fitness refresh :: goodbye classpass, hello gym

^ taken on a sunrise morning run in NYC!

There's no doubt about it - I've been at my fittest and strongest this past year. Don't get me wrong, that really doesn't say much, because I've never been very fit or sporty! But for me, as someone who doesn't taken naturally to physical exercise, I felt like I'd really found my rhythm in 2015 in order to feel my best and most active. Although I went running throughout the year and completed my second 10K race, I also discovered a larger variety of exercise through ClassPass that built up more muscle and made me excited to try new things. 

I've stuck with ClassPass for nearly 10 months, and thoroughly enjoyed it - although it's definitely not cheap, I felt that I took enough classes each month to justify the cost, and it made exercise a pleasure, not a chore. However, I've decided to quit my membership after this month, due to a few different reasons. The number one being that my work schedule will not allow me to use it to its max come January (I was already struggling these past couple of months) - I work all over the city and outside of London, too, so making the classes and their locations fit in with my diary was becoming increasingly difficult. Also, I noticed that a lot of my favourite studios had started blocking out peak time sessions or making them full as soon as they were available (probably to give priority to members of those specific studios). As I was umming and ahhing about my decision, I got an email saying that the tube station where my favourite high intensity class is was closing from January - August next year, which kind of sealed the deal.

Although I'm sad to say goodbye to ClassPass (I will definitely miss BarreCore and various reformer pilates classes the most!), I'm lucky enough to have a Virgin Active gym literally on my doorstep. As they were doing a "join now and have the rest of the month on us" deal, I just started my membership there and I'm very happy with my decision so far! The place itself is sleek, clean, fresh and friendly, has a swimming pool, sauna and steam room, as well as a very well-equipped gym and a large array of classes on offer. I've tried a couple already which have been great, and thanks to an induction session with one of the trainers, I now know how to work those scary-looking machines and hope to do more strength-training by myself. It's also nice to have the option to run on the treadmill during the winter, although I much prefer running outside!

The best part is that the gym, and all their classes, are 3-4 minutes door to door from where I live, so inconvenience will definitely not be a good enough excuse to get lazy about exercise! I really do hope to be in even better shape next year - if anyone uses any good training templates they use for the gym, please let me know, I would love to give it a go. 

Do you have any fitness goals for next year?