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The first week of the new year is behind us. Do you already feel your fitness motivation slipping? Don’t panic! We chatted with Beth Bedingfield—owner of TransFORM Colorado—on her goals for 2019, trying new things, and committing to your overall health and wellness.
My suggestion is always trying a bunch of different workouts and finding a method or modality that you like or enjoy. Some people will like HIIT, some cardio classes, some cycling. It's important to enjoy what you are doing, that will help get you in a routine. Find an instructor or a community you feel connected to. A lot of times a good instructor or people you meet within the studio is what will keep you coming back. I also say to book your classes in advance and commit to them. Most studios have cancellation policies. If you book in advance, this will hold you more accountable to show up, so you don't break the bank paying a fee. Once you start feeling the results of the workout, you’ll want to continue with the exercises.
At TransFORM, we put a lot of emphasis on community. We want to create an atmosphere where people feel welcomed, included—a safe space where individuals do not feel judged. We do a lot of community events and giveaways as well as challenges to help keep people involved and engaged. The more people keep coming back to the studio, the more familiar faces they see, and the relationships they organically develop. First, they come for the workout, but why they stay is the community and experience. We believe not all fitness goals are physical. Not everyone comes to exercise to be in better shape, sometimes that is just the result. A lot of people come to decompress, get away from stressful careers, find organic self-confidence, meet friends and discover a place where they belong. Our job as instructors is to nurture those goals that focus on the mind, as well as the body.
Try it more than once! The first time can be intimidating. It's a new machine, with a group of people that may seem at first glance that they know what they are doing. Never get discouraged your first time. Everyone is in the same boat their first class; they're just trying to get through the best they can. It can feel very technical and move quickly at times. We always tell new people, don't get discouraged if your first experience feels overwhelming. It takes two to three classes to feel comfortable with the machine and movements.
Plan your workout schedule, and book your classes a week in advance. It will hold you accountable. If you are someone who likes going to work out with someone else, get a workout buddy and sign up together. Keep each other moving!
My New Year’s Resolution is to slow down, sleep better and take more time for self-care. When you work in fitness, your whole job is so revolved around helping others take care of themselves and achieve their goals, that you sometimes forget to take care of you.
TransFORM will be expanding in 2019 to our second location, with hopefully a third in the works as well! We are even adding yoga to our second location. It will be Colorado’s first music-driven yoga class! I’m so excited to grow this amazing community we have created. We will continue to offer an inclusive, non-judgment safe space where people can come, let go, and have that 30-60 minutes entirely to themselves. Most of us don’t get enough "me" time during the day. When anyone walks through our door, we want TransFORM to be a space that— for the next hour—is all about them.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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