As a follow up to my email last night I wanted to send a follow up email with some additional information regarding the upcoming STRENGTH (STS) LIVEStream training sessions to help you get prepared.
As I mentioned yesterday, these new STS sessions will focus on full body strength, and if you choose to you may purchase some equipment to enhance your training experience.
I provided a few different options for you to choose from. One option included dumbbells and a kettlebell and the 2nd option included resistance bands and a super band. Both options recommended mini bands which are very inexpensive - a pack of 4 (one of each color) is $8.95.
I recommend purchasing the mini bands at a minimum if you're able to. I also ask that you have a dowel or broom handle on hand for your training session as it's a very effective tool for helping with muscle engagement, and you should have one laying around the house. You should expect to see the dowel used in many of the STS Sessions as well as the regular LIVEStream sessions.
As you decide which weights to buy (if any) consider what you want to get from these weights.
If you’re looking to add resistance to your bicep curls, rows, flies, and some other single plane movements the resistance bands will be great.
If you want to add weight to more dynamic and powerful movements like the squat with rotation and overhead press than you’ll probably prefer a dumbbell.
For deadlifts and KB swings you can use the bands or the super band to add resistance to deadlifts, but you won’t have anything to swing with. There are always ways to improvise - I have used a can of paint for kettlebell swings :-)
I felt it was important to provide options for you to choose from based upon your budget as well. The heavier weights carry a shipping charge that you should be aware of increasing the overall cost.
Not everyone will choose to purchase weights, and different people will have different equipment available to them. With this in mind the trainer team will be designing training sessions that are still incredibly effective with your body weight alone. However, access to weights will allow you to bring that extra intensity to your movements.
If you would like help deciding what to buy feel free to reach out to me. I'm happy to talk through what will best serve you. And please remember, weights are not required so do not feel the need to purchase weights if it's not the right fit for you.
Here are the links to the equipment I've talked about:
Last but not least, you may notice that some of these items are backordered. I have been in touch with Perform Better and they are expecting a couple of big deliveries, so hopefully these items will be back in stock soon. Place your order so that you get "get in line" for products as they are restocked.
I hope this helps! If you have any questions at all please let me know.
1) It’s hard to believe that Memorial Day is less than a week away! I don’t know about you, but it totally snuck up on me! Despite being in quarantine I hope that you can all enjoy a wonderful holiday weekend.
The gym will be open for MORNING SESSIONS only from 7am – Noontime on Memorial Day.
The schedule is already updated and I hope that you can join us before you embark on your holiday plans.
2) I am excited to announce that starting on June 1st a Live Stream STS (Strength Training Session) will be added to the schedule. This is being added by popular demand!
These sessions will continue to be designed in such a way that you can get a lot out of them with body weight only. However, you are also welcomed to use weights as well.
We created a webpage with equipment that you can purchase. I have also provided Individual links to recommended equipment below.
Equipment webpage: https://www.wilcoxwellnessfitness.com/equipment.html
One set of medium weight dumbbells and 1 medium weight Kettle Bell. You should be able to lift both weights overhead without strain, and a pack of minibands.
A pack of 4 mini bands (one of each color), a first place super band (1/2” to 1”) and three resistance bands. We often use the Level 2 Pink and Level 3 Magenta in the gym. Consider a pink, magenta plus one lighter or one heavier depending upon your strength. There is a graph at the link below showing the resistance for the super bands. I think that he ½” band is a good place to start.
Resistance bands: https://www.performbetter.com/First-Place-Professional-Tubing?custcol10=3
www.performbetter.com/First-Place-Superbands?color=1&custcol29=3First place super bands: https://www.performbetter.com/First-Place-Superbands?color=1&custcol29=3
You will see this new “LIVEStream STS” session on the schedule starting on June 1st, and I plan to get these added to the schedule before the end of the week so you can begin enrolling.
3) Reopening plans: I have been at work creating policies and procedures in order to reopen in June for group training. Unfortunately, just as I was writing this email to update you on these next steps I received a notification that Governor Mills has delayed the opening of gyms. The good news is that I have a lot of the behind the scenes work completed so that we will be ready to go as soon as we get the green light.
In order to keep our community safe I will have specific procedures that you will need to follow if you choose to attend training sessions in the gym. I will be finalizing these details and will send out a comprehensive overview of the reopening plan once complete.
Rest assured that LIVEStream Training will continue at full capacity even after in-person training options resume.
4) In order to keep LIVEStream Training fully populated on the schedule AND add in-person training options simultaneously I need to invite a new member onto the team! I will be looking for volunteers for a LIVEStream Group Training Session.
Please keep an eye out on the Clients Facebook Group and in your email box for more information about volunteering. Thank you in advance for your help!
There will be more to come on all of these subjects in the coming days, and I will communicate more info on each topic separately. If you have any questions, please let me know.
In case you didn't notice - Zoom is upgrading to 5.0, and this version will be necessary to join meetings after May 30th.
Please be sure to get your Zoom account updated so that you don't encounter any difficulty joining your sessions.
Here's the link for updating your Zoom: https://zoom.us/download?zcid=1231
If you have questions just let me know!
**If you haven't joined us for a Live Stream Training Session I really, really want to encourage you to give it a try. While I hope that we'll be able to return to the gym at some point in the near future I also know that we'll need to maintain our diligence and keep our family's health & safety as our top priority. Getting back to the gym may not be the right option for you....and the Live Stream Sessions have been going very well.
What do you have to lose? You'll get to see some familiar faces! You'll make the day of the trainer since we LOVE seeing you all! And you'll have a chance to get your body moving...I know your body will thank you for that :-)
Check it out! Click HERE to view the schedule.
I have started to receive some questions about reopening the gym, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to send out a message on the subject.
As you know, Governor Mills outlined a 4-phase re-opening plan. Gyms are part of the phase 2 re-opening, which is scheduled to occur on June 1st.
I am monitoring the outcome of the Phase-1 reopening, and will continue to follow the advice of the Governor and CDC as I make plans for our ability to return to the gym safely. The health & safety of the WILCOX Community is the ultimate priority in my decision. I am beginning to prepare the gym for the eventual reopening, and will keep you informed as these plans materialize.
I envision a phased reopening, that will start with a few in person training options that will be available to those who are comfortable with the physical return to the gym. Meanwhile, Live Stream training will continue to dominate the schedule while I assess the safety of these decisions, and continue to observe the broader consequences of getting back to normal life. I anticipate that over time in-person options will increase while Live Stream options will decrease. I also envision that Live Stream options will continue to be present on the schedule to some degree for the long term, which will provide you with this tried and true option during vacations, snow days, kids at home sick days, etc. It has been a blessing in disguise for us to have this opportunity to test drive this idea of Live Stream Personal Training!
Some steps that I am taking to prepare the gym for the eventual reopening include:
I will continue to keep you informed of the path forward as I develop a solid plan.
In the meantime, I'd love to hear from you, and would appreciate it if you could take about 3 minutes to complete this survey
Thank you for your continued support! I look forward to getting back to the gym and seeing everyone soon. I am committed to your health and will continue to work on the best path towards getting us to the gym as soon as we can safely.
All the Best,
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