My life’s experiences combined with my belief that a healthy life leads to a happier life led me to create Classic Pilates Designs. My line of high-quality Pilates equipment – for both home and studio use – is the result of my personal health and fitness journey.
I was an active and athletic child, playing organized sports from elementary through high school including basketball, baseball and football.
Inspired by my father, a former Marine and physician, I joined the Army as a combat medic after graduating high school. This was my way of honoring him but also allowing me to forge my own path. As the Army is known for instilling endurance, strength and dedication, it was during this time I took physical fitness to the next level with a rigorous fitness regimen. I began to seriously lift weights and took up running. This not only filled my days, but kept me focused and helped me make smarter choices during my free time.
After my tour in the Army, I enrolled in my local community college where I played basketball and baseball. That was followed with a transfer to Michigan State University as a Kinesiology major. In addition to obtaining my degree, I had a personal goal of playing for the MSU football team and began intense training. Sadly, that never came to be as I seriously injured my back and herniated five discs.
Rather than let my injury discourage me, I became determined to fully recover and live a healthy life. I became smarter about the ways I pushed my body and learned to understand its limitations. Opening my mind to less traditional ways of approaching fitness opened up a whole new world to me. Through the course of my rehabilitation, my surgeon recommended that I explore alternative ways to increase my flexibility, strengthen my core and create greater balance in mind and body. It was then that I was introduced to Pilates and the ways it can strengthen your core and increase flexibility, thus preventing the potential for future injury.
While weightlifting is a passion of mine, I have learned to incorporate Pilates into my physical fitness regimen. It has taken my overall health and fitness to a whole new level and has greatly improved my quality of life.
I invite you to consider Classic Pilates Designs as you embark on – or continue – a rewarding journey to lifelong fitness.
Michael P. Groshek