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This Monday we are excited to feature BAC Team member Jerome Torres!  Fitness has always been a part of Jerome's life from playing sports to hitting the gym at whatever military base he was stationed at.  Yet, a healthy lifestyle was really solidified for Jerome when he lost two close family members.  If they had taken better care of their health they might still be here today.  Tune in to the 6pm WBKB news tonight to see his story.

Want to nominate someone to be a "60 Second Inspiration" story? Email

All month long we've been showing extra love to our members with our #LiveGrateful campaign.  We have gifted BAC drawstring bags, a month free for a family member and the chance to win a "Fitness Doesn't Take the Summer Off" shirt with our fun Group Ex Rocks gamecard.  There are still some days in August left.  Take advantage of this and always #LiveGrateful!

August has been full of BAC Rewards.  We love celebrating your fitness milestones!  We offer BAC Rewards to all members who are consistent with their workouts.  When a new member hits at least 20 check-ins during their first two months they get a "BAC Feels Like Home" t-shirt.  

At 100 check-ins you get a BAC backpack and at 200 check-ins you get a BAC windbreaker!

Questions? Contact our membership director Courtney Holmes at
Thiner Winner on October 6th

Start to get your team together! Our increcibily popular and effective weight loss competition starts on Sunday, October 6th and ends on Friday, November 8th. Teams are made up of 4 to 6 people with at least one non-member per team. There is a huge cash prize up for grabs and tons of fun workouts, energy and results to go around. Start recruiting your team! You can download an application here.
Community Outreach

We raised $55 for the Special Olympics in August with the Sweat for a Cause workout. Details on our September Sweat for a Cause in the "New in Group Ex" box below! Thank you to everyone who came to Sweat for a Cause!
Bay Athletic Club and Bay Urban Fitness are so proud to be a sponsor of the new Alpena High School gym floor!  We love supporting local athletes and inspiring parents and family to move off the sidelines and back into life.  Fitness changes everything.
If you would like BAC to help with your community event or field trip use this form to apply.

Congrats to BAC Teammate Tracie Granata for completing her first 1/2 Ironman in Traverse City this weekend. What an accomplishment. She felt the love from all of BAC from teammates to members who have been cheering on her training!  Go girl! 
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, travel and summer fun. 

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
Trust me and try this recipe. If you don't like spicy, take it out completely. Your dinner will still be full of flavor. Based on one of the essential Thai recipes, this recipe features ground chicken that is wonderfully seasoned with soy and fish sauce and served with pickled red onion, lime juice, sticky rice and fresh herbs to bring it all together. This should take you all of 30 minutes to prepare and cook. Enjoy!
-1 small red onion
-¼ to 1/3 cup rice vinegar
-1 cup rice (white is traditional)
-1 and ½ cup water
-1 TBSP vegetable oil
-2 garlic cloves, minced
-1 bunch green onion (scallion), sliced on the diagonal
-1 lb. ground chicken
-Salt and pepper
-2 TBSP soy sauce
-1 tsp. fish sauce
-1 tsp. Sambal Oelek (or Sriracha)
-1 TBSP brown sugar
-1 head of washed Bibb or Butter lettuce leaves
-1 or 2 limes cut into wedges
-1 bunch of cilantro
First, thinly slice half a red onion and place in a small bowl with rice vinegar. Let it hang out in the fridge until you're ready to eat. Meanwhile, steam some white rice. Heat vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Add a pound of ground chicken, two minced garlic cloves, three thinly sliced scallions (whites and greens). Season with a little salt and pepper and cook until chicken is cooked through and browned. Stir in two tablespoons of soy sauce, a teaspoon of fish sauce, a small spoonful of sambal oelek or other hot sauce (like sriracha), and a tablespoon of brown sugar, cooking until the liquid is almost completely reduced. Serve the ground chicken over rice, lime wedges, quick-pickled onions, more sambal oelek, and cilantro and the rest of the green part only of green onion. Scoop out a serving into Bibb or butter lettuce leaves. Serving size is 2 leaves. This recipe serves four.
Trina Gray, Bay Athletic Club
September 2019
Healthy families are happy families. 

Cheers to the start of a new school year. We had a beautiful summer in northern Michigan. Sunshine, warm weather and long days. I hope you soaked it up and have great memories from camping to the lake to carry you into the rest of the year. Getting back to school can be good for the entire household. Routine feels good. 

You can make the school year even smoother by taking care of yourself. School, work, family and daily life carries stress. Your self-care, your fitness, your nutrition and your overall health are the best ways to feel stronger inside and out. I truly believe that healthy families are happier. They show more patience to each other. They have more energy for each other. If you need help getting back to your healthy routine, come see us at Bay Athletic Club. We listen, we care, we help. 

Special shout out to my teammates at BAC who shared first day of school pictures (in the collage below). I respect that you wear many hats in life, from moms and dads to grandparents and caregivers. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with BAC as well. You are setting a great example for your kids that will impact them for the rest of their lives. 

My own kids, Jade and Colt, are both in high school now (center picture). They are happy, healthy and thriving. They've grown up at BAC. They only know fitness as a way of life. Thank you all, teammates and members, for the positive influence you've had in their lives. They are better for it. The BAC family is one of a kind. We have never had any extended family in the community. You are important people in their lives and have filled that gap. We are all stronger together. 

