What is “Fit”?
I'm often asked about what Fit Studio actually is and what kind of workouts we do. I'm also asked “what kind of people work out there.” Well, believe it or not, these aren't easy questions to answer. Fit has to be experienced, so the only answer I can give is, “ just show up and do it!” Seriously, after a workout, you’ll know what I’m talking about. In an hour you will experience everything from weight lifting to gymnastics to running, rowing and biking, intervals, core work, and more. You’ll also talk to some awesome people who will ask your name, tell you “welcome!” and chat with you after the workout is over. Fit is more than what we do. It's who we are.
Our tag line, Be Strong Be Healthy Be Fit, wasn’t chosen haphazardly. Strong, healthy and fit is what I want to be and what I want our clients to be. I want everyone who works out here to be able to say they are stronger, healthier and more fit than they've ever been before (in their adult life).
These words have special meaning to me. “Strong” doesn't simply mean “able to lift heavy weights” or “able to do one-armed push-ups”. A strong person may be able to do both of these things, but I subscribe to a broader, deeper meaning: we show strength in our bodies and also in our minds and spirits. The level of intensity of our workouts strengthen our physical selves, and our willingness and ability to complete the workouts demonstrates a confidence to achieve lofty goals. When you complete a grinding, 45-minute workout, whether you finish first or last, you should feel great even though you may be physically exhausted. Many times I see clients look at the whiteboard while I'm explaining a workout, and they look seriously doubtful. Eye-rolls, “holy s**t”, big sighs, I see it all…and then they do the workout, and their demeanor changes. They walk out stronger and more confident than when they came in.
When I talk about health and being healthy, I’m typically talking about physical health, but mental / emotional health is just as important. A healthy body inspires a healthy mind and vice versa. You might say that I have a more integrated approach to good health, and I'm really focused on wellness, so I prioritize things like organic food, sufficient sleep, and a peaceful environment – not just a lean body. According to the McKinley Health Center at the University of Illinois, wellness "is a state of optimal well-being that is oriented toward maximizing an individual's potential. This is a life-long process of moving towards enhancing your physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, and environmental well-being." I love it! That's what I want Fit to be – a place that inspires and motivates people to be their healthiest -- their best self.
I named Fit Studio “Fit” Studio because…well... I wanted it to be a place where people get fit! I still want that. I’ve just embraced a broader definition of “fit” since I opened the gym, as I've realized the other aspects of life that are so positively affected by a strong, healthy physical body. We have a lot of fit people who work out at Fit, but each one of those fit people are different. One person’s fitness isn't like another person’s fitness. One person’s strong isn't another person's strong. Fit is being your best self. It's more than being “ripped”. It's a strong, healthy body and a strong, healthy state of mind.
Being and staying fit is a lot easier with a little help from your friends, and I love seeing the diverse community of people hang out together after class (as long as it's out of the way of those who are working out) and exchange recipes, talk about their families, and encourage each other. We're all on our own journey, but we don't travel alone. The Fit community is a big part of who we are.
So what do all these strong, healthy, fit people do in the gym? We do high intensity functional fitness and interval training. We push ourselves to our physical limits, and in so doing, push ourselves to “other” limits too. We inspire one another to do pull-ups, push-ups, lifts and burpees like we never thought we would. We learn about nutrition and the physical and emotional benefits of eating well. We try to get enough sleep, and we do all we can to motivate each other to live a healthy lifestyle that makes us feel good!
At Fit, we take a holistic, integrated approach to our programming, fitness and nutrition philosophy. We promote the best of what science, performance and nutrition research has to offer but not without having tested it first. I am your human experiment when it comes to sorting through what works and what doesn’t work. Fit isn't the only game in town, but what we do makes a difference in people’s lives, and at the end of the day, that's really what all this is about.
See you in the gym!