The perfect hostess gift is the gift of health that keeps giving and doesn’t lead to an upset stomach, guilt, and bad skin. Brand new plastic branded gift cards with custom envelopes in ANY denomination.
Meet Ronald Plonkey, overall March MATness winner with 45 TOTAL points.
Ron’s dedication to his workouts began three years ago and has resulted in a strong conditioned pilates body plus boundless energy, not to mention the loss of 20+ pounds.
Congratulations Ron, a winner in so many ways and one of the nicest guys we consider “studio family” xo nancy hodari
Looking for the perfect gift for your family, coworker or friend?
GIVE THE GIFT OF HEALTH!
Brand new plastic, credit card sized, gift cards just arrived and are available to pick up at the front desk. Put any amount on the card and receive a custom black sleeve and green envelope so you don’t even have to worry about wrapping.
Quick. Easy. And sure to be greatly appreciated.
Join John Garey on March 7th & 8th for workshops from Merrithew Health & Fitness. These STOTT and CORE workshops are perfect for all people in the fitness industry!
CORE is an athletic conditioning education method engineered for total-body power, strength and agility. This unique training program focuses on functional fitness targeting core strength and kinesthetic awareness leading to improvements in total-body strength and power & designed to help retrain unbalanced muscles & build strength from within that will transfer on and off the playing field! STOTT Pilates education method is unparalleled in the industry for its thoroughness and quality. All six workshops earn CECs for both STOTT & ACE.
Saturday, March 7th
CORE Distance Running, Level 1 | 11am-1pm
CORE Power & Stamina Medicine Ball, Level 2 | 1:30pm-3:30pm
CORE Plyometrics & Jump Training, Level 1 | 4pm-6pm
Sign up here! $125 per workshop or early bird discount of $100 before February 1st!
STOTT Pilates Bodyweight Training | 9am-11am
STOTT Intermediate Pilates on the BOSU | 11:30am-1:30pm
STOTT Pilates Stability Ball Challenge, Level 5 | 2pm-4pm
Sign up here!$125 per workshop or early bird discount of $100 before February 1st!
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!
“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
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!”
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.
Pilates Spring Wall
Athletic Conditioning on the Stability Chair, Level 1
Sign ups available online or by calling the studio at 248.723.6500.
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!
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!”