We wish you a merry Fit-mas: TrainingSpaces’ holiday gift guide

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We wish you a merry Fit-mas: TrainingSpaces’ holiday gift guide

Giving gifts can be difficult. With a list that extends to include everyone from that secret Santa person you never met to your closest friends, the holidays can be overwhelming — not to mention expensive.

And what about those fit people in your life? Whether they are a five-times-a-week yogi or an occasional walker, here’s a gift guide to help the people you love stay healthy into 2019.

 

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Tech gadgets: Nobody ever unwraps fitness technology and asks for a gift receipt. There are so many options available for the tech-loving fitness buff in your life. From smart watches to clip-on trackers, these devices track data and allow you to see trends.
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Subscriptions: We’ve talked before about the range of fitness apps that are available for download. From food trackers to fitness routines, there are countless apps that can help you stay on track. While many lite free versions of these apps exist, you may want to gift the full version so your recipient can take full advantage of what the app has to offer. Even unlocking a premium subscription to Spotify or Apple Music can help make someone’s workouts commercial-free.
Class gift certificates: A number of studios in Toronto offer gift certificates that will help get you into shape. You can even gift ClassPass so it’s up to your friend to decide which class is right for him or her.
Class gift certificates: A number of studios in Toronto offer gift certificates that will help get you into shape. You can even gift ClassPass so it’s up to your friend to decide which class is right for him or her.
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Workout accessories: While you might want to gift your beloved a Peloton fitness system, it might be a little too expensive. However, Winners and other discount stores offer a number of fitness accessories at unbeatable prices. From resistance bands to yoga blocks, you can pick up high-quality items to enhance any workout. Workout accessories are always appreciated — and something people often don’t buy for themselves.
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Workout gear: Many of us don’t splurge on expensive workout clothing. A high-quality Dri-FIT t-shirt will be treasured by your fitness fanatic friend. It’s a thoughtful gesture that will be immediately welcomed.
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Water bottles: Have we said enough how important hydration is? How about saving the planet so it’s not littered with plastic bottles? There are so many brands of water bottle out these days to compete with the disposable options. Whether it’s aluminum or BP-free plastic, find a stylish bottle that can accompany a workout.

Here are just a few suggestions. Did we miss anything you’ve gifted recently to an active friend? Let us know and we’ll put together a part 2 of this list.

Committing to a class — and getting the most out of your commitment

Committing to a class is a big step. Image source: pexels.com

Committing to a class is a big step. Image source: pexels.com

Committing to a class — and getting the most out of your commitment

We talked last week about class fitness. If you are wondering why a primarily one-on-one training studio like TrainingSpaces is promoting class fitness, there are a couple of reasons. As a trainer, I want you to be fit and achieve your goals. For most people, coming to see me once, twice, or three times a week is an amazing way to pay off the commitment you’ve made to yourself. However, what about the rest of the week?

What are you doing when you aren’t here?

In a city like Toronto, there are so many different ways to keep fit and challenge yourself on a weekly basis. Discovering spin or another type of cardio can add to your routine. We even offer classes at TrainingSpaces to supplement your weekly training routine.

But how will you know what class is right for you?

I believe that the future of gyms is in small boutique studios dedicated to a specific type of workout. The big box gyms of the past are being replaced by smaller spaces committed to one activity. At the same time, cheaper functional franchises like Hone Fitness provide no classes and just the basics. There are no instructors but lots of equipment and machines.

The small class studio allows for a specialized experience but there are still franchises. Popular U.S. names like SoulCycle and Barry’s Bootcamp are opening up Toronto locations. F45, an Australian crossfit-inspired workout complete with a specialized heart rate monitor, has franchises popping up on corners throughout the city. If you are interested in a class, expect to pay at least $25/session. Of course, there are bulk discounts with multiple class commitments reducing prices significantly.

But $25/class is a lot to pay — especially if you aren’t sure if you are going to enjoy the experience. Here are three ways to attend classes at a cheaper price point:

First-time deals: Most studios, whether it’s yoga or bootcamp, offer an introductory price. Depending on the studio and the offers, you might have a week of unlimited classes or even a free initial class. It’s worth taking advantage of what the studio has to offer and attending multiple classes. In the first class you will be acquainting yourself with the specifics of the activity and the studio so it can be difficult to really assess if this workout is for you. Try to attend at least two classes before committing to more … or deciding if you even want to continue. Also, it’s best to sign up when you can actually take advantage of the first-time deals so plan your first visit at a time that aligns with your schedule.

Class Pass: If you are a millennial, you’re probably familiar with Class Pass. This monthly subscription provides you with a number of credits which you can trade in for different fitness classes. Depending on your membership—from $15 for 6 credits (one class/month) to $105 (6-10 classes/month)—you can experiment with everything from EMS Training to Hip Hop to CrossFit to Pilates to that mermaid-tail swim class. Individual studios decide how many credits each class is worth and these can range quite significantly from 3 to 9 credits/class. You have a month to use your credits and unused credits roll over. Remember to book early because many studios increase the credit numbers the closer you get to the class time. If you are interested in ClassPass, this link will knock $30 off your initial monthly subscription: http://class.ps/jcliz

Groupon: Yes, everyone’s favourite location for knock-off boots, pet socks, and cheap restaurant deals also offers fitness classes at reduced rates. Some very popular studios, like Joga House popularized by Real Housewives of Toronto’s Jana Webb, offer discounted rates on classes or unlimited monthly memberships.

As fitness becomes more and more specialized … and the rates for individual classes continue to increase … there are ways to make fitness affordable before you commit. Paired with your weekly weight training, classes will help move you one step closer to your fitness goal.