fitmob brings the fun + Athleta giveaway
This post is sponsored by Sverve on behalf of fitmob. While I was compensated for my review, all of the opinions, as usual, are honest and completely my own.
Today, I’d like to tell you all about a modern and user-friendly new workout program in the Bay Area and also offer a $25 gift card to Athleta. So read on and enjoy!
What is fitmob?
fitmob serves the Bay Area, including San Francisco-proper and surrounding areas. Classes are held outside in different neighborhoods and in several gyms, and participants can pay by class. During morning, noon or night, participants can take a variety of formats, including strength training, cardio, yoga, dance, you name it — and the class names are hilarious, like “Yogasm,” “Embrace the Shake” and “Whole Body Hustle.” The cool thing about fitmob is that you don’t have to commit to a gym membership and you can choose your class location and time, whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. Not to mention, it can all be done online or through the easy-to-use fitmob app.
fitmob launched in January and has been hugely successful. In fact, I read somewhere that the company did a survey and found out a third of participants had quit their gym membership once they found fitmob. And it gets better …
fitmob debuts MobTribes small group training
fitmob is now launching a premium offering called MobTribes, which is a small group training format combining the coaching of a trainer and the motivation of a team. MobTribes is essentially shared personal training, led by a top-tier fitmob certified personal trainer who meets with a group of two-to-six participants twice-a-week at the same location for six weeks. The trainer stays in touch with Tribe members to track their activity, provide nutrition tips and give everyone all the services of a high-priced personal trainer for a much smaller price tag. The best part is that if you bring a friend along, you pay less per session. It’s only $34 per session to start and goes down to $29 per session if you refer someone. That’s about a quarter of what it costs to work with a personal trainer for an hour. Big savings right there!
I could see this as the absolutely perfect way for a small group of coworkers or friends who enjoy getting fit together to make big gains. You’ll benefit from the personal attention of a trainer and still get to motivate each other in a group setting. Maybe you and your girlfriends are going to a wedding at the end of the year and want to tone up? Or maybe you and your coworkers are training for a race or event? Or maybe you’ve been sitting on your butt for a long time and the gym just doesn’t call your name and you don’t want to work out alone? This could be for you.
As a personal trainer and group fitness instructor, I absolutely love how a small group training program combines the best of both worlds. Accountability, personalized attention and the energy of working out with others. Sounds good to me.
It’s super easy to sign up. You visit the MobTribes site and choose your location. The fitmob team will either match you with an existing Tribe or you can set up your own. When it’s all set up, your trainer will reach out to you, and the group will get started.
Fun idea, for sure. Now, because I insisted on getting to see what the true fitmob experience was before writing this post, I was able to try a complimentary regular class last week. Here’s how it went down …
fitmob’s “In It to Win It” class
Before I went to a lunch-time fitmob class last week, I read a bunch of Yelp reviews. True story — nearly every single one was incredibly positive. And they all had the same theme: fitmob makes fitness fun, and gets people who don’t normally like to work out, to have fun exercising and to stick to it.
The instructor setting out cones in a gorgeous class setting on the San Francisco Bay.
I attended a 45-minute “In It to Win It” class, which was held outdoors at the Brannan Wharf along the Embarcadero of San Francisco on a sunny and warm day.
All I can say is, it was fun. I hardly felt like I was working out, but I was. The class was led by Milli, an Australian former gymnast. There was only one other participant, who had been coming for nearly six months to the same class. He was hilarious and even performed an impromptu rap for Milli and me during our warm-up, incorporating our names and some fitmob terminology. Not your average workout class, my friends.
Like the class name implies, we played a lot of games and worked off the team vibe. We did a few partner exercises, which had me smiling rather than panting. Class started with a warm-up including jumping jacks, squats and lunges. Then we moved into some suicide runs, squats jumps, burpees and mountain climbers.
It didn’t seem like a bootcamp at all, because we were working with each other. One of us would do the running, while the other did the plyo or strength move, and then we would tap each other out to do the next round. For a little strength training, we also used some resistance tubes on the fence for rows and presses.
