Are you ready for the holidays? Pumpkin pies, champagne toasts and NYE dresses so tight they'll make the ex jealous are just around the corner. If you've got a bit of tightening up to do, Advanced Wellness in the Richmond has launched a six-week challenge to get you holiday ready.
Just over a year ago AW moved into new, larger digs on Geary Boulevard and have retooled their programs to focus on group training sessions. The folks of Advanced Wellness have offered me a trial go of the six-week challenge so I can let you know how things work.
First things first; a one on one body assessment. This is your opportunity to discuss any physical issues you have, set reasonable goals and determine areas needing improvement. The assessment is not all chit chat, you will be sore the next day. My consult with Leo, co-owner of Advanced Wellness, took about an hour. He reminded me that fitness isn't about the number on the scale, it is about how you feel and look in your body. His motto is, 'move well, move often.' Personally, I want this body to work for years to come, so that seems like a reasonable motto.
After chatting about my injuries and setting a few general goals it was time for a physical assessment. Leo put me through a string of physical movements to check my balance, compare my right side to my left and conduct an overall physical assessment. Once that was done, the exercising began. Honestly, I have never been drawn to resistance training for the simple fact that I don't like to be uncomfortable. Somehow Leo managed to work in a Marley reference and stir a bit of high school rivalry during the hour, that made things a little less painful.
After the one on one, the six week challenge includes four semi-private training sessions and unlimited team training sessions.
All training is done in small groups, ether semi-private training sessions or small group classes. The folks of AW are hoping to curb that lost feeling that sometimes comes with a typical gym, you wander in and move from machine to machine without any real knowledge of what you are doing. The downside to group classes is that your schedule has to meld with the set training schedule. This set up feels a bit inconvenient when comparing it to a normal drop-in gym stop, but the up side is you are never left to your own devices when you walk through the door.
I will be attending a couple of group classes and a semiprivate training session in the next couple weeks, check back in to see how my training is going and if I can do a pushup.