Transitions Training Studio offers 8-week Weight Management Bariatric Conditioning Program

Have you had or are considering bariatric surgery? The Weight Management Bariatric (WMB) Conditioning Program offered at the Transition Studio may be for you.

If you’re looking to lose significant weight, you can benefit greatly by starting an exercise program under the supervision of a qualified exercise specialist. Whether you’re an individual with little to no exercise experience, lack motivation, are looking for a facility to exercise in, or simply need continuous support and encouragement, our WMB Conditioning Program may be right for you.

Physician approval is required prior to enrollment. If you have any additional questions, you can email them to

What: Bariatric Conditioning Program
When: Rolling admissions
Where: 325 East Eisenhower Parkway, immediately west of Art Van Furniture
Contact: or 734-232-1196

Personal training and exercise classes offered at Transitions Studio

The U-M Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) provides one-on-one personal training sessions that promote health and fitness for both our patients and the general public.

We offer personal training sessions performed by degreed and certified professionals to assist participants in achieving improved body composition and weight control, decreased stress and depression, increased muscle strength and endurance, improved cardiovascular fitness, reduced risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis, lower blood pressure, healthier bones, muscles and joints and improved flexibility, balance and agility.

The Transitions Training Studio is a medically-based fitness facility that provides an enjoyable exercise environment for you whether you’re transitioning from therapy or looking for a safe environment to start. Some of the equipment you will find at our location includes:

StarTrac & Vision Treadmills
Upright & Recumbent Bikes
Elipticals  & Stairmaster
Nustep Recumbent Steppers
FreeMotion & Magnum Strength Machines
Dumbbells, small and large therapy balls, kettlebells, bands, TRX suspension, BOSU trainers, and balance equipment

We would be happy to help you reach your health and fitness goals at the Transitions Training Studio. Call us to set up your first personal training session today. 

Contact Information:
Department of Physical Medicine &  Rehabilitation, Transitions Training Studio, 325 East Eisenhower Parkway, Garden Level, Suite 12, Ann Arbor, Mich. 48108, 734-232-1196.

Pilates Classes at PM&R start in SEPTEMBER!

Below you will find the Fall/Winter Schedule for all Pilates classes conducted at the Burlington Building by our own certified Pilates Instructors. Classes run for 14 weeks and begin on Thursday September 10th.  All registration is held through MHealthy and you can go to their website to find out more. You will see additional instructions on the attached document that will help (used for early bird registration).

 All classes participants are required to take a private lesson prior to attending the class. Registration is permitted as long as a private lesson is obtained before the start of the class. An introductory price of $50 for the private is available to all new enrollees.  You can also consult the brochure below containing the contact information for our Pilates instructors.  If you have difficulty contacting someone don’t hesitate to let Britt Michel know.
Fall/Winter Schedule
Pilates Brochure

Beat the crowds and register early!

Transitions Studio Featured in mCancer Talk Blog

When retired academic librarian Trilby Taylor Kinzey moved from New Jersey to Ann Arbor, Michigan, nine years ago to live close to one of her daughters, she looked for a fitness studio to help keep her healthy. She found U-M’s Transitions Studio and never left.

mCancerPartner: What originally brought you to U-M’s Transitions Studio?

Kinzey: I was involved in a hospital-based exercise program in New Jersey and I loved it. It helped me lose weight and kept me healthy. I wanted a non-commercial exercise program, something that wasn’t a chain or a franchise, and discovered U-M. I thought their program would be good for me because of my age. They have all the exercise equipment I used at my previous program, and I’m able to do a half hour of stretching at the end of the class, which is good for me.


Transitions Studio Client Celebrates 102nd Birthday With Exercise

Transitions Studio Client Margaret Rookes celebrated her 102nd birthday yesterday at the studio. On this, her official birthday, have a look at this story written about Margaret on her 100th birthday.

100-year-old UMHS patient on exercise: “You’re never too old to start”
by Beata Mostafavi

A gym for the 65-and-over crowd: Senior participants break a sweat at UMHS’s Functional Fitness class; one of program’s first-ever participants turns 100

In between chats with friends and quips with her fitness trainer, Margaret Rookes spent a recent morning walking on the treadmill, stepping on a NuStep and leg pressing 100 pounds.

When it comes to maintaining her three-times-a-week, 75-minute workout routine, Margaret makes no excuses – not even the fact that she just turned 100 years old.

“I wouldn’t be in this condition if I didn’t come here,” says Margaret, sporting white sneakers while switching between strength and cardiovascular machines and stretching exercises. “It’s kept me moving. It’s kept me young.”

At age 89, Margaret was one of the first three participants to enroll in the Functional Fitness for Older Adults class that started at the University of Michigan Health System more than a decade ago. The class, which is offered by the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for people age 65 and over, has since grown to more than 60 gym-goers.

For Margaret, the class offers a social outlet and place to connect with peers while improving her strength, balance, endurance and mobility – components that typically decline with age and can pose major health risks for older adults.