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Local personal trainer supports MTV show

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Personal trainer Michael Sartorius (left), owner of VIP Fitness of Clarkston, works with a client, Jake Squier.

As a doctor of physical therapy, Michael Sartorius owns and operates VIP Fitness in Clarkston with his partner, Jerry Lockwood.since they opened the studio in October 2007 to help residents of Oakland County get fit with specialized diet and exercise plans, the business has been growing steadily, and its reputation as employing leading trainers has spread through the industry.In early 2010, Hollywood came calling. Dr. Sartorius was ready to help.MTV hired a crew of 16 trainers and found 20 participants to create a show that is meant to help individual students — and generally educate other students — to become more physically fit. Dr. Sartorius played a major role in the series as consultant overseeing the nutritional and exercise routines conducted by the trainers. He also personally supported one participant in her quest to become physically fit.“I used to be Fat” airs for one hour at 10 p.m. Wednesday on MTV ( The Jan. 19 episode featured Dr. Sartorius and his student Makenzie LeDuc, a high school student in Corona, Calif. During the 100 days of taping in 2010, Dr. Sartorius helped LeDuc lose 78 pounds, as well as gain confidence in herself and her abilities.Sartorius earned his bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from Eastern Michigan University and doctorate in physical therapy from Oakland University. He is also certified as a personal trainer by the American Council on Exercise (ACE).Clients of VIP Fitness benefit from his training through individualized weight loss regimens — personal training with nutritional and exercise programs — as well as body toning boot camps. Personal training is performed at the studio and at private residences.VIP Fitness is accepting new clients and individuals interested in signing up for their February “biggest loser” program. This monthly three week program includes a supply of special muffins, group workouts, weekly weigh-ins and step-down nutritional plans. Prizes are given to the top performers.FYIVIP Fitness is at 5886 Dixie Hwy. in Clarkston. Visit or call 248-410-0747.

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