Pricing News

Pricing News

In an effort to keep everyone informed and not have any surprises for our clients, we wanted to let you know that Ypsi Studio will be raising its group exercise class prices beginning August 19, 2013. Price increases are never fun, but we’ve grown by leaps and bounds since we first opened in 2004, yet we’ve never once raised our prices in that whole time. To continue to provide a transformational fitness experience for our members, and to continue to provide this experience well into the future, we must make this price change.

Please know that we have done everything we could to make this impact as minimal as possible on you, our valued clients. In an effort to be as transparent as possible, we are providing below more information about the price increase. And please know you can always talk to Julia, or one of the other staff members, if you have questions or concerns.


1.) We have kept our increase as minimal as possible.
The increase is small as possible, while still making it possible to reach our future goals – namely getting new indoor cycling bikes into the studio, making many small improvements in the studio, and expanding the space available for classes and personal training.

2.) We are still competitive, price-wise.
Ypsi Studio’s prices are still 25 percent to 40 percent lower than the average of our competitors’ prices.

3.) You can still save.
The larger a commitment a client makes to the Studio, the lower the price is — and the lower the price increase. The average increase for punch cards is 12 percent; the average increase for unlimited passes is 9 percent.

4.) You can stock up on deals now.
The new prices go into effect on August 19th. This means that you still have until August 18th to stock up on punch-cards and unlimited passes if you wish!

The new pricing structure is below. Senior, Student, and Personal Training client discounts still apply.

Punch cards

  • 8 class punch card is $75
  • 16 class punch card is $140
  • 24 class punch card is $190

Unlimited Passes

  • 1 month unlimited pass is $85
  • 2 months unlimited pass is $155
  • 3 months unlimited pass is $210
  • 6 months unlimited pass is $375
  • 12 months unlimited pass is $640

Drop In: $12

First Time Drop In: $5

How Hard Should You Be Working?

Have you ever worked out and wondered, “Am I doing this right?” Have you worried whether you’re breathing too much, or not enough? Is your heart rate in the right range? It can get overwhelming to think about, but thankfully Julia Collins, owner of Ypsi Studio, is here with some workout guidelines. Take it away, Julia!

When you work out, you want to think about your exertion being in zones from one to four — one being up and awake, and four being all out, which you can only do for about 20 second stretches at a time. You’ll want to adjust your zones to ensure that you have ample time for recovery, and that you’re not demanding too much from your workout. For example, if you’re going for a long run, you obviously can’t be in zone four the whole time. You’ll probably want to be in a 2-3 in that case.

Here’s more about the zones and workouts therein:

  • One: You’re up and awake. You’re not breathing hard. You are moving, but it’s not difficult on any level.
  • Two: Comfortable work. You could keep this up for a long while, but you’re still exerting yourself to a degree.
  • Three: Uncomfortable work. This is challenging. Three is a really important zone — one of those places where it’s hard to stay there, but the more you can challenge yourself to endure zone 3, the more benefit your body will get.
  • Four: Anaerobic work. Here, you will be quite breathless, and sweating profusely. You’re only meant to endure zone 4 for about 15-20 seconds.

The trick about zones is that it’s all about perceived exertion. In other words, someone else’s two is your four. So the best thing to do is to check in with your body, and be mindful of how hard you’re working. In a typical 50-minute class, you should be in your 2-3 most of the time. So if you’re feeling like you’re breathless in your two, you’re going to pass out in a 50-minute class. In that case, slow down, and take it to a level that you can maintain through the whole workout. Conversely, if you’ve completed the whole 50-minute class and barely broken a sweat, you may need to adjust your zones so they’re more challenging.


Survey Says!

A big thank you to everyone who completed our survey in May! We learned a great deal from you. Many of the changes that you will see happening in the Studio this summer are in response to your comments, while others reflect achievements we have been striving for over the last year or so.

Some changes that are already in place or coming very soon are:

  • New fans, better organization of materials in the group exercise room, and more focus on keeping the Studio space clean and tidy
  • Moving the stereo upstairs further away from the stairs (and therefore the group exercise room)
  • Better advertising of the showers that are available at the Studio
  • New classes, and more classes, on the calendar
  • Electronic check in. We are transitioning to Mind Body Online for an electronic check in and payment system. This means that you’ll be able to check in to classes by scanning a key card, reserve a space in a class online, and add punches to your card or months to your unlimited pass online.
  • Paper towels for the bathroom. Until we have this in place, we are making additional clean towels available in each bathroom so it is easy to switch to a clean hand towel at any time.

