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!

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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No Sugar September…Join us!

This September, the Equilibrium community is invited to take a pledge for a Sugar-Free month!

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Join your friends, instructors and fellow clients in taking the pledge for a September with no added sugar. Our Health & Wellness Coach, Sarah Willoughby, will be providing support, tips, recipes and facts throughout the month to help participants keep their promise to themselves.

Our most recent newsletter provided these instructions for those who would like to join:

  1. Email Sarah at sarah@equilibriumstudio.com to be added to a support email with tips, encouragement and advice.
  2. Ask others to join you in this commitment. Have your whole household participate to help you stay accountable.
  3. Clean out your pantry. Throw away sugary treats that will tempt you.
  4. Stock up on veggies, fruits and nuts. Easy grab and go snacks to avoid cravings.
  5. Mark your calendars. Make your “No Sugar” commitments just as important as your scheduled workouts and meetings.
  6. *Download My Fitness Pal and join the “Equilibrium Studio” group to track your sugar intake.
*We will use My Fitness Pal more during our “Fall into Health” Program this fall. Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to be involved!
Additionally, to get prepared for this wonderful, yet challenging, commitment:
  • Think of exciting, healthy ways to reward yourself. Indulge in a new pair of shoes. Plan a lunch with a sweet friend. Treat yourself to a spa service.
  • Plan to drink lots of water - cravings can be caused by dehydration, plus water will help you flush out your system and begin detoxing.
  • Keep track of why you’ve made this commitment. You’re doing this for YOU. Create a list of the reasons you’re making September sugar free.
  • Reach out anytime with questions or for support. You don’t need sugar, you’re already sweet enough!

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Keeping kids active when they’re back to school

Summer provides many opportunities for kids to be active such as swimming at the pool, long neighborhood bike rides and day camps full of games and fun. Back to school schedules make it more difficult to keep up with physical activity and health but it needs to be a priority for kids to stay healthy and alert throughout the school year.

In this segment on Channel 7, Sarah sits down with Erin Nicole to discuss a few tips for keeping kids active and healthy. Sarah’s expertise as a former educator, fitness instructor and holistic health coach make her both knowledgable and passionate about educating parents and children on how to be healthy. By following some of Sarah’s suggestions, not only will students perform better in school now, have less health issues and feel stronger, they will grow into happier and healthier adults in the future. Creating a lifestyle where fitness and nutrition are a priority from a young age will help prevent long-term problems such as obesity, self-esteem issues and disease.

The tips provided in this brief news segment only touch the surface of what can be done. Watch and then contact Sarah by calling the studio at 248.723.6500 or emailing her directly at sarah@equilibriumstudio.com to ask questions or set up an initial free consultation for you, your child or your entire family.

Additionally, stay tuned because Equilibrium will begin offering classes for adolescents, ages 9-15 years old, this fall!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH

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Sister-Sister…Wedding Bootcamp Testimonial!

Sisters, Jaclyn and Alyssa, participated in our Wedding Bootcamp package this summer and are keeping up the hard work for the next month until the big day!

 

Hear what they think of our package, which includes 3 months of unlimited studio fitness classes and one staff private:

Jaclyn, the Bride-to-be, told us, “I loved the bridal boot camp and the flexibility of the unlimited package. It is very helpful for a busy bride whose schedule is filled with work and wedding planning. I was able to go to my favorite Xtend Barre classes with Jessie and found some new favorites like HIIT55 with Sarah. The private lesson is also extremely beneficial because you are able to work one on one with an instructor to target certain areas and correct any issues with form. After completing the first two months, I can tell how much stronger I have become both physically and mentally. I am so happy with how much I have accomplished and strongly recommend any bride and her wedding party to try the boot camp. You definitely will not be disappointed!”

Maid of Honor, Alyssa, was excited to participate with her sister. “I really enjoyed the bridal boot camp and all of the different classes I was able to experience with the unlimited package. I even found a few new favorites! It was a great experience to share with my sister before her wedding. Having a partner to share the classes with definitely helps get you moving. I would highly recommend it to any bride and her wedding party. The package could not be not be more worth it! Not only do you get an unlimited package of studio classes, but also a private class tailored to exactly what you want. Overall, it is a great experience and we loved attending all of the classes — especially those with Sarah and Jessie who are very helpful, encouraging and make class fun.” 

 

Jaclyn & Alyssa working on specific goals during their private session with Sarah.

Jaclyn & Alyssa working on specific goals during their private session with Sarah.

Sister using the TRX during their private to strengthen and tone with their own body weight.

Using the TRX during their private to strengthen and tone with their own body weight.

