The Biggest Way I’m Getting Out of My Fitness Comfort Zone

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 ;-).

Let’s chat:

  • 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.

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Jess is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and yoga teacher. She enjoys sharing her passion and enthusiasm for health and fitness with friends, family, clients, and readers.

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  • jill conyers

    February 20, 2017 at 6:29 am

    Love the energy Jess! With teaching yoga and personal training clients I decided I wanted some to teach me. Bring on Pure Barre. Totally different from anything I’ve ever done and I love it! Can’t wait to hear all about the classes and getting out of your comfort zone.
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    1. Jess

      February 20, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Thank you, Jill! Ohhh I’ve never done Pure Barre, but it sounds so incredibly tough hahah. Same to you!! Keep me posted on how your Pure Barre experience is going! xo


    February 20, 2017 at 7:32 am

    I actually haven’t taken any fitness classes lately, but I am SO ready to get out of my comfort zone. It’s time to start looking at some races to challenge myself, switch things up, and get out of the comfort zone. Have a great day friend!
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    1. Jess

      February 20, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Ah, yes girl it’s time! I’ll be excited to learn about which races you decide to go with 🙂 xoxo happy Monday, friend!!

  • Carla

    February 20, 2017 at 8:08 am

    I’m waking a marathon. I’m walking a marathon I’m walking a marathon,
    Because I’ve got this – – right?? It is so far outside my comfort zone I can no longer see the zone 🙂
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  • Erin @ Erin’s Inside Job

    February 20, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Aw yay! Looking forward to following along!
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  • Susie @ Suzlyfe

    February 20, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Sounds like Class pass, which I loved using from time to time to try out new things!. Of course, I won’t be able to try anything for the next while, but I will live vicariously through you!
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  • Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner

    February 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    I am a huge fan of mixing it up and taking all sorts of different classes. Have to keep your body guessing right?!
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  • Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    February 22, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Such a great way to mix it up! Love the idea behind these classes.

  • Ashley @ A Lady Goes West

    February 23, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Hi Jess! Cool challenge! Because I teach classes and have a few membership to one chain of gyms, of course, I tend to go there more. I totally agree we need to switch things up sometimes. Good luck to you! 🙂
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  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    February 26, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    Oh I’m so excited to follow your journey Jess!! I try to mix it up but even so, I feel like I get stuck in a workout plateau too. Keep us posted please!
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    March 1, 2017 at 9:57 am

    I have never taken a fitness class. Im a workout in my basement kind of guy. Someday Ill have to step out of my comfort and try. Your site is beautiful. Love the energy!

    1. Jess

      March 7, 2017 at 8:30 am

      Ah, hope you get the chance to sometime – there are so many options! Thanks, Patrick – hope you have a great day!

  • Agness of Fit Travelling

    March 16, 2017 at 4:37 pm

    Stepping out of the comfort zone is quite challenging but very effective way of learning new thing about yourself, Jess! I encourage everyone to take that risk!

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