Danny Kane’s Fitness Column: The Gym as Community
I am fortunate to own The Meadow Gym with my brother Joe.
We’ve been operating for just over a year after opening our doors in April 2021. We’re based in the Hills Meadow Industrial Estate on Peel Road, and we’re one of four gyms under the Dan and Erin umbrella Bonett who own CrossFit OIM.
Dan and Erin have a great reputation on the island and it’s a pleasure to work with them to help people get in shape.
What do we do in our gym?
We specialize in functional fitness.
Functional fitness can be described as training that supports your daily life.
This includes movements such as pushing, pulling, bending, squatting, dashing, climbing, etc.
These exercises will literally improve everyday life by strengthening the muscles to prepare them for daily tasks and activities. Everyone performs some sort of squat and deadlift every day, so training those in the gym will make everyday life easier.
Getting up and down from a chair is a squat, and every time you pick something up, you’re performing a deadlift. It’s still functional stuff.
How do our sessions work?
We run multiple classes, five days a week with up to 12 people in a class. Think of a “group personal training” session, rather than a fitness “class”.
All of our sessions are structured, with each session having a different focus.
We are not a ‘bootcamp’ – so each session is not random. We have specific goals for each session and everyone spends time with a coach. Our goal is to coach you and help you become the strongest and strongest version of yourself.
After warming up and briefing you on the session, we normally move on to one of two main strength-based exercises.
(Squats, Deadlifts, Press, Pull, etc. Primarily using dumbbells, dumbbells, and body weight)
We will most often include some kind of METCON – metabolic conditioning.
This is just a fancy phrase for cardio. This is the part of the session that focuses on your cardiovascular fitness – increasing lung capacity and heart health.
This ranges from using the rowing machine, bicycles, ski machines and also bodyweight stuff like burpees and running. We make sure to vary our cardio work between high and low intensity.
Core work is also one of our main goals, a strong core means a strong body.
The core is literally the center of every physical task you perform, and having a good, strong core will help you live a healthier life. When people think “basic,” they often think of ripped abdominal muscles, acquired only through hundreds of repetitions of sit-ups.
Training your core can be done countless ways and will help you squat, lift and press harder, but also reduce your risk of injury.
Having a stronger core will make it easier to move heavy objects, improve your posture and keep your spine more secure
We use an app to track all of your lifts, so if that’s what you want to do, you can track your progress, watch your lifts increase, and see your fitness improve over the course of your workouts.
Also, if you don’t want to follow and just want to get in, practice and go home, that’s cool too! Absolutely nothing we do is improvised – so if you really want to improve, come give it a try.
Here are some of the feedback we’ve had from our customers over the past month:
What is your favorite thing about The Meadow?
“The fact that so many different people from so many different backgrounds and walks of life are all mingling together.”
“Welcoming and inclusive atmosphere. Quirky and a bit crazy.
‘Support. Without a doubt. I am almost 8 months pregnant and have been training throughout my pregnancy. All of the coaches are conscientious and supportive and supportive of the necessary adaptations I need to make to help me maintain injury-free fitness. Ace team.’
What is The Meadow for you?
“It’s just a great place. I’ve been coming for over a year, brought my kids whenever I needed, learned so much, improved mentally and physically and never absolutely wouldn’t be without this place.
‘A place I can go that’s right for me. I have never been to a gym like this, everyone is very friendly and helpful. Can enter in a bad mood and leave on a cloud 9! I met some great people there! Everyone wants the best for everyone, that’s it!
‘The Meadow is home. I miss it when I’m not there and I feel welcome and part of a family when I’m there, no matter who is training. It’s a place where everyone is humiliated in every session and no egos are allowed – it’s basically the healthiest place to socialize, exercise, be inspired and have a good giggle .
Reading these last week really reminded me how great the community we have at The Meadow is, and what a ‘happy place’ it is for many of our members and so much more than a simple gymnasium.
If that’s something you’d like to come and try, we offer FREE trial sessions because we know how contagious the atmosphere and energy is.
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As always, thanks for taking the time to read! It really means a lot.