to benefit the Shipwreck Alley Rollers. A grand total of $135 was raised! Our next Sweat for a Cause happens on the 4th of July at 8am at Bay Urban Fitness. All the proceeds go to the Maritime Festival!
Bay Athletic Club was in charge of an obstacle course at the Sanborn Family Fun day last month. Kids got to have fun, while working out...that's the secret right?!

If you would like BAC to help with your community event or field trip use this form to apply.
WE ARE FIRED UP to be offering training for Alpena High School athletes this summer. Stay in great shape during the off season, get stronger, faster and stay injury free during your next season. Bay Urban is a safe, inspiring and motivating environment for youth athletes.

The workouts are every Tuesday and Friday at 10 AM, all summer. They are led by certified personal trainers and Wildcat supporters, Rick Houchin and Lindsey Bartz. Only $2 for members and $4 for non members. Pick up your punch card now at the front desk or just come to Bay Urban.Questions? Contact 
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 love to run, bike and hike! You can also enjoy a quick workout at home or on-the-go with our friends at Beachbody.

Owner Trina Gray loves teaching and taking classes at BAC. She also uses Beachbody on Demand (an on-line workout library) when she's traveling! Recently, she did LIIFT 4 workouts in the hotel gym in Indianapolis. 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 link above to go directly to the BAC Beachbody amount 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 vitamin!

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:

from Kelly Lake
1 cup of cooked quinoa
2 pints of cherry tomatoes
1 TBSP of olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt
1 cup fresh flat or Italian parsley
1/2 cup fresh dill, divided
1 cup green onions
2 tsp anchovy paste
1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
1/2 cup olive oil
1 TBSP white vinegar
2 small cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup crumbled feta
2 cups shredded chicken (grilled or save time with a rotisserie chicken)
1 cup shredded red cabbage

1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. In a large saucepan, cook quinoa according to package instructions, about 15 minutes.
2. When oven is up to temp, take a cast iron pan and place cherry tomatoes drizzled with olive oil. Season with salt. Roast until just blistered, 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Make dressing; in the bowl of a food processor, add parsley, 1/4 cup of dill, 1/2 up of green onions, anchovy paste, Greek yogurt, vinegar, garlic and 1/2 cup olive oil and pulse until well blended.
4. In a large mixing bowl, add quinoa, feta, chicken, cabbage, remaining 1/4 cup dill and 1/2 cup green onions; toss together. Serve with tomatoes and side of green goddess dressing.


Trina Gray, Bay Athletic Club
July 2018
An Award for Alpena: Fitness Leader of the Year

I received an award that represents, in part, the physical and emotional transformation of Alpena 
over the last decadeThrough the efforts of many, Alpena has become a healthier and happier place to live. For my work at Bay Athletic Club and Team Beachbody and for presenting in the industry for many years, I was named the first-ever IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year at an international fitness convention in San Diego last week. It is a moment, an experience that I will truly cherish for the rest of my life. 

IDEA Health and Fitness Association is an association of 275,000 personal trainers, group fitness instructors, nutrition coaches and health club owners worldwide. Each year, IDEA hosts an annual convention that attracts 14,000 fitness professionals for 4 days of education, inspiration and networking. The event is called the "Super Bowl of Fitness." At the opening ceremonies, IDEA recognizes four award winners. The awards ceremony, dubbed the "Academy Awards" of the Fitness Industry, recognizes those who inspire the world to greatness everyday in fitness. 

The IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year is an award given to an individual who strives for excellence, has shown a deep commitment to their local community and spreads their passion for fitness nationally. I would love to share my remarks with you. Success is never achieved alone, it's a team sport. I was honored to have several leaders from BAC in attendance as well as my husband, daughter, sister and parents.  As for the dedicated members and team at BAC, you were in my heart and soul on that stage. 

Acceptance Speech, IDEA Fitness Leader of the Year, Trina Gray 

I am humbled. I am honored. And yes, I am crying. 

Thank you IDEA for this honor of a lifetime. You are an association that builds leaders. I attended my first IDEA event 20 years ago in Chicago. At the time, I was a full-time journalist with a newfound passion for group fitness. It was my fun, after-hours hobby. My first-mentor Jill Smith noticed me in a class. And her invitation to the world of fitness changed my life. I got certified and my first class was Hi/Lo aerobics of course. So, there, in a sea of spandex and ponytails in Chicago, I stood in the back of the ballroom. I was scared. The industry was intriguing yet overwhelming and that pivotal IDEA event made me feel like I'd found my way home. 

I've never left. 

If I could express the meaning behind this award in only a few minutes, I'd want to share this. If you'd asked me as a little girl what my dreams were, I would have told you that I was going to be an anchor on 60 minutes, a famous globetrotting journalist. But instead, I met a guy. We fell in love, married and moved to a small, rural town in northeast Michigan where he runs a marine sanctuary to preserve historic shipwrecks. 

I had no job, no plan and no connections. But I had a passion for fitness and a head full 
of ideas. So, with two kids under the age of two and degrees in journalism and French, I took out the biggest loan of my life. I opened a 12,000 sq foot medically based health club with a team of fellow believers. Disclaimer: I wouldn't try that stunt at home, folks, it's dangerous.  

In the years to follow, I opened a second training studio, launched an international corporate fit challenge and founded an on-line coaching team with Beachbody. All of this came to life because I saw a need. Then I grabbed hands with other passionate fitness professionals to fill it.  

