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There are so many great ways to get and stay fit. From bootcamps to yoga studios to personal trainers there is something out there for everyone. The trick is finding the right match for you.
Here are 5 of what we believe to be the most important criteria in finding your fitness match:
1) Type of Activity
Finding the right sport or activity is probably the most important thing to figure out first. What do you like to do? Do you want to do something that you have experience with or do you want to try something new? There is something for everyone.
Want something a bit different? Check out these fitness options:
Workshop Fitness: http://www.myfitlist.com/find/detail/workshop-fitness
Pure Barre: http://www.myfitlist.com/find/detail/pure-barre-austin
Browse hundreds of options at MyFitList.com to see what jumps out at you!
To ensure greater success with your fitness routine, convenience is key! When it comes to finding something that is convenient, look at these 3 things:
Location – is it close to your work or home?
Days of the week classes are offered – If you can only workout on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, be sure to find groups or trainers who offer those days.
Times the classes are offered – if you are not a morning person, stay away from groups and classes that only meet before the sun comes up. You have the most success with classes that meet at times that are convenient for you and your lifestyle.
3) Group/Class Dynamic
The “feel” of the group or class is very important. Are you looking for something more high-energy with loud heart-pumping music or do you prefer something more low-key. The other thing to consider when choosing the best fitness group or class for you is class size. Are you happier working 1-on-1 with a personal trainer, or do you want the camaraderie and support of a larger group.
4) Instructor personality
Your coach or instructor can be the most influential factor to you enjoying and being successful with your fitness routine, so it is important that you find the right one for you. There are some instructors whose style is like that of a “drill sargent” – pushing you and helping you test your limits. Others can be more focused on encouragement and motivation. Tune into what style works best for you and seek out trainers who will help you best reach your goals.
The fact is, if you can’t afford it, a fitness group/class or routine is probably not going to last very long. Before you go out shopping for your fitness match, figure out what you are comfortable spending each month. Again, there is something for everyone. There are even free workout classes offered all over town. Cost should definitely not be an excuse as to why you can’t lead a healthy, fit lifestyle, but you should be realistic as to what you can sustain.
We hope these factors are helpful in guiding you towards the best fitness match for you! MyFitList.com connects you with information on hundreds of local fitness groups. Go to MyFitList to start searching for your fitness match now!
Do you have ideas for other things to look for? We’d love to hear from you and we’ll add your criteria to the list.
This time tomorrow, you can be basking in a post-yoga buzz after catching Yoga in the Park tomorrow afternoon. Every Wednesday in April at Noon, Yoga Yoga and the Austin Parks Foundation bring you Yoga in the Park – a free outdoor yoga class for yogis of all levels!
Make a lunch date with your yoga mat tomorrow and head out to Republic Square Park for this unique event.
Arrive around 11:45am to get settled, and bring your mat, water, and a friend!
Join us each week as we feature a Fit Business in Austin offering expert training to help you improve your fitness. The Fit Business this week is Kevin Livingston’s Pedal Hard Training Center.
Located inside Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop downtown, Pedal Hard is a state-of-the-art indoor cycling training center. Athletes of all abilities are guided by expert coaches in cycling technique, training principles and workouts to help them achieve their individual goals.
How does Pedal Hard work?
The Pedal Hard Training Center houses 8 CompuTrainer bike trainers. These trainers allow you to train on your bike on courses of varying terrain and difficulties. The trainers automatically change resistance (or “load”) based on where the rider is on the specific course.
Who is Pedal Hard for?
Pedal Hard is great for all levels of athletes – from those looking to improve fitness or cycling skill, to those training for triathlons, duathlons or road races. Pedal Hard also offers individual threshold testing and Retul bike fittings for those athletes looking to jump to the next level.
What should I expect at a Pedal Hard class?
Because there are only 8 spots available in each class, it is best to reserve a spot by going online to www.pedalhard.com. There are classes throughout the day at 6am, 7am, 8:30am, 12noon, 4pm and 6pm. Be sure to bring your bike, bike shoes and water bottles.
What are the benefits of a Pedal Hard class?
Riding on a CompuTrainer has so many benefits. For the beginner, it will allow you to become more comfortable on your bike and shifting gears without the distraction of the road. For more advanced athletes, the CompuTrainer give you feedback on your power output relative to the terrain, heart rate, and cadence. It gives you a lot of useful information to help you track progress and overall fitness. Plus, the Pedal Hard Center is open rain or shine – so there are no excuses not to ride!
About head coach Kevin Livingston: In a 14-year career including six appearances in the Tour de France, Kevin learned how to train for both results and fun. He is a committed partner and fully supports you as you progress toward your cycling goals.
Check out the Pedal Hard Training Center Open House event on January 29 where you can try a Pedal Hard class for free! Space is limited so visit them online to reserve your spot today! http://www.facebook.com/#!/event.php?eid=192942830722026
It’s almost the weekend! I know you’re all excited to bust out of your office in a few hours to rest, play and maybe sneak in a little fitness over the next couple of days.
We have a few ideas for staying active this weekend, in our weekly feature – the Friday Fitness Find:
- Heated yoga classes at Black Swan: it’s 70° and sunny in Austin right now, but this weekend may be a little cold and rainy! Warm up with a “Sweaty Yoga” class at Black Swan Yoga. Black Swan is a donation-based studio, meaning that you pay what you can per class (the suggested donation is $10-15 per class). The Sweaty Yoga classes are flow-style yoga, in rooms heated to around 90°. It’s nice! There are two Sweaty Yoga classes on Saturday and three on Sunday (among their many other yoga classes every weekend). Check out their full schedule.
- Free bootcamps: if you’re looking to get some time outside this weekend, try a free Bootcamp. These 45-minute to 1-hour workouts are an effective way to get in a mix of strength training and intense cardio. The trainers will tailor exercises for beginners to advanced athletes, and as a bonus many of these groups meet in gorgeous parks around Austin! A few groups offering a free Saturday bootcamp this weekend: ATX Bootcamp Living, Austin Adventure Bootcamp, CoreFit, and Relentless Bootcamp. Check out the Free Workouts listings on our full site, www.myfitlist.com for all the details including time and location.
Have an awesome weekend!
We’d love to hear how y’all are staying active this weekend! Post it as a comment here to share with the MyFitList community. Then, be sure to check out our full site www.myfitlist.com for more details on hundreds of fitness groups, classes and businesses in Austin!