Since 80% of the class is out of town this week and the other 20% volunteered to sleep in, there will be no 5:45am Kickboxing tomorrow.
If you lived in a large city, you would most likely hear the words “boutique gym” roll off of the tongue of many health enthusiasts that you would encounter as it is the latest fitness craze all over the country. But living in Goshen or the surrounding area, there is a good chance that these are words you have never heard before, or at least not said together. Fortunately for us, LOL Health and Fitness Studio is ahead of the times for our area and has brought large city fitness in the form of a boutique gym to downtown Goshen.
So what can you expect from a boutique gym?
-Small class sizes
-High end facilities
-Sense of community
While mainstream gyms are typically large facilities that are one size fits all to their members, boutique gyms tend to be the opposite; focusing on a select area of fitness. You could liken a boutique gym to a boutique fashion store, where the classes they provide are driven by the latest trends in the fitness world. This fitness by trend allows owners of boutique gyms to keep their class material fresh and interesting. Wanting to bring the best of the best, fitness instructors at boutique gyms become certified or take continuing education in the latest styles and methods of fitness.
Small Class Sizes & Sense of Community:
Boutique gyms, like LOL, are usually smaller and more intimate than their mainstream counterparts. Rather than feeling like just one of the masses at a traditional gym, members of boutique gyms are usually apt to feel part of a community and not so anonymous.
At LOL, class sizes are smaller, which allows the instructors to get to know their members better. Close relationships with their members enables the instructors to recommend different variations to moves for those who may have existing injuries or a previous health issue and also allows them to know the participant’s limits – encouraging them to push beyond their norm and exceed their own expectation for health and fitness. Smaller class sizes also tend to foster a friendlier, more community-like atmosphere than is the case in a large anonymous group.
High End Facilities:
Take one step in the Bubble and enter LOL’s doors and you will see exactly what is meant by high end facilities. You will see no depressingly blank walls or prison-like interiors. Instead, you will find relaxing hues of light turquoise, coral and white…it’s like they’ve whisked you off to a vacation retreat. When you enter through those doors you can almost hear an audible sigh …there is just something about the environment there that is both calming and empowering at the same time. The facilities are modern and appealing to the eye. It’s a space that you actually WANT to spend time in.
Because they are bringing their members the latest in fitness and tailoring programs to more of what members want, working out is fun! Members get to try classes and moves that they cannot find anywhere else. Many will find that for the first time, they are actually enjoying working out, rather than considering it a chore.
“We wanted to make fitness fun, while encouraging women to push themselves farther than they have ever pushed themselves before. And we do this in an environment where women of all shapes and sizes are loved and accepted for who they are. We are about encouraging each other, not comparing to one another.” Jami and Maija
Tomorrow’s 5:45 am class is going to be a group walk starting a the Bubble. We will finish at the Brew for a coffee before heading back. I have been noticing everyone needs chat time and stress relief!
This time it’s Jami’s turn! Let’s learn a little more about our Beatbox star!
- Favorite workout song?
Anything by Pitbull
- What hobbies/interests do you have?
Making craft cocktails
- What is a typical weekend like for you?
Bar tending at Venturi pizzeria and spending time with my family. In the summer we love to be at the lake.
- Have you always lived in Goshen?
I lived in Argentina from age 2-4. Spanish was my first language!
- If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
- What was your favorite subject in school?
Art and History
- What is your favorite movie of all time?
Too hard to pick just one. I love all the 80′s brat pack movies but Ferris Buellers Day Off might just be my favorite.
- What is your biggest pet peeve?
- What one word describes you best?
- What is your greatest accomplishment?
Giving birth to my amazing kid Pete and getting my ACE personal training certificate and starting lol with Maija.
Enjoy the long weekend, everyone! No classes on Memorial Day. It looks like perfect weather though so take a workout outside!
Here is a fun way to get to know a little bit more about your trainers.
First up, Maija Stutsman!
1. Favorite workout song:
“Try” by Pink and “Till I Collapse” by Eminem
2. What hobbies/interests do you have?
” I have to read every day or I am not relaxed. I love to take walks and try new recipes, but I really only like to bake. Luckily, Jeremy likes to cook.
3. What is a typical weekend like for you?
“Sleeping in, hanging out with my family, “Sunday Morning” on CBS and at least a half day of being REALLY lazy!
4. Have you always lived in Goshen?
“I was born in Williamsburg, VA, went to college in Indianapolis and studied 6 months in New Zealand (I wish I lived there!)
5. If you could vacation anywhere in the world, where would you go?
“Just one??? Probably New Zealand or Ireland”
6. What was your favorite subject in school?
“Sociology. I love to analyze societies and why we do what we do.”
7. What is your favorite movie of all time?
“Pride and Prejudice” – the PBS version
8. What is your biggest pet peeve?
“Big Ego and gum popping”
9. What one word describes you best?
10. What is your greatest accomplishment?
“My happy kids, by far.”
If you need to reach us please call 574-971-1770. We apologize if we have missed your call. Jami is in the process of replacing her phone this week. Thanks!