Wednesday, November 14, 2012

BUDDY WEEK! bring a friend for free at Team Fitness!

So often, we revolve our social meetings around food instead of exercise. Rather than meeting a friend for lunch once a week, why not take a class together at the gym or invest in some partner training? Plan to walk with your spouse every night after dinner or meet your brother or sister for a game of tennis instead of a meal. All of these changes can save you time, money, and calories.

Think of the money and calories you’ll save by not eating out. Exercising together will allow you to build stronger relationships with the people you care about, while saving time in your day by doing it together.

So where is the place to start you ask?

November 19th - December 7th

Why not try it out for free at Team Fitness during our FREE "Buddy Week"

What is the Buddy Week you ask?

The Buddy week allows you to train for free (for up to 7 days) with a friend or loved one who is currently a client or member at Team Fitness.

What does the buddy week entitle me to use?

All Facilities – With your 7 day pass, you can use all the facilities our Team Fitness studio has to offer, which mainly includes our partner training and boot camp classes.
All Classes – you’ll have access to take part in any of our boot camps 7 days a week!

How do I register for the buddy week?

You must be booked in first and you must fill out a health questionaire before taking part in any training or phyiscal activity at Team Fitness. In some cases a doctor's note may be required before exercising.

You must have a friend or loved one that is currently training at Team Fitness and is willing to train along side you before you can register. Once that is confirmed all you need to do is call us on 604-990-3476 or email us at info@teamfitness.ca to activate your free week pass.

Please note that in order to use your free pass you must have arranged your dates prior to arriving at Team Fitness. Please call or email to confirm dates.

The benefits of exercising with a partner or in a group at Team Fitness

Cost- Partner training is actually more affordable than personal training by yourself. The bigger the group, the more affordable it becomes. FACT.

Safety—With someone else watching your form and being there to spot you when you need it, you’ll exercise more safely than if you were alone.

Quality time—We spend most of our time caught up in our careers and other responsibilities. Instead of hitting the gym alone, plan a workout time that fits the schedule of you and your spouse/friend. You’ll reach your fitness goals without sacrificing that important one-on-one time.

A common interest—Add exercise to your list of shared interests and hobbies. The possibilities for new, unique activities are endless.

Motivation and support—Getting encouragement and praise from your friend/spouse is one of the best motivators. It’ll help both of you to remain consistent and inspired.

A deeper bond—Exercise produces chemicals in the brain that evoke feelings of happiness, which in turn reduce stress.

Respect and pride—Taking care of your body and your health shows the people you care about that you want to be your best and that you want to be around for years to come.

Balance—One of you may tend to favor cardio while the other tends to favor strength training, for example. By working out together, you can balance your workout program to include more of both. Let your partner teach you about the areas of fitness you’re unsure of and be open to new exercises.

What to do:

Choose a workout that allows you both to work at your own intensity level. Group classes or partner training allows each participant to cater the workout to their fitness level, so you both get the workout you want.

At the gym, simply pick two cardio machines next to each other and work toward your individual goals. You’ll be together, but can each work at your own speed, intensity, incline and resistance level.

When walking or jogging outside, try intervals. If you are a slow jogger and your buddy is faster, intervals can be great for both of you. Work at one partner’s faster pace for a few minutes and then recover at the other person’s slower pace. Intervals are also a great way to improve your fitness level and speed over time. Better yet, stop at a park along the way and do some pushups or crunches to add more variety and intensity into your intervals.

Enjoy the great outdoors. Create a more active lifestyle by picking up new hobbies. While these may not always count as traditional cardio or strength training, every bit of activity you do will benefit your body and your health. Hiking, canoeing, playing Frisbee, cycling, rafting or just enjoying a nice walk at the end of the day—all of these are better than hours spent sitting in front of the TV.

Add strength training. A medicine ball, band and body weight are all you need to have a fun and challenging workout with your partner. For example: squats with a medicine ball toss to your partner. This will work your legs, arms and core, get your heart rate up and help keep your mind off the fact that you are working out.