With summer coming to a close, and our attention turned to staying well this fall, a Langley fitness instructor may just have the program you’ve been looking for.
“We know exercise is so important to people’s overall health and well-being, physical, mentally and emotionally,” says Marion Brand, owner and instructor of Brand Fitness.
At the same time, as we spend more time indoors, we also know it’s important to limit those within our “bubble.” For Brand, the adaptations needed to welcome participants back to her studio were minimal – they were already focused on small group training, after all.
Previously limited to seven participants, classes were easily adapted to current COVID protocols of six, with ample space between people. Participants work out in a single station, with enhanced cleaning steps taken between workouts.
“The members are so happy to be back,” Brand says. “And I’m so happy to see them – I’m excited to see them back and starting to feel better and more energized again.
Why small class sizes work for your workout
Tailored to those 50-plus, who appreciate the personal level of training that can’t be achieved in a larger class, the 30-minute, specialized classes ensure big benefits with a short time commitment.
“It’s a very accessible way to get that small group training,” says Brand, who at 50+ herself, brings a wealth of experience in the fitness industry. “I always think of it as baby steps – you’re going to start to feel better, then you’ll do a little more and a little more. I want to help you find the answers.”
The more intimate approach helps you stay accountable and motivated, and allows Brand to ensure you’re exercising correctly, preventing injury that can derail the best fitness plan. “It’s so important to have that attention to form. I can make sure everyone is doing the exercise properly,” she says.
The time commitment you want
Members can choose how often they want to come – some just twice a week, others more often – and Brand encourages them to complement their class time with walks, workouts or other activities at home or outside as well.
Shorter classes aren’t short on inspiration, though. Instead, expect a variety of activities and exercises with an emphasis on functional training – exercises that support your daily activities.
Incorporating elements of weight training, stretching, balance and cardio, the well-stocked studio features easy-to-master gear like kettle bells and Bosu balls, and even newer options like TRX.
While space is limited, for those signing up to a new membership, Brand is also pleased to offer a 28-day meal plan to complement their workout, including a wealth of tips, strategies and recipes.