When I moved, I was struggling to find a new workout regime that stuck. I don’t typically thrive in a small apartment gym, so I knew I needed to find something. I didn’t know if I wanted to find a bootcamp, interval-training type of class similar to what I had been doing, or something new. To be honest, it was overwhelming. There are too many different options to choose from, and the idea of testing a series of new classes by myself sounded intimidating.
My typical workout routine is a robust mix of swimming laps, running, and some sort of high-intensity strengthening class. I’ve been alternating between those three different workouts for years, and it’s what works for me. However, when I hopped cities, I had to find all-new clubs, new gyms and a new running trail. Cue the stress.
It’s been four months since we’ve moved, and I still don’t have it all figured out, but I have a few tips that may help.
First, I hit the Internet. I scoured Google Maps for local pools and swim teams to see which were closest to me. I also did a quick Google search for nearby running trails (luckily there’s a great trail that runs right behind our complex). Swimming and running require the least amount of registration and commitment, and were two things that I knew I wanted to continue, so I researched those first.
Second, I made a list of classes I’d be interested in taking. For example, I’m really into kickboxing and have been dying to try Orange Theory Fitness. I looked up class options, locations, reviews and signed up for free trials. Most classes will let you try them out for at least one day (sometimes a whole week) before you commit, which is nice.
Third, I bit the bullet and signed up for ClassPass. Actually, I got a free month trial which was fabulous. ClassPass allows you to try different classes and gyms without committing to a membership at one place, and that’s super helpful if you don’t know what you’re looking for.
Like I said, I still don’t have it all figured out, and being sick for the past four weeks (insert eye roll emoji here) has put a real damper on my fitness routine. That being said, doing my research, and being open to trying new things, has definitely led me in the right direction and I’m excited to get back into the swing of things.