"My name is Anya, I am a divorcee, I struggle with a love of most all things food, I’m a health and fitness lifeline, and I have a gym membership.”
Okay, it may not be as bad as all that, but I have had very interesting responses from people when I tell them that I now have a gym membership. Especially since my business is helping people find their best health and fitness from the comfort of their own home.
That is the first bit of confusion.
WHAT IS IT THAT ANYA DOES?
I am a virtual, health and fitness lifeline. There when you need me so you don’t drown in your bad food decisions or failure to commit to a fitness regiment; piled in an organized circular bundle in the corner for when you are having success, handling business, and needing to test those new, healthy wings of yours.
Yes, the programs that I have come to love and believe in are found on DVD and streaming on our digital platform. That and the ability to press play and go from almost anywhere do lend themselves to me sharing that you can workout from your home or your yard or the park or even in a vacant group fitness room at your local gym. This doesn’t mean you can’t or shouldn’t have a gym membership, too, if you want one.
WHY DOES ANYA HAVE BOTH?
It may still seem a little counterintuitive for me to have a gym membership so let me break down why I now have one.
#1 - I am still healing from spine surgery and complications. That means that the workouts I love to do and that have helped me achieve great results (getting down to a size 2/4 for the first time in my LIFE) are not the ones I should be doing. My specialist still has me on the “don’t lift more than 10lbs (preferably 5lbs), no jumping, no jarring, no lifting or throwing heavy items over head, no running” regiment which nixes a number of the at home programs I love.
Where does that leave me?
I’ll tell you. It leaves me in need of 2 stationary bikes (recumbent when the pain is bad and spin when it’s manageable), an elliptical machine (moving as smoothly as possible), the cables & pulleys station for range of motion, and more. If you’ve been following me for at least the last month, you may recall that I am living in a borrowed trailer. In case you are not aware, too much bouncing and shaking and moving the trailer is not in my best interest.
And, #2 I’m not in the market for nor do I have a place to set up large pieces of fitness equipment.
Kinda sounds like I need a gym membership, huh?
WHY HAVE A GYM MEMBERSHIP AND WORK WITH ANYA?
This is the question, isn’t it? Let me tell you some of the reasons I have heard from others that I completely agree with.
a) - I love doing live group fitness classes with friends and soaking up the energy in the room.
2) - I am training for a triathlon/cycling event and I need access to a spin bike for when the weather prevents outdoor riding and an olympic size swimming pool.
d) - my gym offers child care, tanning facilities, access to a masseuse, etc. (tell me what gym that is because I want in on 2 out of 3 of those)
[there was a little bit of a Home Alone reference there for those of you who caught it.]
CAN I DITCH THE GYM ALTOGETHER AND STILL GET GREAT RESULTS WITH ANYA?
You’re darn right you can! I lost almost all of my 92 pounds after breaking up with the gym and doing my workouts in my living room, backyard, and sometimes study (I grabbed whatever patch of floor was free). My major transformation was done with my TV, my laptop, and my tablet from home, visiting family, and even away on vacation.
People think you can’t get a six-pack at home unless you have tons of equipment and resort to practically starving yourself. I would argue that that is not true. Let my transformation pick do the talking for me!
So, if you are a runner or a cyclist or a hiker or a climber or otherwise have a fitness program, regiment, or hobby that keeps you active and you are looking for some help taking your game to the next level, keep your gym membership but also see what I have to offer. If you love your fitness class, keep that up (it’s great for you)! And, if you are seeking a breather from your tiny humans needing your constant attention or want to get a mini spa session on, I will be on the other side of the screen moderately jealous of you.
Thanks for letting me get this off my chest and I hope it gives you more insight into who I am, what I do, and what I can do for you. Want to chat about your specific needs? We can do that - click here! No commitment necessary, let's just hash it out!
I am Christian Straightedge Christ follower, an Army Brat, an ex-milso, founder and CEO of FitnessAnyaMind, a sofa CEO, a nomad, a fur baby mom, and a mindset builder. I enjoy nature, reading, music, cooking, and taking care of those whom I love.