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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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. Thank you Nancy Hodari and the entire staff at Equilibrium Pilates Studio for this great opportunity” 

 

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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