As many of you have seen and heard, our programming is going to be changing this month. We listened to your feedback and are revamping classes to focus in on what we excel at, and that is bringing strength training to you and making it accessible via our group classes. Our new class offerings will be Barbell classes and Kettlebell classes. Check the website for details on how these classes will look different.
In Barbell classes, we will follow a set schedule. Monday/Tuesday will feature the back squat as our main lift, while Wednesday/Thursday will focus on the bench press. On Saturdays, we will work on both the deadlift and military press. We will be updating your numbers on the board to more accurately reflect where you are currently, so you can maximize your gains in the strength movements.
Kettlebell classes will not involve just sticking to the kettlebell for high intensity workouts but using them for strength workouts as well. One new thing in our kettlebell classes is we are going to take 10 minutes each day to focus on some sort of skill work. This may involve zeroing in on what makes your clean a little bit smoother, or learning how to bottoms up a kettlebell for movements, or even learning that balance get up with a water bottle (to take on the beer get up eventually)! Needless to say, the skill work is where we are going to get to have lots of fun with our movements.
Member of the Month: Jessy Bonds
1) What is it that makes working out a priority for you, given your busy schedule with law school?
Even with my busy schedule, I make working out a priority because the benefits are truly worth finding that extra hour in your life. Getting up for the 5am class is never easy, but I never regret a day that I wake up early to attend class. Not only does working out make me feel better, but it also helps improve my cognitive abilities both in school and at work. Also, having a very stationary life in law school takes a toll on my body, but being able to go to the gym daily helps relieve everyday aches and pains. Working out has also always been a priority in my life and it is not a habit I am willing to break.
2) What movement(s) are your favorite when they show up in the workout? Least favorite?
My favorite movements are anything with a barbell, such as the barbell complexes. Having a CrossFit background, the barbell just feels more natural to me and allows me to push myself harder. My least favorite movement definitely has to be snatches or really anything that resembles cardio, yet I keep showing up to conditioning day somehow...
3) I mean the obvious answer is Shakira, but besides her music, what else is it you really enjoy listening to in order to get ready for a workout?
If it is a strength day, the rock/country playlist is definitely the way to go. For conditioning days besides Shakira, I would definitely have to go with 2000's pop music, you can never go wrong with a little bit of Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys.
4) You have been pretty active for most of your life. What is it that keeps you motivated to keep training?
Being into sports my whole life, I learned quickly that my physical condition is one of the few things I can control in life, and because of that, my health and physical condition reflect on who I am. Striving to become an agent, I know how important my health and physical condition is, and no one can put in the work to get better besides me. To stay motivated, I remind myself of both my long term and short term goals. I also make sure to set attainable goals. This way, when I crush them, it helps motivate me further.
5) What benefits have you noticed from some strength training?
Strength training is definitely amazing. Being a person who hates conditioning, I live for strength training days. Not only does it allow you to see the physical changes to your body, but it also is extremely satisfying as you get to see your hard work pay off as you get to add more and more weight to the barbell over the weeks. Strength training is also very important to me as it helps me recover faster from my injuries, and the muscles I build through strength training help protect me from receiving any more injuries. And no... lifting heavy does not make you bulky.
6) We mentioned you being active most of your life... any kind of sport that some one might look at you and go, "no way" (i.e. maybe bull riding)?
Before coming to Texas, I did gamble in a little Bull Riding, which relied heavily on my physical fitness and is another reason why I make my health a priority. Like Bull Riding, working out is all about your mindset. Your body can do amazing things if you don't let your mind stop you.
BellHaus Brawl Powerlifting Meet
We're excited to announce that we will be hosting our inaugural BellHaus Brawl in-house powerlifting meet this November! Test your strength as you attempt to hit maximum attempts across your back squat, bench press, and deadlift as we bring the true experience of a powerlifting competition to BellHaus Fitness.
The BellHaus Brawl meet is open to all BHF Tribe members, and for those who aren't yet members but are interested in participating, please reach out to our coaches below to discuss. For members, the cost of the meet will be $35 and includes your entry fee and commemorative t-shirt. If you're interested in participating in a peaking cycle, 6-weeks of strategically designed programming to help you to hit your peak weight/performance on the day of the competition, please let a coach know. This $100 program includes personalized programming to be completed during classes, entry fee, and commemorative t-shirt.