Our good ol' Tight Club check-ins are back! We took some time to connect with a few TC regulars that add a whole lotta love to the community and asked them about how the studio has impacted their lives. You might notice our pals looking extra fresh because they're sporting our latest tech line, available in studio now!
Tight Club came into my life when I was looking for new ways to connect with the community. My first few classes at TC were free community classes and I was surprised how being at TC was unlike being at any other fitness studio I’ve tried before. Not only were the instructors supportive, but the other members were too.
I have always fancied myself as the lone wolf type, but since starting with TC I’ve really embraced the benefits of community in a fitness space. Whether it’s giving someone else a high-five after a circuit, seeing a familiar face or even showing the space to someone at TC for the first time, there is a special kind of community you feel at TC. (My favourite part of class is always the check-in question because I love hearing other people’s answers!)
I am always surprised by the constant juxtapositions I feel when I’m at TC in the best ways imaginable; I feel like I am taking time to focus on myself, yet still being a part of a community. I feel challenged to improve, but can still be proud of my accomplishments. I feel strong, even when I am dripping in sweat.
Pump-up anthems for sure! On days where I need extra motivation to get to my workout, Ariana Grande and I have a mini dance party at home just to get my body moving.
That being said, I do believe in being kind to myself and checking in with myself when I don’t feel motivated and ask myself why and if movement will help. Let’s say if it’s because it’s raining I (eventually) realize that the rain isn’t really a prohibiting factor. If it’s because I am exhausted (mentally or physically) I take the time to determine if a sweat sesh will help or just add to my exhaustion that day.
Haha - well, one thing I am constantly learning, forgetting and then re-learning is I am more resilient than I think I am. This past year was the most rewarding and challenging year of my life so far.
The highs were really high and the lows were really low. The highs include accomplishing and experiencing things a younger version of me could never even begin to fathom, while the lows included losing my job in a field I’ve dedicated the majority of adult life to. Through it all I have been surprised by my own strength to grow through what I go through.
Prior to TC I never really realized that I never wanted to allow myself to take up space in a fitness setting. In any other setting, professional or personal, I never had an issue with how much space I needed to occupy to be more successful but I couldn’t show up for myself when it came to fitness. Perhaps it was because I was never athletic or fitness-inclined growing up or maybe it’s even because I was intimidated by the idea that I wasn’t as “fit” as I should be to be in a fitness studio.
TC provided me with a new sense of inclusion in fitness where I was able to feel comfortable taking up space. I never have to worry about how I look or if I’m good enough at TC because they’ll always encourage me to do my personal best.
It’s only been in the last 2 years that I have made an effort to make movement and fitness a part of my routine and it wasn’t until I didn’t have that outlet anymore did I realize how integral it was to my overall well-being. There is something about getting out of my own head and into my body that helps me reset. It also allows me to give myself some distance between my personal life and immediately reacting to it. For example, if I am in a workout class I can’t think about how stressed out I might be feeling at work because all I can think about is how much my butt hurts during donkey kicks and Future Vicki can deal with that problem one hour from now and with a clearer head.
I come to Tight Club to combat the negative affects that 30 years of skateboarding has done to my body. I come for the workout and return for the family.
I always leave Tight Club feeling better than when I arrived.
I’d like to be completely transparent: when I'm trying to motivate myself to accomplish any physical task I smoke copious amounts of marijuana. It’s my life blood.
Bike packing is a huge part of my life. I never pictured doing it with another person, let alone with the love of my life. This year I learned I can be a mentor.
I came in broken and unable to articulate my limbs. I now move with power.
Movement is my life. It always has been. Without it my mental state suffers and thus my whole surroundings become tiny any dark. Movement makes me free.
So I can become strong enough to keep up with Bryan when we're cycling and not be such a speck in the distance! Hah, but truly, also for the loving energy, perfectly packaged knowledge and familiar faces from the Chinatown/Strathcona community.
Like I have choice. The choice to push myself, to follow the class outline, to be spicy and confident as much or as little as feels right for me on any day, without judgement.
Guzzle some coffee, get on my bike, blast some disco, and sing as I'm zipping to my destination.
That I can go so much further, higher and to more diverse places on my bicycle than I ever thought possible. I learned how to keep pushing my limits.
Occasional to habitual.
I spent my entire youth playing team sports, which was a lifestyle that got left behind as I transitioned into work/school/etc. I fell in love with rock climbing a few years ago, which reminded me how much being athletic is such an important part of me, and have reintegrated it into my life in so many ways. Movement and mobility make me feel free and empowered.
I started working next door a couple years ago and I thought it would be nice to get to know everyone so I went to a class. I was greeted with such a warm welcome and I felt more comfortable than I ever had going to a new gym of the first time. Now it feels like an extension of my community, full of Strathcona neighbours, familiar faces from Union street businesses, people I’ve served here and there ever the years. Working out with people is remarkable icebreaker- getting to know everyone in this neighbourhood has never been easier than when I started going to Tight Club. Once you’re part of a community like Tight Club it is no longer a place but an essential part of your life.
Very relaxed and silly! I’m so over serious workout studio vibes. Tight club is a good time which makes an even better workout.
I know I feel my best (most stable, alert, calm, energized, and everything good) when I go - but some days feel impossible to imagine moving. I always tell myself that I can just go and not try too hard and I’ll still feel better coming out than I did going in and I never regret it once I’m there. I usually can do the whole workout just fine once I’m in there because the room and the people give me all the energy I need.
I look great with short hair.
I am on my feet for 10-12 hours a day, so maintaining my body to support this is my ultimate goal in life but especially in my relationship with movement and my workout regime. Movement in general is a necessity for me to maintain my energy and mental health, but specifically tight club has been a major shift in my life as I have finally found a practice that has changed my body to be stronger overall. Building strength consciously has allowed me to live with significantly less pain on a daily basis since I’ve started attending Tight Club, and although I spend so many of my precious hours of my week there, it somehow makes me feel like I have more time in my day overall.
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