When I first realized that it would be necessary for the gym to physically close due to COVID-19 I immediately started to think about how I could best support the WILCOX Community if we were unable to be together in person.
Zoom was an obvious consideration right away, but it was hard to imagine what personal training would look like in a virtual space, where the trainers are unable to make physical contact to assist in corrections of movement, and where we'd be distanced from each other with a screen between us.
I continue to find the opportunities that our current situation provides to us each day. Although COVID-19 has created a great deal of hardship and devastation for so many, I continue to look for and find the small blessings that also exist. I think it's important to find the balance....the yin and yang...in our current situation, otherwise we may just go mad. I am so fortunate to have an incredible community of people who truly have my back during a time that is so terrifying for so many business
where needed, ensuring that everyone is supported and feeling confident throughout their entire Live Stream Training Session.
Sure, we aren't using equipment, and at first this felt it would create a major set back, but in fact, it has created yet another opportunity!
All of our Live Stream training sessions are designed to utilize body weight only. There is a lot to be said for body weight movements. Not only is it convenient for the purposes of working out at home and in a small space where some equipment isn't practical, we've also found that focusing on body weight movements provides us with a unique opportunity to truly connect with our bodies.
In the absence of equipment we must look to our own bodies to create the resistance. In doing so we need to really tune into which muscles are being used, and through engagement of those muscles create the resistance and the challenge that we would normally rely upon a weight to create.
Additionally, in the absence of equipment we are free of distraction. As a result we are able to focus more on how our bodies are moving.
There is no greater satisfaction than hearing about how the movements that we practice in the gym benefited the way that a person moves when doing work around the house, during a run, hike or other sport, or when playing with pets or children. Helping people make these connections with their body is what we do! Our whole mission is focused around enabling people to live their best lives free of limitations, and learning how to move our bodies effectively is a big part of what we do. So you can imagine how excited we were to realize that the perceived limitation of having to work in a virtual setting was actually a benefit.
artificially create resistance and challenge, and better yet....the wisdom and experience to know the difference.
Supporting our community during this challenging time is important to us!
We know that being active is good for us in so many ways! It not only keeps us strong and feeling our best physically, but staying active also helps maintain our mental health, improve sleep,
and supports a healthy immune system.
That's why we are offering STRONGER @ HOME, an opportunity for you to
join us for a Live Stream Training Session...for FREE.
These training sessions are specifically for members of our community who are looking for a way to get active from home....all with the support of a LIVE personal trainer!
I hope you can join us!!!
BE OUR GUEST!
We feel privileged to welcome you into our Live Stream training sessions. It has been an honor to support our community during this challenging time and we hope that this opportunity to train with us will create IMPACT in your life!
We will be hosting FREE Live Stream Training Sessions to help with some stress relief during COVID-19. This is a challenging time and we must get through this together!
We've been having so much fun in our Live Stream Training Sessions, and feel so privileged to be able to continue to support our client community during this time. Getting active is an incredible way to reduce stress, improve your overall sense of well being, boost your immune system, and stay strong - both mentally and physically. We believe so much in the importance of staying active during this difficult time that we want to extend our services to anyone who needs it through our FREE Stronger @ Home Live Stream Group Personal Training Sessions.
Please register for the session time that you would like to attend by clicking the button below.
Once registered you will receive an email with information to help you get ready for your training session and a link to join the session. Please be sure to provide an email address that you check regularly so that you don't miss this important information.
What to expect:
All sessions are 45-minutes in length. The trainers will take the group through a warmup at the beginning of the session. All training sessions are appropriate for ALL LEVELS. The trainer will meet you where you are and provide coaching and modifications, ensuring that feel supported every step of the way and feel amazing afterwards.
Exercises will utilize your bodyweight so NO EQUIPMENT is required! Just show up with a bottle of water and your favorite workout clothes and the trainers will take care of the rest!
STRONGER @ HOME Group Personal Training Sessions are specifically for members of our community who are looking for a way to get active from home....all with the support of a LIVE personal trainer! We are committed to your success so we have dedicated times for non-members to join our training sessions. This allows us to give you our undivided attention and support you every step of the way.
Trainers will be in the virtual room 15 minutes before the start time. Please feel free to arrive early so we can help you get your camera set up so that we have a solid view of your whole body. This will help us provide you with the best coaching experience possible in this virtual setting. We will also answer any questions that you may have about the upcoming training session. We are here to support you and make sure that you feel safe, confident and comfortable throughout your entire training session with us!
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: How much space do I need?
A: You can make do with very little space. If you can clear out a 4' x 4' space you'll have enough room, but even smaller spaces can work. The more space you have between you and your camera the better since the trainers will be able to view more of your body, but we're able to work with you and your space to make it work.
Q: Do I need to have equipment?
A: All of the training sessions are designed to use only our body weight. You don't need to have any weights to get a lot out of your training experience.
