“Mommy, do you eat frogs for breakfast?”
That’s what my five-year old son wanted to know when I started heading out the door bright and early in the morning to workout at Eat the Frog Fitness in North Scottsdale. No, I don’t eat frogs, but what Mark Twain said is,
“Eat a live frog every morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.”
According to Eat the Frog founder & Olympic Decathlon Gold & Silver Medalist, Bryan Clay,
“Your ‘frog’ is your biggest, hardest task of the day. I think of it as the one immediate task that could have the greatest positive impact on your life and for many people, that’s fitness.”
Yep, I’m one of those people. I enjoy living an active lifestyle but working out is not necessarily my favorite thing to do. I don’t like going to the big gym because it feels very intimidating to me. I know how to use the equipment, but I don’t know how to put it all together to make it a cohesive and effective workout. As ridiculous as this seems, I often feel like I’m not put together well enough to be there. I enjoy working out with a friend, but sometimes your friend can cramp your style when they want to do one thing, but you want to do another. When I don’t see the results I want, I feel defeated, discouraged, and frustrated and end up fizzling out. Sound familiar?
Enter Eat the Frog Fitness, a new kind of workout that combines Olympic inspired training with science and technology in a small group setting that is fully customizable to each individual person to achieve desired results. Suddenly, working out makes sense because Eat the Frog Fitness takes all the guess work out of it. Starting off with a fit test to assess cardiovascular fitness, physical strength & endurance, and flexibility. Members are given a heart rate monitor to wear during the workout and the output is displayed on a big screen inside the studio. The results of each class are emailed, as well as loaded to an app on your phone from where you can book classes and manage your goals. Three different class styles include Cardio, FlexCore, and Strength, although there are elements of all three styles in each. Classes are offered 24/7 and lead by either a live, in-person coach or a virtual class. There’s a 4-week cycle that increases in intensity from weeks 1-3 and then week 4 is recovery, although recovery is still a good workout, let me tell you. Lastly, on each cardio machine (pick your poison, spin or row) is a set of index cards that give target zones to work from so you can choose if you’re intensity is low, medium, high or power. When I first started, I found myself on the low index card, but this past week, Week 3 (AKA the hardest week) I had moved up to medium. Eat the Frog Fitness is truly for EVERY body, from professional athletes to those of us who get winded running to the phone.
The staff and coaches at ETF are awesome! The coaches are super helpful with explaining how everything works, as well as making sure that you know what you’re doing on the cardio equipment and floor exercises. They’re all really good about offering me modifications for my hip problem and also really good about calling me out when I could ramp up the intensity a little bit. The coaches were so supportive and encouraging, and I felt like I received a lot of personalized attention in every class regardless of how full it was. I like that it’s a judgment free zone and the other members were also really nice and supportive in a way that felt like a true community. The intimidation that I felt in a conventional gym environment was definitely out the window at Eat the Frog. I’m excited to find a great place where I know I’m getting in a good workout, I don’t have to stress out about doing it right, and where I have a room full of friends but can just put my head down and do the work. There’s even monthly social events! The one draw back is that there isn’t childcare available, so this mama has to eat frog around my husband’s schedule.
After a month in, my energy level has increased and I’ve been making better food choices because I didn’t just bust my butt on the spin bike to blow it all on some French fries. I haven’t exactly lost weight, but I have gained muscle and my clothes fit a little looser. In my yoga practice, I’ve definitely noticed more increased strength. Best of all, no actual frogs had to be consumed.
What’s your frog?