Milli truly used the setting of the class to her advantage and even had us do squats and side-to-side shuffles along a row of benches. She was clever. We finished up with some balance challenges, in which we tried to knock each other over while standing on one leg. It was so fun. I never do this kind of workout, and I loved it. It wasn’t too hard, it was just right. I can see why so many Yelpers are believers in the style of fitmob. And you can’t beat the setting on a beautiful day in San Francisco.
Our group doing the final hip flexor stretches performed at the end of class.
Fun vibes, laid back participants and a good workout is a success in my book. I’d definitely like to try more fitmob classes. And for all of my Bay Area friends out there: I’d highly recommend you check out fitmob and the new MobTribes. They both serve as more reasons we can be thankful we live in an area where all the good stuff hits first.
“In It to Win It” class
- Length: 45 minutes
- Format: 5-minute warm-up, cardio runs, plyo jumps, resistance work with tubes, partner balance challenges, more resistance work with tubes, 5-minute cool-down and stretch
- Difficulty level: On a scale of 1 to 10, probably a 6
- Equipment: Resistance bands provided, bring a towel and water
- Suggested outfit: Sneakers, tank top, shorts and your hair pulled back
- Pros: Beautiful outdoor setting, fun and playful vibe so it hardly feels like a workout
Athleta gift card giveaway
Now, on to the fun stuff. It’s your chance to enter to win a $25 gift card to buy anything you’d like from Athleta, the workout apparel line by Gap. Because this giveaway is being offered by the kind folks of Sverve and fitmob, by entering this giveaway your email will be provided to them. This contest will close next Monday, October 13 at midnight.
This post is sponsored by Sverve on behalf of fitmob. While I was compensated for my review, all of the opinions, as usual, are honest and completely my own.
Questions of the day
Do you like a traditional gym or something less traditional for your workouts? Have you ever tried small group training? What’s the funniest thing that’s ever happened to you during a workout?
I’ve recently gotten hooked on my at-home Beachbody dvd workouts. But I think if I lived in a big city that offered these kind of fun, non-traditional workouts, I would definitely work them into my weekly workout routines!
Hi Courtney! Good luck in the giveaway. You’d LOVE living in the Bay Area, by the way. Just saying …
I love to run, it’s always been my favorite. I would really like to incorporate some strength training into my workouts though.
Hi Meredith! Yes, ma’am, You’ve got to have a little bit of everything to make it a well-rounded fitness program. Do you like to run outside or inside? The Bay Area is GREAT for outdoor running, because the weather is always nice.
YAY great giveaway! my favorite way to workout is to lift!
Hi Carrie!! Lifting is the best! That’s what is on my agenda for today’s workout. Have a good one.
I love group classes, I feel like I get a lot more out of it. The hard part is just getting there when you have a busy schedule.
Hi Alexa, I know! Have you ever tried early morning workout classes? Sometimes it’s best just to get it out of the way. You’ve got to come try one of my classes someday! Have a good Tuesday:)
i love exercising outdoors – running, walking, hiking, etc. =)
Hi April! It’s so nice to get some fresh air while you’re sweating. And Vitamin D too!
Running is my favorite with strength training a close second!
Hi Marcia, Thanks for stopping by. Good luck in the giveaway, and keep up with the running and lifting. 🙂
Oh that workout location looks awesome! I would totally do this if I lived out there! 🙂 I used to teach an outdoor bootcamp and absolutely loved being out in the fresh air with plenty of space to run around and get your fitness on!
Hi Sarah, That was my first time ever taking an outdoor bootcamp, and I’d definitely like to do more. Fresh air is the best!
My favorite ways to workout are running and yoga, I find they work well together for my body in staying injury free and feeling good
Hi Paige. Definitely- that’s a great combo. Thanks for entering.
I kinda like a traditional gym — you can get enough variety inside a gym that I don’t NEED to go elsewhere 🙂
I like a mix of things (going to the gym, trying out classes and etc). I guess if I had to choose, I would choose going to the gym, but mostly out of convenience. As much as I love going to classes and working out in a group dynamic (the TRX training center and Mint Pilates Studios are some personal faves), they can be pretty far from where I live. Not to mention the parking!
