Have you ever walked past a boutique? With one impeccably dressed salesperson on guard, and designer clothing that cost more than your car instalments? And when you dare to have a look inside, you feel like you don’t belong – it does not matter how courteous and genuine the salesperson is, you feel like you don’t belong because you’re wearing a frumpy (but very comfy) dress and the designer outfits curl their lips with disdain and spit on your face when you step closer to them. Intimidating isn’t it?
It’s MUCH safer going to a large department store. Large gyms are great, I have a Virgin Active membership, but they are like large department stores. They have everything you need but there’s never anyone to assist you on a busy day and things are just lying all over the place because most people do not care to put them back. Sometimes you can’t find your size… clothing or weights, someone else beat you to it.
Boutique gyms are specialized and appeal to a certain type of individual (those who want a specific workout, eg HIIT or Kettlebells). Classes are more intimate, service is exceptional, it is always clean and it’s personalized – you become part of a family. I will not lie – there is a sense of exclusivity and pride, of course. The atmosphere and the vibe are completely different to that of a large gym. Don’t get me wrong, I am not canceling my Virgin Active membership anytime soon – I love it but my workouts can become monotonous and leave me feeling demotivated. This is why l chose to indulge in specialized fitness classes at my favourite boutique gym, which is, for the moment, MovementX.
The classes are intense, they shatter me and taunt me to my point of failure yet I continue because boundaries are meant to be pushed, also, I am not quitting when there’s a super hot instructor shouting at me to “KEEP GOING!!” and “MOVE YOUR ASS!!”
What these classes have done for me:
I am surrounded by individuals who are at their peak physical performance, they inspire me. Both are instructors and the clientèle are prime examples of strength and stamina; they are dedicated and encouraging and its almost like interacting with my goals. It motivates me, it supplements my gym routine adding variety and gives me the much needed kick up the arse to get the momentum going. No matter how dreadfully I think I perform, I always walk out feeling satisfied…one step closer to looking like Wonder Woman.
So, while they may not be the most economical choice on a regular basis, I definitely think its worth a try.
And there’s no disdain, only encouragement.