Earlier in the summer, I purchased a 4-month pass for my favourite fitness studio in the city, which is also the only “gym” that does kettlebell, TRX and barre classes (although I think Goodlife does TRX, but the boot camps cost extra).
I got pretty good use out of my pass (which even discounted, still worked out to about $100/mo), though of course with work travel, some weeks I couldn’t make it. Fortunately, I have the next couple weeks either free (vacation time) or all of my work is local so my days are a bit more open. So I booked a class at the studio nearly every day! My pass expires Oct. 5th, so I was going to get as much out of it as I could before then. I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford the regular priced passes after that.
Then, on Sunday afternoon, all of the studio’s members received an email. Due to an out-of-the-blue and not at all sustainable rent increase, they were going to close… effective Monday morning. So.. that was it for my classes! 🙁
Mega sadness. Not just for my lost $ and the loss of my favourite classes, but also sadness for the owner, who is a very passionate and energetic entrepreneur and instructor. I can’t imagine how she’s feeling after such a blow.
But now I was at a loss… what to do? I mean, I can always run. That’s free! So is yoga at home. But I can never really get my ass kicked during a home workout. Either I take it too easy on myself, or I’m incredibly bored. Like, “when is this freakin’ video over so these people will shut up” kind of bored. Haha!
So a) I needed to find a way to do kettlebells at home, because I actually quite like those workouts, and no other gym around here does those classes.
and b) I needed to find a place that would kick my ass. One that was fun, but would leave me feeling totally wiped.
finally c) I refuse to join a meat-factory (aka Goodlife, Fit4Less or really the “classic” gym). There is too much to choose from, and no matter what you choose to do when you go… it feels like someone is judging your choice, or leering at you. No thanks. Been there, done that.
And of course, bonus criteria d) it’s close enough to walk, bike or drive to!
I began my search online for a fitness studio in or around Bedford. The only one that SEEMED like maybe it would fit all of the criteria, was a 5 minute drive away.
30 Minute Hit. A women’s only boxing/kickboxing gym.
Is that something I could do/that I would like? I didn’t know. But it checked all the boxes!
It promised to kick my ass, it isn’t a meat-factory, it’s close, and it has locations across Canada that any member can use! Great for me while travelling!
No kettlebells, but I solved that problem on my own (I went and negotiated for affordable – ergonomic! – kettlebells at the Fitness Depot on Akerley). Major win.
The boxing gym offers a free trial, during which one of the trainers leads you through the circuit, showing you all the moves at each station and
trying to kill you encouraging you to give it 150% at each one. So I went to try it out. If I liked it, I’d see if it fit in my budget.
Yesterday, I made my way there for the trial. Extra bonus: it has an actual parking lot. That’s fantastic. No more struggling to find a meter downtown!
The trainer greeted me, got me to read and sign a waiver, showed me the check-in process and then we got going. I put on boxing gloves.
I don’t know why. But I’ve always secretly wanted to learn how to box. No idea why. Probably saw a movie when I was a kid that planted that seed. But I’ve never actually hit anyone. This was a totally novel experience! 😜
So I was a little giddy when I put on the gloves.
We got started with jabs, then kicks, then crunches, then hooks, roundhouse kicks, more crunches, uppercuts, and then “knees-to-the-groin” (the first of a series of self-defense moves that followed). Then we got into self-defense for two stations. Kicks from the ground, then locking an assailant on top of you and alternating between kicking him/the bag in the kidneys and punching the crap out of him/the bag. Hahahahaha. I really enjoyed this one! The last station, you go into the middle of the room for 2 minutes with Bob, the rubber dummy. I tried my damnedest to knock that guy over, but no success this time. His platform did lift a couple inches though. 😉
(I gave Bob a hug afterward. He’s very supportive).
All in all, I had the most fun I’ve ever had during a workout. I was never bored, and I rarely glanced at the clock. I didn’t even make a fool of myself with my amateur boxing skills! I like that I kicked my own ass, felt the lactic acid burning with 15 seconds to go at each station, and smiled the entire time! The trainer, bless her, said “for a non-violent person, you seem to really enjoy punching the crap out of things!” 😂
I was probably imagining everyone who ever cut me off in traffic.
I knew before I even stepped off the floor to talk “terms and conditions” that this was my kind of gym. Today, I am sore in the best way. Muscles I have obviously never used before are calling out to me every time I stand up.
When I got home, I opened up my budgeting spreadsheet to see if I could make it work, and it looks like I can, even during a slow work month. Also, now that the heat of summer is nearly gone, I can run again (I am not a hot-weather gal). I can do non-cardio resistance with the kettlebells at home, and then I can go to 30 Minute Hit and beat the s*** out of Bob. I can’t wait! 😄