Get Fit…Play…

By Thierry Gagnon, kinesiologist

When I started Nomad Fitness in 2008, my first consideration was to be free to innovate through physical activity. I had worked in a gym for years and I felt so limited when it came to build workouts specifically for my clients. In fact, many of them told me that they would like to go outside when the weather was nice. But I couldn't because if they had an accident, the gym wasn't covered for outdoors activities. How disappointing? Well, it was enough for me to decide to start my own business. I named it Nomad because we go wherever clients want and because our mission is to help our customers switch their sedentary lifestyle for an active one which I call nomadism. The latest innovation we made to help our clients adopt their Nomad lifestyle is to integrate games in our outdoors workouts.

In fact, we make sure that there is at least 10 minutes reserved to games in a 60 minutes workout. By example, we play soccer, tag or dodgeball often to improve cardio, muscular power, flexibility and coordination. Why do we do that? Because it is so fun that participants forget that they're exercising and tend to push themselves more than when they follow a very stuctured cardio plan. But don't get me wrong, some of my clients do not like these games and we do not force them to participate, it's just that most of our clients come to us to increase their motivation and since they usually love the games we play, they work harder and simply get great results. As a matter of fact, we often switch the high intensity portion of our classes by games such as soccer who require a lot of running and the result is always intensity, lots of sweat and obviously very large smiles on everybody's faces.

So remember, there is a way for everyone to love training and one option is to get back to the schoolyard games we use to enjoy.

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