It is unequaled and different from any other type of exercise. It captures the essence of exercise movements and rhythm and combines it with fun! The routines are designed to burn fat, work the muscles and improve physical and mental fitness.
Drums Alive is full of powerful and motivating music and drumming rhythms that really get the body moving. It's proven to burn just as many calories as running without the knee pain.
How it works: each person in the class is given drum sticks and an anchored stability ball that is used as a drum. The class follows the instructor's moves around their balls in time to the music.
You can join the fun and try Drums Alive at Sana Vita Studio in the West Loop.
About Marilyn Glielmi
Owner of Sana Vita Studio
Marilyn Glielmi is considered one of Chicago's most credentialed fitness instructor. She holds a master's degree in exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation. Her certifications include ACSM, AFAA, IDEA, Pilates, Ashtanga yoga (also known as power yoga), Hatha yoga (especially good for runners), pre and post natal Pilates, with a strong educational and experience base in functional anatomy, biomechanics, Thai massage and muscle activation technique. She was recently was voted Chicago's best fitness by the readers of Today's Chicago Woman.
Glielmi comes from a loving Italian family and has lived in Chicago all her life. She graduated from Loyola/Mundelein and obtained her master's degree from Northeastern. She is a single mom to two adorable white Westies.
In the past, Glielmi was with St Joseph and Northwestern Memorial Hospitals as an exercise physiologist in cardiac rehab. In addition, she has been a featured lecturer on various health and fitness related topics for numerous corporations in the Chicagoland area.
She has the education and experience to assess the exercise needs of everyone with whom she instructs. She is strongly committed to the philosophy passed down by Joseph Pilates and the power and the depth of the method he originally developed. Glielmi believes that yoga brings qualities of clarity, mindfulness and peace into our lives. She is committed to empowering the elderly and women. She has worked with eating disordered women, assisting them in enhancing their body image and self-esteem, while focusing on internally motivated empowering approaches to eating and exercise.
Glielmi is among the first Chicago fitness instructors to offer Yamuna Body Rolling (YBR). She says it's the next step for fans of Yoga and Pilates. YBR is the ultimate way to promote physical well being without the bulked-up results of conventional workout methods. It's a workout, massage and chiropractic treatment all in one. The calories roll off, too. This revolutionary approach to health and fitness uses 6 to 10 inch balls designed exclusively for the YBR routines. Unlike other ball exercises, YBR goes far beyond random movement and stretch. It allows one to work specific muscles in detail, to create suppleness in tight areas and optimize range of motion. It reeducates muscles and stimulates bone creating positive, permanent changes in the body. And, it's fun.
Actually, Glielmi's bubbly personality makes it fun to work out with her. In 2004, she opened Sana Vita Studio on the near West Side, offering classes and private instruction. She thought it would serve the near west side, but as word got around, people from River North, Streeterville, the Gold Coast and even Lincoln Park come for private instruction and classes. As owner of Sana Vita Studio, she is passionate about working with men and women of all ages and fitness levels to help them reach their optimal level of function. Her client base ranges from 16 to 79 years.