What to Expect at your First FiA (Females in Action) Workout
YOU GUYS–we need to talk FiA today.
Females in Action is a free community workout group–and now that I’ve been to TWO WHOLE workouts, I feel like I can tell you about it. (Obvs, I am no expert. I just want to tell you about what to expect the first time.)
So, a couple things before we jump in:
1. Shout out to my BFF Rach who goes to FiA near her (South Carolina) and texted me the link of my area’s days and times and encouraged me to give it a try.
2. I went to the website and discovered that the two biggest states for FiA groups are North and South Carolina, but it does exist in other states too. If you want to know more, go to fianation.com
Alright, so 2 Saturdays ago, I went to FiA for the first time. It was VERY obvious that I was new–I pulled up as they were getting started, didn’t know what I needed or where to put my stuff. BUT immediately everyone welcomed me and one of the girls told me I’d just need my water bottle and key and put everything else back in the car.
We warmed up a bit, and I was feeling pretty good about this whole thing. I like to think of myself as physically fit since I consider myself a runner. However, it soon became quite clear that I was going to be a very sore, tired woman after this workout.
After the parking lot warm up, we ran through the trails to another area of the park and the real fun began. For the rest of the hour, I was doing my very best to keep up with the 16 other ladies. We ran, we did legs, we did abs. I mean, it was a GOOD workout!
So here’s a few interesting things about FiA that might help you when you’re heading to your first workout.
1. Each workout has a “Q.” The “Q” is one of the ladies from the group who has volunteered to lead the workout.
2. At the completion of your first workout, you get introduced to the group as a “FNG”–Friendly New Girl. You tell the group a little about yourself…and then you get your official nickname before you go home. I’m REM, in case you were wondering!!
3. Women of all ages and stages are welcome. There were women who were at the earlier stages of their fitness journeys and women who are at the top of their fitness game…and everything in between. And all sorts of ages, too!
4. Don’t be surprised if you’re sore. FOR DAYS. I seriously was sore for like, 4 days. Even though I run, I don’t do much else…so if you don’t do a whole lot of working out or stick to only one workout, you too will be sore.
5. There are several options throughout the week. In my area, there are 5 days a week of workouts–a few in the AM and a few PM. It seems most ladies go to several a week, but when I said the only time that really works for me is Saturday AM, I was still allowed in. 😉
6. Bring water, a mat, and gloves. But if you only have the water, still come anyway! I only had water and it was totally fine.
I definitely enjoyed my first (and now second!) FiA experience! It’s built differently than a regular group fitness class at a gym because it’s all about the community. So you aren’t going, talking to no one, and leaving an hour later. You’re enjoying the company of other women and learning about them one week at a time.
If you’re in NC, SC, or another area that has FiA, you should totally check it out! You can find FiA groups at fianation.com (and no, this is not a sponsored post. I just am really excited!).
Have you ever gone to a community led workout like FiA? What is your favorite thing about it??