Congratulations to Sue on all your accomplishments as our Studio Challenger!

Our studio challenger, Sue Dumond, did an amazing job over the past three months keeping up with her workouts! She tried all of our different studio fitness classes and kept her duet on Thursdays with Marianna throughout the whole challenge! We are so impressed by Sue’s determination, commitment and work ethic and love seeing the results she’s received from all her hard work. It has definitely paid off by giving her more definition, a strong core, a higher level of endurance and more!

Read Sue’s final blog post about the challenge below and check out the pictures of her in her new outfit from Lululemon Old Woodward. Doesn’t she look incredible?! Be sure to congratulate Sue when you see her at the studio next!

Sue looking strong during TRX bicep curls in her new lululemon apparel!

Sue looking strong during TRX bicep curls in her new lululemon apparel!

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“I have officially completed my fitness challenge at Equilibrium. The time has gone by so fast and I feel so appreciative that I was given the opportunity to go through this fitness challenge.

When Sarah first told me I was selected, I was honestly nervous and excited at the same time. Would I be able to truly commit to 4 classes a week and would my body and mind be able to handle such an increase in physical activity? The answer is YES!!!

I have learned so much about myself and feel empowered to continue on my fitness journey.

This is what I have learned:

  • Keep to a schedule
    • I decided right from the start which classes I would do during the week and I stuck to the same routine for the entire time except when I was on vacation. I always took 8 am or 9 am classes and typically didn’t repeat the same class during the week. It just made it easier not to have to think about which classes I should take. My week consisted of:

Monday : Xtend Barre Express

Tuesday: Total Body Conditioning

Wednesday: HIT55

Thursday: Duet Class with staff instructor Marianna (typically using the Reformer)

Friday: NY Times Circuit (This is a relatively new class and once I tried it, I was hooked on it)

  • Pace myself
    • Other than walking during the summer, I was not aerobically fit when I started this program and I certainly didn’t have a lot of strength. I made sure to pace myself in the classes. That meant I didn’t always do every “rep” with weights when I started and I didn’t always go the fastest during the aerobic parts of the classes. I had to build up slowly and I had to keep telling myself that I will naturally pick up the pace as I get use to these classes.
  • Give myself a break
    • There were times that I felt I wasn’t as strong as a previous day or I wasn’t as energetic. What I have come to realize is that sometimes my muscles just had to take a break and sometimes I wasn’t getting enough sleep which impacted my work out the next day! But that’s ok! I just worked through it and didn’t give up.
  • Try heavier weights every so often
    • This may sound strange, but I was so use to always using the same weights that it never dawned on me that I could handle heavier weights. I remember during one Total Body Conditioning class, Sarah told us to grab a body bar…the only one left for me to use was the heavier one. I could have opted out of using it but I decided to give it a try and shocked myself! After that experience, I decided that I might as well try to start using 5 pound weights in Total Body Conditioning Class! I just didn’t realize I was ready to take it up a notch!

 

  • Exercising on vacation doesn’t have to be difficult or complicated
    • When Equilibrium first introduced the NY Times circuit workout, I knew right away that this was the class for me. I was able to download it on my IPAD and bring it with me over Thanksgiving break up at Crystal Mt. Ski Resort. I didn’t need any special equipment and felt great that I was able to do a workout by myself.
  • Set goals
    • I wanted to be able to hold a plank correctly and to hold it for 2 minutes. I also wanted to be able to use 2 pound weights in Xtend Barre Class. I’m proud to say I am able to do both but I’m also honest enough to say it’s still a HARD for me to do! Will it ever be easy? I’m not sure but I will continue to challenge myself.

Now that my fitness challenge is over, my new goal is simply to CONTINUE!   To take what I have learned, map out my week with a variety of classes that hit every muscle group, and to COMMIT to do it!   I will continue to enlist the help from my 2 good friends (Lisa Cohen and Mary Derian),  who helped me get started on my fitness journey. I ’m will continue my duets with Marianna, who right from the beginning kept my spirits up with her positivity and advice. Certainly I will continue to take classes with Sarah who always looked out for me and made sure I was doing the exercises correctly so I wouldn’t get hurt and always made me feel like I was doing an amazing job!”

