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Boutique Studio or Big-Box Gym?

posted Jul 17, 2019, 7:13 PM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 23, 2019, 6:40 PM ]

Familiar faces. Personalized attention. Windows that open and natural sunlight every morning. If this isn’t how you are greeted where you work out, please consider adjusting your expectations. Boutique fitness may sound like a fad or something only a movie star can afford. In reality, this contemporary approach to health and well-being can help you reach your goals faster because the focus stays on you.

The difference starts with the staff. Highly trained instructors offer specialization. Pilates, yoga, Restorative Fascial Movement, Zumba, Barre, personal training, and guided meditation give you variety and options to keep your workouts fresh. You choose whether you need challenge or rejuvenation. Flexible scheduling offers everything from early morning sessions before your commute, midday private appointments, evening fitness sessions to weekend workshops. Whether you join a small group class or opt for private training, experienced instructors monitor every movement, help you modify for safety and efficacy, and fine-tune each session to meet your fitness needs and goals. This individualized care and attention ensures you have better alignment and technique, which prevents injuries and helps you see results sooner. You will learn about your body, your anatomy to develop better self-awareness.

Of course, there are great trainers working at every gym. But not every gym offers private restrooms and changing rooms, and free spring water re-fills for your personal container. The rare ones that do have these amenities still lack beautiful hardwood floors, soothing pastel walls, adjustable lighting, diffused essential oils and yes, even crystal spheres that beam rainbows when the morning sun shines to create a spa-like setting. Believe it or not, it is possible to feel pampered while you work up a sweat!

At the end of the day, you won’t come back if you don’t feel welcome and that may be the biggest difference a boutique setting has to offer. Your teachers will know your name and remember your needs and preferences. Your classmates will become your friends. You will feel encouragement when you struggle and share celebration when you meet a goal. The boutique may start as novel, but it quickly becomes community – a place you want to be.

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