Changes that we hope will be coming in the next several months:

  • Expansion of space: we are still hoping to expand the space of Ypsi Studio to have more group exercise classrooms, a bigger group exercise room, another bathroom, and more space for members to store their belongings while they work out.
  • Addition of new equipment: we are working to get new equipment, including all new Indoor Cycling bikes and TRX equipment.

Even if we are not able to achieve our dreams exactly as they are mapped out at this time, we will continue to keep improving things at Ypsi Studio so that each member has the best possible workout experience. Thank you for your input, and for your continued support of your small, local fitness studio!

[Image credit: Flickr/Creative Commons]

Jump Into a New Ypsi Studio!

We have been working hard lately to listen to our clients and make changes around Ypsi Studio that will benefit everyone. One of the biggest improvements we’ve made is the addition of a new way to check into Ypsi Studio. This new system, called Mind Body Online (or MBO for short) will allow you to track your fitness, check how many classes you have in your account, purchase more classes online, and make and cancel reservations. Everyone will get an individual key tag, which will replace the old punch-card system. It’s going to be truly transformative to the Ypsi Studio experience!

To help launch the new MBO system, we’re having a party this Friday, June 14 from 4:30 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. During that time, you can stop by and get acquainted with how everything works. Then, the system will officially launch on Saturday, June 15.

If you can’t stop by, no worries. The Yspi Studio staff will be on hand to help you engage the new MBO system during your next class, workout, or training. You can also set up your own account by going to

> In the upper right corner, click login

> In the search field that appears on the login page, type Ypsi Studio

> On the following page, type your first and last name into the “New to our Site?” fields

> Fill in in the remaining contact information, and create a login.

> Then click “create account” and you’re all set. We’ll show you all the benefits of the signup and take it to the next level at the Studio.

We are excited to streamline our services and help the Studio be the best it can be!

[Photo credit: Flickr/Creative Commons]

Should I Be Building Muscle?

Today on the blog, Julia talks about strength training and its place in a healthy fitness routine.

Strength training is one of those things that people can get really nervous about. Questions arise such as: Should I be doing it? What if I bulk up? Won’t I gain weight if I’m building muscle?

If you’re afraid of adding strength training into your workout regimen, don’t be. The truth is, there are myriad benefits to this kind of exercise. Working big muscle groups will challenge your cardiovascular system, and you’ll burn calories while you change your body composition. The great news about strength training is that it keeps your metabolism pumping for a few hours, even after you stop. That’s different from a run or a bike ride, where your metabolism goes down almost immediately after you stop. So if you’re looking to lose weight and burn more calories over the long-term, strength training is key.

Women often worry about “bulking up,” but we just don’t have enough testosterone in our bodies to create huge muscles like men. What will happen instead is that you’re much more likely to get lean and strong, and you’ll also see an improvement in your functional living. Did you know that women walk an average of three miles each day? This is much more than the average for men, and as one Ypsi Studio goer pointed out to me, women are usually carrying things as well! Kids, groceries, you name it. Strength training can help make these everyday activities easier.

If you’re looking for ways to fold strength training into your workouts, check out the Ypsi Studio calendar. One great way to start is Boot Camp, and you can always modify the workouts if you feel like they’re too challenging at first. There’s also willPower & grace, which builds strength and is aerobic, and don’t forget TRX with Shirley. You can always book sessions with our personal trainers too. If you have questions about this, don’t be afraid to ask. We’re a friendly bunch at Ypsi Studio, and we look forward to helping you achieve your fitness goals!

Routine Analysis

How do you avoid the dreaded “workout slump” but still get to the gym regularly? Julia Collins, owner of Ypsi Studio, offers some tips for finding balance between the necessary and the mundane.

People say to me all the time, “If I work out every single day I’ll get bored.” I usually have two thoughts in reply. One, is that you brush your teeth and shower every day as well. Those things aren’t optional, they’re necessary self-care, and it’s often helpful to think about exercise in the same way. Do it because it’s great for your health, your body and your mind. Secondly, I remind people that if you do the same thing every workout — running, lifting weights, indoor cycling — you WILL get bored. Monotony is not the same as routine.

