Are you ready for a pump-up blog? You’d better be, because that’s exactly what you can expect from today’s F45 Training post! 

In recent blogs, we’ve taken the opportunity to highlight what makes our group of three Seattle gyms so special. To be (somewhat) brief, the long and the short of it is that F45 Training is a fitness philosophy founded in Australia — yet it’s taken the globe by storm with a commitment to functional fitness training and HIIT exercises that make you feel stronger and healthier. 

We are proud to state that we have three functional fitness Seattle gyms that are now open. In the Central District, Northgate, and Queen Anne, you can find a community of committed and positive people who want to see success; not only for themselves, but for the entire F45 crew. 

For a more in-depth blog on what you can expect from F45 Training, be sure to check out our Welcome to F45 Training blog. We discuss group fitness, Functional HIIT, and what you can expect from your first 45-minute workout. 

Change Your Life

At the end of the day, we want you to see and feel the results you achieve. We’ve designed a workout regimen to help you accomplish exactly that. With over 4,000 exercises and 36 unique movements you can look forward to, you’ll never take the same class twice!

Now that we’ve gotten you caught up on the basics of F45 Training, we’d like to discuss some of the benefits of getting in shape. Obviously, looking and feeling better should be chief among the long list of benefits you could probably come up with on your own, but we want to take a deeper dive in today’s blog. So keep reading if you want to explore how being physically active and getting into better shape can impact stress, confidence, memory, and focus in ways you likely have never realized!

Stress

First and foremost, not all stress is negative or “bad.” There’s a distinction between positive stress (eustress) and negative stress (distress). Positive stress makes us feel alive; we are awakened and fully engaged with something. It’s the feeling we get when we are excited for a first date or are ready to play a competitive basketball game. 

Distress is not positive. It’s unwanted and debilitating. It’s a negative reaction to an unwanted stimulus. Now, the negative reaction might be psychological or physical, but either way there’s a good chance that we will suffer in a range of ways as a result of said distress. 

That said, we’ve got some good news for you: being regularly active with exercise has been clinically shown to reduce negative stress levels. So no matter where the root of your distress is coming from, getting into a consistent fitness routine is likely to be an effective solution. Now, we aren’t saying that any and all of your physical, psychological, spiritual, or social problems will disappear after one 45-minute F45 class in Seattle, but we are confident that things will start to fall into place after you establish a regular exercise routine and stick to it. 

Harvard Medical School Study

You can feel it. It’s that runner’s high after 10 miles. It’s the feeling of perfect exhaustion after a hot yoga class. Take it a level deeper, and it’s that deep sense of satisfaction that comes from accomplishing a difficult, long-term goal. There’s something to be said for that. 

But how, exactly, does it happen? We mentioned there is research backing this up, so let’s look at it. 

It’s not only that the theory has been studied; it’s been proven. Not only has it been proven, it’s been proven by Harvard Medical School. Sorry to any readers who attended Yale, but our point is that you can take this study to the bank. 

Here’s what happens on a physiological level: exercising regularly helps your body to naturally regulate stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. Working out helps bring endorphin levels up, which contributes to the aforementioned “runner’s high.” 

On top of that, consistent physical activity promotes the production of serotonin, dopamine, and other neurochemicals associated with feelings of calmness rather than anxiety. 

Confidence

Here’s a benefit of HIIT and functional fitness exercises (and other forms of working out) that most people think of fairly quickly. Our take is that there is a strong chance you might be struggling with self-confidence if you are looking to lose weight, add muscle, and get into shape. But even if you haven’t been dealing with self-esteem issues, our society’s expectations don’t help us feel good about ourselves, what with the constant measuring sticks we are bombarded with on TV and social media. 

Let’s be clear: wanting to become physically healthier doesn’t mean you are bowing to cultural pressures or are vain by any stretch of the imagination. There’s so much to be said for self-love, and getting into shape is a great way to simply feel better about yourself. 

And while we don’t have a Harvard study to back this up, our experience underscores the idea that the boost in confidence you experience will promote a “trickle-down” effect into other areas of your life. You might have more confidence at work. You might feel better about yourself which helps you treat others with more grace as you go about your day. You might even get the confidence to learn that new hobby you’ve been kicking around for a while — if you can master F45 Training in Seattle, what can’t you accomplish?

Look Out For Part Two!

As it turns out, we had plenty to say in today’s blog, so we’ve decided to turn it into a good, old-fashioned two-parter. We hope that you are inspired to learn more about what we have to offer here at F45 Training in Seattle. If you’ve been looking for a Seattle fitness center with a group fitness mentality that will help you stay motivated and energized, look no further! 

We’d love to get you signed up for a 1 Week Free Trial at your convenience! Come see us soon and be sure to look out for part two in the near future.