For many people "the gym" has always been an intimidating, complicated, confusing and daunting place. At Oakwood many of our customers come to us with a clear vision that they want to do the classes (and often a very particular class too) and there's little scope to have a conversation about trying (let along joining) the gym.
The above fears are understandable, though we obviously feel Oakwood's gym is as comfortable and unintimidating as can be! However, when we introduced eGym in January 2016 it really broke down all the barriers (and excuses) so I'll explain some of the obvious issues and advantages here.
I don't know what to do in the gym
With eGym you don't need a programme card to follow. You don't need to remember the settings (seat height, weight, position, timings etc). When you scan in with your wireless wristband the machine remembers you and your settings and automatically adjusts the machine as necessary.
I'll look silly in front of other people because I'm new
No, you won't. You'll be doing the same workout, on the same machines, in the same order, for the same amount of time, as everyone else. You'll be lifting different weights but the machine will look after that for you.
What if I need more support?
Just like a regular gym membership you can simply book in for some time with an instructor. However we have also introduced eGym Support Sessions this January. These are 30-minute windows where you don't need to book in advance, you can just come along and chat to an instructor (we make sure they are available at this time). Please see the back page of our class timetable for the eGym Support Session times.
All the eGym machines are weights - I want cardio to burn fat
This is also a common misconception - that you must do cardio to burn fat. Indeed Cardio is good at this, and also has other health benefits. However, it has been proved many times that if you have a higher percentage of muscle (as opposed to fat) then you will burn more calories throughout the day, even when you're not exercising. Also, when you use the eGym equipment it spaces out your workouts (1 minute at a time) to ensure you replicate a form of High Intensity Interval Training - great for increasing the heart rate in short intervals, and brilliant at burning calories.
The above are just a few of the advantages of using eGym at Oakwood. We've not talked about the importance of proving progress and success (which eGym does beautifully through its App). We haven't talked about how it automatically changes your workouts every 6 sessions to keep you moving in the right direction. We haven't talked about how it shows you your muscle imbalances or how the App integrates with other common devices such as FitBit.
eGym really is outstanding equipment and is included in our green and blue memberships.
Book a trial or come and have a look around at Open Weekend. There are also a few videos below with some more information.
This is a quick video showing the eGym equipment. The video was actually taken at Oakwood in February 2016, just after it was installed. It gives you an idea of how it works.
Here's a longer video (3-4 mins) where I've tried to explain the two main advantages - ease of use and proving success.