This is a key part of the solution to this current global health challenge. And longer term, will be of value to our society, no matter how things may change.
We can't or won't give up (and its not in our nature to).
We definitley are a resourceful, determined bunch here at Affinity (Gymnastics and Adult fitness) and Sapphire Elite Allstars (Cheerleading) and this time round we are ALL pulling together to move offerings online.
We're going all in - all Affinity, all Sapphire and all AffinityFit working together, collaborating our best offerings into one programme that everyone can find use and value (and fun!) from. It's pretty epic teamwork if I do say so myself. Plus, we have learnt from lockdowns 1 and 2 and further developed how we best do this.
We've considered what aspects our athletes need to be successful - you need to be fit, you need to be strong, you need to be flexible, to be strong mentally and have great technique for your chosen activity. Each session covers one or more of these aspects and is open to athletes from any activity - there are just some age guidance in a couple of places to help us better cater for our older athletes (a piece of feedback from our older gymnasts). If no age is listed, it's suitable for all.
We have a weekly timetable, with some slots varying week by week as follows:
4:00-4:30 Hiit Workout with Dan
6:30-7:15pm Flyer class with Sapphire Coaches and special guest Chelsey Knight on 15th March
5:30-6:00pm Flexibility Training with Eleanor
6:30-7:15pm Base class with Sapphire Coaches
5:15-5:45pm AffinityFit Adult fun fitness with Jen (16yrs+)
6pm Special weekly workshop. Varies each week in March - and has a guest coach Audrey Doklan, doing an amazing ZUMBA class.
10:00-10:30am AffinityFit Adult fun fitness with Jen (16yrs+)
5:30-6:00 Special Weekly Workshop with Sapphire or Affinity Coaches - varies each week eg Beams, Tumble, Parkour and Cheer World workout.
Week 1 only each month: 7:30-8:15pm AffinityFit Mindset Session with Jen (16yrs+)
Week 3 only each month: 7:30-8:15pm AffinityFit Q&A session with Jen (16yrs+)
5:30-6pm Teen Training with Eleanor - 10years +
10:00-10:45am Hiit Workout with Dan/Eleanor
A fun fitness class for all ages to enjoy to keep those fitness levels up. Using our fun games and activities.
Different themed weeks to maintain and build stamina, strength and overall fitness.
A class to work on increasing flexibility - stretches and holds focusing on backs and shoulders one week and shoulders, legs and hips the next.
A class to work on technique for and development of a specific skill area each session. We'll use lots of drills and safe activities for use at home and be able to coach you interactively. In March we are very excited to introduce some Guest coaches to inspire and motivate us - see the timetable for all the details.
Working core strength, shapes and performance through conditioning and technique drills. Led by Sapphire coaches, gymnasts also welcome to build strength.
Building muscle memory and strength whilst working on grips through conditioning and drills. Led by Sapphire coaches, gymnasts also welcome to build strength.
Suitable for athletes 10yrs + working on the core attributes with added intensity, independence and adaptability.
A fun fitness class for all the family to join in with together. Affinity style - lots of games, creativity and fun for all (and maybe some friendly competition?)
Our recently new programme for adults, is included for everyone this month. Monday nights is a movement session suitable especially for those that don't like exercise. The Thursday sessions are pen and paper style. On the 1st Thursday of the month Jen will teach an area of mindset to support us with finding fun in movement (even in lockdown) and on the 3rd Thursday of the month is an open Q&A session to pick Jen's brains. Read a bit more about AffinityFit here.
We know this time is adversely affecting a lot of people financially - ourselves included. That's why we feel the right thing to do, is to give you a choice in this. We've frozen usual memberships for our members. The lockdown version 3 programme is opt in with a minimum contribution of £20. If you are able to pay more, that would be fantastic, but we also understand if you can not.
Financially, our aim in this lockdown is simply to bring in enough income to pay our minimum costs. If everyone was able to contribute £20, we would easily cover this and would use any extra to be better prepared for reopening three. Plus we could work towards some new goals and ideas for developing what we do.
Our coaches and indeed the whole team here continue to be 100% committed to each and every athlete, and will do absolutely everything possible for us all to succeed both now through this period, and our on-going futures, which is why we have chosen yet again, to not to give up. We'll choose this again and again and again and appreciate each and every one of you for supporting us in our efforts as best you can.
If you'd like to join us online pop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know the good news and also what amount you wish to pay. You can join at any point. We'll only pro-rata any fees within a month if you join part-way through. Payment will be requested through your DD when you sign up.
If you're not able to join us - we understand - but why not connect with us on social media in case your situation changes and you'd like to give it a try.
For those interested in how we're managing this time financially as a small business: