Over the month of April, the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC (located in Toronto) sparked a new fitness #goofyplankchallenge. While there was fantastic momentum circulating in Toronto and across LIV North’s managed facilities, many of the other JCC’s across North America took notice and joined in on the fun (California, New York, Florida, Louisiana, British Columbia and many others!).
The challenge forced individuals and families to get creative and helped them stay active during an otherwise challenging time of being stuck at home in self-isolation. We witnessed Jenga Games, Chess Matches, Family pyramid, pet’s on display and many other goofy/creative ideas. To wrap up a successful challenge, the JCC’s in Toronto hosted an unforgettable Plank Party with over 250 people from across North America tuning in for a fun core-inspired workout on Zoom!
Over 500 between Instagram posts/stories as well as FacebBook posts
250+ People attended the Live Plank Party, core inspired workout, on Zoom representing over 30 cities
The challenge helped engage our community to be creative and active
Had the likes of some fellow fitness favourites such as Marc Lebert, Peter Twist and Harley Pasternak joined in on the fun!
LIV North has been actively creating challenges for many of our communities across Canada to keep the same level of enthusiasm and creativity.
In 2019 the LIV X app was designed and implemented into LIV North’s managed facilities. This app is the main operating system for all management functions in the LIV North club facilities including PT, payments, scheduling, non-touch facility access, push notices and more. LIV North made a significant investment creating a digital platform to allow our programs to be used remotely by our corporate customers and fitness facility members. The app also has over 350 workout videos that are constantly being updated depending on usage patterns.
“Never did we anticipate that all the members we service would become remote. Fortunately, the LIV X app was in place in all our facilities across Canada.” states Lisa Kendall, Vice President, Amenities for LIV North.
In the last 4 weeks, since the start of this COVID-19 shut down the LIV X App has been used by more than 20,000 users. An amazing statistic since LIV X’s anticipated usage was an adjunct to our in-house programming. The LIV X app is being complemented by an almost full schedule of online and virtual classes being offered through our facility staff.
Check out how easy it is to use the LIV X App.
Another amazing statistic is that over 5,000 non members participated online over the last 4 weeks using a complimentary link to home videos. As a courtesy, LIV North, in conjunction with our supplier MY123 have provided complimentary access to home exercise videos. Thislinkcontains 3 different series of professionally produced home exercise routines designed for the general population and active aging and a series of wellness classes. All classes are being updated weekly.
LIV X wants as many people as possible keeping active and staying in shape so use the attached link and try out some home classes.
LIV North is a Canadian company committed to keeping Canadians active and staying in shape. Please use the above link, try out some home classes or pass it on to a friend, colleague or member. Then keep in touch for our next phase!
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.