Fitness For Free

When you are unemployed, you have a lot of time, but not a lot of money to keep in shape.  Luckily, if you are in a growing city like Charlotte, there are plenty of options that you can try for free and eliminate that money excuse.  Of course, they are all ploys to get you to join them for a lofty membership fee, but many places offer a free first session or class before making the big commitment. Here are a few I tried for free these past few weeks for a whopping zero dollars.

Boxing: TITLE Boxing Club is a fitness club that offers a combination of boxing and kickboxing classes. Boxing offers a way to strengthen your core faster than many other exercise classes. Each trainer’s individual style makes each class a little different. If you are looking for a way to get your stress out in a productive, fun way while burning some serious calories, this could be it for you!

Yoga: I used to do a lot of hot yoga while living in New York and quite frankly, I hated it. I was so stressed out by the heat and the cramped space that I couldn’t really focus on whatever health benefit I was supposed to be getting out of it.  This time I tried Vinyasa at Be Yoga, which is focused on breathing while doing various poses, and NO HEAT!  Unfortunately, because it was so slow, I found it on the boring side, but it was still relaxing nonetheless.

Spin: A friend convinced me to take a spin class with her at Flywheel, at the crack of dawn no less, but with a buddy, it makes it a little easier to drag myself out of bed and get my butt into shape!  Music is also an integral part of the Flywheel experience. High energy playlists are created by instructors; instructors choreograph their own classes, syncing their rides to the beat, creating a fresh ride each time.  If you like high energy and high power, spin can be your next addiction.

Personal Training: I have always considered personal training a luxury for the rich and famous.  I met a personal trainer at a local networking event and decided to give it a try.  AJ and I met with Ernest of No Xcuses Just Results at his home gym where we did a pretty challenging 45 minute trial session.  His philosophy is that fitness is about more than working out.  It is a mindset and a way of life.  Once the mind is properly trained, the body will naturally follow.

Because of that philosophy, I have decided to take my fitness more seriously and to hire a personal trainer for the next three months. It’s no coincidence that successful people also tend to be physically fit and I know that incorporating my fitness goals into my life plan will not only make me feel good, it will help bring me closer to my financial goals, subtly and directly.

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