 

Sue using 3 pound weights at the end of her challenge.

Sue using 3 pound weights at the end of her challenge

 

Sue using one pound weights in the beginning of her challenge

Sue using one pound weights in the beginning of her challenge

Sue using 2 pound weights half way through her challenge

Sue using 2 pound weights half way through her challenge

Need STOTT or ACE CECs before the end of the year?

We are offering two workshops THIS Saturday with Eva Powers. Each workshop costs $125 and earns 2 CECs toward STOTT, ACE and more if requested.

Eva Powers

Pilates Spring Wall

11am-1pm

Athletic Conditioning on the Stability Chair, Level 1

1:30pm-3:30pm

Sign ups available online or by calling the studio at 248.723.6500.

Click here to register!

Adolescents 9-15 years old exercise at Equilibrium

Exercise and physical activity are vital for children and teens. Equilibrium offers a group class for 9-15 year olds where they can not only get an hour of fitness each week but they also learn proper form, strengthen their postural muscles and bond with others their age.

The second 8-week registration started last Tuesday but it’s not too late to join! Call the studio at 248.723.6500 to register your child today for Tuesdays at 4pm!

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Way to go, Sue! Week 10 of the challenge started today…

Our challenger, Sue, has been AMAZING! She has committed herself to working out at Equilibrium on a regular basis. She takes a variety of workouts throughout each week, including Xtend Barre, Total Body Conditioning, NYTimes Circuit and Pilates. We are so impressed with the way she has stepped up her fitness. Check out her latest updates here:

 

“Week 9 done! only 3 weeks left to my fitness challenge. This past Fri, Sarah stepped up the NY times circuit workout and had us use weights and added core work and stretching after the 30 minutes …it was a great workout! I’m still working on drinking 4 glasses of water daily and have to admit I don’t always accomplish it. Going to start out week 10 tomorrow with the 8:15 Xtend Barre Express! It’s really been nice to meet people at these classes and see them throughout the week. Makes it feel like we are part of a family!”

 

“Completed week 7 and starting week 8 today! My first time doing the new 45 minutes NY Times Class on Friday morning. Putting in the extra 15 minutes of stretching after the 30 minute workout is really worth it. Convinced one of my friends to try it with me this Friday morning!”
“This week really has been a complete turnaround for me. I wasn’t going into the week tired and my exercises classes went so much better. I was able to do a 2 minute plank twice this week, did 2 pound weights in the Xpress Xtend Barre Class (I always do 1 pound weights in this class) , and did a 5 pound weight in Total Body Conditioning (normally I do 2-3 pound weights)! Due to previous commitments, I couldn’t do the NY times circuit on Tuesday but got it in on Thursday morning and then did a Total Body Conditioning class. There is an aspect of this fitness challenge that I have not even attempted to do…that is drink water every day. So I feel that I need to write about it and then perhaps I will stick to doing it! It’s crazy because I know how important it is and yet I don’t do it. So here we go…I’m starting at slowly with challenging myself to at least 3 glasses a day. I know that’s a small amount but considering I am not doing anything, that will be enough of a challenge. I often defeat myself by setting unrealistic goals. I’m trying a different approach. Something is better than nothing! Have a great weekend everyone!”

Fall Challenger halfway update!

Congratulations to our fall challenger, Sue Dumond, for making it halfway through her 3 month challenge!

Sue has made an incredible commitment to her fitness and health as our fall challenger. She has attended classes consistently each week, challenging herself to try new classes, doing two a day workouts and even working out while away from the studio. Read below for her halfway point update and check out the pictures of her progress:

Sue using 2 pound weights during the entire Xtend Barre arm series!

Sue using 2 pound weights during the entire Xtend Barre arm series!

