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  • February programming changes - Coaches making things more spicy

    People often ask us what differentiates WIP from other gyms...and at the top of the list is always our amazing coaches.  Not only are they passionate about our clients well being and your goals but they also understand the mechanics of the body and the movements we should be doing to get stronger, leaner and improve our overall health.  They understand that although we may not all love handstands or roll ups, they are important moves that benefit, challenge and change our bodies for the better, which is why we WIP in the first place!

    Paul is excited about the progress clients have made over the past several months as the Coaches have challenged us with some pretty tough skill work.  "As we roll into February, we’ve seen a lot of accomplishments and steps towards goals in January. Maybe you didn’t do a handstand in the middle of the room or perform a perfect roll up every time- but that’s okay! That was not the expectation we as coaches had. It’s not necessarily about where you ended up on the 31st, but how far you’ve come since the 1st of the month." 
    As we continue to read through the client surveys we appreciate the feedback we got regarding the WIP Programming..and we've heard you!   We have asked the coaches to spice it up a bit - so get ready!  One of the biggest changes you will see is on Wednesdays as we remove the dedicated core day and sprinkle more of those movements into each day.  Wednesdays will be fun, challenging and sweaty (hint: think firecracker Wednesday!)  Our Coaches continue to push their programming to challenge you and help you work toward your goals which effectively get you the best results.  So trust them and trust the process!  Here's to more sweaty workouts, crushing goals together and "butt stuff"!
    Laura & Mary Kate
  • WIP...it's more than just a workout!

    WIP...it's more than just a workout!

    My favorite part of the WIP Workout happens right after the finisher at the end of class.  Those 5-10 minutes after a workout when the WIP community comes together.  Sometimes it's catching up with a friend.  Sometimes it may be to give someone a high-five because they climbed the rope for the first time.  Or maybe it's to thank the coach for correcting your form or pushing you to pick up the heavier kettle bell.  The mood in the room after a WIP Workout is highly contagious.   You are ready to tackle the rest of your day.  Your mood will be elevated.  You feel a real sense of accomplishment.  If you came to class with stress on your shoulders, I can almost guarantee that by the end of class, it will feel lighter.

    There is something about sharing your struggle and your success with people that instantly bonds you.  And that is why we LOVE to WIP.  It's more than just a workout.  It's a mood booster.  It's stress relief.  It's a therapy session.  It's a nurturing community.  And it feels good (even when it hurts).
    See you at the next workout,
    Laura
    WIPster since 2013
  • Best of 2018!

    As we fondly reflect back on 2018 we celebrate some highlights of an amazing year!  

    Coached the most WIP Workouts

    Coach Paul Ducey coached 1,219 WIP Workouts in 2018.  Data on how many of those classes involoved his '90s Rock Playlist are unavailable.

     Most WIP Classes Attended

    One Rockstar OG WIPster attended 352 Boot Camp Classes this past year.  Talk about WIPspiration.  The top 10 Highest Attendance WIPsters all came in over 250 times each in 2018.

     Busiest WIP Day of the Week and Highest Attendance of the Year
    The busiest class of the week in both West Hartford & Canton was the Saturday 8:45am sessions and Downtown WIPsters love their Thursday Noon Class.  The most attended day of 2018 was Monday, April 30th when 248 WIPsters got their sweat on at all 3 locations!
    Most Liked Picture on IG
    We were honored to be named MindBody Visionaries in 2018 and apparently you "liked it" too as this was the most liked picture on IG last year.
      Most Commented Picture on Instagram
    You never forget your first...and we loved hearing all your amazing First WIP stories from over the years.  "Love at first WIP" was the winning story.  Gives #wiplove a whole new meaning. 
    Thank you for being part of the WIP Community in 2018!  We look forward to crushing goals together in the New Year!
    Cheers ~ Laura & Mary Kate 
    WIPsters since 2013

  • January Programming Goals-New Year, New Workouts, New Goals

    And like that December has come and gone and we are on to a brand new year and new batch of workouts.  Every year people write their goals up on the board in each gym. Many are fitness goals, some have lifestyle changes they want to make, others have career aspirations they are working towards.  Those goals set on January 1st are rarely completed by January 2nd. Whatever your goal may be, it takes time, dedication and perseverance to achieve it. Those goals might not even be reached by the end of the year, but as long as you are making progress towards them each and every day, then there is no doubt they will one day become a reality  Setbacks and frustrations are going to happen. That is just part of the process of reaching a goal, they are not an indication of failure unless you allow them to stop you from working toward your goal. 

