My relationship with fitness has changed quite a bit over time. Growing up, I was always involved in sports both at a competitive and a social level. I started playing soccer when I was 5 and didn’t stop until I was 15, I was captain of my high school Field Hockey team, and played volleyball competitively as well. The time after I graduated high school was the first time when I didn’t have a strict schedule of games once or twice a week, practices Monday to Friday, tournaments on Saturday and Sunday off. I no longer had an obligation to eat relatively healthy before games and to stay fit so I would always get on the starting line. Suddenly I was the only one responsible for my fitness level and I didn’t really know how to manage that.
It’s been ~10 years and I’m still trying to figure it out. I go from being hyper-dedicated to working out and have an unstoppable drive to sweat and strengthen to looking for ways to sell my gym membership. I do love fitness but money, time and my lengthy list of legacy sports-related injuries gets in the way. It seems like everytime I get into a good rhythm something comes up and I go from being dedicated to working out to being dedicated to finding excuses.
My lack of being in shape makes me easily intimidated by most fitness studios despite my desire to try them. I’ve connected with many friends and followers that feel the same way – these boutique, speciality workout places can be really scary! Through countless conversations, I started thinking that I wanted to share an insider/first timer look at what fitness studios, gyms and clubs are like from the perspective of people who aren’t already pros. Sam’s Fitness Club is intended to be an honest and open take on fitness and at the same time a great way to showcase Calgary’s fitness community all around the city.
I partnered with Sam from XX Balm to accompany me on my fitness adventures. Sam and I go way back as friends and have no problem laughing at each other and ourselves. We also share a love for eating cheetos and watching Netflix instead of going to the gym. Truly she was the first person that came to mind and the only one I would want to be in a fitness club of 2 with.
*Special thanks to Sarah for being an amazing instructor who put up with our laughter and lack of flexibility, the team at In-Flight fitness (especially Alison!) and the infamous Christoper Harrison for creating such a cool workout!
I hope you enjoyed Episode 1 of Sam’s Fitness Club! We hope to continue the series and explore more fitness studios in and around YYC. If you have suggestions or want to be a part of the series, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to hear what you think!
Disclaimer: I’m still recovering from a fractured foot so the series will be on hold for the time being.