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The first week of the new year is behind us. Do you already feel your fitness motivation slipping? Don’t panic! We chatted with Beth Bedingfield—owner of TransFORM Colorado—on her goals for 2019, trying new things, and committing to your overall health and wellness.
My suggestion is always trying a bunch of different workouts and finding a method or modality that you like or enjoy. Some people will like HIIT, some cardio classes, some cycling. It's important to enjoy what you are doing, that will help get you in a routine. Find an instructor or a community you feel connected to. A lot of times a good instructor or people you meet within the studio is what will keep you coming back. I also say to book your classes in advance and commit to them. Most studios have cancellation policies. If you book in advance, this will hold you more accountable to show up, so you don't break the bank paying a fee. Once you start feeling the results of the workout, you’ll want to continue with the exercises.
At TransFORM, we put a lot of emphasis on community. We want to create an atmosphere where people feel welcomed, included—a safe space where individuals do not feel judged. We do a lot of community events and giveaways as well as challenges to help keep people involved and engaged. The more people keep coming back to the studio, the more familiar faces they see, and the relationships they organically develop. First, they come for the workout, but why they stay is the community and experience. We believe not all fitness goals are physical. Not everyone comes to exercise to be in better shape, sometimes that is just the result. A lot of people come to decompress, get away from stressful careers, find organic self-confidence, meet friends and discover a place where they belong. Our job as instructors is to nurture those goals that focus on the mind, as well as the body.
Try it more than once! The first time can be intimidating. It's a new machine, with a group of people that may seem at first glance that they know what they are doing. Never get discouraged your first time. Everyone is in the same boat their first class; they're just trying to get through the best they can. It can feel very technical and move quickly at times. We always tell new people, don't get discouraged if your first experience feels overwhelming. It takes two to three classes to feel comfortable with the machine and movements.
Plan your workout schedule, and book your classes a week in advance. It will hold you accountable. If you are someone who likes going to work out with someone else, get a workout buddy and sign up together. Keep each other moving!
My New Year’s Resolution is to slow down, sleep better and take more time for self-care. When you work in fitness, your whole job is so revolved around helping others take care of themselves and achieve their goals, that you sometimes forget to take care of you.
TransFORM will be expanding in 2019 to our second location, with hopefully a third in the works as well! We are even adding yoga to our second location. It will be Colorado’s first music-driven yoga class! I’m so excited to grow this amazing community we have created. We will continue to offer an inclusive, non-judgment safe space where people can come, let go, and have that 30-60 minutes entirely to themselves. Most of us don’t get enough "me" time during the day. When anyone walks through our door, we want TransFORM to be a space that— for the next hour—is all about them.
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.