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Total workouts in 2018: 85,024
Average workouts per day: 236/day
New  people to BAC in 2018: 894

Number of organizations that BAC supported by donations in 2018: 46 
Santa is bringing NEW BIKES to our Urban Ride classes!
More details in the "New in Group Ex" box but we wanted to make sure you saw this exciting announcement! We can't wait to have a new color code training system in place that will be similar across the board. Urban Ride classes are already amazing and are about to be out of this world!
Membership Promotion
Monday, December 31st to Friday, January 4th

We promise you will fit in. We promise you will find the time. We promise we will show you what to do. We promise you will get great results. It is always a good time to make your health a priority but the first week of the year we do a little extra with our Treasure Your Health promotion. All new and returning members will instantly get to pick a gift from the BAC Treasure Chest when they join!

SAVE THE DATE: Fitness Inspired Gala on
January, 19th

You don't want to miss one of the best nights out of the year!  This is a night to celebrate local people in our own community  transformed through fitness.  We will honor our 2018 "60 Second Inspiration" stories who shared their journey with people all over northeast Michigan.  

The event will start at 6pm at the Fletcher Street Depot.  Tickets are $25 and there are appetizers, desserts and a cash bar.  It is a fun night to get dressed up and celebrate!


Reserve your ticket at the front desk or call 989.356.5600. We do HOPE to sell out! HURRY! 

The BAC Rewards program has been a hit!  In 2018, hundreds of members earned a BAC Stadium blanket after hitting their 100th workout and a BAC sideline chair after hitting their 200th workout. 

In 2019 we have new BAC Rewards that we have been SO EXCITED to announce!  Look for the new gifts to be revealed around our BAC Birthday celebration! 

Until then, here is a fun collage of some of our recent BAC Rewards recipients.

Questions? Contact our membership director Courtney Holmes at
Community Outreach

With the help of our members, we were able to donate more than $2,000 in toys to Toys for Kids. We heard the program was short this year so we decided to match donations from our members. In less than a week we made this happen.  
Thank you BAC family!
BAC teammates spread the joy of fitness with Besser elementary first graders at a field trip earlier this month. Students were able to play fun fitness games, learn about nutrition and discover lots of ways to keep their body moving for a lifetime.

If you would like BAC to help with your community event or field trip use this form to apply.
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 teaching and taking classes at BAC and working out upstairs with friends. She also uses Beachbody on Demand (an on-line workout library) when she's traveling or juggling kids sports and activities! 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 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:

by Kelly Lake
Cozy Buddha Bowl In the cold months of the year, a simple warm bowl of healthful ingredients is the best solution for lunch or dinner. The best part of this recipe? You prep the meals ahead of time and warm them up when ready to dig in. Please enjoy!
-1 cup brown rice
-2 cups water
-3 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
-1 TBSP oil Salt and pepper to toss with potatoes
-Large bunch of kale, quickly sautéed until wilted
-2 cups frozen peas, rinsed
-4 TBSP honey mustard
-2 lbs. baked chicken breast, chopped
-½ cup low sugar dried cranberries
-½ cup chopped, roasted pecans
Put the chicken and sweet potato in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes, both covered with foil. Place potatoes on a sheet pan and chicken in a glass dish. Cook rice with 2 cups of water for 40 minutes over low heat. Assemble your meals over five containers, diving all ingredients equally. Reheat at low power for two minutes in microwave if desired.
Trina Gray, Bay Athletic Club
January 2019
Life is better with fitness. 
Hap py holidays to our amazing members across northern Michigan and friends of Bay Athletic Club and  around the world! I love hearing from other club owners and trainers who I've met at conferences over the years. Many follow our journey in Alpena and sometimes bring the fun things we are doing (boot camps, rewards programs, 60 Second Stories, galas) back to their neck of the woods. Fitness inspiration is an amazing gift to spread. 

What a high-energy year we've had at Bay Athletic Club. The collage below is a celebration of some of my favorite highlights -- from our 10th annual Thinner Winner competition the helped our community lose 1,500 pounds to our popular outdoor adventure boot camps on the beach, to the team of BAC traveling to Chicago and San Diego for continuing education, to our annual Fitness Inspired Gala at the Fletcher Street Depot, to our 12th birthday at BAC. WOW! 

My family and I traveled back to my roots in Madison, Wisconsin for Christmas. It's been relaxing with a mix of workouts, family time, catching up on sleep, gift giving, great conversations and simply time together. It's always a reflective time of year for me. I love seeing the impact of fitness on my own family and hope the same for yours. 

Jade (15) and Colt (13) have grown up at BAC, from infants to employees. It's fun to see how being in a fitness family, surrounded by positive people, has influenced their lives.

Fitness is so much more than your BMI or the scale. Fitness is a way of thinking, being, acting and achieving. Fitness is believing you are worth caring for. Fitness is knowing that the world is better when you are healthy. Fitness is filling your own cup so you can pour into others. Fitness is adding life to your years and years to your life. Fitness is a non-negotiable, I hope you believe it. 

Never let "life" get in the way of staying fit. You need it, deserve it and must protect it. Even if others in your life stray from it or push against it. Hold on tight, my friends. It's yours. 

Thank you for trusting BAC and Bay Urban Fitness on your journey. We are more than a business, we are a crusade. We can't wait to tackle 2019 with you. 

PS - Check out the excitement right now! Treasure Your Health is BACK! Bring a friend or family member to BAC. They will transform their lives AND get a fun gift to start! 

Did you see the 20 new spin bikes on their way to Bay Urban?
If you haven't been an indoor cyclist with us yet, 2019 is your year. Details below and some new classes to come. 