The BOSU and body bar combination was a great way for these sisters to sculpt their core muscles.

The BOSU and body bar combination was a great way for these sisters to sculpt their core muscles.

Learn more about our Wedding Bootcamp here and

call the studio 248.723.6500 to sign up!

 

 

JUST ADDED: Intensive Reformer near Toledo, OH this FALL

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Due to the high demand of our Summer/Fall Intensive Reformer course at Equilibrium, we are offering another course in Perrysburg, Ohio at Essence Mind-Body Studio. This beautiful studio is conveniently located close to Toledo, less than 90 miles from our Bloomfield Hills studio.

If you’ve been interested in reformer training and live close to Toledo, this is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn from our experience STOTT Instructor Trainers in a location closer to home.

See the dates and times below. Spaces are limited so please contact Diana at diana@essencembs.com or call the studio at 419.873.6463 to reserve a spot today!

  • September 19: 4:30-9:30pm, September 20: 10-4:30pm, September 21: 10-4:30pm
  • October 17: 4:30-9:30pm, October 18: 10-4:30pm, October 19: 10-4:30pm
  • December 5: 4:30-9:30, December 6: 10-4:30pm, December 7: 10-4:30pm

 COST: $1700 + materials

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Two Month Challenger Update…Congrats Tasha!

Congratulations to Tasha Lord, our Summer Challenger, on completing 37 classes in the first two months!

Hear directly from Tasha about her experience this month…

“This last month has been chock full of typical real life hurdles, and I’m excited to say I have been able to stick to my workouts thanks in large part to the amazing reformer classes at equilibrium!  With the traveling I do this time of year with my gig schedule things get crazy with my routine-add a surgery and 3 weeks of bronchitis-oh my! At about 40% lung capacity I couldn’t do any high impact or high cardio training. The reformer classes and beginner barre classes allowed me to continue to tone, strengthen, and condition my body throughout. Wednesday was my first day back to hard cardio and it went pretty great. I’m looking forward to adding back more hard cardio and uncovering more of the work I’ve been doing!”

It’s amazing that Tasha was able to use our Pilates and Xtend Barre classes throughout her recovery and we are so happy to see her back in our high intensity classes! Check her out in HIIT55 last night:

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“Equilibrium changed my life…” A testimonial from Andrea Schins

Dear Nancy,

I wanted to write you a note to say thank you for the wonderful services that are provided at Equilibrium and to let you know how much I value the great instructors I have worked with.

In July of 2011, I was diagnosed with grade II spondylolisthesis of my 4th and 5th lumbar vertebrae. Spondylolisthesis is a condition in which a vertebra in the spine slips out of proper position onto the bone below it, most often due to a fracture in the vertebra.  In my case, I had a fracture in my 4th lumbar vertebra causing it to slip forward over my 5th lumbar vertebra.  I have no idea what caused this fracture.  Commonly they are caused by a congenital weakness in the bone.  Nor do I know how long I had this condition prior to being diagnosed.  It is not uncommon for this condition to be asymptomatic for a long time before the pressure on the spinal nerves becomes enough that it causes pain.  In my case, I went to bed one night feeling fine and woke up the next morning with severe lower back pain and sciatic pain radiating down my left leg.  Additionally, by the time I had a MRI and was diagnosed, my condition had already progressed so that I had no disc left between the two bones.  Therefore, my vertebrae were bone on bone, adding to the challenge of managing the condition and addressing the pain.  To say that this diagnoses negatively impacted my daily activities is an understatement.  I have always been very active (running, weight lifting, skiing, golf) person and now I was unable to do many of the activities I enjoyed due to pain.  At that time, my son was only 3 years old and I was unable to run after him and play as I much as I was used to because of the pain.  My doctor and I opted to treat this condition conservatively which involved a series of steroid injections, daily pain medications and exercise.  My goal was to postpone the need for a spinal fusion surgery.  Spinal fusion surgery is a big procedure with a very prolonged recovery time typically.  I was told to stop doing high level aerobic activity and to strengthen my core.  I spent the next few months doing a lot of walking and following a body weight training program at home.  While this treatment helped, I had to take pain medications multiple times a day in order to keep the pain levels down.

