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.
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.
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!)