Hi Alice, yes we have to deal with parking issues for some of the good spots in the City for sure. Sounds like you get some good variety in. Thanks for entering. 🙂
I love to workout by myself with my music at the gym.
Is that when you get in the zone?? 🙂 good work!
Hi! First of all, I live in the bay area too (down on the peninsula) and I love how your blog ties in your SF adventures 🙂
As for exercise, my favorite is running, but since I sustained a pelvic stress fracture in May, I’ve had to learn to love low to no-impact exercise like swimming, biking, and strength training. My PT just cleared me to start running last week, so I’m working my way back into it now, finally!
Hi Emily! Thanks! Glad you enjoy the Bay Area posts. I hope you feel good when you get back to running. Take it easy!
My go-to workout is a good run, but I also do weights, yoga, and DVDs or YouTube.
Hi Megan. Sounds like good variety. Thanks for entering!
Group fitness classes are my favorite way to workout – Les Mills classes in particular! 🙂
Of course!! 🙂
Since moving to SF, I’ve kept my gym membership but I’ve also been using ClassPass for yoga studios and to check out other workouts!
That’s great! I love trying a bunch of different places, but will always need the gym for weights and group fitness. Thanks for entering!
I’ve been wanting to try fitmob! I think it would be a such a fun way to get a great workout in! Glad you had such a great experience.
It was really a good time. Can’t beat the outdoor setting either.
Lifting weights and yoga! My two greatest loves!
A good combo. Thanks for entering Rebecca.
scuba diving! or, when the tides aren’t right, mountain biking will do.
Hi Shawn- great workouts and definitely done outside a traditional gym!
This sounds so cool. I really wish they had stuff like this by me, I would totally do it!
To answer the question, I don’t really have a “favorite” way to work out… I just love being active. And I really really really love Athleta 🙂
Great review as always lady!
Thanks, Nicole! Good luck in the giveaway:)
gymnastics is my fav workout!
Fun!! That’s a great way to stay fit. Thanks for entering.
This is awesome — I’ve tried Fitmob a few times and it’s a lot of fun! My favorite workouts, by far, are their bootcamps 🙂
Hi Lauryn, Can you believe this was my first outdoor workout? I really enjoyed the sunshine. Thanks for entering!
As you may already know – I love to go climbing (bouldering mostly but I love top roping) as my way to work out. Sweet giveaway Ashley! I only found out about Athleta recently, since it was never available in Canada, and I’ve bought 2 things from there already (one being my fav pair of orange corduroy shorts) 🙂
Hi Nancy! Yes, I know you love to climb. Good luck winning the gift card, and I’m glad you can get Athleta now that you live in the States. 🙂
I love to run inside or outside. I usually lift weights on my own. But I do love yoga classes. I would also love to take barre classes and body pump if they were available near me. I always look for them anywhere I travel 🙂
Hi Ashlee! So glad you like BODYPUMP. Me too! Thanks for entering.
I just joined a gym
Hi Mona! That’s great. I hope you enjoy the gym experience. 🙂 Thanks for entering.
I love yoga and bender ball pilates. Relaxing. but also strength-building!
Hi Jordan. Thanks for entering — and bender ball pilates? Tell me more??
My favorite ways to workout are weightlifting or kayaking.
Hi Carla. Thanks for entering. And that sounds like a good combination – especially the functional fitness benefit you can get from a sport like kayaking. Keep it up!
I love to run by myself and I love going to our local yoga studio and doing yoga!
Hi Lisa, I think yoga and running is the most popular combo I’ve heard. Keep it up! And thanks for entering the giveaway.
Running and kick boxing! Big Athleta fan as well
Hi Deborah. Thanks for entering. Sounds like you’re a cardio girl. Keep it up!
I love to run. I also like pilates, yoga and spin and walking/hiking. I love to move!!
Hi Erica, Thanks for entering. Sounds like you work out inside and outside. Moving is great. Have a good day!
