Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Fitssi – The New Social Way to Stay Fit



It’s gym day. But you don’t much fancy it. You can’t find anyone to go with, and the last time you flew solo, the grunts from the heavy lifters over on the squat rack knocked you off your stride.

Gyms can be intimidating places, especially if you’ve not trained in a while, or you’re looking to set out on your fitness journey for the very first time.

The equipment can look scary and how do you know if you’re using it properly, unless paying for a personal trainer to guide you (pricey), or spending hours on YouTube watching fitness tutorials? Very few gyms still offer free 6-weekly workout programmes as part of their memberships.

The above scenario is one that chimes with the team behind Fitssi, a new concept which is aiming to make fitness more fun, less scary and more social, especially for women – Sport England has found that 75% of women are intimidated by the gym environment.

Fitssi allows small groups of people (up to five) to share a personal trainer, and then perhaps go on for a latte afterwards. There’s an app coming in the New Year which will show your location and the Fitssi sessions taking place at the times you want at various pop-up venues near you. You’ll be able to check the host PT’s credentials and book a slot via the app. You’ll also be able to invite your own friends along through social media.

A few weeks back I went along to a pre-launch #fitssifriday Fitssi session at the Lorna Jane Studios in Covent Garden – the concept is rolling out in London, initially – to find out more about it and get a taster of a typical workout.

Now, I’m very much a gym rat, so am coming at this from the opposite angle to the one that Fitssi is targeting. But I acknowledge that gym training can be a solitary affair and making it more social can be incredibly motivating – a supportive girl squad encouraging you to train harder, and helping you to achieve something you didn’t think possible means you are more likely to keep it up.

I knew no one in my squad (a larger than usual crowd) before I arrived but after some quick introductions we all felt connected, ready and up for getting our sweat on in a ‘togetherness’ way. The session was led by certified PT Naomi Jade,  who immediately put me at ease by asking if anyone had injuries she should know about – “yep, me, and I’m so glad you asked as I have dodgy hips!”

With the beats pumping, we were away, a mix of cardio and bodyweight strength training that got hearts racing, body heat rising and muscles and joints aching – oh, my mistake, that was the next day!

There were solo exercises, paired moves and group activities. Adaptations of familiar exercises including lunges and planks got us working together and sharing laughs when our hands and feet didn’t quite finish in the right places.

Naomi was just brilliant. Full of energy, enthusiasm, laughs, and firm at the same time – no slacking: this is a Fitssi workout! She was also incredibly attentive, popping over to me with alternatives I could do while the others got on with their mountain climbers and burpees. That’s the benefit of a small group – the PT has the time to focus on your individual needs, unlike in a bigger class setting. 

The 45 minutes went in a flash and at the wrap it was high fives and hugs all round, plus a few moments’ pause for some Instagram snap taking (of course).  And we were all rewarded for our efforts with a MissFits Nutrition shake.

You can find out more on Fitssi here, and if you’ve yet to book up for New Year, how about joining Fitssi at their special end of year Rave & Behave party, with special guest headliners including… drum roll… celebrity trainer and fitness model Bradley Simmonds *quickly mops sweat from brow*

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  1. This looks like hard work, but also like a lot of fun! I would enjoy working out like that way more than working out alone in my room (which is what I do these days)

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    1. Working out in a small group is terrifically motivating. Tx

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  2. That is such an interesting concept and I could see it having wide appeal. But for me, I like the solitary nature of gym work, it's a good time to give your mind a rest.

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    1. I'm one for the gym also, so this was me coming at it fron the opposite angle. Tx

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  3. I think I need Naomi and Fitssi, dear Tracey! You know that I don't like gym, ugh, it's difficult to confess, especially when my two brothers have both their personal centers at their homes - so I am not scared of the equipments, I just didn't like to try them :) And that makes me sad, cause my brothers are medallists :( How different siblings can be! So Fitssi with 5 people in a group, motivating each other, seems to be the right thing for me and 45 min can fly, which would be good to me :) Thank you so much for supporting me, and publishing these posts, that every time I read I feel more motivated! I need to change that in my life and the sooner, the better! Once more, dear Tracey, I hope you have a special Christmas time, as special as you are! Hugs and lots of good vibes!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  4. Dear Tracey, I think you are having a well deserved break! I hope you are fine! And I came here because soon I will go into a break, but it's a very short one :) So before that, I'd like to wish you a great new year, a beautiful end of the year's party and may you get all you want in the new year! New reviews that I love, ew motivation for - finally, or so I hope - starting exercising, and also, to thank you for ALL your support and sweet words to me, always; do believe me that your sweetness and kindness have helped me a lot this year, and I would love to meet you one day - when I am finally back home in the UK! Happy 2017, enjoy the holidays a lot!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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    1. Ahh thank you Denise. Yes, I've been having a break. Back now :). Tx

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  5. Excellent blog post and glad you were able to join us and have a good time, it's write ups like this we really appreciate so we've added your wonderful comments to our website. Look forward to seeing you soon at another session so you can sweat some more with us xx

    - Fitssi team

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    1. Thank you Fitssi, that's very kind. Tx

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