“Make working out part of your lifestyle, not just a short-term spurt of exercising.”
With the cooler weather (finally) approaching, we could all use some #MondayMotivation to continue our fitness goals. On Oct. 2, Six Degrees Society met at The Financial Gym for the first workout class held in their space (usually they stick to working out your money.) Personal trainer Brittany Ross led SDS in a 45-minute class with HIIT and barre elements. She emphasized that expensive equipment isn’t required to start working out, all you need is a positive attitude.
SDS: What do you do and how long have you been involved with SDS?
BR: I’m a NASM certified personal trainer (prenatal and postpartum certified) with 20+ years of gymnastics, dance and weightlifting experience. I focus on creating customized workouts based on personal goals. I also do UX/UI consulting, merging creative skills with user research to create informed design and an optimal user experience. I met Emily about 6 weeks ago through a mutual friend and have now been to 2 events in the last two weeks!
SDS: What do you do to inspire your #MondayMotivation?
BR: My Monday motivation is usually taking a class I love at Equinox from one of my favorite instructors, Alicia Archer, that combines yoga and cardio in an amazing barefoot body-weight workout called Deep Extreme. It starts slow and builds into a full body cardio workout. Alicia has inspired me in so many ways and I look forward to her class every week because I know I’m starting the week off on a good note.
SDS: When you don’t feel like working out, how do you encourage or incentivize yourself?
BR: Sometimes you need a day off and that’s important to understand too. If you are totally exhausted, don’t run yourself into the ground. However, if it’s a rainy day and I’m just feeling lazy, I do a workout at home either from one of my favorite instructors on YouTube or a workout I’ve written for myself. Even 10 minutes of exercise can give you a burst of endorphins and make you feel good. These are also the days when I slow down and do some yoga, so I’m still moving around a little but it’s maybe not a super intense HIIT workout.
SDS: What’s the best way to get in gear for fall?
BR: As far as working out in the Fall, I’d say we all focus on summer-ready bodies, but it’s important to stay healthy year-round and make working out part of your lifestyle, not just a short-term spurt of exercising. As the weather starts to cool down and we throw on our big sweaters, we still want to feel good underneath and not use the cold as an excuse to stop working out for Fall and Winter.
SDS: Are there any workouts you’d recommend that are better in the fall than other seasons?
BR: Fall is my favorite season to get outside and run in the park. I live near Central Park, so I run to the park and then do a few laps around the Great Lawn. I love seeing the leaves change and other people out enjoying the cooler weather with their family or dogs. It’s just a really nice, refreshing vibe. It’s also a great season to do some hiking. A friend and I are planning a group trip up to Breakneck Ridge, where you can do a challenging hike and see some gorgeous views.
For more information on training with Brittany, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.