With love, 

Trina Gray,  Owner, BAC and Bay Urban Fitness 

Owner, Bay Athletic Club 
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  • This is a great way to spend more time with a family member, friend or co-worker while working on your health.  This program is great for all fitness levels too!
  • Tuesday, September 3rd to Monday, September 16th!
  • Rolling kickoff on the 3rd which means you can stop at the front desk anytime on Tuesday to pick up your materials.
  • Group workouts led by a variety of BAC trainers at a variety of popular time slots throughout the challenge.
  • Fun prizes and accountability that will encourage you and your buddy to meet your goals!
  • The cost is $25 for BAC members and $35 for non members.
  • Sign up by calling 989.356.5600 or emailing


  • Our most popular camp EVER kicks off on Monday, September 9th to Thursday, October 3rd
  • 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, Amy Schultz, Cindy Limback, Tracie Granata, 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

The scale is not our enemy. The scale is just one of many measurements that tells us something about our health. The scale can and should be our friend. When it comes to nutrition we can learn a lot from the scale.

The effect that food has on our weight is different for everyone. Some people can chow on pasta and lose weight and some cannot. Some people can eat all of the crackers and cheese on the platter and not see a change in weight while others cannot.
There are no hard and fast rules as to what to eat and when during the day to see ultimate weight loss because we are all so different.
Here's what you CAN do:
  • Weigh yourself everyday. When we pay attention to our weight, those 5-10-20 extra pounds can't creep on unknowingly, we start to feel more accountable to what we are eating and we aren't surprised when we go to the doctors office and get weighed for the first time all year. Start paying attention. The more you track what you are eating, the more you will see the patterns of weight loss and weight gain over the course of time. If you eat out the night before and see the scale go up, but eat clean and drink lots of water and see it go down the next day, it was most likely sodium intake. It's empowering to become more knowledgeable about how our body works.
  • Drink up! Water is one of the things that is tried and true for everyone. The more water we drink the more easily our body can lose weight.
  • Eat your veggies. Vegetables have tons of fiber, tons of nutrients and are super low in calories. If you enjoy volume eating and don't want to see the scale go up, choose veggies most! Check out these great vegetarian recipes for some new ideas 
  • Don't let your number define you. We are all unique human beings. We are all designed differently. The number on the scale does not determine your overall health, however, it does give us clues about what we are eating and whether or not we need to make some changes in order to see weight loss.
We all deserve to feel our best. And, I'm sure we can all agree, it feels good to know that we are working towards our goals. The scale should be a tool in your toolbox. Not the only tool and not the one you focus on the most, but one you can count on to be honest with you and a way to start paying more attention to your nutrition.


Have you tried an air fryer yet? I know so many people who are loving having food that tastes fried without the added fats, extra calories and the traditional oils found in fried foods. Fried food is not typically a healthy option if you are staying on track with your nutrition. An air fryer is a great option, that's also fairly fast and easy, if you want to enjoy that crunch and crisp with your foods. Try some Brussels sprouts, lightly breaded fish or sweet potato fries to get started!

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.
Put on your dancing shoes because we are shaking it up in the BAC Studio on Thursday night!  We'll kick things off at 4:15pm with either Cardio Ballet Fit or Pound and at 5pm either CIZE or Zumba.  We will alternate the format in each time slot every other week.  We are also excited to have Lisa Kruse as a guest instructor for Zumba in September.

Our Wednesday night Urban Strength class will move back to 5:30pm and personal trainers and instructors Jerome Torres and Chris Morrison will rotate leading it.  This is open to all members and happens at Bay Urban Fitness.

We are bringing you two Pound Parties in September!  One will happen on Friday, September 6th and the other the following Friday on the 13th. These happen at Bay Urban Fitness at 5:30pm and led by Ami Lenning and are a BONUS to all members.  The cost is $10 for non members.

Plan to jump in a Sunday 5pm Urban Box workout in August! 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 September we are raising money for the Polaski Foundation with an Urban Mix Sweat for a Cause!  Join instructor Jerome Torres on Friday, September 20th at 5:30pm at Bay Urban Fitness.  This workout is all ages 14 and up and a donation of at least $5 is appreciated.  Come sweat, have fun and give back!

BOXING 90: Friday, September 27th at 5:30pm
  • 90 minute sweat session 
  • uses the Title Boxing bags
  • wraps for purchase, gloves provided 
  • punch, bob and weave for all levels 
  • burn mega calories and chisel your mid-section
  • space limited to 20 people - hurry! 
  • led by Amanda Freeland
  • $10 members/$20 non-members
  • sign up required 
  • 989-356-5600 or email
YOGA 90 on the Beach: Saturday, September 28th at 10am
  • 90 minute restorative practice at Bay Urban Fitness
  • take your Yoga practice further 
  • enjoy a variety of restorative poses for all levels 
  • feel renewed, centered and rejuvenated 
  • led by Kelly Lake
  • pack a towel or your own Yoga mat
  • $10 members/$20 non-members
  • sign up required 
  • 989-356-5600 or email
RIDE 90: Sunday, September 29th at 8:30am
  • 90 minute endurance ride
  • tons of fun and a challenging workout
  • themed ride featuring the new IC5 bikes 
  • test your physical and mental toughness 
  • space limited to 19 people - hurry! 
  • led by Tracie Granata
  • $10 members/$20 non-members
  • sign up required 
  • 989-356-5600 or email