Scott Geromette understands why a lot of guys aren’t so sure about the Megaformer at Rock Your Body Pilates in Shelby Township — he was one of them.
Although his wife Julie had been trying to get him to join her in a class at the studio for months, Scott wasn’t so sure.
“As a guy, you get this picture in your head of a jazzercise-type class with everyone in legwarmers and a headband, and that is the real problem,” Scott, 31, of Clarkston, said. “Once I overcame this uber-masculine (perhaps a little sexist?) misconception of the class and gave it a shot, I quickly realized it was far more challenging than I imagined.”
Julie has been an RYB devotee since the studio first opened in November 2014, and has lost 30 pounds since attending the classes. She had been trying to get her husband to come with her to a class with her for months, with no luck.
“I know when people (mostly guys) hear ‘Pilates,’ they think of a girly workout,” she said. “My husband was one of them. I would come home and tell him how great the class was and what a great ab workout I had.”
Then, at the beginning of the new year, Scott, a former college football player, finally decided to try a class with Julie — and he was “hooked.”
“It works core and stabilizer muscles that are very difficult to train — or difficult to train to the same degree — on your own,” he said. “The class setting and instructors help to push you past your typical limits.”
The Megaformer, a pumped-up version variation of a typical Pilates Reformer, was designed by a former bodybuilder, Sebastien Lagree. Lagree is so adamant his Megaformer isn’t Pilates, he actually discourages the usage of the word. Though insanely popular in New York and Los Angeles, the Megaformer can only be found in Michigan at RYB.
“I would really encourage guys to try the class once so they can see for themselves what it is all about,” Scott said.
In addition to attending RYB at least once a week, Scott also weight trains and does CrossFit regularly. Since the beginning of the new year Scott has lost 10 pounds and “noticed a significant change in my core stability and strength,” thanks to the Megaformer.
Scott also said he appreciates how the Megaformer can be tailored to fit almost any fitness level, including how novices can choose to use no resistance and modify some of the more challenging moves.
“I played college sports and am very familiar with challenging workouts,” he said. “While the Megaformer certainly does not involve heavy weights, it does offer multiple resistance levels. More importantly, the resistance, body positions and tempo of the exercise allows you to push yourself as hard and as far as you want.”
Julie echoes her husband’s thoughts on the workout at RYB — but she didn’t need any convincing.
“After my first class, I was hooked!” Julie said, who added her desire to lose the weight she gained when she was pregnant with son AJ, now 3, helped her stick to the workout. She had tried running and gym memberships in the past, but after failing to see results, she would become discouraged.
“After my son was born, I was at my heaviest ever and knew I needed to make a change,” she said. “Thankfully I was introduced to Ashley and her studio, and in the last year it has helped me lose 30 pounds and keep it off.”
She also loves how it is a “non-stop, heart-pumping cardio workout.”
“This class kicks your butt every time, and that is exactly what I needed,” she said. “It never feels like a 50-minute class. I love that the instructors push you to your max. I’m very competitive so I am constantly trying to get better at every class, and having others there that are in good shape pushes me even more.”
Julie loves RYB so much, the drive from Clarkston to Shelby Township isn’t even a factor for her.
“I started going only one day a week, since it is a little bit of a drive for me, and now I am going three to four days a week — totally worth the drive!” she said.
Julie and Scott both said they are so happy they tried the Megaformer workout, and see the benefits not just for women, but for men, too.
“I can’t thank Ashley enough for bringing this to Michigan,” Julie said. “It’s been the best workout I have ever had. I promise it will be the best decision you will make. Is it hard? Yes. Will you be sore? Yes. But you will feel great and look great. You have nothing to lose.”