Master Instructor, John Garey, coming in March!

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.

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    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!



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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!

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!


“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


Athletic Conditioning on the Stability Chair, Level 1


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

Click here to register!

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!


Saturday, December 13th

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

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


Sunday, December 14th

STOTT PILATES® Flexion-Free Workshop

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


STOTT PILATES® Optimization of the Shoulder Complex

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


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. 


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


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!

JUST ADDED: Intensive Reformer near Toledo, OH this FALL


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 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


“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

Kim Dunleavy

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


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).*


Click this link or call 248.723.6500 to enroll!

Meet Erin Nicole…

We are so excited to have WXYZ’s Entertainment Reporter, Erin Nicole, working out at Equilibrium! Erin had her first baby girl 4 months ago and is currently planning a wedding. She chose Equilibrium as the place to get her body back after baby and get in the best shape for her big day. Erin says she is “excited to join Equilibrium’s Bridal Boot Camp to get in shape for my August 2014 Wedding!”

Erin with Xtend Barre instructor, Jessie, wearing Splits59 gear

Erin with Xtend Barre instructor, Jessie, wearing Splits59 gear

Our wedding boot camp package includes 2-months of unlimited studio fitness classes, PURE STOTT reformer & matwork and 1 private STOTT Pilates session with a staff instructor. This bridal boot camp isn’t limited to just brides…Erin’s bridal party & mother-of-the-bride will be joining her for workouts as well!

Follow @equilibriummi and @ENicole19 on twitter for updates and progress reports like this one…

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…AND join Erin for a special FREE event, Saturday March 22nd from 3-5pm. You’ll get a total body workout from Jessie in a 55-minute Xtend Barre class and then learn healthy tips to get back in shape from Equilibrium’s Wellness Coach, Sarah. Learn more on our Facebook page about this Spring Into A New You event. Register today!

A Thankful Trainee

Our training coordinator, Jessie, was so pleased to receive this Thank You note from one of our loyal clients who has recently become a Trainee in the STOTT PILATES Matwork training at Equilibrium.

We were not only touched but inspired by her words and wanted to share them with you:

“Thank you so much for helping me with the whole process of becoming a Pilates instructor. You have gone above and beyond to help me achieve this. I am so grateful to Equilibrium, especially you, for helping me to see what a great community this is. I couldn’t be happier here! Thank you, Thank you for taking me in and letting me be a part of the equilibrium family! You’re the best, <3 Amanda Hewitt”

Thank you Amanda for sharing your experience with us. We look forward to your continued success in the Pilates industry.