Being a local, Philly-born studio that's part of the community means so much to us! It inspires how we build relationships with our clients, how we support local organizations, schools and businesses, how we give back to charitable causes for our clients, and how we offer free classes for our community. A lot of free classes!
In the past 3 and a half years, Freehouse has offered over 190 free classes. That's an average of 1 free class a week! We add these classes generously to our schedule as a way to say thank you and give back to our clients, as an opportunity for clients to make-up a missed class, and as an open door for anyone in our community to enjoy a free workout at a boutique studio.
How to sweat for free with us:
Sign up for a monthly community/make-up class! These occur the second Sunday of the month at 12PM and they are mat-based sculpting workouts with props. The classes are posted on our schedule and anyone can book a spot up to 3 weeks in advance.
Take class with a teacher in training. These classes pop up on the schedule each month and are announced on IG stories. The instructors are always well trained and practiced, and usually have already been teaching for a while! We just like to run a few free 'mock' classes whenever a teacher takes on another type of freehouse class (i.e. absession, burnout) to build their comfort with timing and flow. These classes are available to book online as soon as they are posted.
Community classes have been a long standing part of our studio in the past, and will continue to be an important part of our studio in the future. Thank you for being a part of our community and welcoming us into yours!
On any given day, a client walks through our door and gives us a long-lost greeting. "Hi! I'm back! I know it's been a while." It's often said with a hint of sheepishness... reflecting how our "be stronger than your excuses" culture can cause guilt and imply it's weak to let fitness fall away. But it's not. It's life.
Sometimes it's something big that changes everything. An injury. A job. A move. A birth. A death. Or sometimes life becomes increasingly busy and fitness fades into the background as we juggle priorities. It happens to everyone.
What matters is that as soon as you're able to (logistically, physically, emotionally), start to clear room for fitness to come back into your daily or weekly life. You know that once you do, everything feels a little bit better, and that's something to look forward to!
The start-up or return can be challenging though. Your body may not be at it's best so it can be physically difficult. And there's mental stamina and energy needed to put yourself back into a workout environment. So be mindful of how you start to integrate fitness back into your life and try this approach as you make the transition.
1. Start with workouts you really, really enjoy. What type of exercise is your favorite? What workout environment is most comfortable for you? Don't factor in the intensity or whether the type of workout will help with any personal goals you might have longer term (i.e. weight, body composition). It's important to just enjoy the experience as you get back into the swing!
2. Prioritize frequency. It's about building a mindset and making space for fitness and activity on a daily basis. Any amount of time is better than nothing when it comes to building a routine because it's a stepping stone to building more at a later date! So seize any 10, 20, 30 minute opportunities to workout. Do any kind of movement, at any rate of intensity. Just start moving.
3. Go stronger with strengthening when you have those options to choose from. Physically speaking, cardio does require strength. Cardio asks your body to move with speed, power and agility. Having a baseline of strength will make your cardio more enjoyable and more beneficial. So if it's been a while since you've worked out, your body will usually feel better with building strength first.
4. Hold off on setting attainment goals. There are a lot of factors that go into making big changes in our bodies, and while setting attainment goals can be motivating for some, it's not the only approach or the right approach for everyone. And setting goals too soon is like trying to run before you walk. Bring fitness back into your life, schedule, brain and body first, then set goals (if you want to)!
Try to enjoy your whole fitness journey - the ups and the downs, the good streaks and the not-so-good ones. Don't judge yourself for it. Just get excited for the opportunity to exercise again! Get excited to walk back into studios you've been away from, knowing that we will always be SO happy to see you and share a workout with you.
See you at the studio!