Coach Angela checking in.
Lately, I have been attending more social functions. It’s that time of year where folks gather inside and catch up as the temperatures drop. One thing that keeps happening? A well meaning friend gushes, “This is Angela and she owns Fit Club. Her workouts have changed my life.” The compliment is a little overstated, but appreciated. Inevitably, it is met with a reply of, “Oh, yeah. I can’t do all that high intensity stuff.”
So first things first — we offer much more than just high intensity training.
That said, when I first started dipping my toes in high intensity training, I noticed an unfortunate trend. Many of the high intensity training classes out there are actually just really, really fast and incredibly high impact, super intense exercises haphazardly thrown into a mix that deliver an incredible punch.
The problem for me is that many bodies are totally ill-suited to the types of movement and exercises being taught. As a participant, I’d often see students scowling or resting at the sides of the room of these classes. Many of them never returned. Some of them ended up with injuries. Most importantly, few seem to derive any enjoyment or use from such a crazy workout.
Now, some would have written off high intensity training entirely. Instead, I saw that it needed to be done differently. If the group were just a bit smaller, if the coach actually knew what they were working with, and if the exercises could be mapped out in a way to address the specific needs of the group, including modifications for those dealing with joint or spine issues, then we would be onto something magical. Something maybe even ‘life changing.’
When Fit Club first began in my garage in 2014, I sat all the participants down in my dining room and explained to them what was about to happen. I gave them the scientific rationale behind the type of intervals I would be using. I explained that it wasn’t for them to hammer every single rep out with incredible speed, but for them to work within their capacity to achieve the desired result. How each of them would get to their threshold would look different to the casual observer, but at the end they would all feel the same. Yes, spent. Flush. Hot-faced. Clammy. Sounds pretty disgusting, right?
High intensity training is, indeed, quite uncomfortable. Having done it for over 5 years now as a regular part of my training, I can assure you that it never gets easier. It never feels more comfortable. It’s always flush. Hot-faced. Clammy.
My point here is that every single body is capable of tapping into the metabolic pathway that yields this result. And when we do train this particular pathway, we start to notice that things start to feel pretty fantastic. We breathe easier. Our heart pumps more efficiently. We move with greater power and speed. And yes, that can have the capacity to really transform the way you feel every day and how well you perform in your chosen sport. Even if that sport is just being able to roll around on the floor with the kiddos.
But here’s a little secret that some of the “Oh, yeah. I can’t do all that high intensity stuff,” folks do not realize. You absolutely can.
We have students who are completing their workouts despite a whole host of issues like spondylolisthesis, scoliosis, and herniation of the spine, post-surgery after partial or complete joint replacements, while dealing with chronic joint issues, even when they are pregnant. Granted, in every instance a student is cleared for exercise by a medical professional before we work with them. But the important thing is that everyone isn’t just training an exercise, they are training a metabolic pathway. The how varies from one body to the next, but the result is the same.
Disclaimer: No one here is a medical doctor and the information contained herein should not be taken as medical advice. These are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any health problem. Recommendations by Lunges ‘n Lattes and their coaches are not intended to replace the advice of a physician or health professional. Please consult your physician or a health professional before beginning any diet or exercise program.