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That Fitness Class Subscription Service May Not Be Helping Your Wellness Goals. Here's Why.

A massive trend is overtaking the fitness world here in Singapore and the US, changing both the gym landscape and the way many people exercise. Fitness class subscription services like GuavaPass and K-Fit in Asia or ClassPass in the US allow its members to have unlimited access to many different studios and fitness activities for a set monthly fee, boasting both quality and variety across various locations. To the average consumer, these subscription services often seem more enticing than a humdrum gym membership, and are inspiring many to shake up their workout routines. However, they aren't the answer for everyone, and could actually be sabotaging your overall wellness goals. 

Remember, every body is different. If you're already a disciplined fitness enthusiast and you just want to have fun with different types of classes, these subscription services can add extra energy to your regime while inspiring you to maintain that forward momentum you've worked hard to cultivate. However, if you're on a significant health or weight loss journey or could use some help in the motivation and/or nutrition department, subscription passes may not work for you.

First, the constant variety of a fitness class subscription service will make it far more challenging to set and stick with a stable weekly exercise schedule, and one of the keys to wellness success is STABILITY. Second, being around different groups of people constantly takes away the mutual motivation factor that comes with being a "regular." Third, there's less opportunity or incentive to build a relationship with the fitness expert or teacher leading the class. Having a knowledgeable, qualified and certified mentor who can guide you over the long term always makes the difference, especially in an age when there's so much misinformation floating around. Fourth, with a class subscription service, there's comparatively less accountability than if you were working with a trainer or a member at one studio- again, you're on your own. And fifth, exercise is just one small piece of the wellness journey. To ensure success, nutrition and behavior change techniques need to be a large part of the plan. 

Take a close look at who you are and what your goals are about. Be honest with yourself. Does exercise excite you? Are you already working out at least a few times a week? Are you more extroverted, adventurous and experimental? Do you love big groups, and meeting lots of new people? Do you already have a handle on your habits and nutrition? If so, a fitness class subscription service could be a match made in heaven for you.

Or, does exercise feel like a chore to you at the moment? Do you need some guidance on nutrition or habit change? Are you looking for a motivation partner or some accountability? Are you more of an introvert, or an ambivert who would prefer extra attention during your workouts? Then, you may want to look at hiring a personal trainer one-on-one instead, or joining a small group class with the same people and goals. Additionally, if you're exercising with a pre-existing injury, you'll definitely want to make sure that you partner with an exercise expert- someone who has several years of experience and, at the minimum, an international qualification from ACE, NASM, ACSM, or FISAF.

In wellness, there's no magic bullet or one-size-fits-all solution. We all have different goals, needs, strengths and personalities. Honor your uniqueness throughout your wellness journey, and you'll have a much better shot at getting to where you wish to be! 

What's been your experience with fitness class subscription services? What type of exercise environment works best for you? I'd love to hear from you- leave your comments below. And, if you liked this post, share it! As always, thanks for reading. 


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