Absolutely not. Fitsom encourages people of all fitness levels and experience to join our Group Wellness Classes. We offer three ways to get started at Fitsom: Self Care Classes, Fundamentals Classes, or Fit State of Mind Classes. We really focus on developing a strong foundation including a solid mindset, proper form and movement, and getting a handle on stress and tension in the body. One of the advantages of joining Fitsom is that we cater to individual needs by offering Personal Training, small Group Wellness Classes, Personal Development Classes, and one-on-one Nutrition sessions. This way you are able to work on whatever you need to in order to achieve your happiest, most healthy self. The only thing we require is a positive attitude and your best effort!
The fact that every one of our Group Wellness Classes begins with Self Care practices really set us apart. The classes are also generally smaller, capping out at 12 participants, which allows our trainers to give more personalized attention to all of our members. Since our focus is really on proper form and movement — aka mind body connection and awareness — it is important that classes are not crowded so our trainers can assist everyone and that each and every class begins with Self Care.
Although we started in that direction back in 2011, we realized that the Crossfit mentality was doing more harm to the body than good. Crossfit tends to have a high injury rate, and in our opinion does not have a comprehensive outlook on health. There are some slight similarities, in terms of the tools used like kettlebells and medicine balls, but we focus more on mobility, body awareness and injury prevention. This doesn’t mean our workouts aren’t challenging or effective. We take a more thorough, personalized approach to help people reach their wellness goals. We just feel that Crossfit is not the best way to reach long term health and happiness for our clients.
On your first visit, you can expect to meet one of the owners and the trainer of the class you’ll be taking. You’ll be given a tour of our studio and any questions you might have will be answered. It is imperative that you tell us about any previous injuries and if you have any current aches and pains (we can address this in Self Care Class).
Additionally, you will be introduced to Self-Myofascial Release (SMR) if you decide to take Self Care or Fundamentals class. SMR will help release muscle tightness, knots, and pain in the body and will improve overall gait and posture. At the end of your first visit, you may be assigned some SMR homework involving rolling out using a ball, a pipe or foam roller.
SMR is an acronym for Self Myofascial Release. It can be thought of as a self massage technique with the use of tools. The main difference is, with these techniques, you learn how to release your own tension, increase range of motion, correct posture, and above all learn to be in control of your own pain.
We offer a SMR class every Monday at noon and 5:30pm, Tuesday at 5:30pm, Wednesday at noon and 5:30pm, Thursday at 5:30pm, Saturday at 10am and Sunday at 10am and 4:30pm.
Generally, we recommend that you come to 3 – 5 classes per week. Initially, it’s possible that a few of your first classes will be spent rolling out and working on mobility and posture, depending on where you are at in your life. It is crucial that you attend at least 3 classes a week for optimal progress.
Rolling out (or foam rolling as it is commonly called) is how we describe the act of doing Self Myofascial Release. You can click the link to learn more about it. The short version is this:
SMR increases circulation, and thus blood flow to your muscles. Blood is life. Ridding the body of restrictive fascia and circulating free radicals and other harmful toxins is the name of the game. Increasing your blood circulation, even at the capillary level, is just one of the benefits of SMR.
Yes, unlocking the joints and lengthening out your muscles will induce some soreness, especially on your first visit. That’s totally normal. However, as long as you’re rolling out and coming into class consistently, you will notice changes in how your body feels from day to day.
Z-Health is a brain-based training system, backed by neuroscience, that uses the nervous system for pain relief, injury prevention and performance. In addition to rolling out, this is something we incorporate in our classes to help loosen up the body and increase mobility before the workouts.
To learn more about Z-Health, visit http://zhealtheducation.com.
Here’s a short introductory video to Z-Health:
Yes, we’re open up until 8pm Monday through Thursday. Fridays we are open until 7pm, Saturdays until 3pm and Sunday until 5:30pm. Sometimes we leave for lunch and no one is here. Give us a call if it’s in between class times to make sure we’re in the studio before heading over.
Our class times are:
M/W: 6:00am | 9:30am | 5:30pm | 6:30pm
T/Th: 6:00am | 9:30am | 5:30pm | 6:05pm
F 6:00am | 9:30am | 4:30pm | 5:30pm
Sat: 9:00am | 10:00am
Sun: 9:00am | 10:00am | 4:30pm
For starters, we are not a gym! Our goal is to provide opportunities and practices for people to live healthier happier lives. We take a holistic approach to health by incorporating the state of the mind, the body and the soul into our class curriculum. There is absolutely a fitness component to being happy and healthy, so we offer Group Wellness Classes to keep your body active. We also offer Self Care classes to relieve knots, anxiety and tension in the body, Nutrition services to work on your diet patterns, Personal Training to dig deeper into any limitations, Personal Growth Classes called Fit State of Mind Classes, as well as ways to give back to the community. We don’t beat you into the ground, but rather take the time to teach you how to effectively utilize the methods we apply. We have done extensive research and worked with chiropractors, doctors of osteopathic medicine, massage therapists, and physical therapists to create our health and happiness model, setting us apart from any other gym in the area.
The best way is to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at 916-452-1581. You can also stop by to meet us or drop in to a Self Care Class!