Fast forward to 2012.  My husband and I relocated back to Michigan.  I was in a position to work part time from home and decided that I needed to focus on my health, addressing my back condition and the pain I was experiencing.  I started coming to Equilibrium in October 2012 and I am very comfortable in saying it has changed my life J  I have felt welcomed from the moment I first walked into the studio.  I started taking group exercise classes and also taking a private Pilates lesson once a week.  Every instructor I worked with was helpful in assisting me in modifying exercises so that I did not cause additional injury to my back.  Over my first few months of coming, I started to feel better.  I could tell that I was getting stronger and that my flexibility was slowly increasing.  Most importantly, I was able to significantly decrease that amount of pain medication I was taking.  Prior to starting Pilates, I was taking pain medication multiple times a day.  After a few months, I was able to only need pain medication once a day and frequently I was able to not need any pain meds at all.  This was just huge for me!

This success continued until early this year.  In February, I started to experience a significant increase in lower back pain as well as numbness and tingling down both legs.  My MRI showed that my ‘slip’ had progressed and was now causing more pressure on my spinal nerves.  Bottom line, I was now heading to surgery.  While this was the only option I had left, I was very nervous.  While I was waiting for surgery, I let my instructors know what was happening.  Again, everyone was great at helping me modify exercises as needed so that I could continue to come to Pilates and participate.  Coming to class was a stress relief for me and it helped me address the pain I was having.  I also wanted to make sure that I could keep up my strength and flexibility, to the best of my ability, prior to surgery.

I had a L4-L5 spinal fusion surgery on April 24th.  I was expecting a prolonged and challenging recovery period as that is what I was told is typical.  I am very happy to report that my recovery has been the complete opposite!  I immediately started a daily walking program, progressing from 2 miles a day at 4 days post op to 5 miles a day by my 6 week checkup.  My doctor was astounded at my progress.  He felt that the strength and flexibility I had gained from Pilates was a reason why I was doing so well and he cleared me to start back at Pilates, very slowly increasing my activities over the next several weeks.  He said I was doing so well that I did not need physical therapy and that I could use my Pilates classes as PT.  On my way home from that doctors appointment, I stopped at Equilibrium and got on the schedule to start with some private Pilates classesJ  It has now been 12 weeks since my surgery.  I have slowly progressed in my classes and am now almost up to the activity level I was at prior to surgery.  Every instructor I have worked with has been great at helping me modify exercises so that I can participate in the activities.  While I will always need to modify certain exercises due to my spinal mobility, I am very confident that I will be up to full strength over the next few weeks and I am looking forward to continued improvement over the next several months. My pain is almost totally gone.  I still have some stiffness and tenderness right at the surgical site and occasionally, I still get some nerve pain in my left leg.  The doctor said this should continue to improve over the next few months as the nerves slowly heal.  However, I can now control my pain by taking a Tylenol and many days I need no pain medication at all.

I firmly believe that the strength and flexibility I have gained in Pilates is the main reason why my recovery has been so strong.  I am just thrilled with my progress and can’t emphasize enough how much I appreciate the quality of classes and instructors that are provided at Equilibrium.  A very special thanks goes to Jen, Amy P., Liz and Kristin.  Without those ladies, I don’t think I would have progressed as far as quickly.  Thanks so much for all that you offer!

~Andrea Schins

Andrea on the Cadillac during a private post surgery.

Andrea on the Cadillac during a private pilates session post surgery.

Upcoming Workshops…For ALL Fitness Professionals

Ready to take your training and instruction to the next level?

Take our upcoming workshops this September and October!

Regardless of your area of fitness, you will benefit from these 2 hour sessions with Master trainers. Earn CECs for many organizations including STOTT and ACE.

Lead Instructor Trainer for Stott Pilates and a professor of Physical Therapy, KIM DUNLEAVY returns to Michigan for TWO days ONLY

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Saturday, September 6th: 

11-1pm Stabilization Principles
1:30-3:30 pm Secret to Strong Back
4-6pm Programming for Osteoporosis Management

Sunday, September 7th:

8:30-10:30am Postural Analysis & Application to Pilates Exercise
10:30-12:30pm Knee Stability & Function
1-3pm Prenatal Pilates w/ Stability Ball & Flex Band

*Each workshop is $100 and earns 0.2 CECs. If you purchase all 3 workshops in a day, you will receive a 10% discount and pay $270.*

Offered only a couple times a year: Workshops in Ann Arbor at MOVE Wellness with STOTT Instructor Trainer, AIMEE MCDONALD-ANDERSON

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Saturday, October 11th

11a-1pm Matwork Toning Ball Workshop
1:30-3:30pm Athletic Conditioning on the Cardio Tramp
4-6pm Reformer and Padded Platform Extender

*Each workshop is $85 and earns you 0.2 CECs per workshop.
EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Purchase all 3 workshops at Move with Amy Anderson before September 12th for $225 or one for 10% off ($76.50).*

LEARN MORE HERE

Click this link or call 248.723.6500 to enroll!