So, yes, this leadership award was born and bred in Alpena, Michigan, a place I'm proud to call home. I know that someday, Oprah will tell our story. It is the story of an underdog town with rampant unemployment, obesity, diabetes and smoking rates. With the work of many, Alpena has transformed into a gem with busy bike trails, thriving local races, healthier households, schools and workplaces. We are reaching into the corners of our community, and we will not stop.  
As I look at this award, I see that it is brand spanking new. But there are fingerprints all over it. Fingerprints from the many people in my life and community who lifted me up to receive it. 
To my parents Doug and Judi who demonstrated work ethic and raised me with unconditional love. They never once made me feel like my dreams were too big. They are relentless in the fight for their own health and their presence here by my side today is trulya divine gift! 

To my sister Kari who was a world class athlete and collegiate coach who also took a leap of faith in the fitness industry. She is a brave woman and a bright light who has made the ride so much more fun. 
To my daughter Jade who is here today, and my son Colt at home. Being your mom is my greatest reward of all. I hope to give you the gift of dreaming big and of chasing goals with a fire in your belly.

To my husband Jeff who represents the other half of this award. We lead together in life. Your friendship makes me better. Your love makes me stronger. You are everything. 

To my mentor Todd Durkin. No words feel like enough. I'm here on this stage because you noticed me at an IDEA event a decade ago. You believed, listened, advised and pushed me to lead in a way that I didn't know I had in me. You've been a fierce supporter and role model. To Melanie, you've been a loyal friend and fellow mom and have always made me feel welcome in your life. 

To my mastermind friends, your sweaty fingers are all over this. You have made me think deepe
r, laugh richer and rise up in faith over the years. You are my inner circle of genius. 

To Kellie Kaseburg at IDEA, my partner in crime and a true class act. 

To the members of Bay Athletic Club, past and present, your stories have inspired my life. Your struggles and successes are woven into my DNA. I am here to tell them. 

To my entire team at Bay Athletic Club, including my leaders in the house today. Lara, Sarah, Courtney and Lindsey. Thank you. For your loyalty, your friendship, for your own love of BAC. I would be a drowning, running-like-ragged, burnt out owner by now if you hadn't joined my mission and stepped into my life. You are world class.  
To all of my peers in the industry, leaders in your own right. You are warriors of a great cause. I'm honored to be serving alongside you.

In close, being a leader is not about winning a popularity contest or receiving an award, as exciting as this honor is. Leaders are dealers of hope. They believe in others until they believe in themselves. That's it.  No title needed. 
As an industry, let's lead with integrity, with grace and with kind words in a time that our nation needs it. Fitness does not discriminate. It is for all. I've discovered that the road of leadership is not easy. But it is worth it. Have enough amour to protect your spirit. 
Be willing to run your race, the one you were put on this earth to do.  The journey is perfectly imperfect. Chase it.  Shine on, my friends.   
PS - T

Owner, Bay Athletic Club 
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  • Treat yourself to a fitness SUMMER CAMP in July with three weeks of Outdoor Adventure Boot Camp!
  • Kicks off Monday, July 9th and ends Thursday, July 26th
  • Workouts happen on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, choose from 6am or 6:30pm, and yes, you can swap back and forth as needed!
  • Work with coaches Lindsey, Rick and Eric in locations all over town from the beach to the pier to parks to the break wall!
  • All levels! Low impact, high energy, great workout!
  • Cost is $50 for member and $75 for non-members. 
  • Sign up today by calling 989.356.5600 or emailing

  • LADIES--be ready to transform from head to toe as we take on a workout that will change your mindset and your body.
  • Begins on Monday, July 9th and runs until Thursday, July 26th
  • Meets Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 11am (evening Beauty back in the fall) in the BAC studio. On site childcare available! 
  • Get ready for total body strength training workouts that challenge your endurance, muscles and mind.  This camp has been known to transform women in our community.  Inside and out.  Lots of coaching and encouragement from instructors.
  • Enjoy five complimentary nutrient-dense shakeologys of your choice (a $30+ added value)!
  • Cost is $50 for BAC members and $75 for non members.
  • COOL BONUS: as you rack up the Beauty camps you qualify for Beauty swag like a pin, bracelet and even an Under Armour Body Beauty jacket!  All first time Beauties get a tank top or t-shirt at the end of camp.
  • Sign up today by calling 989.356.5600 or emailing

  • We are incredibly excited to be offering an Yoga camp focused on taking your practice a little further.
  • This 3-day camp will challenge your strength, balance and flexibility with Yoga flows that are dynamic and athletic.  
  • Think Power Yoga at its best in a world-class environment. You will leave feeling taller, leaner, stronger and sweaty.  Some yoga experience recommended. 
  • Kicks off Monday, July 23rd at 7:30am.  The other two days of camp are Wednesday and Thursday also at 7:30am.
  • The cost is just $25 for BAC members and $35 for non members
  • Sign up today by calling 989.356.5600 or emailing
FITNESS DOESN'T TAKE THE SUMMER OFF--are you ready to get great results even in the heat of summer?!  Our Group Ex Rocks game cards are available at the front desk.  Cross off at least 12 boxes and you will earn a special t-shirt.  It is our fun way to keep you focused on your health in the summer months.  

Exciting news for the 6am line up!  The Wednesday morning class will now be Lift & Shred with Amy Schultz!  This workout combines heavy lifting using the plated bar with high intensity cardio to give you the ultimate fat burn.  The first early morning Lift and Shred class happens Wednesday, July 11th.

Yoga on the Beach is happening on Saturday, July 21st.  Meet instructor Amy Schultz at Starlite Beach at 9am.  Open to all members, $10 for non members.

Family Yoga on the Beach happens the following Saturday, July 28th with Cheryl Mack.  Same place, same time, just bring your family with you!  Don't forget a towel or mat! For children preschool age and up.