“Half way done with my Fitness Fall Challenge and I feel that I made a major breakthrough!  Not only am I stepping up my fitness level by adding on the NY Times circuit class to my routine, but I was able to finally use 2 pound weights in the Xpress Xtend Barre Class on Monday!  If it wasn’t for Sarah asking about my progress, I never would have thought about challenging myself with the heavier weights.  I think sometimes we just don’t realize we are capable of doing more and mentally and physically keep ourselves stuck in the same routine.  To top that off, I decided to try and time a plank over the weekend and I am now over a minute (1.30)!  That’s without practicing at home and only doing whatever plank moves are part of the classes.  Last week, we did so many pushups and planks in the classes and it obviously is helping me reach my ultimate goal of a 2 minute plank.  Oh and by the way, Total Body Conditioning (9 am class) was a killer today using the Body Bar Weights!  Unfortunately I didn’t have time today to stay for the NY Times circuit class but I’m hoping I can fit it in near the end of the week.  Once you start this class, you can’t give it up.  Nothing makes you sweat more and feel every muscle in your body!”

Sue holding her plank in strong form.

Sue holding her plank showing off her strong form and core.

 

Chair challenges all the muscles of the body while improving posture!

Chair challenges all the muscles of the body while improving posture!

December Workshops with PJ O’Clair

Master Instructor, PJ O’Clair, is returning to Equilibrium December 13th and 14th for STOTT Pilates Rehab Track Workshops!

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Saturday, December 13th

STOTT PILATES® Optimization of the Lumbo-Pelvic Region: Part A & B

11:30am-6pm | 6 hours to earn 0.6 CECS

$375

Sunday, December 14th

STOTT PILATES® Flexion-Free Workshop

9am-11am | 2 hours to earn 0.2 CECs

$125

STOTT PILATES® Optimization of the Shoulder Complex

11:30am-3:30pm | 4 hours to earn 0.4 CECs

$250

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL:  Purchase all 6 hours on the same day (for a December workshop) before November 12th for a 20% discount.

CALL 248.723.6500 to register today. No online sign-ups available.

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not completed your CECs for the year by December 2014, you must request an extension by December 31st. Extended CECs must be completed by May 31st, 2015 in order to stay “Current”.  The fee is $25.00 per CEC that you wish to extend. 

LEARN MORE HERE.

Congratulations to Tasha, our Summer Challenger!

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Tasha, our 3-month Summer Challenger, finished her challenge last week but has already been back for more classes! Tasha accomplished many goals over the summer: improving her flexibility, strengthening her core & arms, gaining endurance, and reducing pain from her scoliosis. She even lost 6 inches by gaining muscle and tone!! 

Read below for Tasha’s final testimonial:

“I can’t believe my summer challenge is over – it went by so fast! I’m so happy that I was chosen as I am going into fall with a strong, balanced, flexible body. I’m feeling like myself again and can now do any sport or activity worry free! This may not sound like much to some, but to a girl with scoliosis that has been out if shape for too long this is enormous. At my peak of fitness I ran a half dozen marathons, mountain climbed, etc…but at the point that I started the challenge I was so out of shape I couldn’t even jog without my back going out. This week I ended my challenge and started training for a November 10k. Although some of my workouts will shift to the track and the gym over the next few months I will still be working out at Equilibrium weekly to keep me balanced as I take on new challenges! Thanks so much Sarah and Nancy for choosing me as your summer challenger.”

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Congratulations on all your accomplishments, Tasha! We are proud of you and look forward to continuing to see you at the studio!

STOTT Pilates Workshops this Fall

Our September workshops with Lead Instructor Trainer and professor of Physical Therapy, Kim Dunleavy, were full of Pilates instructors and trainees eager to learn new information to take to their clients.

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We have more workshops coming up in October at our Satellite studio in Ann Arbor, MOVE Wellness. Each workshop costs $85 and will earn you 0.2 CECs for STOTT, ACE or other organizations. Call Equilibrium to register! If you purchase the workshops on-line, be sure that you then select the Workshop Tab and ENROLL with your payment, otherwise a spot is not reserved for you.

