Our Trainers

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Melissa Francis

My Background: I've been in the field of fitness, specifically Pilates since 1997.  I am certified by the Pilates Method Alliance, and have Comprehensive Certifications from both the PhysicalMind Institute and Core Grace Pilates, I hold a Pre/Postnatal Pilates Certification from The Center for Women's Fitness. CECs in Injury and protocols, spinal health and Fascial Training courses including an unembalmed Cadaver Dissection and Fascia course, and many other courses. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering.  And I am a faculty Instructor for Balanced Body, Inc. for comprehensive Pilates, Barre, and anatomy.

My clients:  have included all fitness levels from professional dancers to Olympic athletes, to post PT, prenatal/postnatal, and special needs clients.  I enjoy working with all levels because each person challenges me in their own way to become a better instructor.

How and what I teach:  My diverse life experiences have enabled me to gain a deep understanding of how and why Pilates works, how it feels in your body, and more importantly, the positive effects movement can have in the quality of everyday life for every individual.  My fascination with the body, biomechanics and beautiful movement inspire me to continue learning and growing in order to have the tools and knowledge to then inspire all levels of exercisers to achieve and surpass their physical goals. My instruction focuses on proper form, body awareness and positive feedback to encourage clients to excel further than they thought capable.  I try to incorporate a sense of humor so that each session is new, challenging, beneficial and fun.  I teach privates, duets, mat and reformer classes, Barre, Orbit, Core Align,  Fascia, and all instructor courses for the full Pilates Certification through Balanced Body Inc.   I also hold workshops to enrich my client’s knowledge of their own body and movement awareness.

I look forward to working with you and learning with you.

 
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Michelle Deer

My love of Pilates began with my first class and has grown into becoming a Comprehensive Pilates Instructor.  I was looking for a way to strengthen my body and what I found with Pilates is the ability to strengthen with control while gaining flexibility. I had NO idea a body could move in such a way. In January 2013 when offered the chance to help others I quickly jumped at the opportunity and started my training to become a Pilates Instructor. In March 2014, I passed my practical exam and was awarded my Comprehensive certificate.

I love Spin, TRX and HIIT training, but this type of training is very hard on one’s body and without proper form can cause damage. I thought I was using good form until I started working with a Pilates instructor. She quickly showed me how to up my game at the gym by using good posture while incorporating core. I am hooked...

I am certified in McEntire Education and BioCored. Science has supported the idea that the healing processes of the Pilates Method restores the disruption of mind, body and spirit that happens to all of us through everyday stresses, poor eating habits and spiritual disconnection that distance us from the natural balance we were all born with – homeostasis.

Corrective physical exercise triggers biochemical changes that spur neuroplasticity, helping us achieve balanced and healthy mind-body- spirit connections and returning us to homeostasis. As Joseph Pilates noted, “A body free from nervous tension and fatigue is the ideal shelter provided by nature for housing a well-balanced mind, fully capable of successfully meeting all the complex problems of modern living.”

The McEntire method uses corrective physical exercise to teach the body new movement patterns that will allow the owner to work and live in the everyday world without restrictions. Feel your body moving in ways you thought were impossible and working hard to achieve your goals.

My ultimate Pilates goal is to become a team trainer. I love working with Athletes, but also enjoy post rehab work helping those recovering from injuries. There is no better feeling then watching a client walk without pain, no longer having the fear of falling because their balance is off, or going up and down stairs with no knee trouble.

In addition to my comprehensive certification, I also bring with me certificates in BioCored, Arcus, Anatomy in 3D and Yoga Fit. I’ve attended The McEntire Summit specifically for Golf, completed courses in Osteoporosis, and beginner/advanced Jump Board, and Core Align.

 
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Paul Tibaldi

I have been interested in fitness for as long as I can remember. It is an important part of my life and my motto is, "consistency".  I have a personal training certification from ISSA, have trained in Pilates mat and equipment and Bodhi Ropes.  My goal in working with young athletes is to train them using proper form, and help educate them in the importance of understanding their own body as a tool of the trade.  

 
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Trevor Klump

Trevor Klump joined the University of Detroit Mercy Strength and Conditioning staff as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach in October 2014 and joined the Intelligent Exercise team in October of 2017. Trevor will work with the athletes on speed, agility, plyometrics, and strength, as well as assist with implementing the J-Bands system.


At Detroit Mercy, he is in charge of designing and implementing the strength and conditioning programs for the women's lacrosse, men's and women's soccer, and the men’s and women’s tennis teams. He has also worked directly with the men's basketball, softball, and the men’s and women’s golf programs, implementing their strength and conditioning programs. Trevor also serves as the internship coordinator and runs the departments social media accounts.

Prior to his appointment at Detroit Mercy, Trevor spent three years (August 2011-October 2014) at the University of Michigan, first as a volunteer Strength and Conditioning coach and then for two years as a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning coach. He worked with Olympic sports such as men's and women's track and field and men's gymnastics. Trevor also received the NSCA Student Assistantship Award for 2014 at Michigan, working under mentor Mike Favre.

His certifications include being a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Sport Performance Coach certified through USA Weightlifting, Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified (Pn1), as well as American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR/AED and First Aid certified.


Klump earned his Master's degree from Eastern Michigan University in Exercise Physiology. He earned his undergraduate degree in Exercise Science at Grand Valley State University. Trevor and his wife, Savannah, currently reside in Westland.