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Advanced Wellness; The Six Week Challenge

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Six weeks have come and gone so fast. My experience with Advanced Wellness and their Six Week Fitness Challenge has wrapped up. If you are ready to tighten it up for the New Year, take a look at my experience below to see if this is the jumpstart to get you going.

A bit over a year ago Advanced Wellness moved into new, larger digs on Geary Boulevard and have retooled their programs to focus on group training sessions. Basically, Advanced Wellness is the ‘Cheers’ of gyms. You never workout alone and everyone seems to know your name.

My experience with AW began with a one on one assessment with co-owner Leo Shveyd. The man speaks with authority and has a lot of letters behind his name; it is not difficult to get caught up in his enthusiasm. Leo believes in functional movement, meaning it doesn’t matter how much weight you can bench press, how well you function in day-to-day life is what is important. The first meeting was fairly thorough, check out my earlier post to see how that went.

A little over a year ago I broke a bone in my foot, so my main focus during the Six Week Challenge was building strength to enable me to move with ease and balance. Let’s hope that, ‘falling down the stairs,’ thing is a once in a lifetime experience. Once the personal goals are set, the working out begins.

After the initial workout and assessment with Leo, I began group classes and semi-private training sessions. I did my best, as is the recommendation, to make it out at least three times a week. With the set up of the SWC, the average week is two classes and one semi-private training session. On average, I probably worked out with a group of three of four.

Admittedly, the group classes did force me to shuffle my schedule around a bit. There are two tiers of classes and they are only offered on certain days, at certain times. The semi-private training sessions are more convenient and scheduled on the hour all throughout the day. The classes and semi-private sessions are run by one of the two associates on staff, Mike and Kelly. I do not enjoy working out, so I will not give you a play by play of the exercises or pretend to have enjoyed every moment inside AW, but I will say my time was never wasted. When I arrived someone was there to get my workout started and every exercise was geared toward my overall health or my personal goals. For the most part, hour-long sessions ran on time. I was able to get in and then go about the rest of my day.

Well, after six weeks I do feel that my time was well spent. I have a better sense of balance and increased strength on my injured side. Not to mention I lost a few inches here, and a few inches there.

Extra bonus, when you wander into Advanced Wellness you will meet the owners, Leo and Robbi. Supporting this gym is supporting a local family and keeping a small business alive in San Francisco.

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