    For this month we will have a movement of the day that will be the focus of the workout.  Each day you will be given a chance to work toward reaching a goal. Whether it is doing 1 perfect pushup, finally getting above the pull up bar or getting inverted into a handstand.  Everyday is a new opportunity to do something for the first time...what’s your goal for 2019???

    Sunday-Pistol Squats

    Monday- Push ups

    Tuesday- Kettle Bell Swings

    Wednesday- Roll Ups

    Thursday- Handstands

    Friday- Pull Ups

  • Enduring December...Programming Goals

    Enduring December

    December is a month full of holiday cheer and fun. But, along with all the fun comes a seemingly endless “to do” list of so many things- gifts to buy, cookies to bake, rooms to decorate, parties to attend, and just never enough time to get it all done. So what do you do to keep your sanity during this crazy time you might ask...turn to WIP!

    Our focus for our December workouts will be increasing our endurance and work capacity. Endurance workouts are all about pacing it out and staying consistent throughout your work time, as well as taking breaks when your body tells you that you need them. We will be working on just one move: the clean, and some variations of this staple movement. 

    We need to take the same approach to dealing with the holiday season as we do our longer endurance workouts- take time for yourself when you’re feeling overwhelmed, focus on one task at at a time and don’t try to get everything done all at once. Overall, be consistent with everything you do to avoid the highs and lows that come with this hectic time of year!

    So, cheers to enduring December!

    Paul Ducey

  • Why going to WIP makes me a better mom!

    I don't make jewelry, I'm not a scrapbooker and I don't knit.  I do boot camp.   It's my thing, my time.  My happy (sweaty) place.  The one hour a day that I get to do something totally and completely for me!

    Of course I workout to lose weight and get stronger, but just as important I workout for the mental and stress release I get.  As a mom we are constantly taking care of everyone else: food shopping, cooking, cleaning , picking up the kids.  But for that one hour a day, I can forget about the laundry and get lost in my ball slams, box jumps and burpees.  And it makes me a better mother and wife (just ask my husband) when I get that workout and "me time" in.

    I didn't find my love for boot camp until after I had my third child.  Once my daughter was born and I was a stay at home mom to 3 active kids under the age of 4, I quickly realized I needed to find something just for me (and an excuse to get out of the house for an hour was thrilling). 

    After reconnecting with another amazing Mom, Mary Kate and sharing the joys and craziness of having kids while keeping some sort of sanity, she introduced me to boot camp and I've been in love ever since.  

    Cheers Mamas!!

    ~Laura

  • Blog Takeover-From Tragedy to Triumph one Burpee at a time...Jess Fagan

    For our 3rd installemt of the BLOG TAKEOVER we were approached by West Hartford client Jessica Fagan who volunteered to contribute to the series. Thank You Jess for your very honest, not always easy to read account of how WIP entered your life. Your strength is an inspiration and your positivity is a beautiful tribute to the life you shared with Joe. 

    Thank You,

    MK and Laura

    Tragedy to Triumph….One Burpee at a Time.

    When my husband passed away in May 2014 after a year and a half long battle with Lymphoma, I was stuck;  stuck between not feeling ready to take one more step forward without him by my side, but also feeling the push to take all the steps in the world forward to honor such a special love and life.  I knew I needed something more; something that would urge me to get out, get moving, and get on with the positive, happy, blessed life my husband so desperately wanted me to find.  In his absence, I found myself 30 years old, lost, and wondering how I would pick up the pieces to move forward.  The answer seemed simple; find something that not only would help support me emotionally and mentally, but also physically.  So, I set out to find it, and I found it in WIP.  

    I was home on leave from work and my neighbor, fellow WIPster, Jessica Clancy encouraged me to try a class with her.  On day one, I will admit I was nervous of what was to come, but from the moment I stepped into the gym I was hooked.  Despite the fact that I could barely move my legs for days, I kept going back for more.  I was not only hooked on the almost instantaneous changes that I began to see in my body, but perhaps even more hooked on the euphoria I felt after each and every work out.  Instead of feeling out of shape, out of place, and intimidated, I felt supported, encouraged, and welcomed.  

    I have always been an active person.  Through Joe’s year and a half long illness, between trips back and forth to the hospital for chemotherapy treatments, doctor’s appointments, and New York City to Sloan Kettering; I somehow found just a little time to ensure I stayed active.  I would wake up before work and quickly power through a workout I found on Pinterest before Joe woke up, just so I wouldn’t miss one minute with him.  When he was in the hospital for weeks on end (on the 8th floor!), what did I do…I took the stairs…each and every time. I did this not only for me, but for him as well.  I knew I needed to stay healthy to be the best caregiver I could be.  

