Although running is my true love, running and I rarely are exclusive. I am always incorporating some sort of cross training into my marathon or half marathon training. One of my favorite ways to keep motivated to do strength training during marathon training is group fitness classes. Signing up for a class and knowing that people there will be expecting me to show up is all the motivation I need to get my butt to class. Once I’m there, the camaraderie of the group (plus let’s be honest some friendly competition) really helps me push myself to get a great workout in.
I’m also not one to stick to one studio or even type of strength training class – I’ve tried it all – barre classes, Pilates, yoga, boot camps and more. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out which studio or class I want to try next. That’s where FitMob comes in. San Francisco, and soon many more cities across America, are luckily enough to have FitMob to help them find ways to get stronger and feel the burn while also making new friends.
FitMob was invented by the co-founder of Snapfish, a martial arts champion and Tony Horton, the creator of P90X, the program that inspired this very blog! The mission of the company is all about community. The founders believe that going to the gym and slogging through a weight routine on your own isn’t going to get your motivated to get in shape – instead, it’s all about being inspired. And inspiration often comes from community not from the workout itself (as us runners can attest to!).
To find the class that will motivate you, simply go to FitMob.com or download the app, sign up (no payment required) and simply put in your zip code for work and home. You can then search for classes based on neighborhoods and workout type (strength, cardio, yoga, social, dance and other). With FitMob’s free 7 day pass, you can attend as many classes as you want in a week and there are over 200 in San Francisco to chose from. Once your pass is up, you can buy credits and attend classes as often as you want instead of paying for a costly gym membership. I really hope FitMob starts up in San Diego soon because this is right up my alley.
Even better, FitMob is offering one of my readers a $25 Athleta gift card! Please use the rafflecopter app below to enter if you like free stuff. The contest ends on October 17th at midnight and I’ll announce the winner on the blog shortly after.
What is your favorite way to cross-train? Would you try something like FitMob?