Already losing sight of your New Year’s resolution? Need a boost to get you moving more in 2020?
Whether you think you don’t have time, or you think you could never fall in love with fitness, our Train & Maintain challenge is designed to get you active in a way that suits you. Using a Myzone belt, we’re asking our members to log 3 moves (activities) a week for 12 weeks. Complete the challenge and you could win the rest of your 2020 membership for FREE! T's & C's here.
We asked two members of the Wave team to take part in the challenge and share their experience on our blog, to show how challenges like this can build healthy habits that last!
Nikki and Izzyl are part of our Corporate team. They’re shared the first week of their Train & Maintain challenge, including their Personal Training session - which is included in our Train & Maintain bundle!
Why are you taking on the Train & Maintain Challenge?
Izzy: I would like to get active as I work in an office and don’t move around very much. Train & Maintain seemed liked the perfect opportunity to kickstart getting more active!
Nikki: We’ve been marketing the Train & Maintain challenge and I thought ‘what a great way to start the New Year’. It’s about committing to three activities/moves a week, which feels achievable.
What goals are you aiming for with the Train & Maintain Challenge?
Izzy: I want to feel stronger and start experimenting with the free-weights section in the gym, which I’ve never used before.
Nikki: My goals are to become more active on a more regular basis – to get fitter and to lose some weight.
What was your first time using a Myzone belt like?
Izzy: It’s actually quite small, I was thinking it would be something I could feel, or you might see it under my top, but it sits comfortably. It sits higher than I expected. Don’t be shy about moving it around to find where it’s supposed to sit!
Nikki: I didn’t really notice I was wearing it; it was comfortable. The first time I wore it I felt a little bit awkward especially seeing my name and effort on the screen in the gym. But after the initial shock I was okay. You can change your name to a nickname in the app if you want to show that instead.
What workout did you do the first time you used your belt?
Izzy: I did my first workout at home after work. I did 3 circuits of the 12 days of fit workout Wave posted online during the festive period.
Nikki: I had a gym workout with my normal routine.
How did Myzone make it different?
Izzy: It was interesting to watch my heart rate spike on certain exercises. You could really tell which moves were more challenging! It also helped me recognise when I needed to rest – if I was in the red zone for too long, I waited until it had gone back to green.
Nikki: Wearing the belt made me more aware of the effort I was putting into my workout, I definitely tried harder. Also, by connecting with fellow Myzone belt users I’ve joined a nice little community where people are encouraging, commenting and liking your workout.
How did you feel afterwards?
Izzy: I really liked being able to track my workout, recognise where I had completed moves and where my rest periods were. At first, I wasn’t sure about my connections seeing my workout as I was wondering whether they would be judging what I’d done. But actually, it felt supportive having people like and comment on my workout, it felt more like they were cheering me on for doing it. It helps that you can choose who to connect with so you can create a supportive network of friends.
Nikki: I felt good and it was great seeing on the app the effort I put into my workout, including how many calories I had burned.
Personal Training Session
Both Nikki and Izzy had their Personal Training sessions with Nikki, our Group Fitness and PT Manager.
How were you feeling about your PT session before it took place?
Izzy: I’ve been in the gym before and attended some classes, but I still felt like a kid playing dress up. This would be the first time I’ve really committed to a fitness challenge and I wasn’t really sure what to expect – would my trainer think I wasn’t working hard enough? What if I hated some of the movements? Would everyone in the gym be looking at me, knowing I was new?
Nikki: I felt slightly nervous, as I had had a bad experience in the past with a trainer who had pushed me beyond what I was comfortable with and tried to force me to keep up. However, I knew I was going to be trying something different, so the anticipation was a bit exciting.
What was your Personal Training session like? Was it as you expected?
Izzyl: My Personal Training session was nothing but positive. We synched up my Myzone belt and walked into the gym together, which was great. I was surprised to find out that the only time we would be using any machines would be to warm up and cool down. Apart from that it was purely body weight exercises or exercises that used a dumbbell. My PT Nikki took me through each exercise, demonstrating each one and checking I was comfortable with it. She was communicating with me all the time, whether that was describing a movement, asking how I was feeling, encouraging me through the final few reps or just generally talking. I felt like I could be open about how I was feeling (some of those movements hurt!) and she made it all feel normal.
Nikki: It was much better than I expected. I’ve been using the gym regularly for a long time, but the movements and exercises we did together gave me a whole new experience and changed how I see the gym. It made me think about using weights and not having to use the cardio machines as much as I had been doing. My trainer Nikki made me feel comfortable and was always checking how I was feeling.
How did your PT session/trainer make you feel about your goals?
Izzy: My trainer Nikki made me feel really positive about my goals. She designed a workout that definitely wasn’t easy, but that wasn’t horribly hard. It felt like it would give me a challenge but was open to progression when I was ready such as more reps or heavier weights. I didn’t feel like I had been put through an ordeal, I felt like I had achieved something - and it wasn’t even 9am.
Nikki: I felt energised by my new workout, the buzz lasted all day! It challenged me mentally as well as physically (have a go at deadbugs!) and I felt more inspired to get back into the gym again next time using the workout Nikki sent to me after our session. I could choose to have it emailed over to me or I could connect to my PT Nikki through an app.
What would you say to someone unsure about trying PT?
Izzy: Use the opportunity to be open with your trainer and ask questions. They’re not expecting you to hit every movement perfectly – it’s their role to show you!
Nikki: Tap into the knowledge and expertise of your trainer. Think of them as the guide on your fitness journey, rather than the person shouting at you to get in the gym more.
Here you can see how Myzone tracked Nikki and Izzy's Personal Training sessions. It shows how your heart rate changes throughout your workout, calories burned and more. You might think Personal Training sounds daunting, but our Train & Maintain challengers never went into the red zone once!