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Nicole Riga

Why Don’t We Have Long Term Class Packs?

By | Blog

Here’s the next question we hear the most often, “Why don’t you have 30 class packages anymore?” It’s not because we’re a)mean or b)trying to trick you. It’s actually because overwhelmingly, long-term class packages are not helpful for the client- they’re just a cash source for the studio. I hear you over there, “that can’t be true!” but come with me on this little journey.

On day one, you buy a 30 class package after deciding to commit to you and your health twice a week. Great! You spend between $400-$525 (I just pulled those off other nearby studios) for a large package with a 6-month exp. and are so stoked to achieve your fitness goals. Month 1 you come 6 times, it’s looking good so far, not too far off your target. Month 2 is busy, so you only make it 4 times but that’s okay. Month 3,4 and 5 fly by and you come twice total. Month 6 is expiration month, so you come 10 times in 3 weeks and then ask to extend your class package so that you don’t lose the rest of your package, but gyms and studios are actually counting on you not using those classes because you’ve already paid.

You look at your fitness goals 6 months later and you are exactly where you were on day one. That’s not what Flex is about. Believe me, it was a tough call to cancel a big ticket item- But coming 1x a month is not going to help our flexfam, it’s just selling a promise we can’t keep. I built Flex to help people actually achieve their fitness goals with support and encouragement. That’s why our memberships are the least expensive in the area and its why we no longer sell large class packs. If you want to work out twice a week, we are so here for it! Grab a silver membership for $120 a month and commit to yourself and your goals. Need to suspend for vacation? We’ve got you. Need a little flexibility? Email me. Flex is designed with you in mind from the second you walk in the door to the moment you sign the 250 barre and beyond. Not sure? We even have month to month options. Remember, it’s only 4% of your day- I promise you are worth that commitment and we’re doing everything in our power to get you there.

Why do we sacrifice ourselves first?

By | Blog
Hi Flexfam,
Let’s get real for a second…I’ve been thinking about this a lot over the last few days and I want to share it with you. So SO sooo often, the first thing a new client says is, “oh, I just don’t have time to workout, but I don’t like how I look!” It’s this self-fulfilling prophecy and reinforcing feedback loop that makes sure you never make time for yourself. Why, when we get a little busier, the first thing we sacrifice is our own health and wellness? You are literally telling yourself that everything else you have to do that day for everyone else is more important than you! It’s so disheartening as a fitness teacher to watch our clients put themselves on the back burner day in and day out. With a little bit of consistency, we can help you stick to your health goals, but we can’t do it alone. We can spend hours planning the perfect class with the best music, but if you don’t commit to yourself? We might as well teach from a script (ack!). There’s a reason airplanes tell you to put your own mask on first. Take 3% of your day (just 3!) and make it to that 45-minute class. We’re not even talking the physical benefits here. When you workout regularly, your blood pressure goes down, your quality of sleep improves, your immune system gets stronger and your stress level better regulates itself. You’re likely already in an unlimited membership, so make it a point this week to get 1 more star than you think you can. Go sign up for your next week’s classes in advance and make an appointment with yourself. We’re here to help with the stickers, the challenges, the community and the support. But the first step? That one’s on you <3
Read more HERE

Time To Fly-Arm Balance Workshop Oct. 7th

By | Event

On October 7th from 2pm- 5pm Flex Fusion Studios will be hosting an arm balance workshop with Breathe & Flow. Whether you’re a seasoned practitioner or a beginner, this workshop will help you develop a mindful arm balance practice. In this workshop, we’ll start with a fun flow to build heat and connect with the breath, followed by a step-by-step tutorial on the mechanics, anatomy, and kinesiology of the most common non-inverted arm balances as well as wrist exercises to release stress and promote a healthy foundation on the hands. This is a practical workshop so pack your mat and water and get ready to fly!

 

Lock in your spot for class HERE. Space is super limited!

Flex to End

By | Announcement

Flex 

Flex to End Breast Cancer- Saturday, October 14th from 9-12

Why I am Making Strides

Two years ago, I was about to embark on the biggest endeavor of my life- opening my own business- when I received a phone call from my mom. We speak multiple times a day, so this in itself was not strange, but the tone of her voice was strained and she asked if I was home and if my husband was nearby. I remember every word of that call. I remember crumbling to the floor when she told me that she had been diagnosed with an aggressive breast cancer and clinging to the phone when she called me by our secret nickname and promised to fight like hell. You don’t go back from something like that- it never goes away. As we hung up and my husband held me together on the kitchen floor, I shook from the realization that my mother, my best friend, my role model, my support system, was in the fight of her life and there were no guarantees.

