Many years ago I found going to the gym and working out either by myself or in classes very easy. Not because I was sans children, and not because I had a plethora of time, but because I worked in the building right across the street from our University gym. The gym had a fantastic array of machines, free weights, treadmills, ellipticals, as well as a full schedule of yoga, cardio, and strength classes.
My husband had to take a job working second shift one winter after being laid off, and I found myself each night lonely and awaiting sleep. The cold and blustery snow trapping me indoors. The darkness draining me of ambition
It was then that I decided to begin taking aerobics classes after work 4 nights each week.
As soon as our building doors were locked, I’d my gym bag, bundle up to brave the wind and snow, to arrive at the gym. A place bustling with energy, passion, and ambition.
The classes were a lot of work! But, I noticed one important aspect of taking a class with others, with an instructor; I enjoyed my time spent exercising. Normally for me exercise is mundane and something to get done quickly, but when taking an actual class, I felt I had more energy. Feeding off of those around me, working out to my fullest ability, feeling alive.
When I left my job at the University I tried my best to keep up with workouts at home. But alas, I just don’t find the enjoyment in it. The treadmill is functional as well as useful, yoga and cardio DVDs are a pleasant change from the walking/jogging to no where, but the consistency of them can leave me unsatisfied. A gym membership is also out of the question for me. Not only is it an expense that our one income household can’t afford, the closest ‘po-dunk’ gym is 15 minutes away and the closest good gym is about 25. Traveling to a gym also takes more time…..more than I have at this season in my life (!) as well as more gas money to get there, almost doubling the cost of a gym membership each month.
A Better Option?
To be honest, when Physiic first sent me an e-mail I let it slide through to my unread and never to be seen again pile. The second e-mail caught my attention as it came through and I decided to take a look to see what they were all about….. when I had time. It took until they contacted me on Facebook for me to come to the conclusion that I needed to find out what they did.
Because I needed to tell them I was either interested, or not!
Once I visited their site, I became excited! This is what I’ve been waiting for!
Physiic.com allows individuals who are unable or unwilling to visit a gym, to receive personalized, interactive fitness instruction by videoconference.
Our website is the first of its kind, creating a marketplace for live, online group exercise classes. Fitness instructors teach in their area of expertise, and set their own prices. Users browse, purchase, and join whichever class suits their needs, from the comfort of their own home.
Physiic is a community of talented professionals and a social network for people excited about getting healthy, staying fit, and improving quality of life through yoga, Pilates, weight training, and more.
They hold scheduled classes, with a live instructor. You can talk to them ……. they can talk to you. Giddy doesn’t even begin to describe my excitement! I could take an actual class without having to get to the gym, I don’t have to consider travel time, or even being stuck at home once our winter weather hits! (country roads + no snow plows + lots of snow and ice = staying home much of the winter) It’s as affordable as going to the gym. AND they give you 10 free credits just for signing up!
I took my first class last week, Good Morning Yoga.
It was a little weird at first since it’s been so long since I’ve been in an actual class! The instructor was super nice, explaining how the class would work, how to use the class screen, and we got to yoga-ing! (hey, if google-ing is a word, I can make up yoga-ing, right?) Half way into the class we started to get into some postures that required a bit more strength than I have, and while listening to the instructor I heard a generic “make sure your leg is……”. Yup, uh huh.
“Donielle, make sure your leg is…..” ACK! That’s right – she could see me!
I was completely taken aback as I moved my leg into the correct pose, realizing that’s what I needed to feel more comfortable and allow my body to stretch into the pose. It was a wonderful thing having direct contact with the instructor. No more guessing whether or not I was doing it correctly! I also asked the instructor if I could tape a small segment of our next class together in order to show you all how it looks/works. I’m so glad she agreed!
Meet Annette and Greet the Morning Yoga!
A few good tips for joining a class:
- Turn off your screen saver! The first class i took, I kept having to move the mouse every 5 minutes when it’d turn off – oops.
- Sign in a few minutes before class starts. During this time you can get your webcam situated (if you have one) lay out your yoga mat, get your water bottle, etc. This way you also won’t have a ‘deer in the headlights’ look on your face when the class starts as soon as you log in! You can also ask questions before the class starts if you have any.
Announcing Nutrition for Fertility Workshops
I’m also excited to announce that they have asked me to become an instructor myself and I’ll now be offering live and interactive nutrition workshops!! I have some great ideas on classes to offer, letting you join me in my home office chatting about food, as well as in my kitchen where we can prepare foods together. This week I currently will have 2 workshops scheduled, both on nutrition for fertility; Thursday night at 9pm EST and Saturday morning at 10am. Each class will have just 10 spots available as we discuss different aspects of food and nutrition for fertility.
Physiic.com is generously offering $50.00 in credits (50 credits) to not just one reader, but four of you will win!!
To enter the giveaway:
- Head over to Physiic and look through their upcoming classes. (I know for a matter of fact that some of you ladies could get some use out of the prenatal yoga classes with Megan Gala!) De-Stress yoga with Annette Burke would be helpful for anyone of you of course, but especially those dealing with the stress of trying to conceive. This week I really want to take the kickboxing, but the time doesn’t work for me so I’ve signed up Greet the morning yoga again on Tuesday and will take a different class later this week once I figure out my schedule for the week. Leave a comment here on this post with the name of the class you’d be interested in taking. OR, leave a comment letting me know what type of class you’d be interested in having me teach! Let me know what subjects you’re interested in learning more about, what foods you’d like to learn how to prepare, etc, etc. (days and times you’d like to take them would also be beneficial for me!)
- For an additional entry, sign up on Physiic and leave a second comment telling me you did so. Bonus for you – you’ll receive 10 free credits! That’s enough to take 1-3 classes for free and you’ll even be able to sign up for one of my workshops and chat with me! Also, you can e-mail your friends and receive an extra 5 free credits on your account when they sign up for an account too!
Entries for the giveaway will be excepted until Saturday, November 13 at 6am.
I’m really excited about being able to both workout with and join the instructors at Physiic! I hope to see you there! (though if you join me in a yoga or such class taught by another instructor – please ignore the messy living room!! And the fact that I may fall over doing some of the yoga poses……maybe.)
*Physiic.com has given me additional credits, above the free credits, when I signed up to aid in my review of the website/courses. This in no way affects my opinion – I’ll always be honest with you!
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