With the first of my group fitness classes starting this Saturday, I thought it would be a great time to introduce my Wellness Workouts, discuss what they are, how they came to be and why I find this method of training so therapeutic and successful.
What Are Erin’s Wellness Workouts?
My specially created Wellness Workouts combine pulse-raising body-weight exercises with slower, more mindful movements that target & tone specific muscles, as well as help you to feel connected with your body.
The classes begin with soft, ethereal music that instantly calms. This sets the tone for the next hour, as we move into breath-work, identifying areas of tension and setting your positive intention for the class.
Next, we move on to isolated body-weight movements and resistance band work to tone muscles as well as increase your strength and stamina. This is followed by slow lower and upper-body movements that focus our minds and allow us to give our last little push to the workout.
Finally, we end with stretches and an internal body-scan before heading home re-energised, reconnected and refocused to take positive action.
How Did Wellness Workouts Come to be?
I found too much of a disconnect between working out and mindfulness. I felt like I was the odd girl out who loved lifting heavy weights but also stretching and meditation. Thankfully, it turns out that there are lots of us who feel the same way.
Yoga and martial arts were the closest things I discovered to balance a full-body workout with being mindful. However, neither gave me that classic workout I was looking for in the midst of an overwhelming week with little time to spare. So I started training myself in a way that combined the two and loved the results.
I’ve been able to maintain my weight, increase my stamina and define my muscles in a natural way from doing these workouts one or two times a week at home. It perfectly compliments the odd run and my balanced diet, which each week includes a few glasses of wine and a daily bar of chocolate, but is, for the most part, healthy choices.
Creating my own workout plans were a series of trial and error based on what my body felt like doing and what I knew it needed. I then compiled everything I’d learnt from my own experience, plus my Fitness Instructor training, to create the Wellness Workouts that I now teach to others.
My training reminded me just how important it is to stretch, warm up and cool down muscles before a workout, which tied in nicely with my fondness for yoga. While my anatomy and physiology training also taught me the importance of balancing workouts for specific muscles and muscle groups.
The challenging thing about creating a group exercise class is keeping it appropriate for various levels of fitness and abilities. The hilarious part about it is that I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve run through the whole session to ensure it flows nicely, fills the 50-minute exercise slot and the music is complimentary. I’m stronger than I was when I started devising the programme, so at least I know it works.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the introspection, perspective and gratitude that meditation gives me. I love feeling my body grow stronger with yoga and I love how my Taekwondo training taught me discipline, precision and agility. But busy lives sometimes call for a powerful combination of mind and strength in one quick, effective session. That’s where I spotted a gap for more mindful workouts. I also hope they can be used as a great introduction to exploring mindfulness and personal training for individuals.
Why is This Method of Training Effective?
When our bodies and minds are aligned, beautiful and powerful things happen. We carry ourselves differently, we believe in ourselves, take chances and feel worthy.
When our heart and mind aren’t in something, the results are subpar. If you’ve ever forced yourself to workout and given up 10 minutes in, or tried to meditate but couldn’t stop your mind from racing you’ll know the struggle is real.
Doing something is definitely better than nothing; I’m not disputing that. But think how amazing your results could be if your workouts set you up for success by encouraging you to forget the outside world for an hour, be kind to yourself and hold a non-judgemental space for you to give your best.
This sets the foundation for a successful workout. The combination of mindfulness, isolated movements and heart-raising exercises mentioned above take things to the next level. The exercises themselves can be updated and adapted, so the beauty is in the framework’s relevance for most people.
How Can you Train With Me?
If this has struck a chord with you and you’d like to take part in my Wellness Workouts, you can join my Saturday morning classes if you live in Leicestershire (UK). More classes will be coming soon, so be sure to follow me on social media to keep up to date with the latest. You can find me on Facebook and Instagram.
I’m also delighted to be launching a way to workout with me online this April. We’re already building a supportive and motivated community, so it’s the perfect space to encourage one and other and stay accountable while training together from the comfort of our own homes.
If you have any questions at all, please do message me via the contact form or reach out on social media.