A key part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is keeping a routine.
When the routine gets old, it can get you off track. One way to stay motivated is to enter in some friendly competitions – either with yourself or other Columbia Basin Racquet Club members – that will challenge you to make progress.
Whitney Patterson, a personal trainer at CBRC, is no stranger to competition. She recently placed first in the USA Powerlifting Empire Classic, where she won for being able to deadlift 147.5 kg, squat 132.5 kg, and bench 87.5 kg.
Whitney is a serious competitor, but you don’t have to be at that level to still see the benefit of competing. CBRC provides plenty of opportunities to challenge yourself.
MYZONE FITNESS TRACKER
Myzone fitness tracker is a wearable heart rate-based system that uses wireless and cloud technology to monitor physical activity. The belt measures your activity and the app displays real-time heart rate, calories, and intensity using five simple color-coded personalized zones.
If you wear your Myzone belt in a group fitness class, then you can see your heart rate zone, compare yourself to others in the class, and earn Myzone Effort Points (MEPs). CBRC encourages members to track their MEPs and invites them to compete against each other.
For example, members were recently invited to participate in a global challenge in which gyms try to have the most members earn 1,300 MEPs in a month. There have also been invitations to earn MEPs and have a chance to win Seahawks tickets or other prizes.
If you’ve ever taken an Alloy group training class, then you’ve seen the posting for Monthly Sweaters. Members sign in when they take the class and those who participate in sixteen classes a month are entered to win prizes. Their photos are posted each month.
Also on display in the basketball court, is the leaderboard for those who can hold the longest planks and wall sits. Let a trainer know if you’re interested in participating, and they’ll time you and record your efforts.
Planks and wall sits aren’t the only competitions. Throughout the year, CBRC invites members to challenge themselves to try new classes, improve stamina, and set goals. Did you sign up for the Bingo T-shirt Challenge, where you could attend five Les Mills classes to earn a free shirt? How about the Spring Training or Winter Warrior Challenge? Did you miss the Summer Kickstart? Are you ready for the July PT Challenge?
CBRC encourages competition because the ability to track and share your activities adds a layer of accountability to your fitness goals. Social fitness will inspire you and others to work harder, develop healthier habits, and remind you that you’ve got a team of members, instructors, and trainers who have your back.