Our top 4 tips for success when setting up your home gym!
Choose a Space
Whether you have the room in your home for a permanent “gym” or you push aside the coffee table and use your living room, having a planned space will instill a sense of routine from the beginning.
This space may vary depending on the type of workout (strength training vs yoga) or if you have family at home with you. Either way, try to avoid small, stuffy places with minimal natural light. When possible, choose a space apart from noise, people and other distractions (eg. the fridge).
Set Up Your Essentials
Decide what you need to start and complete your workout without having to leave the room. If you don’t have a permanent set up or dedicated room, sort out which items can be stored in/near your workout space and not be in the way when it’s not workout time.
Examples: Bluetooth speaker on the counter, yoga mat tucked under the couch, laptop on the bookshelf
Create a list of one-time use items needed for your workout so that you don’t get part way through and realize you forgot something: full water bottle, sweat towel. This list may evolve as you go, so try to be open to change.
Create the Right Atmosphere
Workouts are inherently work, but they should be enjoyable too. Try to keep your space tidy and consider setting up motivational pictures or quotes, hanging or leaning a mirror on the wall and adding candles or an essential oil diffuser.
You can also boost your mood by choosing inspiring music and wearing your favourite workout clothes. This is your time and your private space, so feel free to bust out the neon sweat band and leg warmers!
The most useful tools that you need come included for free: your body, and gravity. There are endless workouts that can be done using your own bodyweight. You can supplement and modify bodyweight exercises using a sturdy chair, coffee table or countertop, stairs, a flat wall, broom stick and towel.
For the budget-minded person, household items such as soup cans, books, water/milk jugs filled with water, sand or pebbles, and various other items can be used to add resistance.
If you’ve got a little bit of cash, a single dumbbell and a resistance band are simple tools to add variety to an already large assortment of exercises you can do at home.
If you need assistance in space planning your designated area, the experts at LIV North Athletics division can provide you with a sample room layout and recommendations.
LIV North is proud of how our facility managers have responded since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Within a few days of all Client’s being required to shutdown fitness centres across the Country, LIV North staff began delivering their fitness & wellness programming remotely to our client’s members. In a time when everyone’s lives are disrupted, providing as much normality in our scheduling with the same friendly face and being able to bring a sense of community in a stressful time.
One corporate account, Rogers Communications, has always been deeply committed to keeping their employees as engaged and healthy as possible and during this time is no different. Since the shutdown of their corporate fitness centres, LIV North immediately started engaging remotely with members, signing up over 200 people to a challenge on the first day. Today nearly 2,000 employees are engaged with online and virtual fitness classes. These classes are not only being provided to members belonging to any of their corporate fitness facilities within the GTA and Montreal, but all employees. According to Lisa Kendall, VP, Amenities, LIV North “ the feedback from Rogers employees is inspiring and about ⅓ of the people enrolled are not regular members of a club.”
The Rogers Communications program is one of about 40 similar programs that are being performed daily in the homes of our employees. Once facility closures were announced, the LIV North team was communicating over the weekend with all facilities across Canada and by the following Monday had a plan put together to keep members connected.
The LIV North Amenities staff started to share ideas from the beginning of this pandemic and are now communicating online twice a week as a team of instructors to share ideas and successes. “LIV North has an amazing pool of talented instructors operating in a wide range of facilities across Canada, We are catering to a variety of needs and dealing with various types of communities daily with an amazing pool of instructors from across Canada.” Kendall states.
Not only has LIV North redeployed our programming but we have re-designed many programs so they can be offered as “family friendly”. For example, we have a family friendly Amazing Race challenge with Honda employees, afternoon stretch breaks are being enjoyed by all family members and our core conditioning programs are now being offered to varsity and high school athletes who are staying at home. Classes range from Stretch and tone, AtHome Boxercise and many more that are posted on our clients members schedule.
Other facilities are also engaged in providing programs for social connection across multiple social platforms. For example, Miles Nadel launched an online hockey league for members with an amazing response. All LIV North facilities are getting together and running a Goofy Plank Challenge #goofyplankchallenge This is run across Instagram with a target of 5000 people submitting entries showing themselves planking in a fun and creative way. Check out our first goofyplank doing a breakfast plank!
Stay tuned for more details on our #goofyplankchallenge.
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LIV North is focused on connecting the health and wellness community during this time with as much at home fitness, mental health and wellness content as we can.
LIV X, our fitness app used throughout our managed facilities, is loaded with videos to keep members active outside of their facility. LIVx provides a full range of health and wellness services, virtual classes, scheduling and a direct link to communicate 24/7.
We are working with our phenomenal partners, such as Move123, to offer support and assistance to keep you moving and engaged. Through this partnership we are offering our clients, customers and preferred partners access to a full range of videos designed specifically for people working remotely or at home.
This collection of videos will be updated weekly so ideas and content are fresh to keep you engaged and excited. Whoever is not using our LIV X Apps can access this site for content.
Move 123 is centred around fitness and wellness of all types, Move 123 Silver is focused on active aging with modified moves for individuals and Mind 123 focuses on advice and tips for your mental health with interviews with industry experts.
In addition to our partners, we will continue to run our small group training, Synergy, to help keep you connected with your Synergy friends and family. If any of our members need products during this time to assist with their at home fitness, please contact our LIV North team.
Available for all LIV North clients and partners. Contact us for details. firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Aureli, Client Relations Manager for LIV North, has been in the customer service business since she was 12 years old. For Christine, helping customers and ensuring their satisfaction comes naturally. She shares, “I’m not an office person at all, I love interacting face to face with clients and seeing how I can help them.”
Christine is now responsible for client and customer experience and satisfaction. She ensures that our customers service and maintenance contracts are being audited regularly and that service excellence is being maintained. Part of her success, she explains, is working hand and hand with all members of the LIV North team; from the maintenance technicians to parts and sales.
Christine sets up her own visitation routes, follows technicians and just does random drop ins., inspecting equipment and seeking opportunities for the team to improve in all aspects of the business. LIV North’s customer experience is further supported by their unique LIV Xpress technology. Christine’s phone and laptop has a screen that provides her with a real time mapping of customer satisfaction in our managed facilities. If a specific time period indicates a problem, Christine can react immediately. The information can also be shared with property management, providing unmatched information on the customer experience. With LIV North’s service cloud, Christine is a quick chatter away from accessing any customer records, logs or reports providing all customers with current information.
This combined high-personal touch / high tech approach is what sets LIV North apart. Christine shares the invested desire to exceed our client expectations., “If I miss your call, rest assured I will call you back as quickly as possible.” For Christine though, at the end of the day, it’s something that she likes to do and it translates with everyone she interacts with.
Christine’s approach is simple: always put the customer first and learn about your customer, as Christine says, “It’s the small details that make the biggest impact and all the difference.”