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Take it to the nth Degree!!!

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Every time I come into Downtown Royal Oak it seems as though I have discovered a new hidden spot that I previously overlooked or it simply went up overnight !

Vibrantly colored walls in a corner building off Main St. keep catching my eye and this morning a friend of mine mentioned Nth DEGREE FITNESS which happened to be the very place that tickled my curiosity.

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I decided to do some digging and checked out their site and I was pretty impressed! The first thing that caught my eye was how different their approach was to your typical gym. It seems to be a down and dirty come in- get sweating and toning -and your out…no socializing for a half hour, waiting in line in a fancy gym cafe etc…,which is actually refreshing and right up my alley!

I plan to check them out this week or next so stay tuned. If anyone has tried them out, let me know your thoughts and also:

What do/don’t you like about the fitness facilities in Michigan?
Whats most important to you when working out?
Do you prefer a more private setting, a big gym with lots of equipment, one on one training?

Let me know your thoughts, its time Michigan woke up and got to sweatin’ and this is just another fine example of where we can acheive this:)

16 responses to "Take it to the nth Degree!!!"

  1. jr Jan 15, 2009 at 16:37

    I checked out the pricing on their website. $60 for 5 classes? yikes

  2. TomTom Jan 15, 2009 at 16:48

    Looks like a beautiful facility. Agree with jr, that sounds pricy. Make it less than a movie per class and maybe that’s justified!

  3. Brandon Jan 15, 2009 at 21:17

    Interesting system they have — classes only. Cheaper than a personal trainer, but you can’t just go there and work out on your own. Will be interesting to see how they do. I like a gym where you can do stuff on your own and/or work with a trainer. Maybe this place is meant to be supplemental to your own gym?

  4. jr Jan 15, 2009 at 22:37

    I see this being more of a gimmick than anything. Its something completely new, at least to the area. There is just something eerily strange at looking at some of the pictures with how its set up, in one small room in the back, in the dark? I’m sure there is some sort of loud techno music playing too. Strange.

  5. Hubert Jan 15, 2009 at 23:27

    I have never tried the place, but I would try it – only if I had a free pass though.

    I’m sort of a self-starter when it comes to working out, so I like a place that allows me to come and go as I please. I don’t want to inundated with marketing schemes to get me to buy extra stuff. If I feel I need help, then I will go and get it.

    I can feel comfortable in any gym, whether it’s filled with meatheads or posers. I feel like Michigan stays a few steps behind in terms of innovation in workout methodology. It amazes how people are still doing more harm than good, based on improper form and the like. I am sure this happens everywhere, but I wonder why those in the know don’t try to lend a helping hand. Why is that a no-no?

    The ultimate gym to me would be one that focused on the welfare of their patrons. Instead of personal trainers hunting for sessions, the trained pros would make sure the patrons were properly using a machine or understanding they should only be moving their forearm in a bicep curl. I think such a place should exist to truly making sure people are staying fit.

  6. Monica Jan 16, 2009 at 14:43

    Well to reply some of the comments, being a certified instructor.trainer,competitor etc…and having traveled to different states to study other classes,forms of exercise etc. I agree with Hubert in that Michigan is definitely behind the ball when it comes to health/fitness,new trends etc.

    With regard to it costing $60/per class, that is actually very fair considering the going rate for a personal trainer per hour is $70/for one hour. If these trainers are as skilled as the website claims to be you are really getting your bang for your buck. If the dark lights/private setup is not your scene, that’s understandable-which is why I am glad I got some feedback on what people do and don’t like.

    Lets keep in mind here people, you don’t necessarily need tons of gym equipment in order to see results. That is why professionals study the body/nutrition, and workout methods-to ensure results in their clients no matter the environment. Case and point I held a summer boot camp course and my clients can attest I kicked their butts and all I had was a parking lot,resistance band and a mat. We will see how my visit goes so stay tuned for the real deal:)

  7. Ryan Jan 16, 2009 at 15:44

    I used to work at that location back when my Aunt used to rent that space out for her business “Words & More”. That was back in the mid-90’s.

    I like the exposed brick. Back then everything was painted white. Then in the late 90’s it was painted dark green when it was a bait shop.

  8. monica Jan 16, 2009 at 16:38

    Ahh the ever changing downtown Royal Oak, like I said there is always something new popping up-and yes I too love the exposed brick look thanks for the feedback Ryan!

  9. Erin Jan 19, 2009 at 00:25

    Nth Degree is a great place to work out! I started back in May and go about three times per week. The prices are fair and the trainers are amazing. Its a very personalized workout which is nice because you can adjust the difficulty of the class with your level and still see results. I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try something new.

  10. Monica Jan 22, 2009 at 09:18

    Much thanks for letting me on in some insight- I plan to try the class this week and am looking forward to it!

  11. Liz Feb 18, 2009 at 17:57

    I’ve been going here almost a year and it’s HANDS-DOWN the best places for classes in the area. I’ve been a “regular” fixture at many yoga studios and gyms in SE Michigan, including Al Irish’s Intensity, Powerhouse, Yoga Shelter, Center for Yoga, Namaste, Snap, Fitness Unlimited. At one time, I had five memberships at five different places. Now, I only need one. I understand your trepidation at the price, but I assure you, it’s worth it. Interval training is as effective as it gets and there is no way to mimmick the nth degree workout (5 minute srun/walk/jog- your choice — 5 minutes weights, alternating for 55 minutes) at some regular ‘ol gym without driving everyone around you nuts. Every instructor at nth is excellent (a rarity), positive, encouraging and. best of all, they’re not narcissists barbie and ken types. Just genuine people who know how to give you one hell of a workout. Speaking of which, I’m going to be late… headed there now.

  12. Bob Mar 05, 2009 at 16:27

    I second Liz. Its the best work out in town. I canceled my gym membership and now only go here for my weekly work outs. Its personalized group training for a fraction of the cost of a trainer. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has not tried it.

  13. Cindi Aug 09, 2009 at 13:45

    I have been going to Nth Degree Fitness for nearly two years. It is the best workout ever! It is like having a personal trainer – the instructors demonstrate the exercises and then watch you to make sure you’re doing them correctly. The Nth Degree workout has literally sculpted and toned my body and I look and feel better than I ever have. The workout is based on Barry’s Boot Camp in California: 25-30 minutes of cardio on the treadmill and 25-30 minutes of strength training. $60 for 5 sessions is a bargain. I love this workout and I’m grateful to the excellent instructors for what they have done for ME!

  14. Rob Jun 02, 2010 at 14:15

    Monica, did you end up taking the class at Nth Degree? Curious if you liked it. I’ve been going there for 2 years now and absolutely love it. One of the best gyms I’ve ever been to.

  15. Vanessa Jul 20, 2010 at 16:07

    I recently just moved to the Royal Oak back in June and I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to find a high-intensity, result-producing class I could go to aside from doing my own workouts.

    I must say, Nth Degree has absolutely kicked my butt back into shape! I feel like when I work out on my own now that I’m not getting half the work done rather then when I’m at Nth Degree and the trainers push you to your limits and truly inspire.

    They are all very talented and educated and are pros at their craft.

    If you REALLY want to get in shape and feel amazing, Nth Degree is worth the $60 for 5 classes.

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