She did fight like hell. She embodied strength, resilience, and sheer determination and I am so lucky to be able to type that she still does. My mom received her last chemotherapy treatment in June and is currently, wonderfully, cancer free. It was a horrid fight and the sacrifices she had to make are unbelievable, but she is here today and I will be forever thankful for the donations that were given before that phone call -before it was my mom.

Ten years ago, my mom’s strain of breast cancer was fatal, but thanks to fundraising efforts like this one, she and thousands like her have a chance. People say that you don’t care until it comes knocking at your door, and perhaps that is true. But I hope that we can spare other women- daughters and mothers- from the pain that breast cancer causes, both the physical and the emotional. Maybe when I have to make that phone call, which I almost undoubtedly will thanks to bad genes and a predisposing genetic mutation, it will be less devastating.

I know I will make a difference in the fight to end breast cancer. I know that by raising funds and walking in the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event, I can help save lives from breast cancer.

I believe that one day breast cancer will never steal another year from anyone’s life. Making Strides is not only my opportunity to join my community to fight back against breast cancer, but it is also a way to inspire hope by raising funds and awareness to help those facing the disease. That’s why I’m walking.

Every day, the American Cancer Society helps people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early when it is easiest to treat. They provide free information and services when and where people need it throughout their journey to get well. They are investing in groundbreaking research to find, prevent, treat, and cure breast cancer, and are working to ensure access to mammograms for women who need them.

I have signed up to walk and fundraise with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and I will be volunteering my time and my studio to host our second annual Flex to End Breast Cancer event on October 14th. We will be providing donation based classes, a wonderful silent auction and (of course) snacks and drinks, plus we’ll be raffling off three free months and other great prizes!

Together, we can make strides to end breast cancer. We’ll see you in class.

Back To FLEX

By | Event
It’s back to school season! You’ve had a crazy few months running everyone all over the place, but now it’s time to think about YOU and get back to FLEX!
 
Remember those fitness goals you set a few months ago? We all let our health slip a bit thanks to summer treats {yes, even us}. But as the kids settle back into their routine and you start to find your rhythm, don’t forget to pencil your health and wellness back in.
 
Dust off those goals and bring them to us on September 9th and 10th. We’ll have FREE 45-minute sample classes, first-month free membership specials, juice tasting and amazing door prizes like a free 3-month membership. What do you have to lose?!
 
These classes fill up every single time, so sign yourself and your workout buddy up for a free spot and get your seat to class. Choose from classes like Intro to Yoga, Barre Basics, TRfleX, TRXYoga, Barre, Boot camp, Flex and Flow Yoga and Yoga Sculpt. The options are limitless and so are you!
Run over to our mind body for Saturday or Sunday’s classes to save your spots- 6 of the classes are already full so don’t wait! We’ll see you in class.

Having a hard time with TIME?

By | Blog

We know May is one of the hardest months for fitness industry wide, but don’t forget to make time for you! Studio Owner, Niki has a few ways to help:

  1. Starting June 1, our Children’s classes will be for all ages and will be restructured as active childcare. We’ll still have a teacher leading creative movement, but kiddos will also be able to color, read, or play instead. For our youngest flexfam, tiny tots are welcome, if there are any issues (potty breaks, etc., we’ll come grab you from class and let you know!
  2. Try a 6am or 710 pm class that’s outside of normal work hours in order to squeeze in a little me time? Fun fact- people who work out before 8am are more likely to stick to their fitness routine longer than those who work out later in the day!
  3. Try scheduling your classes in advance– Choose the 2,3,4, (etc) classes that fit with your schedule, sign up and put them on your calendar so that everyone and everything else takes a backseat to your health. I challenge you to take 2 minutes and pick your classes for the rest of the week or even the rest of the month and sign up to hold your spot. Our members who plan their classes out a month in advance almost never miss a workout because it’s already an expected part of their day!
  4. Did you notice that we’ve shortened our bootcamp and TRX classes while simultaneously amping them up to help you burn 400-800 calories in just 45 minutes so you can get on with your day? Start your week off with Monday 6am bootcamp- only 45 minutes long and you’ll be burning calories all day long!
  5. Finally, We know that Silicon Valley is ridiculously busy. As someone who works between 12-16 hours a day, I 110% understand how hard it is to carve out any tiny bit of time that isn’t completely required for your day. But don’t forget about you, whether that’s a class at Flex or grabbing lunch in the park instead of at your desk. I read recently in an article of Entrepreneur Magazine that people who take an hour out of their day to workout are actually more productive, more creative, and overall report feeling happier than those who don’t. So no matter if it’s at Flex or at Starbucks, treat yourself to a little somethin’ special this week because you deserve it.Please shoot me an email if you need a little boost this week. I am more than happy to set you up with an accountability buddy, talk with you to carve out your best schedule slots, or describe a class you may not have tried yet like our new Dance Fusion and TRfleX classes. You can sign up for classes Here.

