Ron Plonkey wins March MATness with 45 points!


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

EQ’s Wedding Bootcamp in the News!

Get in Shape with us for your Big Day! The whole wedding party can join in the fun!

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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

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


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!

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!



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!



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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Who’s Ready To Get In Great Shape?


New CARDIO Classes and Prices!

Now that the weather is getting warmer we want to help you get in your best possible shape.

We are adding two new evening classes to our schedule, both taught by the amazing Brian Schiff.

Cardio Circuit Training

Mondays at 7:00 PM

This fast paced class is perfect for the person who wants to change up their routine: use trampolines, jump ropes and spinning bikes for cardio circuits and add light weights and strength exercises for strength training, core stability and balance.

Cardio Bootcamp

Wednesdays at 5:00 PM

Cardio Bootcamp is a class focused on challenging both strength and cardio, while using unique techniques focused around the body. This class is designed for clients who want to build their endurance in order to increase strength and cardio function.


Now you can get in your best shape ever for an awesome low price!

NEW Cardio Circuit Training Prices:

Single Class- $25

6 Classes- $138                     $23 each

12 Classes- $252                  $21 each (Silver Package Price)

18 Classes- $342                  $19 each (Gold Package Price)


(Cardio Bootcamp is a Studio Fitness Class).

Call the studio at 248.723.6500 or email us to reserve a space!

Stretch to Help

We are so glad to participate again in the Jewish Federation’s Women’s Department’s Stretch to Help event.

Throughout the day, across the community, women like you will make a difference. Sign up for one or more classes and treat yourself to an hour of exercise, meditation, and/or nutrition education with women who share a passion for our Jewish community. Through a gift of $18, you not only enhance your own health and wellness, but you’ll join with hundreds of other women positively impacting our community on this day.

Join us for a very special class to benefit Stretch to Help:

Fusion Bootcamp

with Staff Instructor Marianna

Sunday April 29th at 4:00 PM

Sign up online at


[A little about Fusion Bootcamp:

Remember your first day of Kindergarten when you couldn’t wait to play with all the toys? FUSION BOOTCAMP is in Studio H, with more toys than you can use in an hour, including weighted bands, therabands, physioballs, weighted bars, ballet barres, cadillac wall units, bosus, fitness circles, weighted balls, straps, balance cushions, TRX, and arc barrels. This class will rock with high energy music, a high energy instructor, and boundless toys to challenge you and to keep the fun level at 100%]