January is a month that the fitness/weight loss industry will be vying for your attention and your pocket books. I am not excluded from that competition:)! I would love to have you at my gym enjoying my passion for group fitness classes or as a client for at home training.
However, I know that there are some people who are just not willing to pay for fitness or people that just want to run or walk. This post is for you this Act-Fit Friday!
Start Your Own (Insert Title Here) Fitness Club
What is a free fitness club? Just like your book club or any other club except the goal is to walk/run/skate/get fit and fellowship or should I say hold club members accountable. This is a very easy and economical way to make fitness friends and enjoy accomplishing that resolution to be more active in 2013. It will cost you a little sweat equity in the beginning organizing stages, but it will save you financially.
Decide what Activity you would like to do
- Walk or Run
- Home fitness DVDs
- A Variety of Activities
Make a flyer to include; who you are, what you are trying to do, your flexibility with regards to doing the activity, and give two different meeting times that people can come if they are interested in joining you on the journey.
Pass the flyer out in your neighbor’s newspaper boxes or in doors of your apartment complex after getting permission.
You will probably have to follow up with the old school knock knock the day before the meeting. This will make people more prone to attending if they can put a face with the flyer. Note: you can do this at church or somewhere that is more familiar to you. I am simply trying to give you a convenient way to get fit and meet some new people. It will be a lot easier for you to walk out of your front door to go run with an available member than meeting up at the track.
Take a survey of member’s availability at the meeting. Make a schedule of most popular time slots. I will not steal anybody’s posted schedule for the purpose of this post, but you can use any gym’s online group fitness schedule to get popular workout times and use that as your foundation for making your own schedule. There you have it! Set the schedule and get to moving!
I am going to recommend this tool because it makes life so much easier and everybody can use it. Group me is an app that you can download on your phone to create a group text forum. Basically, when one person in the group post a message/text, the entire group gets it at once and they can respond to the entire group. If you have a smart phone, you get messages within the app and if you don’t, you will get the message as a regular SMS text. I have group me for my line sisters, both sides of my family, book club, women’s ministry, etc. This is top of the line for convenient correspondence. If you are wondering if anyone is going to run during a time slot, you can send a quick message and get a response. If you haven’t heard from a member in a while, you can check in and remind them to stay involved with the group.
This post may not be for you. It may be more so for your Mother or Grandmother:). I thought of this post while having a conversation with a person who is another Mother to me at church so if it isn’t for you, please do share with the appropriate person. Happy training!
Rx Fitness Lady wants to know…
What do you think of a “Free Fitness Club”?
How are your fitness goals going so far in 2013?
Rx Fitness Lady
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