What Happened When I Stepped Outside of My Comfort Zone

What Happened When I Stepped Outside of My Comfort Zone gives you a recap of my first month using Pivot, a local Charlottesville platform that encourages easy and flexible accessibility to fitness and yoga studios in the area.

[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!]

Do you remember last month’s post, The Biggest Way I’m Getting Out of My Fitness Comfort Zone? In partnership with Pivot, I spent the past month taking new classes at various fitness studios in Charlottesville. Normally, I exercise at the gym and yoga studio that I work at. Occasionally, I’ll go for a (short) run outside. And…that’s about it, folks! My routine is just that: a routine, and I was ready to shake things up. I signed up for, on average, one new class a week, and tried various formats: yoga, spin, and boot camp. Although I was nervous at first (being in a studio for the first time, etc.), it was actually super fun to be in a different environment! It was refreshing to try something new, and to not think about what exercises I was going to do. Someone else was doing the programming ;-).

My Experiences With Pivot

Think of Pivot as the hub for discovering and signing up for fitness classes at local studios. With a Pivot membership, I have access to hundreds of different classes in Charlottesville. Whether it’s yoga, boot camp, barre, Pilates, or spin, I can step out of my fitness comfort zone and challenge my body in different ways! I love the flexibility that they offer – I can use Pivot AND continue to do what I do normally (workout at my gym and yoga studio). My initial goal for this campaign was to get past a plateau of doing the same thing, week in and week out. Sure, I switch up my strength training exercises, but I could have been changing things up more often in order to avoid overuse injury and continue gaining strength.

Classes I’ve Been Taking

So far, I’ve taken the following classes:

  • Spin at EDGE: fun, fast-paced, sweaty class that centered around upbeat music and great energy from the instructor
  • Yoga at Hot Yoga Charlottesville: heated Power Vinyasa flow – felt great to get my Friday morning started with this class!
  • Boot Camp at Solidarity Boot Camp: 45-minutes of circuit style training, included various strength and cardio exercises. Plus, we played a game as a our warm-up (always a bonus)
  • Yoga at FlyDog Yoga: early morning flow that was just what I needed to start the week

What Happened When I Stepped Outside of My Comfort Zone gives you a recap of my first month using Pivot, a local Charlottesville platform that encourages easy and flexible accessibility to fitness and yoga studios in the area.

Likes and Dislikes of the Pivot Pass Platform

The only hiccup that I ran into was with a class at EDGE that was cancelled by the instructor. I wasn’t notified, and ended up driving to the studio to find out in person that the class was cancelled. Having an e-mail notification in the future would be ideal, to save driving time.

Within the first month, it was clear to see how simple Pivot is to use! After creating a username and password, I now had easy access to all studios that are partnered with Pivot. I could sign up for classes as soon as they were available, and as early or as late as I want (as long as there are still spots open). Sign-ups can be done on both my iPhone and my desktop, and all it took was a click on the “Book” button. Then, an automated e-mail was sent to me, reminding me of the class, studio, time, and information about cancelling, should I need to. I added classes to my Gmail calendar, and boom! Ready to go.

What Happened When I Stepped Outside of My Comfort Zone

So, what happened to my fitness when I stepped outside of my comfort zone?! My personal goal was to avoid plateau, and Pivot DEFINITELY helped me do that. My favorite studio class  was the boot camp at Solidarity Boot Camp. When I strength train on my own, I don’t typically follow a program. I think of the exercises myself, kind of like personal-personal training, haha.

Showing up for 6:45AM Boot Camp with Brig required nothing but a bottle of water and an attitude of readiness (or, ready-as-I’ll-ever-be). I didn’t have to plan a program, and could just follow along, get out of my head, and into the workout. The class was great – we started out with corrective exercises and a warm up, followed by timed strength and cardio circuits.

Let me just tell ya, I was sore for a couple of days after taking the boot camp class, and it was AWESOME! It’s incredibly rare for me to add jump rope or wall balls into my training, essentially because they’re out of my comfort zone, and having someone tell me to do them was a great way for me to ACTUALLY do the exercises. #accountability

What Happened When I Stepped Outside of My Comfort Zone gives you a recap of my first month using Pivot, a local Charlottesville platform that encourages easy and flexible accessibility to fitness and yoga studios in the area.

Photo courtesy: Pivot

Although there was a little nervousness around showing up for a class by myself, I now feel more comfortable taking classes at various studios. This next month, I plan on taking advantage of the ability to invite a friend via Pivot!

Within the first 30 days of this campaign, I feel like I’ve reached my goal of avoiding and getting past a workout plateau. Since I met the goal, I’m going to progress myself and say that I want to increase my muscular strength through cross-training with Pivot. I’ll measure that on a more qualitative level, rather than using a fitness test: ideally, I’d be less sore after taking classes (e.g. boot camp) more regularly.

Overall Thoughts

Using Pivot Pass to try new studio classes has been incredibly beneficial for getting out of my comfort zone. I was able to avoiding hitting workout plateaus, and have even created a new goal for myself: to improve my muscular strength and endurance! The ease of signing up for classes is a huge plus, and I appreciate the emphasis on flexibility with a routine: I can keep doing what I’m doing already, but add in Pivot classes to reach my goals.

Stay tuned next month as I update you on how Pivot helps me reach my new strength/cross-training goals, as well as how you can reach YOUR goals with Pivot! We’ll also be working on a special giveaway for Charlottesville fitness enthusiasts.

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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By Jess

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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  • Nicci

    March 30, 2017 at 1:19 pm

    This is great, Jess! Stepping out of my comfort zone made me love running again (thanks, trail runners).

    Pivot sounds like a great program to fall involve with a new fitness workout or just get your butt worked in all kinds of ways!

    1. Jess

      April 14, 2017 at 8:42 am

      Thanks, lady! Oh yes totally – it’s great for just about everyone 🙂 happy Friday!!

  • dixya @food, pleasure, and health

    April 3, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    im so bored with my fitness routine and have been meaning to check out some studios in the area.. i have never heard of pivot but interested to see what this is all about. it really pisses me off when i go to the class and its actually cancelled..whats the point of online schedule, right?

    1. Jess

      April 14, 2017 at 8:41 am

      Aw, if you were in Charlottesville I’d definitely recommend Pivot for you!! It’s great to switch things up in the fitness routine!

  • Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

    April 8, 2017 at 10:01 am

    Wow, that’s so cool!!! I’m always looking for new things to try so it sounds like Pivot is perfect for them! I hope they come to Richmond 🙂

    1. Jess

      April 14, 2017 at 8:39 am

      Thanks, Liz! I’ve loved using it so far 🙂 hope you have a great weekend!!

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