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I had never taken high-intensity fitness classes before going to F45. As someone who grew up dancing, doing yoga, or hitting the Pilates reformer, I never thought I’d be interested in bootcamp-style workouts like these. But after my first class, I was shocked at how much I loved it. Within days, I decided to become a member. Here’s why...
One of my favorite things about F45 is that the routine switches each day. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are traditionally more cardio-based workouts, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are focused on weightlifting. I had started to get a little bored in my other yoga, Pilates, and barre classes because I felt like it was the same thing every day. F45 switches it up daily, so you aren’t doing the same movements, and you get to work different parts of your body!
I was so scared to try my first F45 class. I had been thinking about it for months but was intimidated because I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the class would be filled with super-strong bodybuilder-type guys. I was so wrong! My first class was primarily female, and the instructors were so nice and inviting! I was bummed it took me so long to try it. The atmosphere was so community-driven and friendly—I immediately felt at ease, and the class was fast, super fun, and an incredible workout! I became a member right after that first class and have loved every minute of it since.
F45 made a conscious decision not to have mirrors in their classes. This makes a huge difference that I’d never thought about before. I love it because it keeps everyone’s focus more on the workout and less on looking at ourselves or worrying about our appearances. Rather than fussing with my outfit or making sure my ponytail stays intact, I’m sweating like nobody’s watching, literally. And if you’re thinking about form, don't worry. Instructors go around the room the whole time and give corrections!
Going into a bootcamp style class, I had this irrational fear that I’d end up super jacked and bulky. My goal was to become leaner and more toned, and I didn’t know if F45 would be the right type of workout for me to achieve that. I was so wrong. I’ve noticed how the classes at F45 have toned my body in the best way, without bulking out. They’re guaranteed to get you sweating, so if you're looking for restorative or low impact, this may not be for you. It is a high-intensity team training workout that is fast-paced and intense. But don’t worry, it's just the right amount.
The classes provide various weights, so if you’re like me and new to the whole weightlifting thing, start light. They encourage people to protect their bodies and work at their own pace to do what’s best for them. It’s great because you can choose to go a little harder one day but keep it lighter and focus on recovery and form the next day! Don’t push it. Overall, there’s something exceptional about F45—it really is life-changing team training.
Ready to see what the hype’s about? Find an F45 studio near you to book your first class!
The intentions we set in our daily lives are often methods for healing wounds, whether they’re self-inflicted or have been passed down to us by others. Developing a conscious practice to get rid of negative thoughts or feelings we’re holding onto can help us move in a more positive direction toward letting go, healing, and being present.
Moving intentionally within our bodies allows us to fully notice how they feel so we can acknowledge and target the right areas. Some days we struggle to work hard enough while others, we push ourselves too hard! We do this both in class and in other areas of our life. It's important to remember to understand our bodies’ rhythms or fatigue while making space for our humanness, feelings, or need to be vulnerable.
Here are a few simple guidelines for following intentions during your workout:
Remember that just like in life, taking a moment to pause and build the appropriate foundation will undoubtedly support you to be 100% successful on your journey. At The Dailey Method, we refer to this kind of mindful exercise as a “meditation in movement” and begin our practice with intentions. During the warmup, instructors encourage students to set an intention for their workout, even if it’s just a focus on breath, and then revisit it during their final resting pose. Often, we associate these goals with our Word of the Month, a specific theme to help guide our practice each month. But there are so many intentions to choose from—moving with your breath, moving with grace, forgiving yourself, shining your light out, the options are limitless, and you can alter them each day depending on where you are right here and right now.
“Personally, I am so grateful for this process being part of my Dailey practice,” says Jill Dailey, founder of The Dailey Method. “It is a built-in opportunity for me to stay in the present, and when I wander (because of course I do!) a tool to guide my presence back to the here and now.”
When the workout gets challenging or you feel like giving up at any point during class, set an intention to pause and remember the fact that we are all on this same path, doing this exercise together. You have all the tools you need to be successful—even if it means taking a quick rest or resetting your alignment! Don’t compare yourself to others; just focus on yourself and your goals for the workout. Remember why you’re there.
As you leave class, move with deliberation and show up at your next appointment, event, family gathering, or grocery shopping excursion as the greatest version of you. You just rocked your class and brought effort, strength, perseverance, and commitment. Acknowledge that and bring it with you. Don't forget about the intentions you set during class; figure out how you can apply them to other areas of your life!
Make moving with intention part of your next workout by taking a class at The Dailey Method near you today!