Let me start off by saying that fitness has always been my "forte" (#humblebrag). On any given week my workouts transition between high-intensity power yoga classes, running along the Toronto waterfront, spinning at RIDE or SoulCycle and playing co-ed soccer. I like to change things up by doing a lot of different activities so that my body doesn't get too comfortable and also, so I don't get bored!
I've always been (overly) obsessed with health and fitness. I love pushing my body and seeing my edge, I love sweating so much that I can no longer see because there's salt in my eyes AND I live for the chills I get when everyone is riding on the same wave. I've never experienced a problem with staying motivated or committed to my workouts, but I have definitely felt the desire to become more challenged.
Which brings me to the point of this entire post- I'm really excited to share with you a Toronto based fitness find that I am totally (and newly) obsessed with- it's called F45 Training (Liberty Village) & here's why you need to know about it.
OK so I know what you're thinking.... Another gym- what could be so different about this one? I mean, I've been to my fair share of gyms, studios, boxes, etc. and this is definitely one worth reading about. ***And before I go on... NO! THIS IS NOT CROSSFIT!***
F45 (F= Functional Training & 45= 45-minutes), founded in Australia is a high intensity interval training group workout. The concept is simple: 45-minute high intensity circuit training workout class, which focuses on the full body. Let's break it down. The workouts change daily and include a wide range of exercises including; cardio (biking, jumping, sprints), strength training (kettlebells, medicine balls, battle ropes), agility (speed ladder, box jumps, tuck jumps) and the list goes on.
Why you'll love it
1. No workout is ever the same!
And it really isn't. Everyday is different, always evolving and most importantly, never the same thing. There's no chance in France that you could ever be bored @ F45 based on the variety of over 3,000 exercises you have access too (yep, I said it, 3,000!). Everyday is unique and you'll never really know what you're in for (now isn't that fun?).
To be honest, I've never really been a *gym person*, but I do know that my body would really benefit from incorportaing strength training. Whenever do I go to my condo gym I literally just end up running on the treadmill, doing some light ab exercises, then leaving. WOMP WOMP.
At F45 I'm consistently being challenged and put to the test. After I leave the workout my body is in a ton muscular pain for the next few days. This actually makes me happy because it means that it's working and that I have a long way to go.
2. the people #FitFam
As a young female it can be super intimidating to walk into a new space. I definitely feared not knowing anyone and I was terrified that I would have zero idea of what I'm doing and look silly.
What's great about F45 is that it's totally suitable for all fitness levels. You can make the workout as easy or as difficult as you want. The tools are there, but it's up to you to use them!
Jarrett, Phill, Umi and team are beyond welcoming. I literally want to keep training here to be their friends lol. The atmosphere is really different than a traditional gym environment. During one class this week I really wasn't getting one of the stations and Umi (the trainer), ended up doing the entire circuit with me while I mimicked him.
The music is bumping, everyone is friendly + sweaty and the people are fun / fit. #HOTDUDESALERT !!!
3. the app / technology
Isn't technology everything these days? The F45 app is definitely something worth mentioning. It's super user friendly and functional (and isn't that the point). The app makes booking classes, canceling classes and waitlisting classes easy peasy- especially for someone like me whose schedule changes every 2.5 seconds. There's also an app specific to the 8-week challenge I'm signed up for as well. The challenge app provides a full meal plan and daily tracker. But I have to say, the weekly grocery shopping guidelines has to be my favourite feature!
4. it's organized chaos
Yeah, that's right... To help navigate you through the class, each station is displayed on a TV around the room. You basically learn how to do your workout by watching your circuit # on the TV. At first I thought this concept was super odd.. like, shouldn't an instructor be helping? But actually that's what makes this system work. The trainers demonstrate every movement before the class begins, then they walk around throughout the class to assist you with form and the other technical stuff. You kind of have to experience it to know what I mean (aka go try it for yourself).
5. the results
You get what you give. I know I've only been at this for about a week or so, but I already feel 120% better about myself since starting. I first joined back in the winter on a 2-week free trail. Now I've signed for the 8-week Define Challenge to help prepare me for the summer. If you want to get fit and shed body fat then I consider trying this place out for yourself. No, I'm not getting paid to say this, but I am partnering with them on their social media so follow @F45LibertyVillage on Instagram & Facebook for more!
P.s. sign up for the 2-week FREE trail on their website so you actually understand what I'm getting at ;) You really have nothing to lose except a kick-ass summer body.