11a-1pm Matwork Toning Ball Workshop

1:30-3:30pm Athletic Conditioning on the Cardio Tramp

4-6pm Reformer and Padded Platform Extender

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Additionally, PJ O’Clair will be returning to Equilibrium December 13th and 14th for STOTT and TRX workshops. PJ is a Master Instructor Trainer for Merrithew and Senior Master course Instructor for TRX. She is an acclaimed leader in the fitness industry. Stay tuned for more details!

Introducing our Fall Challenger, Sue!

Congratulations to our newest challenger, Sue!

We are so excited to read your first blog and to watch you get stronger over the next 3 months!

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Read directly from Sue about how she feels about the challenge:

“First, I would like to introduce myself.   My name is Sue Dumond and I have been selected by Equilibrium to be the next challenger!  I am so appreciative that Equilibrium has chosen me because I am not the typical person a Fitness company would choose to take on a 3 month challenge.

  • I’m not young (I’m 55).
  • I’m not trying to lose weight for an upcoming wedding  (I just celebrated by 22nd anniversary!).
  • I’m not trying to lose recent baby weight (I have 2 sons; one is 16 and one is 20).
  • I’m not trying to lose a tremendous amount of weight.

So you may be asking why Equilibrium would select me as the next challenger?!

That’s simple. I believe there are many middle aged women out there, with grown kids,  that have neglected themselves and have finally realized that it’s now time to improve their well being!   That means starting with becoming fit which is NOT the same as being at a good weight.  Becoming fit after age 50 is so much different than when I was much younger.   I will never forget going to an exercise class many years ago and having an instructor point me out in class stating “look she may have a flat stomach but she can’t do this exercise because she doesn’t have core strength”.  Honestly, I had never heard of that terminology and it really wasn’t the way to motivate me to continue in that class (side note: I haven’t had a flat stomach since I turned 50!).  I have been absent from exercise classes for many years until 2 of my good friends (Lisa Cohen and Mary Derian) convinced me to try a sampling of classes which included pilates, xtend barre classes and using the reformer.  But it wasn’t just the classes they introduced me to; it was a new method of teaching where the instructor points out modifications, gives out cues, and explains the purpose of the exercises throughout the length of the class!  After taking a sampling of the classes at Equilibrium, I knew that I wanted to be the next challenger.

I am so excited to start a program that incorporates building core strength (yes I now understand the importance of having a strong core!) along with aerobic activitity .   My goals are to increase my endurance and muscle strength while toning up my body.   I will be posting my progress along the way!  No more excuses.  It’s time to change my life!

I’ll be starting up this Monday!” ~Sue

 

Sue currently uses 1 pound weights and struggles to keep them through the whole series. She hopes to increase her upper body tone and strength during the challenge and work up to heavier weights.

Sue currently uses 1 pound weights and struggles to keep them through the whole series. She hopes to increase her upper body tone and strength during the challenge and work up to heavier weights.

Currently, Sue has difficulty finding the correct position in her planks. She can't hold a plank very long and is looking to increase her core strength and work up to 2 minutes.

Currently, Sue has difficulty finding the correct position in her planks. She can’t hold a plank very long and is looking to increase her core strength and work up to 2 minutes.

 

Teen Fitness at Equilibrium

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If this class time or day does not work for you, you are welcome to set up a private session for your teen to work one-on-one with an instructor, a duet where you can work together or a private group session for a group of teens to exercise together. 

One of our Senior Instructors, Heather, recently worked with the Flipspot Boys gymnastic team doing Athletic Conditioning. She took them through a series of exercises using the TRX and reformer, as well as the cardio tramp. The exercises were designed to increase and challenge their stability, flexibility, core strength and stamina. All of the boys are gearing up for the 2014-2015 season and range in age from 13-18 years old. Their coach also joined them for the workout.

If your child or their sports team is interested in a session like this, please contact the studio at 248.723.6500 to set something up!

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