What gets you motivated to move? A welcoming atmosphere? A varied workout? Times you can fit into your schedule?
If you answered “Yes!” to any of these – or all three – Langley’s Marion Brand wants to greet the new year with you!
The owner of Brand Fitness brings a career full of experience to her small group and personal training sessions in Langley.
“It’s a great way for people to get started, or to add something new to their fitness routine,” explains Brand, who is welcoming 2020 with a 28-Day Challenge, offering 28 days of small group personal training, meal planning, recipes, support and motivation! “If you don’t move, you’re going to age; staying active is key to enjoying your life.”
Now in her 50s, Brand’s personal training career included time at those big box gyms, but she prefers more personalized, accessible training, especially for those who feel less comfortable in the larger facilities.
“I saw a real need for fitness options for people my age. I also wanted to have my own studio, so this was perfect. I want people to feel comfortable, and know they’ll progress at their own rate,” Brand says. “People are losing weight but that’s not the No. 1 reason come; they want to feel better and live a better life.
How does that happen? Brand shares 5 go-to tips for success:
- Choose activities you enjoy – Whether starting from scratch or augmenting an existing routine of walking or cycling, for example, small group classes that incorporate elements of weight training, stretching, balance and cardio can be a great addition. At Brand Fitness, you’ll find an open room well-stocked with easy-to-master gear like kettle bells and Bosu balls, and even newer options like TRX.
- Change it up! The same routine every day is tough for anyone to sustain, so change it up! “We offer a good mix of activities and it’s functional training,” Brand reflects. “I like to share the applications of what we’re doing – like how a particular exercise might help when you’re picking up that big bag of dog food!”
- Just getting started? Small group classes are an ideal way to rediscover fitness. Proper technique helps ensure success and prevent injury – meaning a knowledgeable trainer is essential, as are adaptations for participants with different needs and fitness levels, or those working around injuries.
- Stay motivated – Small classes help you stay accountable and motivated; you’ll feel great from the workout AND enjoy a social connection! “We have a great community here – everybody is so welcoming and that’s just what I wanted,” Brand says. “Walking through the door is the hardest part.”
- Find the time – Choose a program that works with your schedule. Brand’s well-designed routine gets you in and out in about 40 minutes, something even the busiest folks can fit in! While options start at two sessions a week, at least three days is optimal. A set commitment – like the 28-Day Challenge – will also help you establish your new routine, and start seeing results!