     

 

TRX is here!

By | Announcement, Blog

Ready to add to your fitness repertoire? Check out this link from the creator of TRX to learn about TRX suspension training before we roll out intro classes next week.

Stay tuned for TRX, intro to TRX, and TRX Yoga on the schedule soon! Flexing limits every day here at Flex Fusion. You never know what we’ll roll out next!

Entrepreneur Explains How Consistent Exercise Makes You More Productive

By | Informative

We stumbled across an article that ties in perfectly with our busy Silicon Valley lives here at Flex Fusion. Take a look at what Entrepreneur had to say about working out regularly!

Exercise may be something that you say there is no time for in your daily schedule. It is important to make it a part of your daily routine to increase your productivity at work. It can help you release stress, create a creative game plan, and strategize your daily priority list. Thinking with a clear mind, combining exercise and meditation, helps workers stay on task and focus better.

Mind Refresher

As a busy executive, CEO, or entrepreneur, you have a lot on your mind. A cluttered mind can make it difficult to stay on-task and think clearly. Take a break and exercise. It does not have to be vigorous, but a brisk walk or walk on a treadmill can help refresh your mind and help you stay focused.

At the same time, you also need to eat healthy to fuel your body and mind to get through a tough workout. Successful entrepreneurs will say that exercise is critical for success.

 Releases Endorphins

With a Forbes Billionaires list position at 330 and a net worth of $5-billion, Richard Branson makes exercising part of his morning routine, that starts promptly at 5:00 a.m. every morning. Exercising releases healthy endorphins that energize you. You feel better, have more energy, and are ready to tackle your daily tasks.

If you have an important business meeting, make sure you exercise before heading to the office. You will have a sharper mind and will be able to retain more of your presentation without having to reference notes much.\

Builds Stronger Workforces

Some companies have implemented exercise or activity breaks for their teams. This helps build a stronger workforce as the team members work together and release stress. During team activities, it can generate creativity to solve an issue with a project. More goals are met on the company and personal levels when employees partake in a bit of physical activity such as working out in the company exercise room, playing kickball or even playing some interactive video games, such as Wii Fit.

Reduces Stress

Exercising does reduce stress. If you travel frequently for business reasons, you can still exercise and stay fit while traveling. There are hotel room workout routines designed specifically for executives staying at a hotel without a gym. Walking around the city you are visiting is a good way to get some exercise, take in some local culture, and relax a bit before an important business meeting. Having a clear mind before the meeting will help you display more confidence and speak clear thoughts.

Improves Overall Health

Working out and exercising does improve your overall health. When you are healthy, you get more done at the office. Even when the season change, staying healthy through diet and exercise improve your overall health. The weather can affect your productivity. When it is hot and humid, you are sluggish and unfocused. In colder weather, you work a little faster.

You can change the setting of your workspace to make it brighter and weather interference free so that your productivity and efficiency are not threatened.

Boosts Creativity

While exercising, your mind may wander to something that has been giving you trouble with a project at work. You might just come up with a creative solution to that problem that has stunted productivity on the project. Creativity comes at the strangest times – like in the shower or in the middle of an intense workout. It is important to take advantage of this boost of creativity, write down your ideas and put them to work when you get back to the office.

Greater Workplace Satisfaction

Exercising, even lightly, before starting your day can make you feel more satisfied with your job. By making a few tweaks to your daily routine, you are setting yourself up to be more productive and stay on-task. Workplace satisfaction reduces employee turnover rates. Some employers offer gym memberships in lieu of cash bonuses to keep their employees healthy, fit, and happy with their jobs.

Closing Thoughts

Exercise improves productivity in multiple ways. Staying fit and healthy is important for productivity. Those that eat a healthier diet are more productive at the office. Fatty foods and unhealthy eating practices slow your metabolism and reduce productivity. Make time every day to exercise, eat healthy and brainstorm ideas to move a difficult project along a bit faster. If your days are typically hectic, create a list of priority tasks and adjust it after your morning exercise routine as you may be up for tackling harder tasks first with some extra motivation.

Check out the article HERE!

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Limitless New Year Open House

By | Announcement, Event

Start the new year off right with a New Year’s open house at Flex Fusion! Free classes all weekend plus, clean eating, goal setting and intention workshops to help you stick to your resolution! Of course, we’ll have snacks, giveaways and amazing discounts as well, so bring in your limitless new year with the Flex Fam! Sign up ASAP because classes are filling up!