Routine means you’ve carved out regular time and space in your life for exercise. But that doesn’t mean you have to do the same thing over and over. Remember to keep an open mind about taking new classes and exploring new types of exercise. That will help you avoid fitness ruts. Keep in mind that even working in your garden for a period can be exercise, if your heart rate is up and you break a sweat.

You don’t have to love the exercise that your best friend loves, either. Find what works for you, and keep doing it. That’s when routine really works.

Be My (Studio) Valentine!

How do I love Ypsi Studio? Let me count the ways …

As the holiday of cupid and love approaches, let’s put down the candy hearts and write a Valentine to Ypsi Studio. After all …

Has the sheer awesomeness of Ypsi Studio made a difference in your life?
Have you found a workout class you love?
Do you have a trainer who supports and encourages you?
Have you challenged your idea of your own limitations?

These are all reasons to declare our love for Ypsi Studio. And there is a contest and prizes if you do!

Right now, there’s a box at the front desk where you can place your Valentine to Ypsi Studio. You can write a poem, draw a picture, pen a Haiku — whatever you wish! The deadline for submitting your Valentine is this Thursday, February 14, at 7:00 P.M. Julia herself will pick a winner from the entries, and she’ll be giving said winner a chakra water bottle and a free hour of personal training time!

So get out your construction paper and paste, and have at it! Be creative, have fun, and bring the romance! For the Studio, that is …

Looking Bad to Look Good

Today’s blog post comes from Lara Zielin, who teaches indoor cycling at the studio. She talks about how scary trying out indoor cycling was at first, and how tempting it was for her to stop working out, especially when she knew she wasn’t very good at what she was doing. But she didn’t let the journey stop there. Here’s the story in her own words:

Since many of us are making New Year’s resolutions (and trying to stick to them), I thought I’d tell the story about the first time I went to an indoor cycling class. It wasn’t a New Year’s resolution per se, but it was definitely part of my plan to get in shape and try something new.

Can I just tell you? I WAS SO SCARED. Holy crap.

I mean, I really didn’t want to go. And also? I didn’t have a friend to go with me, so I was winging it solo. And having never done this before, I didn’t really know what to expect.

We all know that Ypsi Studio is a really community-oriented place. Well, imagine being on the OUTSIDE of the community and walking into a space where everyone knows everyone — except you. YOU are the outsider. And you are here to do something you’ve never done before.

Holy fishsticks, I was petrified. I was going to look like an asshat. And be on the outside of a tight group of people while I did it.

I’d love to tell you I didn’t look like a struggling newbie that first time on the bike. But I kind of did. I mean, everyone looks like a struggling newbie in their first ever indoor cycling class. But that’s kind of part of trying something new. You’re going to not look like a total professional for a while.

I’d love to also tell you that I was accepted into the fold at that first class and everyone wanted to make friends with me. But that wasn’t true either. I slunk in and out of the class, and it wasn’t until I’d gone a few times — and made the effort to talk with some folks — that I started making friends.

These days, I’m part of the fabric of Ypsi Studio, and I teach indoor cycling classes there. But the reason I’m saying all this is because it’s easy to think that just because I do those things that I never struggled with it. But I did. Big time. It took a while for me to get into the grove of the workouts, the people, and to find something I loved doing and wanted to stick with.

So when I do half marathons or teach classes or whatever — just know, I’m not a size six (far, far from it — in fact, double that number) and this stuff didn’t/doesn’t come easily to me.

So maybe our New Year’s resolution shouldn’t be to lose the weight or get to a certain fitness level, but rather to just keep on keeping on (“just keep swimming” as Dory would say) and to keep going back, again and again, even when we think we’ll never master whatever it is we’re attempting.

It’s okay to look like an asshat.

Just don’t stop there.

[This post originally appeared on]


Julia Looks Back, Looks Ahead

As many of us think about the start of 2013, I know we’ll be crafting New Year’s resolutions. What will we do better? What will we do differently?

This is all well and good, and goals are critical to success. But before you look ahead, I hope you’ll reflect on all the wonderful successes you had in 2012.