I am all about weights and yoga! Thanks for hosting the giveaway! -)
Thanks for entering, of course!
I love to run and attend Stroller Strides with my youngest!
Hi Ericka! Thanks for entering. Stroller striding sounds fun. Great way to incorporate your little one.
Running and lifting weights!
Hi Nela. Thanks for entering – that’s a great combo!
I love running, but I also need to cross train so I do Jillian Michaels DVDs in my living room 🙂
Hi Julie, thanks for entering. Yes, cross training is important too!
Love running and hiking!
Hi Sharon! Thanks for entering. Running and hiking can be soooo fun in nice weather. Hope you have a great day!
I love running and yoga!
Hi Tessa, Thanks for entering. Yoga and running is certainly a good combo!
Sounds like such a fun workout! Anything outdoors is pretty much the bomb.
As for my favorite workout, I’m going to say barre and yoga with weights. But I get kinda trendy about my workouts–faves come and go. 🙂
Hi Kim! hahah trendy is fine, that means you switch it up and get variety. I like barre and yoga too. I’ve never done yoga with weights though.
running and tennis
Hi Darlene, That’s great! Do you play tennis outdoors? I’ve always wanted to be good at tennis, but I’m not!
I like to work out at the gym, 2 days with a trainer and 4 by myself
Hi Ellen, That’s great you have a trainer. Sounds like you have a good schedule with six-a-week. Keep it up!
Hi Amy. Thanks for entering the giveaway. Good luck! Happy running to you:)
I like running, long distances are my fav
Hi Liz. Thanks for entering the giveaway. Happy running!
I just moved to the bay area – doing a class like this where I can just go/pay for specific classes I want sounds really fun (not to mention a good way to meet other people).
To answer the question – my favorite workout varies. Some days it’s running, some days it’s weight lifting, others it’s walking or dancing.
Hi Danica! I think you should check out fitmob then. Variety is key — and dancing sounds like fun:)
If I could choose, it would be group fitness classes. Being a super busy Momma, my favorite is when I get out for a run or get some time alone to pop a video in.
Hi Kristin! Thanks for entering the giveaway. I would agree that group fitness is my top choice.
I am a fitness whore. I love to go to classes, go for a run and mix it up. I’m easily bored but know I need to get my fitness in. Sometimes it’s easier to be motivated by someone else and sometimes, I can’t wait for a scheduled class.
Hi Melissa. This made me laugh hahhaha fitness whore! Well keep it up. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and entering.
I’m a heavy-lifting gym girl or an outdoor run girl, but I love these types of workouts as a trainer/instructor!
Hi Kourtney, Thanks for stopping by. I love it when a girl lifts heavy weights! Good luck in the giveaway!
I use to always hit the gym for classes/workouts (esp if I needed motivation to workout for an hour-I would never walk out of a class, so that keeps me accountable). However, over the past year, I have really loved trying new things at home-PiYo, HIIT in my backyard, TRX workouts. I also love taking bootcamp classes, yoga..anything to mix it up!
Hi Tara! Thanks for stopping by and entering. Sometimes it’s cool to work out at home because you can even do it in your pajamas. I’ve been there! 🙂
I love to rock climb, hike, and run
Hi Nicole, Thanks for entering! Rock climbing is an awesome workout!
I mostly run because I can just get out the door and go, and I like to do yoga at least once a week to continue to make the running possible.
Hi Sarah, Thanks for entering. Yes – it’s always good to fit in some yoga each week. Have a great day!
I love outdoor yoga classes!
THE GYM! THAT IS WHERE I GET MY WORKKKK OUT ONNNNN – I dunno, something about being locked in a rat cage and running on my rat wheel, TURNS ME ON! lol
Hahhaa. Agreed. Thanks for entering GiGi!
My favorite way to work out is running and workout dvds, trx etc. 🙂
Hi Deborah! Thanks for entering.
My favorite workout is hiking!
My favorite way to workout is teaching my yoga/pilates class! It’s always fun and a strength workout.
I really like zumba!
Yoga, yoga, YOGA!
I have to have it.