Q: My kids are home from school and may cause interruptions or noise. Is this going to cause a problem?
A: Not at all! We are able to mute you if necessary, so any noise won't be a problem at all. If you need to step away to tend to your children that's okay too. We understand that there's a lot going on right now and many people have their kids around. We are honored to be invited into your home and enjoy meeting your pets & kids :-)
Q: I haven't exercised in a very long time. Is this right for me?
A: We will meet you where you are during the training session. The trainers will provide you with individualized coaching and support to make sure you know how to do each movement. If a movement is too difficult an alternative way of doing the exercise will be offered. We strongly encourage all participants to rest. It's important to listen to your body and rest no matter how far along you are in your fitness journey. When you're working hard you'll need to rest. This is simply a sign that you're working to your fullest potential and that's a good thing! Celebrate your need to rest! Take the time you need and then get back to the movement.
Q: If I have weights can I use them?
A: If you want to use weights you can certainly use them, however, you may be surprised how you can take your workout to the next level by setting the weights aside for the time being. Consider challenging yourself to connect with your body in the absence of weights.
Q: I'm a seasoned gym goer. I'm not sure that I'll get a lot out of a training session that is in this format and where weights aren't being used. Am I really going to get a solid, challenging workout?
A: A body weight workout can be very challenging. When we don't have weights and equipment to work with we have an amazing opportunity to really connect with our bodies. We will coach you to engage your muscles and help you feel how your muscles are working through each movement. This kind of focus will help you bring your training to the next level. Connecting with our bodies in this way will help you be even more prepared to pick those weights up again once you get back to the gym!
Q: Can I play music while I workout?
A: Absolutely! Feel free to have some music playing in the background. We provide some Spotify playlists that you can download to help to inspire you :-) Click the Getting Started link below and you'll see the playlists listed there.
Q: I'm not very tech savvy and not sure I can get Zoom to work.
A: The technology is very user friendly. We have a "getting started" page with a lot of info that should help you get started. You can view it by clicking the button below. I'm also more than happy to get onto a call with you in advance to the training session that you want to attend. During this call I can help you download zoom, log into a training session, and position your camera so that it's ready to go! This way you don't have to worry about a thing at the time of your session. Shoot me an email and we will plan a time to connect that is convenient for you.
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Still not sure? Read on to see what our clients have said about the benefits of Live Stream Training
"Thank you for the online option! The workouts are just as challenging as in the gym, and the coaching attention is amazing! The Live Stream workouts are helping me sustain my physical and emotional health while staying at home!" Lori D.
"Just did my first live Zoom workout and it was just right! I was able to adapt and complete all exercises, which I was nervous about. It was fun and convenient! Will definitely do it again." Rachel G.
"It was so easy to do. Download the app on your mobile device, iPad or computer, and sign up for the time you want to attend. Then you're in a live online class with the Wilcox team. You can talk to them if needed, they always can talk to you to correct your form and provide you with coaching support. The workouts are challenging. Your heart rate will go up, you will sweat. It's actually fun! You are also socializing while sheltering in place! It's becoming the highlight in my week. Don't be afraid....sign up!" Fay B.
"First, I would say most anything is worth trying once. Learning French, tango, spicy food, a live stream exercise class, just give it a shot. Sure, I can workout to a video, bt I need a coach calling out my posture, pointing out how a movement should feel, and I'm getting just that. I don't have to drive anywhere, it's convenient, the workouts are planned out....they even include a warmup! I can't recall a time when I worked out and was disappointed afterwards. Give it a shot. Do the things that you think you can't do. Do the things that might even scare you. You don't know until you try." Steph J.
"These training sessions are a great motivator. For me, this is a way of staying on track. It's nice to see other faces. I personally feel better after my training sessions!" Monique B.
"Super easy tech. All you have to do is download the app to your device or click on the link on your computer. Doing these are seriously like having a personal trainer in your home. I feel like these workouts have been a great challenge and is getting me moving in a time where there isn't much for me to do. I love this and think it's a great way for us all to connect and stay healthy." Mary B.
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I've been a bit absent from my blog writing over the past few weeks as I've navigated through the "new normal" that we are all facing with COVID-19 entering our lives. I feel like I've found a new routine, and that has been a good thing. I'm excited to start "talking" with you again through my blog posts and hope that you'll share in your story too.
From the onset I've been trying to find the good in everything that is going on. It seems that many of us are focusing on the simple things in life and finding gratitude in things that we may have taken for granted just a few weeks ago, and I've enjoyed hearing those stories.
As I sit and reflect on these past weeks I realize that I've learned a few valuable lessons, and I hope that these lessons will stay with me long after this health crisis is over. Perhaps this is just what humankind needed in order to reset a little bit, step back away from the madness and truly cherish the little things that really matter most.
The #1 lesson that I learned right from the start is to Live More In The Present.
