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On a chilly Colorado evening, I made my way to the corner of 30th & Walnut in Boulder and to my surprise, found a hidden treasure tucked into the corner of a strip mall from a bygone era. Kondition Fitness “takes today’s popular specialized fitness classes and incorporates them into one membership,” according to the owner Emma Straight. Kondition Boulder is a place for all things yoga, cycling, barre, and you can be part of special events like the one I attended.
The event— “One Love: Your Body From the Inside Out”— kicked off with a movement sequence by NUFit founder Natalie Uhling and Jess Hall, the manager of Kondition. A fun hour or so of dance-inspired cardio, both instructors were very mindful that people would be coming at this from different fitness levels. Jess did alternate moves for those who wanted a more low impact workout (although I did this one and it was still a great workout), and then Natalie led the way for those ladies who were ready to sweat!
After the workout portion, we all met in the lobby where we were greeted by Erika Elizabeth, the woman behind By Erika Elizabeth; an adaptogen elixir brand out of Boulder. She made some lovely concoctions for us to try—homemade nut milk mixed with adaptogens from her Feminine Flow line. I had the opportunity to sit down with Erika the night before the event, and she shared what fuels the passion behind her work. With a background in studying holistic nutrition, she’s had to do some of her own healing. Erika really emphasizes how much stress is harming us, and how adaptogens can help restore balance.
The last part of the evening was a panel featuring Natalie, Elizabeth, and Cecily Yousaf from the Fertile Ground Wellness Center. The women chatted about everything from adrenal fatigue and birth control to eating real foods, movement, lowering our stress levels, getting enough sleep, and limiting screen time.
Everyone was so engaged that the event even ran a little over time, and after it ended there were many conversations in the lobby. Every person I talked to there shared how much they genuinely love Kondition, and how the variety has sparked new vigor into their health routine. It feels like they have made a community in this little corner of Boulder. Emma had said, “Kondition really strives to be more holistic, thinking and caring about all facets of our members,” and it shows.
As I left that night, I noticed the bricked arches and the lighting… this little strip mall felt different than when I first arrived. Kondition has brought it back to life.
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.