So, I joined a gym!
Let's start off by saying that in school, "gym" was my least favorite class.
Now, I'm a Mom, with kids, a husband, appointments, housework, meals, laundry - you know what I'm talking about.
Oh, and then on top of my “home life", I am your Whidbey Island Macaroni Kid Publisher.
It's a busy life with lots of seemingly valid excuses for not taking the time to take care of myself.
I am always moving, as I am sure you are too, but that isn't functional fitness. We might sweat, and move quickly from task to task, or to someone's needs or requests - however, real exercise is what will keep our bodies in the best shape possible - to be ready for all that our lives demand from us.
As I get older, I've noticed that not making my health a priority doesn't serve anyone well.
Finally, I decided to do something about it. As you might relate, after a while of self-neglect, the signs become more and more obvious. As clothes fit a little tighter, or the days when I feel “uncomfortable in my skin”, that adds to my emotional stress. Who needs more stress?
For the past couple of months, I have been a member of Thrive Community fitness.
I will be sharing my experiences, both personal - and my discoveries of what Thrive Community Fitness has to offer you. Thrive is sponsoring these articles, and my membership at the gym, so that I can give my readers both an ear to my journey and eyes into what makes Thrive Community Fitness the best place to begin your walk to better fitness. Yes, I said walk - it's not a marathon. Remember that today's efforts are appreciated by your "Tomorrow Self". Thrive Community Fitness, and I, want to encourage you to improve your future.
A Look Inside Thrive Community Fitness:
Thrive Community Fitness as a facility, inside its 12,000 sq. foot space has new PRECOR equipment, hydromassage loungers, a classroom stocked with workout essentials, a sauna, locker rooms, a stand-up tanning booth, and more.
Thrive Community Fitness offers drop-in childcare for members, and for non-members!
That's right! Your children ages 6 months to 13 years are welcome to enjoy the attention and interaction with Thrive's childcare staff. Monday through Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. you can work out, take a class - or, take a break! Run an errand, get to an appointment, have coffee with a friend - whatever you'd like to do - knowing your kids will have a fun time. Reservations are recommended, $10 per hour, per child, paid in advance.
There are classes for everybody at Thrive Community Fitness:
Included in their monthly schedule of classes are a variety of options to choose from. Visit their website and you will see that classes are noted by category: Agility, Cardio, Strength, and General. Giving you an even better way to select a class are the clickable boxes, next to the category, with a short description of what to expect.
Among the classes offered are Zumba, Barre (for agility), Yoga, Mixedfit, Cycling, Les Mills Body Combat and Body Pump, and Tropix Island-Inspired Dance Class, and more.
Amy Tries Two Classes And, How Did It Go?:
Initially, getting to Thrive Community Fitness for classes was, of course, not the anxiety-ridden, uncomfortable experience I might have feared.
It’s not that I had gym-phobia or thought they were torture places full of grunting big guys and fit women to intimidate me – ok, maybe I did have those images. No, my fears and reservations were about doing something new.Those first days to the gym felt to me, like the first day of school. I fretted over “what to wear” and “what to take with me”. Funny, huh?Our minds, too, can come up with all sorts of reasons and possible horrible outcomes to keep us from self-improvement.
As a team, the staff at Thrive are the best in "gym spirit". The moment I walk in the front door, to anyone I encounter in the hallways, and in the classes I take, there is someone to acknowledge me, usually with a “Hello” and a smile. That makes me feel good that I made the decision to get there today.
I found the class environment to be genuinely welcoming and laid-back. It was as if the aura and ambience was a warm pool. Come in, stretch out, and get moving at your own pace.I am not very coordinated. This too had kept me from joining an in-person fitness class. In Fit Foundations, and in Kettlebell Amped, I noticed the ladies and gentlemen kept in pace with the instructor’s direction, but with a little bit of unique flair on the steps, depending on their own body’s condition – and current agility.
The class I began with was “Fit Foundations”, as I fell into that category of “inactive”. This class is instructed by Jo Ann, an incredible Certified Personal Trainer. The music is “oldies” rock, and the other class members are fun to work out with. As Jo Ann demonstrates the workout, she does also show lower-impact options if you have any physical conditions to consider.
Once I had been to Fit Foundations for a month or so, I joined Kettlebell Amped. Jo Ann also teaches this class which is a little more fast-paced and “choreographed”. She does demonstrate options to work out with less impact. Jo Ann encourages you to work at your “safe level” – but to move along with the steps as you learn them. The classroom has the kettlebells ready to go, all you need to bring is your yoga mat and water.
I was missed! My instructor noticed my return to class, after I was away from the gym for a family vacation. She showed concern for my body’s reaction to the class and inquired as to if in fact that was the reason I was absent. That impressed me.
How Do I Feel This Month:
I’m not a “hop on the scale” person. I find the positive results of my efforts to become more fit are more apparent in how I feel as I live my daily life. Fit Foundations has improved my balance and coordination. Completing classes in Kettlebell AMPD has increased my cardio endurance and I definitely feel tolerable, beneficial muscle workout (toning) in the weeks since I began attending.
Fit Foundations is a foundational strength training and balance class designed for older adults and individuals returning to fitness after inactivity or injury. The focus here is proper technique and body control, emphasized through classic exercises.
Kettlebell AMPD is a group fitness format that takes heart-pumping music and kettlebell moves and combines them into 60 minutes of calorie-torching fun! The program uses lightweight kettlebells, in both traditional and non-traditional ways, to create a fun, effective full-body workout. Combining the benefits of strength training, functional movements and cardiovascular exercise, this program is a safe and effective workout for all ages and fitness levels.
Tune in next month, when we will visit the Thrive Community Fitness Childcare area - and, find out how I am progressing in my journey to better fitness!
In the meantime, Thrive Community Fitness is offering $0-Enrollment for the summer!
Join me, at the gym! I'm looking for an exercise partner - or, find one yourself and get started today!
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