I've always struggled with this. I've been incredibly aware of my tendencies to worry about the future and dwell on my perceived "mistakes" of the past. In this new world of COVID-19 I know that I have very little control of the future. I didn't cause the problems that we are facing - and neither did you. Therefore we cannot dwell upon what could have been done differently. We can only be a part of the solution, following the advice of the people who know best so we can find our way through this sooner than later. In the meantime we have to give ourselves permission to live in the here and now, focusing on what we can do TODAY to take care of ourselves, extend our love and support to those around us, and share in the gratitude that we have in this moment.
This brings me to lesson #2 - Don't let perfect get in the way of done.
I saw a quote on social media that really struck me:
"These are not normal times so don't have normal expectations of yourself. Don't beat yourself up over how you work from home or how you home school. We are in the middle of a global crisis. Allow yourself to just exist rather than achieve".
I think that we could create a fill in the blank for the sentence "Don't beat yourself up over how you __________. I think that many of us are holding ourselves to the same standards, and perhaps higher standards than normal, and right now we need to give ourselves a little grace to just exist. To just get through the day and hopefully find some gratitude along the way.
There are some things that need to get done, and we need to do just that - get them done, and without judgement. The result probably isn't as bad as we think....which I hope holds true for this blog as well :-)
Lesson #3: Only I can choose how I respond to the situation around me.
I can choose to be grateful for the amazing support of my clients who are standing beside me as my small business weathers this storm. I have so much to be grateful for, so spending energy on things that I cannot control is not worth it to me, and this I need to be sure to practice with intent because it sure is easy to get pulled into the rabbit hole.
Lesson #4: We smile with our eyes, and it deserves a little extra practice :-)
It was at that moment that I realized that I really needed to work on smiling with my eyes. Doing so required my smile to be much more genuine. In my humble opinion, you can't fake a smile with your eyes. Perhaps this practice will help us be more genuine and purposeful with our smiles and how we connect with others.
Lesson #5: Be patient with others.
As is always the case, COVID-19 or not, you just don't know what's going on in someone else's life, and these days that is true more than ever. People already have challenges in their lives. Just because COVID-19 arrived doesn't mean that these other struggles miraculously went away, and now they have COVID-19 to add on top. Furthermore, everyone is dealing with the consequences of COVID-19 in different ways. The people who we encounter when we're out shopping for our essential items may have some serious S#!% going on in their lives! Perhaps one of their loved ones is working on the front lines in our healthcare system or as an emergency responder, risking exposure of themselves and their families each day. Maybe they have a loved one who is sick, and maybe even in the hospital - here in Maine or somewhere else in the country or world. Chances are a lot of people are feeling isolated, unable to visit with their loved ones. They may be living alone and feeling a great sense of loneliness. These are all pretty good reasons for being a little distracted and perhaps dismissive of those around them. It's important that we remember that everyone is working through this in their own way, facing their own struggles that may run deeper than COVID-19 alone.
I'm working on lesson #6 - Giving myself the time and space for self care.
I feel like I'm operating on two speeds right now. Get it done speed, or drop dead speed. And some days I feel like I lean more towards drop dead speed. As I find more routine and a new sense of "normalcy" in this new world I'm feeling a sense of balance returning, and that is bringing my attention to the need for building some self care routines into my day.
You have to start somewhere....and remember....don't let perfect get in the way of done. If you have thought about meditating, but like me struggle to make it happen, start with practicing some simple breathing techniques throughout the day. The breath work that I've been doing is outlined in our amazing "Unplug" Resource Guide. I'm including it here for YOU and I hope that it will provide you with some tips that will help you get started, or to build upon your existing practices. Taking the time to take care of ourselves is so important! Remember - in the event of an emergency you have to secure your own oxygen mask first, and then assist others. If you're not already taking the importance of taking care of YOU seriously then I encourage you to start today. Even if for just 5 minutes. Maybe tomorrow you can find 10 minutes and before long this will be a part of your daily routine.
We will find our way through this, and we'll all take away our own lessons. I'm hopeful that many of us will have the opportunity to learn some valuable lessons, take the opportunity to practice some new positive behaviors and really make these behaviors a habit in our lives - in how we interact with others, how we give ourselves grace and care for ourselves, and how we respond to the circumstances around us. And that these lessons will carry through, long after this crisis is over - Making us a kinder, more patient, more genuine society.
We cannot concern ourselves with whether or not others take the opportunity to learn and practice these lessons. We can only control our CHOICE in looking for these lessons and taking the opportunity to become a better version of ourselves as a result. I hope that you will join me in making this choice.
I would love to hear from you too! What lessons are you learning these days? How are you working on being a better version of yourself?
Lots of Love,
Hi! My name is Allison Hopkins and I am the owner of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness in Brunswick, ME. I am excited to bring WILCOX to Brunswick and share in my passion for living a great life through health and fitness.