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We’re back! Online classes start this week! 🌼

Hello everyone,

We think we’ve found the best way for us to move our classes online. After considering a bunch of options, we think we’ve got a format that meets our requirements of:

  • Getting live follow-along classes to you in a way that’s easy to access
  • Integrating with our usual booking system and Move GB
  • Being reasonably priced
  • Including new class types rather than repeating sessions
  • Recording and archiving all our live classes so you can do them whenever you’d like
  • Keeping us connected and able to chat between sessions

It’s taken a little longer than we expected to adapt to all these changes but we are ready to start again on Monday!!!!! 🌱🌱🌱🌱

New online classes four evenings a week

Strength Training A-Z
18:00-19:00 on Mondays

Guy coaches you through an effective whole-body workout requiring no equipment. The programming is periodised in month-long blocks so you can maintain or even develop your strength during at home, and each week the sessions are alphabetically themed around a different aspect of the history of training. We’ll start with Akharas and see how far we get…
(Similar to our Strength Circuit classes)

Low-Impact Strength Training Online
19:00-20:00 on Tuesdays

Isidora adapts our usual Low-Impact Strength Training class to a home setting, leading you through a series of gently-challenging bodyweight exercises to develop mobility and strength.
(Similar to our Low-Impact Strength Training classes)

HIIT From Home
19:00-20:00 on Wednesdays

Develop your fitness through short bursts of activities mixed with periods of rest. The exercises Guy programs use minimal space and no equipment, so you can follow along wherever you are.
(Similar to our Functional HIIT classes)

Stretch and Relax
18:00-19:00 on Thursdays

Isidora leads us in a sequence of calming movements aimed at restoring mobility and reducing stress at this challenging time. Using breath and working towards passive and active flexibility, we will relax into new ranges of motion.
(A new class!)

You can book onto the classes in all our usual ways – pay-as-you-go, with a subscription, or via Move GB.

Book the classes through TeamUp

Or find them on MoveGB

We will be using Zoom to stream our classes. Once booked on, you will be sent a link shortly before the class starts to join the scheduled call. The coach will go online 10 minutes before the session starts, to welcome you in and make sure everything’s working okay, and then the class will begin as normal at the start time.

It feels a bit odd initially but it’s surprising how quickly you get used to it, and then it’s good fun. We’re really looking forward to training with you again.

None of the classes require any equipment, though you might want something soft to lie on.

All of the live classes will be recorded and then uploaded so you can watch them at times that suit you better or repeat sessions in the week to construct your own training schedule.

A new £15 membership

We have added a cheaper subscription option – Qwop, named after the eponymous runner in this ridiculous athletics game – but you can book onto classes and access the archive with any of the usual subscriptions too. We have left our previous subscriptions up as “solidarity options” because some of you have very kindly said you’ll stay on your current sub to pay a little extra in support 🥰

Video archive and discussion forum

We have created a Slack Workspace with Channels for each of the classes. Links to the recorded sessions will be posted, and you can ask questions and discuss the sessions in the feeds below. Our coaches and co-op members will be active on there, so we can hopefully provide answers, iron out any technical hitches, and keep each other company at this strange time.

The link will be sent to all co-op members and subscribers, and posted in the livestream chat for all attendees. You’ll be automatically added to the most important channels but can add or remove yourself from whichever you’d like to engage as much or as little as you’d like.

At the end of the week, we’ll also e-mail out the previous week’s videos to all co-op members and those with active subscriptions.

Workout mixtape exchange

We hope we can use Slack in other ways too. For example, in the spirit of pre-Internet approaches to staying in touch with people you can’t see IRL, and in keeping with our shared Spotify playlists, we thought we could set up a Workout Mixtape Exchange!

In our Slack, there’s a #mixtape-exchange channel (linked from the #staying-connected channel) which you can join and post your playlist and a description of the tracks. Guy’s posted his to get things started – have a listen and slate his music taste, and then post your own! If you don’t use Spotify, just post a tracklist and then we can turn that into a playlist and link to it.
 

Lawn Bowls workshop is cancelled

Sadly, all this means we’ve got to cancel the Introduction to Lawn Bowls workshop, of course. We were looking forward to it and will aim to re-schedule when this has passed.
 

Online workshops

Related to that, we thought it would still be possible to host some workshops online instead. Let us know if there are any topics you’d like to explore and we’ll try to work something out!


Okay, that’s everything. Thanks so much for your patience. We’re really looking forward to starting training with you again this week!

Suspending Sessions

Hello again…

Things really are moving fast… A few hours after we sent out yesterday’s update about our session plans in response to the C19 outbreak, the government guidance changed to recommend that everyone minimise social contact as much as possible.

As a members-first health and wellness community business, this is obviously something we are taking very seriously. With all that in mind we have decided to suspend our group classes for the time being.

We do, however, intend to support you to stay fit and healthy, physically and mentally, at this unusual time. Here’s how:
 

Multiple Weekly Training Videos 

Each week, Isidora and Guy will provide a strength training and HIIT session for you to do at home with no equipment, so you’ll have four options for training each week. 

We might even do these as online live broadcasts so it can feel more social… We’re working on the exact form – let us know if you have any suggestions.
 

A New, Online-Only Subscription

The online sessions will be available to all co-op members and people who pay monthly subscriptions. We will set up a new subscription level that reflects the changing costs of providing session content online instead of at a venue. The exact price for this is being decided and we’ll have it in place by next week.

Because of the way we are paid through Move GB and other pay-as-you-go attendees, we can’t offer the online sessions directly to you. We invite you instead to join the new online-only subscription or to choose one of the co-operative membership options.

Whether you change to the new subs level is entirely up to you. This is going to be a tough period for the gym and we obviously appreciate any financial support to help us make it out the other side, but we are also aware that you may be dramatically affected yourself and don’t want that to restrict you from staying active in the coming weeks / months. 

We haven’t made any changes to your existing subscription or membership because we want to leave that decision up to you and some people have already kindly e-mailed to say they will be continuing their usual payments despite the change in service. Whatever you choose to do, you can manage your subscription through your TeamUp profile.

If you choose to cancel your subscription and would like a refund for the rest of the month, please get in touch.
 

Online Community

We are setting up a Slack workspace as a place to ask questions about the videos as they come out, and to generally support each other in staying active, healthy and not too bored…

Slack is a cross-platform instant messaging service (that also does lots of other things). You can access it through your browser or an app on your phone. If you haven’t used it before, there are tons of tutorial videos on YouTube and quite a bit of guidance within the app.

We will send out a separate invitation to everyone with subscriptions / memberships once everything is ready.

Other Options

We are open to new and inventive ways of providing sessions and support – do reply if you have any thoughts or suggestions about anything else we can be doing.

2020 Co-operative Memberships

This is not related to the virus but we need to e-mail round to announce that co-operative memberships for 2020 are now available.

You may remember that at the start of the year we announced our “bridging” memberships from January – March 2020 so that we could align membership dates with our financial year. We’re now ready to offer the full-year membership, which is on a sliding scale of £10-£50. You can buy these through TeamUp or via the Membership page on our website.
 

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Take care. We’ll miss you! It’s a real shame not to get to meet up and train together, especially at such a stressful time, but this seems like the best thing to do. Do join us online for workouts and related distractions.

See you there!

❤