At Ypsi Studio, I am blessed to be surrounded by amazing people, day in and day out, and I know there are so many people reading this who kicked butt this year. 

For example, many of you ran races in 2012 that were big milestones. A first 5k, a first 10k, a first Iron Turkey, a first half-marathon, even a first Iron Man! And many of you set personal records when you ran said races. We call these “P.R.’s” and the number of times I heard the phrase “P.R.” this year was mind-boggling.

Many of you also challenged yourselves physically by beginning a personal training journey with Shirley, Josh, or another trainer at Ypsi Studio. These workouts are no joke, and I have seen the results firsthand. I am so proud of all of you who get up when it’s early, or when your muscles still ache from the LAST workout, and you do it even when you don’t want to. That right there is courage and grit and determination—all rolled up into one.

So many of you also got out of your comfort zones with Ypsi Studio classes this year. Whether it was giving willPower & grace a try, or TRX, or a group training class, or climbing on a bike for an indoor cycling class for the first time—I saw countless folks just getting out of their routines. I love to see that. Shaking it up, finding the workout you’re passionate about—these are keys to long-term success.

And I can think of so many people who have experienced a monumental physical transformation as a result of all this hard work. Weight losses, personal bests, added strength and confidence—this is what keeps me coming to my job day in and day out. This is the stuff that changes our lives. It is truly transformative, and I’m so excited by all of it. By all of you.

The community at Ypsi Studio is what knits us all together and keeps us on the right track. So for anyone reading this who is new to the studio, trust that the people you meet (and will become friends with!) will help you in your journey.

I thank all of you for making 2012 so great. Here’s to celebrating what you’ve all done, and to even more success in 2013!

Peace and love,


Glorious Gloria!

Today on the blog, we talk with the lovely Gloria Gaynor, who teaches Bedtime Yoga at the Studio. Gloria is in her 60s, but you’d never know it. She’s fit, positive, and proactive about her health. And, would you believe it, Gloria didn’t start exercising until she was past 40! She tells us all about her fitness journey in today’s post.

How long have you been teaching yoga, and how did you get started doing it?

I started practicing yoga about five years ago. After the first class, I decided I would never go back because I felt so inflexible – everyone was “better” than I was! Eventually, I returned to yoga because I realized I felt so much more relaxed after yoga – both physically and mentally. In May 2009 I started training to run a half-marathon. One day, as I was running with my run-coach, it was as if I had a revelation – I turned to him and said: “I am going to retire and teach yoga.” Two years later that is exactly what I did.

I have been teaching yoga since January 2012. Of course, since that first class, I have learned that yoga is a journey – no one is “better” or “worse” – everyone is just at a different place in their journey. I also realized that I teach yoga not just for the physical aspect but also for the mental relaxation and the mind-body connection.

What was the inspiration behind bedtime yoga?

Bedtime Yoga grew out of this desire to offer everyone the opportunity to relax, restore, spend time within, and to become aware of the movements of their bodies.

What has your fitness journey been like? Have you always been active, or is this something you’ve started doing in the past few years?

I was not physically active, unless you count running after two growing children, until the year I turned 40. Again, a revelation! I decided I did not want to be “fat and forty” so I joined Weight Watchers and started walking. I eventually took classes at Washtenaw County Recreation Center, my favorite being kick-boxing. I lost over 50 pounds and have stayed physically active ever since. On my 60th birthday I held a five-minute plank and that record stood for several years at YpsiStudio. Last August, 2012, I held a 10+ minute plank as a part of the YpsiStudio/Infinite Iron StudiOlympics. Plank is somewhat like yoga for me, it is less about the physical and more about the mind-body connection.

What might you say to someone your age looking to jump-start their fitness routine?

Ypsi Studio is a place of refuge for me. I like to be there, not only for the physical challenges I experience when I am there, but also the community of people. Julia Collins is an inspiration and a motivation. I treasure my experiences teaching yoga as well as staying active and fit in so many other ways. I will be 65 this coming August and I would say to anyone who wants to begin a journey toward physical fitness and self-awareness, be they 20 – 40 – or 60+, find something you enjoy doing, find a place you enjoy doing it, and people you want to be with and then, do it for yourself. There is no one in your world more important than you!