About a month and a half ago I shared that I was beginning a 3 month challenge with GoodLife Fitness. My goal was to be the best me I could be while changing things up with my fitness routine.
I’ve had a few challenges and set backs along the way, but I think overall the challenge is encouraging me to be more confident, dedicated, and healthy. Below is a quick check-in with my thoughts on the program, the club and classes, and my experiences so far.
So far I’ve had a great intro to the club, focus on cardio, and now a focus on strength. It’s been going at a good pace but because of summer holidays I struggled getting to GoodLife for the first weeks of the challenge.
Despite the lack of attendance I was still active 4-5x a week for the entirety of the challenge so far which is an improvement for me! The program has also allowed me to really mix up my workouts by incorporating classes, cardiovascular training, and weight training.
Club & Classes
One of my goals was to try out all the classes GoodLife offers. I’m a class junkie so I figured this would be a perfect goal for me. I managed to try out four different classes so far and here’s what I thought about them:
- BodyPump: Great, high energy class. I was sore for DAYS after but the class made me feel really strong. I’ve made this class part of my routine.
- CXWORX: This class was 30 minutes of HARD work. I loved how it was a shorter class but I walked out of there feeling like I did something. I plan to do this one followed by a cardio class in the future.
- BodyFlow: This one wasn’t for me – I found the pace a little slow for a yoga/stretching type course.
- RPM: Intense but GOOD. I’ve never tried a spin-type class before because I was scared of them, I was pleasantly surprised.
The Portage & Main Club is great. The staff is helpful and the facilities are well maintained. My only problem with the club is the time at which classes are scheduled. I work atypical hours and the afternoon classes are a little too late-afternoon for me. This location serves mainly those who work in the offices in downtown Winnipeg so the hours do make sense for the location.
My confidence has absolutely increased since starting the challenge. I’ve tried classes I typically thought of as insanely hard (I’m looking at you RPM and Body Pump) and I’ve slowly added some running back into my routine after months of dealing with injury.
My dedication to a workout plan has also improved. If I don’t do some sort of physical activity 4-5x a week my body feels restless. I’ve gotten really good at scheduling workouts and including variety.
I feel healthier – which is totally subjective, but I certainly feel stronger and more ready to take on physical challenges – bring on the mountains, kayaks, and hikes!
I want to hit up alltheclasses! I still have quite a few more – Jillian is on my radar this week. I also love my workout buddies and I plan to keep them around as accountability partners (..I promise you I would never have gotten to RPM with out at least 1 of them). Maybe some more running?
I know it’s only been a month and a half but this challenge is really helping me lay down some solid fitness habits and I can’t wait to see what the second half of the challenge has in store!
Disclaimer: I received a complementary 3-month pass to GoodLife Fitness so that I could take part in this challenge. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Let’s chat – How did you set up a foundation of fitness habits in your life? What fitness habits are you struggling with?