Exercise is not my cup of tea. However about twice a year I vow to work out and actually stick to it, which I do, for about three months, until I conveniently forget to go to the gym everyday for 3 months. I now understand that just going to the gym doesn´t work for me, in my head 20 minutes of slow walking on the treadmill is more than enough exercise for the week, not to mention the walking back and forth from my house to the gym, therefore I hire trainers. I’ve also taken tennis classes, yoga, spinning and zumba.
At the moment I am training with Aussie Rob, as he is known in the training world, a huge, young Australian who has a steady client list, and is highly in demand. He is as personalized as a personal trainer can be. The first day I met with him, I explained the results I wished to get from the torture I would put myself through, as I said exercise is truly not my thing. He listened and made notes, and that same night he sent me a meal plan, as well as a training plan.
Since he is independent from all the gyms, we train anywhere I want, the beach, my back yard, the Mario Villanueva Stadium, any outdoor space is an option, apparently the point is for you to feel comfortable. My first day with Aussie Rob was pure torture, I was right, death by training, maybe he wasn’t for me, however after he actually saw how bad in shape I really was, he began to use it to his advantage.
I have always enjoyed contact sports, in my younger years I trained with a boxer and realized that I actually had a lot of fun, this Aussie Rob found out within the first hour of our training session, when I finally got to kick him and punch at him I began to relax and have fun, I even smiled! It helps to have a personal trainer that is actually concerned about your wants and needs, I have come across many that just don’t listen and treat you more like a person they have to put up with an hour.
Although private training is not the only effective way to stay in shape. Thanks to the concious health people that live in Playa there are so many options ranging from free, to expensive.
Most Yoga studios offer their first class for free, because there are many types of yoga and many studios , the point is to find the right fit for you.
The Palapa in the Mario Villanueva stadium offer free classes, ranging from yoga to world drumming dances.
You can also find great special at gyms, the two main gyms being Evolve and The Gym, also a wide variety of classes are offered with your membership. Both gyms offer spinning, yoga, zumba, core, abds and buns, bootcamp, to name a few.
Tennis is another great way to work out, and there are many instructors in Playa as well as free courts, there is even a tennis school in Playacar for people of all ages and levels.
Cross fit is also very popular in the Riviera Maya, a core strength and conditioning program which started in police academies and tactical operations teams. This intense workout is sure to get you in shape in the least time, however it is reccomended that you are somewhat in shape before going to a class.
If non of these options are for you, than you can always take advantage of the two free sports centers, one is the Mario Villanueva Stadium and the other is La Unidad Deportiva on Juarez, right before av.115. Both offer free basketball and tennis courts as well as a running track and a soccer field.
With all these options available it’s hard to come up with a good excuse to not workout, but if you need any, let me know!
Greetings from the tropical waters of the Riviera Maya!
Some Yoga Studios:
Yoga By The Way: http://www.yogabytheway.com/
Yoga By The Sea: http://www.morethanyoga.com/
Ananda, Yoga desde el Corazon: http://www.anandayoga.com.mx/
Jardin Shangri-La: http://www.jardindeshangrila.com/
Bikram Yoga Riviera Maya: http://www.bikramyogarivieramaya.com/03_the_experience.html
Yoga private lessons firstname.lastname@example.org
The Gym: http://www.thegymplaya.com/ingles/index1.html
Ricky FFit Alvarez, cross fit trainer: https://www.facebook.com/ffit.mx
Moskito Riviera Maya