Wednesday, 09 December 2015 16:58

Gift Guide: Fitness Freak

Written by  Lindsay Patton-Carson
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Gift Guide: Fitness Freak Illustration: Anthony Carpenter

The Fitness Freak never slows down. Even with a packed schedule, she still finds time to hit the gym, trails, pool, climbing wall, yoga mat, bike, kayak, slopes… you get the idea. If it involves endorphins, she’s down. She’s also not-so-patiently waiting for REVUE’s Fit Issue to come out in January.



When the Fitness Freak needs to simultaneously clear her mind and work up some endorphins, she turns to running. That’s why she trusts the experts at Striders to find her the perfect shoe — kind of like Cinderella, but sweatier and with more callouses and bruised toenails. 

Striders, Multiple locations in West Michigan,



The Fitness Freak’s ears perk up when she hears of a new gym in town. She’s particularly interested in CKO Kickboxing, where she can take out her aggression on boxing bags. She especially loves that there’s a special pre-sale for the first 100 members (hint, hint) at $20 off the monthly rate and half off the start-up rate. They even throw in a T-shirt and starter boxing gloves. Get this package and Fitness Freak will freak. 

CKO Kickboxing, 820 Monroe Ave. NW, Grand Rapids,, (616) 920-0335



Juicy Leaf prides itself in being the first cold-pressed juice business, to which the Fitness Freak says “ABOUT TIME.” Juicy Leaf uses locally sourced ingredients and all its juice is sold in less than three days, ensuring that the product is fresh. The Fitness Freak loves a nutrient-rich juice right after an intense workout. 

Juicy Leaf, 316 S Kalamazoo Mall, Ste. 104, Kalamazoo,, (269) 350-4117



Fitness Freaks know that when it’s time to work out, the higher the BPMs, the better. That’s why they have all of Alexis’ songs on their work out playlist. The Grand Rapids-based duo basically creates the music equivalent of Four Loko circa 2009. Fans of the band recently got their Alexis fix when the band premiered its new music video at the UICA’s Open Projector Night. Oh, and fun fact: frontman Matthew Forbush cohosts a pro wrestling podcast and keyboardist Dan Hurst is an avid biker. A perfect combination for the Fitness Freak. 




In order to perform her best, the Fitness Freak needs to fuel her body with food that is full of nutrients. She lives off the natural foods offered at Apple Valley, a company that promotes the principles of healthy living. 

Apple Valley Natural Foods, 6070 Kalamazoo Ave., SE, Kentwood, (616) 554-3205

For more info on locations in Battle Creek, Berrien Springs, Cadillac, Holland and Westmont, visit




Treat your Fitness Freak to a night of badassery when the Grand Raggidy Roller Derby faces off against the DuPage Derby Dames in a double header. Formed in 2005, the Grand Raggidy Roller Derby is the first and only women’s roller derby league and is one of 30 founding members of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Cool info, but the Fitness Freak is more concerned about getting pumped up watching some intense competition. 

Grand Raggidy Roller Derby, Rivertown Sports, Grandville, Dec. 5, 5 p.m. and 9:30 p.m., $12,


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