Parks activities encourage movement, family fun

By: Sherri Kolade | West Bloomfield Beacon | Published February 8, 2017

 Julie Blair, of West Bloomfield, participates in a morning Pilates class Jan. 4 at the West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center.

Julie Blair, of West Bloomfield, participates in a morning Pilates class Jan. 4 at the West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center.

Photo by Deb Jacques

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WEST BLOOMFIELD — On Monday and Wednesday mornings, you can find Mariette Goldberg, of West Bloomfield, strengthening her core and building muscle during her mat Pilates class, which she has taken for the past five years at the West Bloomfield Family Aquatic Center, 6200 Farmington Road.

“The class is extremely beneficial — it is not cardio exercise, but (is) definitely a wonderful stretch, tone and core buildup.”  

Goldberg, who has done Pilates for the last 10 years, is one of many residents who participate in one of the West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission’s many classes, events and activities, for ages from birth on up.

Goldberg is guided by her longtime Pilates instructor, Lisa Fein.

Fein, who in the fall will be celebrating her 10th year at the FAC, said she lives in the community, and it is economical for clients to come to the center.

“I have a lot of people that have come over the years,” she said, adding that Goldberg was referred to her class through a friend.

That is the story of many people who come to her class to get fit.

“I do find I get a lot of people through word-of-mouth,” she said, adding that she also teaches a chair exercise class and a Cardio Combo class at the FAC. 

“I like that I am able to help people,” she said, adding that she teaches nontraditional mat Pilates that features resistance using bands and body weight.

Fein, who has been teaching exercise for 25 years, said many injured people come to her class, as well as people with low bone mass and other ailments.

“I know how to modify for them,” she said. “I always like to incorporate people of all ages and abilities.”

Fein said the class has participants “working from head to toe,” incorporating balance and upper- and lower-body strength.

Lauren Azoury, West Bloomfield Parks and Recreation Commission park naturalist, said the FAC houses the city’s indoor pool.

“Our winter schedule goes through April, so there is still time to sign up for classes,” she said, adding that a new brochure will be coming out in mid-March. “You can look for summer classes there.”

 The second annual Summer Camp and Swim Sneak Peek event will be held 9 a.m.-noon March 25 at the FAC. The event will feature crafts and games, refreshments, a meet-and-greet with camp staff and swim instructors, and more.

“Even though summer seems so far away … a lot of people begin to register for summer camps and early registration,” Azoury said.

Ruth Simon, who works at the West Bloomfield Aquatic Center, said at the center Feb. 1 that the recreational activities in the township are run and backed by quality people.

“It’s just a really friendly atmosphere,” she said. “(We’ve) got a great group of people — park staff that do everything, and they do it well — and a talented group of people, recreation staff.”

Simon, who also attends Fein’s Pilates class, said she was bored with her regular workouts of cardio and weightlifting, and craved an “added dimension.” 

“I gave it a shot, and it is something different,” she said.

For more information on all of the programs available, go to www.westbloomfieldparks.org.

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