FITNESS & LIFESTYLE
I was reading an article in Sept’s issue of Healthy mag about community fitness classes in local church halls and found it really interesting.
You might/might not know that I’ve been teaching fitness classes (in Colinton particularly) for over 25+ years now and for maybe 18/20 years in Craiglockhart church hall (I can’t remember exactly!)
The article talked about local community spaces eg church halls being low-tech and low-glam, about the fact that there are no showers, no smoothie bars/cafes and no workout clothing/footwear can be purchased – things that you might expect to find in a high-tech gym. However local people usually support and attend fitness classes in their area for years – which I am happy to attest to.
Some people are put off joining a gym because of the membership/joining fee and those who do join a gym, often pay roughly £45 per month but may only attend one class a week because of time constraints and busy lives.
Some people pay the monthly fee and start off going to several classes then give up (possible reasons: bored/busy/don’t like the high tech gym atmosphere/too far away/parking). They’ll keep paying the membership (possibly due to a contract or just haven’t got round to cancelling) but don’t actually go to the gym or classes any more.
They say that high membership fees can deter 47% of people from joining a gym and 25% are put off by contracts. These things don’t exist in community classes and in many classes, you just turn up, pay the cost of the class (just £5 for each of our Complementary Fitness classes) and there are no hidden extras.
The article does acknowledge that there’s less class choice (eg no spin because there are no static bikes) but according to the article, the most popular classes are Pilates, yoga, martial arts and Zumba anyway!
These classes don’t need any specialist clothing or equipment so can easily be taught in community halls.
Q: So which classes do we at Complementary Fitness teach?
A: Well…. fitness Pilates, fitness yoga and a general fitness/resistance class using weights/bands/kettlebells and our Wednesday 9.30am class also incorporates some combat moves and occasionally, (just for maybe a couple minutes/5 mins) some salsa dancey-moves so we’re pretty much covering/incorporating all of the popular classes anyway – yessss and good to know.
Another plus for teaching and exercising in community classes is that the teacher is often local, friendly and approachable (I’m local and hopefully friendly & approachable).
Often in gyms, instructors can change frequently and you may not know who’s going to be teaching your class on that particular day!
The social aspect of community exercise classes is something that studies have shown to be beneficial for our wellbeing because they provide us with an opportunity to connect and build relationships with each other. We may not have a coffee/juice/smoothie bar to go to at the end of our class on site but I know that a lot of you do get together and go for a coffee to a local café or to each other’s houses which is a great way to keep in touch with each other too.
Teaching in the community, and in particular church halls, is also a way of ‘giving back’ to the community as local authority or churches are always looking to increase their revenue.
Some of you are new to my classes, some have been coming for a few weeks or months but the majority of you have been exercising with me in our classes for years and I really appreciate that so I want to say a massive big THANK YOU to you for your support and loyalty – it wouldn’t be the same without you. So keep up the good work and keep coming to our classes, keep improving your fitness, wellbeing and building on relationships.
Did you know that:
*lunges can effectively shape and strengthen our legs and gluteal (buttock) muscles?
They also improve our balance and co-ordination too.
Lunges are compounds exercises which means working multiple muscle groups at the same time incl glutes, quads, hamstrings, calves and hip muscles.
Lunges also work out one side of the body at a time which improves strength and stability and we also work our core ab and back muscles while lunging and keeping our back straight and chest lifted.
*’the most influential person in your life is you. When you start to realise that you have the most influence over everything in your life, it’s a game changer’ – Mel Robbins
*’the more you have, the more occupied you are. The less you have, the more free you are’ – Mother Theresa
I’d like to hear from you so please give me more feedback about our classes, how you’re getting on generally and with your fitness, diet and lifestyle (incl mind, body, meditation etc).
Please also let me know if you want to share any interesting articles, tips or info with the rest of us here, thanks.
BTW: I got another Fringe recommendation that you might like: ‘Sushi Tap Show’ Japanese Rhythm Comedy and it’s on till 24 Aug at Greenside, Nicolson Square, Venue 209.
I look forward to seeing you this week for more fitness, fun, exercise/stretch options & variations while we’re working towards improving our flexibility, strength, posture and balance too. See you soon.
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