Research based Fitness programs for the special needs community are virtually non-existent in Michigan. Enter Team GUTS, Inc. a 501(c)(3) non-profit that improves the lives of both children and adults by providing year-round one-on-one training, fitness classes and sports camps. GUTS™ stands for Ground Up Training System and is based on the studies of Dr. Dale Ulrich, Head of the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology.
The GUTS Training Center offers specifically designed programs including strength training, yoga, dance, ballet, Zumba, and martial arts, as well as sports-specific programs like soccer and baseball. Their mission is to provide each client, regardless of age, athletic ability or activity level, with the appropriate training regimen to help them achieve their fitness or performance goals.
With a 3rd quarter grant from Dylan’s Wings of Change, Team GUTS was enabled to offer their fitness training programs to more than 20 individuals with special needs and made it possible for Team GUTS to live up to their objective of not excluding any family due to inability to pay.
Founders Paul and Todd Turner grew up in a sports-oriented family and as kids were always involved in some sports activity regardless of the time of year. Fall was football, winter was basketball or wrestling and spring/summer was baseball. Though their joint dream of playing Major League Baseball was never realized, the brothers recognized a calling to share their passion and knowledge of the game with others, especially children.
After 15 years coaching local youth baseball programs and starting a local tournament team (the Titans) Paul and Todd took a giant leap of faith based on Todd’s personal training career and expertise to establish GUTS, a center designed for everyone and especially focused on middle-school age children. Soon afterwards, they added support for children and adults with special needs - Todd’s daughter, Amarissa has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism.
We wish Todd, Paul and all the staff and athletes at Team GUTS every success in the future providing this valuable service to the people of Detroit.