By Sharon Gittleman
Getting fit isn’t easy – especially when it involves intimidating visits to fitness centers where you feel like you’re the only one with bulges and too-generous curves among hordes of Arnold-like bodybuilders. That’s where Michael Gibson-Faith steps in.
Gibson-Faith heads HomeBody, a home-based business in a different sense – he brings his fitness expertise with him right to your house.
“I do in-home instruction in Pilates and yoga and tailored workouts for folks, especially for special needs folks – people who haven’t been working out in a while and who are uncomfortable with a gym setting,” said Gibson-Faith. “I also teach group classes in Ypsilanti.”
LGBT people would feel especially comfortable with Gibson-Faith – who is gay.
“I want to provide a safe place for LGBT folks,” he said. “I always hate not knowing the studio I’m going to is gay-friendly.”
Gibson-Faith said some gays and lesbians feel anxious about visiting a gym to work out.
“The biggest fear is going someplace where they are intimidated,” he said. “I never really liked going to my college gym because of the typical arrangement of jocks. Most gyms didn’t feel like a safe place.”
There’s another bonus to inviting Gibson-Faith into your home – working out with your significant other.
“I give a special partner rate,” he said.
You won’t need weights or special equipment for your routine- other than a comfortable mat. Yoga and Pilates are Gibson-Faith’s forte.
“Pilates is an exercise form that develops your powerhouse core – your abdominal muscles and lower back,” he said. “In Pilates, it’s believed that all movements begin from your core. If your core is strong you’ll be strong.”
Over 70 years ago, Joseph Pilates founded the exercise system to help people achieve wellness, said Gibson-Faith.
“He believed our natural state is to be well,” he said. “We do a lot of things to our body – we sit at a computer desk and crunch over and we don’t maintain proper posture when we sit or walk.”
Jarring activities, like failing to stretch after you work out is another bad move, Gibson-Faith said.
“We also have a tendency to isolate our muscles when we work out,” he said. “Pilates focuses on working out the whole body at once.”
At your first meeting, you’ll discuss your fitness objectives and any health problems that could affect your workout sessions.
“Through Pilates and yoga, common goals are to reduce stress, increase your breathing, increase flexibility in certain muscle groups and to lose weight,” he said.
Pilates and yoga offer the ultimate in customized exercise options.
“You can create yoga flow sequences that are fast and challenging and Pilates sequences that are cardiovascular intensive,” he said. “You can also create yoga sequences that are slow and meditative.”
You won’t get bored.
“With Pilates and yoga you have over 500 postures or more to choose from,” he said.
One bonus of working out in your own home is that you set the scene. If you prefer exercising with Britney Spears tunes and candlelight, Gibson-Faith won’t mind.
You can also time your routine in sync with your own schedule. You’ll find yourself making fewer excuses for not making it to the gym when the gym is your living room.
“I use some props to help people get into postures easily – therapy bands, blocks or balls,” he said.
Yoga and Pilates will get more than your muscles into shape, said Gibson-Faith.
“They are both amazing forms of mind-body exercises,” he said. “Last year, I decided I wanted to teach people because it had such a transformative effect on my life. It’s a physical act and a spiritual act. It makes you want to live better.”
Gibson-Faith believes yoga and Pilates makes you want to be a better person.
“It’s so intense on the body and mind you have to have great focus and concentration,” he said. “The more you do it the less you want to do bad things to your body – whether it’s smoking a lot or drinking too much.”
No one is too far gone for Gibson-Faith’s workouts, he said.
“There’s hope for everyone,” he said.
For more information, contact Gibson-Faith at 734-717-7109 or check out his website at http://www.inhomebody.com.