We all know the cycle of creating New Year’s resolutions, breaking them, then waiting for the next year to come around and pressing repeat. It’s time to break the cycle and find the training program that will work for you and stick.
In 2017, Christian Roberts was voted best personal trainer in Revue’s Best of the West. He grew up playing rugby, boxing and surfing in Wales, then began training professionals from boxing, ballet, MMA and more. Since moving to America, Roberts has developed Street Fit Coaching, his own Grand Rapids-based business.
We asked Roberts about how to stay motivated, how to pick your trainer and how a trainer really helps.
If you don’t ski, snowboard or snowmobile, then getting outdoors in the dead of winter is difficult. And if you’ve got kids, you’re likely ready to leave the house halfway through winter break. So get back to your childhood roots, head to your local sledding hill or ice skating rink, and enjoy a few hours experiencing the best parts of winter.
Unless you take some time to reflect, you might not know what you’ve got until it’s gone. So just think: What would you miss if you moved away from West Michigan?
That’s the question we here at Revue asked ourselves this month. There’s a lot to love around here, so much so that we brought on some community figures to act as guest writers and give their own thanks.
Here in West Michigan, we love our pets. It’s nice to have cool places to meet people who love their pets just as much as we do. Luckily, West Michigan has plenty to offer in that department. Check out this list of fun-filled events to attend with your pets this year.
A pet is more than just an animal — it’s family. If you’ve been thinking about becoming a pet parent for the first time or bringing in yet another furry companion, here are a few local places to check out in addition to county animal shelters.
It doesn’t take fur to make a loyal companion. Grand Rapids offers all kinds of feathered and scaly pets who would love to join your family, or at least swim happily around in your aquarium.
Founded in 2006 by Carol Manos, Carol’s Ferals originally opened when Manos started trapping feral cats outside of the Burger King in Cutlerville. From there, she went on to do other small trapping missions of her own until she exceeded the ability to do it alone. In 2007, she began teaching people how to do the trapping themselves.
With winter finally off the brain, there is no better time to grab your best fur friend and head to one of the many local dog parks in West Michigan. With an assortment to choose from, dog owners can pick the park that fits Fido’s needs, whether that’s a large open meadow, shady woods, swimming ponds or exercise equipment. Just remember to keep your pooch hydrated and always read the posted rules to understand what areas are on- and off-leash. Here’s just a sampling of the many paw-filled parks around town.
What started in Asia in the mid-90s has now made its way to West Michigan: cat cafés. Happy Cat Café is an innovative new space located on South Division in Grand Rapids. The idea to open a cat café stemmed from a broken leg. Seriously.
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