Exercise Man is on a Mission to Make His Community Healthier

Editor’s Note: Burrell Solomon (aka “Exercise Man”) is a paid spokesperson for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

When it comes to starting a new workout regimen, there’s one thing Exercise Man says is key to getting started on the right path: “Don’t be intimidated by what you can’t do.”

Burrell Solomon, otherwise known as “Exercise Man,” is a 46-year old native Detroiter, self-employed fitness instructor and motivational speaker who has been helping people get in shape for nearly 20 years.

After completing the fitness training program at the Professional Career Development Institute in Georgia, Solomon went on to design his own specialty boot camps and group exercise training classes. His classes became so successful they caught the attention of organizations like the Boy Scouts of America and the Internal Revenue Service Crime Investigation Unit that partnered with him to provide adult exercise classes for employees.

Today, Exercise Man offers his boot camp classes at McDonald Square Park near downtown Detroit to help improve the physical health of the community. He spends his mornings teaching children’s kickboxing classes to at-risk youth as a subcontractor through the local Y.M.C.A.

He’s worked with clients of all shapes, sizes and ages. He takes pride in making his community healthier by helping others work to achieve their fitness goals– no matter how big or small.

“It’s all about building up people’s self-esteem and helping people at the level they’re at,” says Solomon.


Hailing from southeast Detroit near Jefferson St., Solomon remembers going to his father’s house and staying active by chopping wood and play-boxing with his brothers.

His father was an avid boxing fan and Solomon says this passion was passed down to him. He was as an amateur boxer for almost 10 years and attributes this to being the start of his passion for physical fitness. Getting fit for his time in the ring, he picked up many of the techniques he now teaches his clients. Even during the off season Solomon would follow a strict training routine featuring strength training exercises and running.


Fitness can be a fun family affair. After all, experts say working out with a friend or relative can increase accountability and help improve results.

Such was the case for Solomon’s sister, who lost nearly 40 pounds after undergoing one of his training programs. It was this ability to help others transform that led to the name, “Exercise Man.”

She [his sister] said, “Boy you so good, you need to call yourself the Exercise Man!'” Burrell explains. After that he says the name “just stuck.”


His most popular program is his week-long boot camp where students learn the basics of simple exercises like shuttle runs and pull-ups.

The class is designed to encourage each participant to work out to their own strength abilities. Solomon says while some students may be discouraged at first, it’s important to remember everyone has to start somewhere.

He says recently one young man who wasn’t able to perform push-ups was able to find success by focusing on cardio exercises, specifically Solomon’s shuttle runs.

“He felt that was what he could do, that it was his strength, because he had played basketball,” Solomon said.

Ultimately, Exercise Man says his role is simple — to motivate people to believe in themselves.

“If I can motivate you to get up, eat an apple or an orange, walk two or three miles or ride a bike, that’s what makes me feel good.”

Watch the video below to see him in action, and stay tuned to A Healthier Michigan.org for more tips from Exercise Man.



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Photo Credit: A Healthier Michigan

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  1. When I first met the Exercise Man, I didn’t think that I could run, jog or even lose 5 pounds. Through his encouragement and knowledge, he helped me realize that I could do anything that I set my mind to. He helped me not only lose 5 pounds, but almost 15 pounds total. Years later, I still go to see him. His encouragement has also helped me with my ballroom dancing. He’s a treasure to the field of fitness. I am glad he is in Detroit.

    1. Hi Ruby, thank you so much for sharing your story. Congratulations on your success! Keep up the great work.

  2. The information is helpful in assuring everyone that they must start somewhere. Where you end is the real test.
    Achieving your goal is the outcome of focus. Once off to the good start, the best is yet to come.

  3. I had the privilege of training with the Exercise Man for 3 years in his boot camp class. Of all the trainers and gyms I belonged to over the years. I didn’t get anywhere near the great results I received from working out with the Exercise Man – over 40 pounds! He takes a personal interest in each student/participant and is an expert in fitness and nutrition. He charges a nominal amount for his classes and gives you a lifetime worth of information and advice to keep you healthy and fit. He gives you all the tools and advice to make fitness a lifestyle. The best trainer and fitness guru around!

  4. The Exercise Man is an amazing personal trainer. He works with you to find out what your goals are and adapts what he does to suit you. And he’s just an all around positive guy that makes working out fun.

  5. The Exercise Man is awesome, this video is inspirational. There need to be more opportunities like this where people would hire the Exercise Man to do promos, videos, and to be a spokesperson or to do more with BCBSM in regards to teach and talk about health and fitness for all to know and learn from him. He is truly one of a kind and out the many instructors out there he is one that truly invest in time and care to teach people that they can be limitless in there exercise program and that results will comes. He teaches people to learn exercise and nutrition for a lifetime and not a fad or trend that would eventually fade. Up to this day, I am challenged by the great Exercise Man of Detroit.

  6. Burrell Solomon Exerciseman Fitness instructor is very good for people turning there fitness life in the right way of great health. Amen

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