Trina Gray 
Owner, BAC and Bay Urban Fitness 

Owner, Bay Athletic Club 
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  • Transform your body.  Win prizes.  Start 2019 with a seriously fun dose of fitness and motivation!
  • Last year more than 100 people got amazing results in this program.  We can't wait to create that again!
  • Kicks off on Sunday, January 6th and ends Sunday, January 27th.
  • This three week program offers 21 Day Slimdown workouts every weekday, times alternate between 6am, noon and 6:30pm.  Make as many as you can!  This is a program that fits all schedules.
  • 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 emailing

  • THE POWER OF BEAUTY: inner & outer strength, coached weight training that changes your body & confidence with a splash of personal development.  That is what our longest running signature program is all about.
  • This program has changed hundreds of women for the better.  Beauties always share that not only do they find more strength and definition, but they also unlock more potential and grow confidence in all areas of their lives.
  • In January the Body Beauty focus will be "New Year. New Mindset."  We have a fun surprise for all Beauties we cannot wait to share! It will keep your year going strong, all 365 days!
  • We kick off on Monday, January 7th and the finale happens on Thursday, January 31st.
  • Happening at 6:30pm in January!
  • Not only will Beauties get great workouts, but great reminders about how to give more love, joy, patience and respect to themselves and how to spread it to the world around them.
  • Camp led by Beauty coaches Sarah Morrison, Trina Gray, Tracie Granata, Amy Schultz, Cindy Limback and Amanda Freeland
  • All Beauties are treated to five free Shakeologys to use throughout camp, too!  This is our gift to you ($25 value)!  Shakeology can be your lunch or dinner after camp and will give your body a dense dose of superfood nutrition.
  • Cost is $50 for BAC members and $75 for non members
  • Sign up by calling 989.356.5600 or emailing

Start your year by setting yourself up for success by setting good intentions and simple goals.  Too many times we over-complicate and that derails us.  When it comes to nutrition, simple is always better.  When we try to make drastic changes the overwhelm can be too much.  Remember, there is no need to cut out food groups, place restrictions on yourself or massively cut calories.  You just need to make small, healthy tweaks and stick with them.  Here are some examples of simple goals that may be perfect for you!
  • Ensure your nutrition is filled with nutrients and fiber by eating fruits and vegetables.
  • Eat protein at each meal to keep you full.  The less red meat the better, choose chicken and fish more often.
  • Drink at least half of your body weight (in ounces) of water a day.  If that seems like a lot, even 8oz more than you are currently doing will make a difference.  Start there.
  • Plan your treats for the week.  Choose 1 or 2 days a week to enjoy a treat.
  • Switch to whole grain bread products and limit highly processed white bread products.
Stay excited about these changes and believe you can do it, because when you approach these tweaks positively you'll keep doing them and get results.  For example, instead of saying, "I won't eat white bread," say, "I am going to focus on eating all whole wheat and whole grain bread products."  Set yourself up for even more success by writing down your goals and sharing them with at least one person in your life.

Sugar is one of the most addictive food substances and it also adds extra calories to our day and extra weight to our body.  Many beverages have a lot more sugar than you might think.  Women should have no more than 26 grams of added sugar in a day and men no more than 36 grams (according to the American Heart Association), but many bottled teas have 36 to 48 grams of added sugar.  Try trading out your sweetened teas and sodas for carbonated water.  This will cut calories and sugar.  Two flavors I love are Cherry Lime La Croix and Black Cherry by Schwepps. 

Chris Spencer has been so excited to see the scale go down this fall.  He has lost 12 pounds since beginning nutrition sessions with me this November.  Chris has been tracking his food and made positive changes to his eating habits.  He packs his own lunch everyday and has more knowledge about food.  He is feeling happy and successful!

We offer two great nutrition services at Bay Athletic Club.  
1) A three pack of personal coaching nutrition sessions
2) Turning Point: A six week comprehensive nutrition program to develop better habits and a better relationship with food
Email or call 989.356.5600 to get started or get more information.
Our Urban Ride program is getting a big gift with brand new Life Fitness IC5 bikes that use a coach by color training system.  Our Urban Ride instructors will receive comprehensive training from a Life Fitness master trainer, so our members will get the best experience.  The bikes were ordered and we are awaiting on an arrival date, but we couldn't stay quiet about the surprise any longer!  

Look for a new Urban Ride vibe, new classes and even some specialty camps coming in early 2019. Our cycle team is FIRED up and we hope you are, too. 

Ring in the New Year with some fun specialty classes.
We are open New Year's Eve from 5:30 am to 5 pm.
Trina is teaching a NYE Mash UP (kickboxing and strength intervals) at 9 AM followed by a JUST ABS with Amanda Freeland at 9:45. 

We are open New Year's Day from 7:30 am to 1 pm.
Get Lean in 2019 BODY BLAST workout with Courtney at 9am in the BAC Studio.  

Our Treasure Your Health new member promotion is going strong that day, so bring a friend to get signed up and then head to a class with you!

Come bang the drum with a special Pound Party on Friday, January 4th at 5:30pm at Bay Urban Fitness.  Ami Lenning will lead you through a cardio workout using weighted drumstick and mixing in strength intervals.  This is a free BONUS workout to BAC members and $10 for non members.

Mark your calendar for the BAC Birthday Bash on Wednesday, January 16th! 
BAC is turning 13!  Our classes that day will be jam packed with BAC B-day trivia fun and prizes!

Help us raise money for the Alpena High School Physical Education Department on Friday, January 18th in our monthly Sweat for a Cause workout.  Ami Lenning will lead a Pound Party that is open to all.  A donation of at least $5 is appreciated!

One more update! Our Tuesday morning 7:30 am yoga class will be called YOGA RELEASE to better reflect the deep stretch, slower pace and relaxing and releasing experience, taught by Amy and Kelly.