The Biggest Way I’m Getting Out of My Fitness Comfort Zone involves a new way to revolutionize fitness here in Charlottesville! By having the flexibility to try different studio classes around town, I’m able to maximize my fitness routine and get out of my comfort zone.
[This post is sponsored by Pivot. Through this partnership, Hello to Fit has or will receive both product and monetary compensation, in exchange for blog posts and posts on social media. As always, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Thank you for your support, and for allowing me to share with you brands that I believe embody the same values and approaches to healthy living!]
As a personal trainer, my job is to take clients out of their comfort zones. Last week I wrote about ways to overcome fear of change, and sometimes that’s what it takes: having a sit-down and acknowledging reasons for why someone is reluctant to change, and how I can help him/her progress past it. One of the most fulfilling things about being a personal trainer is that I get to witness the incredible transitions first-hand. Nothing can describe the feeling of witnessing the following transformations:
- Meeting with a client who is initially unhappy with muscular strength, fitness, eating habits, confidence levels
- Seeing clients grow to appreciate the (good) consequences of hard work, elevating their heart rates, getting (safely) out of breath, and pushing past limits
- Hearing how happy clients are that they feel and look stronger, have better energy, are in better moods, and that their medical health is improving (blood pressure, cholesterol, etc.)
Practicing What I Preach
With my clients, I’m all about taking them out of their comfort zones. But how am I with my own fitness journey? Meh. Since I work at a gym and teach at one yoga studio, those are my home bases, and I pretty much NEVER stray from them. Unless I’m up near D.C. visiting my sister, then we frequent the local spin studio. But I digress.
Each week my workouts consist of some form of the following: strength training, cardio exercise on the upright bike (while I catch up on social media), taking yoga classes at my studio, or teaching classes. I can’t remember the last time I took a big step out of my comfort zone, and it’s hard to admit that to you! While I do try to push myself doing the above activities, I haven’t changed up WHAT I’m doing in a long time.
Photo courtesy: Pivot
Getting Out of My Comfort Zone With Pivot
Partnering with Pivot for the next 90 days will be a huge but doable step out of my comfort zone. I’m pumped to begin documenting my journey with you, and in a way, you’re holding me accountable!
Pivot is a local platform that aims to improve fitness experiences within the Charlottesville community. By encouraging easy and simple accessibility to fitness/yoga studios in the area, members can be more flexible with their fitness routines.
How does it work?
With one convenient membership, I now have access to hundreds of different classes in Charlottesville. Whether I feel like taking a yoga, boot camp, barre, Pilates, or spin class, I can quickly sign up through my desktop or mobile phone. Bam! I’m ready to push myself to new levels.
At the end of each month, you only pay for the classes that you’ve taken. Rather than a monthly, flat fee, Pivot calculates an accurate monthly expense based on class participation. Plus, there are incentives the more classes you sign up for.
My Goals for the Next 90 Days
If I work at a gym and yoga studio, why bother trying new things? To put it simply: plateau. Our bodies will, over time, adapt to the changes that we put it through. If we don’t continually progress and “switch it up”, we tend to maintain our current status. Maintenance isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but I’m ready to shake things up! It will be fun to step into different fitness studios and rise up to each of their challenges.
How I Will Be Using Pivot
Since one of Pivot’s missions is to encourage flexibility around a fitness routine, I’m not making any drastic changes. My home bases are just that: where I spend most of my time, and it makes sense for me to continue working out there. However, my goal is to take one or two classes through Pivot each week, to find new classes I enjoy, and to get out of my comfort zone (i.e. doing the same thing week to week).
What You’ll See Over the Next 90 Days
Over the next few months, you’ll get to see a first-hand look at how I’m getting out of my comfort zone. My likes and dislikes about participating in new classes, the scoop about various class formats I will have tried, and overall thoughts about Pivot. Since Saturday morning, I’ve already tried a spin class – RIDE Rhythm – at EDGE!
You will not only get the 4-1-1 about Pivot, but a look inside the participating studios, so that YOU’LL have a better idea of what to expect when you sign up.
Stay Tuned for More!
Hello to Fit and Pivot have some exciting things in store for you these next 90 days! Follow me on Instagram and Instagram Stories at @hellotofit and Pivot at @pivotpass to keep up with the journey. Plus, I’ll be offering a special coupon code for 50 Charlottesville fitness enthusiasts ;-).
- What are your go-to fitness classes to take?
- How are you getting out of your comfort zone this year?
Disclosure: I am employed by ACAC Fitness and Wellness Centers, and teach at FlyDog Yoga. While Hello to Fit is not sponsored by those businesses, it’s important to note that I will be supporting their studio classes for a portion of this campaign.