Disclaimer: This is my 100% honest review of Achieve Fitness, I am not being compensated at all, but I wanted to share my thoughts on the gym!
I know I have mentioned in a few posts that I have changed my workout regimen but I haven’t really talked about it much more. The gym I am currently at definitely deserves at least one post, although I am sure there will be more. (I do still meet with my personal trainer once a week or every two weeks, and while he is a great trainer, he and I both agree that I need more consistency)
I was first introduced to Achieve Fitness by Amanda. When I first went to her about upping my nutrition game, we talked about my fitness routine. While I have been very vocal about the fact that you can maintain fitness while working out at home, it has become clear to me that in order to LOSE weight I needed some additional help. Since the gym Amanda owns with her husband, Skill of Strength, isn’t close enough for me to visit on a regular basis, she helped me find a gym that is. Amanda introduced me to Lauren and Jason at Achieve Fitness.
Achieve Fitness is located in Somerville, MA, pretty close to where Nick and I used to live, and only about a 15 minute drive from where we currently are. The gym is relatively new in the area, I was constantly on the hunt for a gym that would “fit” me before we moved out of the area, and I am so glad there is one there now! I set up an initial meeting with Lauren and after some nasty snowstorms that hindered our original plan we met.
The first meeting was what they call a strategy session, I talked about my fitness and health goals, health history, injuries, and previous training experiences. After discussing my goals Lauren took me through a Functional Movement Screening, I felt okay after this. I was frustrated that I had a low score, but I felt confident that with work I could raise this score.
The next step was deciding if Achieve was right for me or not? It’s not cheap and as a stay-at-home mom, the money I spend needs to be spent on things I love and need. After a series of emails and my initial time spent in the gym I was sold, sometimes you just know!
Before telling you a bit more about my experience, I want to share more about Achieve as a gym.
Lauren and Jason wanted to create a space where the trainers are more invested in the clients than the money. Where the atmosphere is welcoming and un-intimidating and where the clients had a clear vision of where they wanted to be and HOW to get there.
I joined Achieve in February and have a little over 3 months experience in the gym. I can whole-heartedly say they hit the nail on the head. I feel like Lauren and Jason are pushing me in ways I wouldn’t do on my own, they are constantly encouraging me in class and I feel like I have learned so much about my body and fitness.
There are three types of classes at Achieve.
Strength Training: which is a full body strength workout. These are set up in exercises for specific repetitions. Usually in 15 minute segments, we are given a set of 4 or 5 exercises and we do as many rounds as possible.
MetCon: stands for metabolic conditioning, these are the group cardio workouts. The classes use lots of equipment, TRX’s, kettlebells, medicine balls, ladders, ropes, sleds, etc… We usually do 3 or 4 rounds of 40 seconds on 30 seconds off for each workout.
Kettlebell: Both Lauren and Jason are RKC certified, and the Kettlebell class shows the members basic and advanced moves with the kettlebells. There are strength portions and cardio portions.
I love all these classes, I always leave drenched in sweat and feeling like I accomplished something. Jason and Lauren do really encourage the members to lift heavier and will always be there to help. I also love that they show the move that is supposed to be done, along with a modified version and an advanced version. It encourages members to go at their own pace but it doesn’t single someone out and make them feel uncomfortable that they are at a different pace.
Photo via Achieve Fitness. Just another action packed MetCon class! (you can find me on the ropes)
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I have never been a member of a gym like this, everyone is encouraging of one another. Members push other members in a positive way. For example, Lauren is starting a program to help members train for a Triathlon (Hyannis Sprint) however it is a few weeks before Zooma and I don’t want to end up injured. Within minutes of telling another member this, we pulled together a relay team, I could still participate with my Achieve family, and not worry of injuring myself, win.
They also have had some really fun activities, they had a couples competition recently (I am linking to the video because it is AMAZING), a workout to benefit the One Fund, in the future there will be a members potluck and the triathlon, and I am sure many more.
Since my FMS score was lower than what Jason and Lauren would like for members in the Achieve classes, I used some of my one-on-one training sessions to bring my skills up to par and before I started taking classes, I worked out on my own, based on the plan Lauren had written out from me. Eventually I was able to participate in classes. Now I feel gross if I don’t make it to my usually classes. It is the best thing that I can do for myself, Achieve really helps me remain sane.
My core is definitely weakest and these exercises needed some serious improvement!
I have noticed a huge difference in how my clothes fit, in how much I am lifting, in how I feel. Lauren graciously took some pictures for me so I can show you my progress.
Reverse Lunges with a 10k kettlebell
Turkish Get Up with an 8k kettlebell – Proud Moment Photo!
Join & Follow
If you are interested in joining, but you are nervous or intimidated let me know, I will definitely be glad to introduce you to the team. You can also follow Achieve on twitter, facebook, and their blog.