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WEEKLY WORKOUT: Erin & Sonya take on a Max Life workout with a 650 pound tire

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Right from the start, it's clear, this is not going to be your typical workout.

"We're going to start with the sledge hammer," says Melissa Grandon, one of the coaches at Max Life Fitness in Waukee, as she takes a sledge hammer to a tractor tire multiple times.

"Then you're going to flip Helga." That's the name of the 650 pound tire.

Grandon and her partner, fellow coach, Ryan Argeuello call this workout, Soul Train.

"So you guys are going to be dancing with her down the aisle," says Argeuello, referring to Helga.

What sets Max Life apart from other gyms? Argeuello says no two workouts are the same.

"Obviously, anyone can teach you how to kick a bag or swing a kettle bell. We take a lot of pride in that we are constantly changing our workouts up and most of our workouts we never do more than once."

In addition to lifting Helga, which is no easy feat, this workout consists of six other stations. From running in place while tethered to the wall, to kick-boxing to kettle bell lunges and squats, it's all designed to keep your body guessing.

"So we don't let our bodies adapt, we're shocking the body, constantly keeping it progressing so that's part of it physically. Mentally, we don't get bored."

Max Life also offers nutrition workshops, featured on their website and via a weekly webcast. There is also unlimited, one-on-one nutrition counseling.

"We're here basically to get out the truth about food," says Argeuello.

He says even so-called healthy, but highly processed foods can sabotage your fitness goals.

"There's so much info out there, so much financially driven info. The basic rule, the further you take a food from its original state, the worse it is for you."

The ultimate goal: To transform bodies by transforming lifestyles for life.