    When Joe was gone, I no longer needed to take the stairs as a form of exercise, but I needed to find a way to tackle the stairs of my new life.  Every time I wanted to turn around and go back to the bottom of the staircase, I felt compelled to push forward and keep climbing upwards.  WIP helped me with that; with realizing my true potential in life.  Even though my life was now vastly different, it felt comforting knowing I had one space that I could go for an hour to put all of my pain aside and focus on one thing; myself. During my workouts, I pushed myself to limits I never had thought possible and each time I left feeling refreshed, enlightened, supported, and ready to face the days ahead.  As I started to become stronger physically, I also started to notice a strength arising in my personal life.  Each time I choose a heavier weight or squeeze in just one more rep, I can’t help but feel proud of all I have accomplished.

    I am a Work In Progress physically, mentally, and emotionally.  I am proud to say I am in the process of overcoming what has proven to be an insurmountable challenge, but I have done so with strength, dignity, and perserverance….one kettlebell swing , one burpee, one box jump, one push up at a time.

    Thank you to the entire WIP family for allowing me to believe in myself and for consistently pushing me forward in all aspects of my life.

  • Grunting...for increased performance?!?

    This article was forwarded to me by a client (I won't mention if he/she is of the grunting variety) and I found it exceedingly interesting.  I have been known to let out a little grunt, some might call it a moan or even a pissed off sigh, but for this blog we'll say its a grunt. It is fascinating to find out that there is physical evidence that the grunt is performance enhancing.  This article talks mostly about tennis, where grunting is de rigueur, but they reference other incidents where data is shown that "when people are making noise while exhaling, their strength seems to increase." "Grunting can also be the result of proper breathing, which helps stabilize the core and generate the most power." Sounds good to me! 

    The article has a lot to say about the mental advantages to grunting. We don't reap those rewards as much at WIP as we are in a non-competitive enviroment for the most part. I can honestly say unlike a lot of tennis specatators we are grunt friendly.  So go ahead, "grunt away". Most of us are so distracted with what we are doing we probably wouldn't notice anyway.

    See you at the next workout,

    Mary Kate

  • Small Business Saturday - 11.24.18

    3 Classes for only $36 (+tax) ONE DAY ONLY!

    We celebrate being a small business everyday, but today we thank you for supporting WIP Fitness by offering you our lowest per class price of the year.

    Class Packs can be purchased online here on Saturday November 24 only.
    https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/su1.asp?studioid=35421

    These make great gifts! 

    Limit 2, 3 packs per person. *You may gift add'l class packs. Classes are valid for 1 full year from date of purchase. Please email info@wipfitness if purchasing as a gift.  Clients working out on Saturday, November 24th will also be able to purchase a BONUS 3 pack onsite only.

    Satuday, November 24th is also the last chance to grab your December Challenge Pass at it's lowest price!  Unlimited workouts all month long + exclusive WIP Challenge T-Shirt!

    To purchase your pass and for more information on the December Challenge, Click Here!!!  

  • Why is a WIP Workout beneficial to Runners?

    Karisa answers that question very eloquently below:

    -Runners have very specific movement patterns that can sometimes lead to overuse and injury.  Our boot camp classes develop muscular strength and power that helps minimize connective tissue strain and, in turn, reduce risk of injury.


    -The answer to overcoming a plateau in your in training isn’t always more miles; cross training with specific conditioning and strength work to develop important muscles in running can be extremely beneficial and reduce the wear and tear that can result from a “more running” strategy. WIP classes focus largely on core, core and more core, and glute and hamstring strength, all of which can help you to achieve that next running level. 
     
    -Incorporating Work in Progress classes into your training program increases endurance, strength, stamina and speed.  The high intensity conditioning and cardiovascular element also helps expand lung capacity.

    -WIP Fitness classes provide not only a physical break from some of the repetitive stresses of running, but also a mental break from your normal running routine.  Mixing up your routine with even one day of cross training can help to motivate you to run faster!

    -Boot camp classes will increase your running speed on the flats and improve your power to help you get up the hills.

    -Besides running your fastest, runners are concerned with their longevity in the sport.  Boot camp helps to round out your training program and give you the strength and balance to stave off injury.  Your body will thank you for a little relief from the roads or trails.

    -It’s fun!