We’re ten weeks into 2017 – so if this is the year you’re going to get in shape, this is for you.
Gyms can be that place you go strictly to work out; get in and get out in anonymity, and have it be that thing you check off your list. Or it can be transformative, a place where you know the other class participants, commiserate about mondays and celebrate holidays together, and feel like you have a team. OTF – definitely falls into the latter category. Hear me out.
OTF specifically forces you to challenge your assumptions about what you can’t do and what you can. If you’re the type to hop on the elliptical and zone out for 45 minutes, running (or jogging or power walking) at intervals for 27 minutes , followed by 27 mins of HIT, is going to kick your butt the first few times. But then it gets a little easier, you get a little stronger, and you’re excited to exit your comfort zone.
It’s empowering – the trainers will call you out if you’re lifting lighter weights and give you that push to challenge yourself. And that sense of empowerment easily translates to real life – apply for a job at a really cool company that feels out of reach? Do it after a class and you’ll be buzzing off the endorphins – anything is possible. Clarity about relationships – class can help you figure out what you want too (you can’t really feel victimized with Beyoncé blasting). And if you’re going through a tough time, that hour at the gym is knowing you’re doing one good thing for yourself, no matter what.
And finally, the sense of community you get from it is irreplaceable. The Brentwood, Melrose, West Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Glendale locations are owned by the same person – and all the staff are super friendly. Whether you are texting to say you’re running late but will be there (no more than 7 mins after class starts) or whether you need the guys at the front desk to convince you that class will be fun (even when you’re tired and really want a glass of wine instead), the sense of camaraderie is not one you’ll get from a big gym. The coaches (trainers) want you to succeed in your goals – something that’s reflected in their dialogue to encourage you, from the time class starts till the very end.
If you’re looking for anonymity – OTF isn’t for you. From hell week and 12 days of Christmas, and the weight loss challenge to march madness, sometimes you need external encouragement and accountability. Much like the Justin Timberlake song, it’s “not a bad thing.”
Disclaimer: I’ve been a member for almost a year, have my gym on speed dial to tell them when I’m running late, and can’t say enough good things about them.