COVID-19 is already one of the craziest things that has happened in my life. The continuous isolation, undefined timeline, and loss of life on a global scale is a lot to think about. It is difficult for even an optimist like myself to ignore its negative impact on our lives.

I am one of the Co-Founders of Evolve United, a fitness company out of Denver that mainly operates within apartment complexes. We provide on-site fitness classes, personal training, and massage therapy, all of which have been shut down due to COVID-19. Thankfully, we have been able to transition to a virtual platform that allows us to continue serving our clients with live classes.

I’m an extrovert. I love meeting new people, hearing their stories, and being in group discussions. But, now, all of a sudden, that part of my life has changed. It’s gone. However, in reviewing our new virtual model, I realized my need for social interaction could be helped by what we offer our clients. Our current platform allows us to watch live streams after they are over, so I managed to participate in three separate sessions last week.

Abs and Jabs

I was admittedly the most excited to try this class. It’s a kickboxing and HIIT hybrid and it completely exhausted me. I knew the class had a large focus on abs, but I was surprised at how quickly they felt the burn. The best thing about this class, though, was that it completely absorbed my focus. I was able to zone into the workout and away from worry, and this feeling remained hours after the class had ended.

Power Yoga

I love everything fast-paced, so I figured power yoga would be a more fun version of it. It was extremely fast-paced, but I was a bit out of my element. I enjoyed the class and I’ve practiced yoga for about a year, but I’m going to take some time to learn more about positioning and transitions before coming back.

Body Boost

A classic HIIT workout, it left me in a similar, exhausted state as Abs and Jabs. The instructor is extremely entertaining, energetic, and empowering. He made the hour fly by.

I learned a lot from participating in these classes. While virtual, they still provided a group environment that took me away from the world for an hour. I am proud that Evolve United has found a virtual solution for our partners during this time. We are continuing to improve our offerings as we troubleshoot any difficulties that we encounter during this transition. I am excited to see how these classes grow and change as we optimize our services. I can only hope that our clients experience similar outcomes to what I experienced over the last week. We all need some relief and community amidst the chaos.

We look forward to having you join us soon…either online or in person (eventually!)

–Dylan Smith