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Dear First Strides® NMB participants - all 100 of you!
Welcome to our Fall 2020 beginner workshop! It was nice to see many of you on our opening night. The weather was uncomfortably hot for our check-in, introductory talk about the program and workout! It appears most of you wisely adjusted your level of effort to keep yourself safe. Good work!
FACE MASKS +: Thank you for bringing and wearing your mask. As we discussed, this virus has added challenges to trying to keep everyone safe. So wearing masks, "social distancing" 6 feet, bringing your own water bottle, using the hand sanitizer provided on the stage, and washing hands before and after the workshop will help us keep you and others safe. Please do not attend any class if you are not feeling well or know of possible exposure. We were impressed with everyone's consideration on Wednesday! Thank you.
CHECK-IN: During check-in, everyone gets their name tag to keep in your car and bring with you for all 12 workshops. This is a new procedure intended to eliminate tight gathering situations. Those who weren't able to join us will get their tag on your first night. NOTE: Inside your name tag are (2) small tickets with your name on it to be used for attendance Weeks 2 & 3. There is also a 10% off coupon and business card from Fleet Feet Myrtle Beach (a Supporting Sponsor). They are huge fans of First Strides NMB and hope all of you will stop in for shoes, apparel, accessories, and excellent advice.
HOMEWORK: For those who were not able to join us, it's important that you don't completely miss this week's homework assignments. Each week builds gradually and progressively on the week before - that's how you improve! It's important that you get yourself out there Monday or Tuesday for an easy, 10-12 minute walk out and then back home. We don't want you to fall behind!
HANDOUTS: We have handouts that explain the program and many other resources on our website www.FirstStridesNMB.com under Weekly Topics. All the handouts are helpful, but please print out and understand the Training Schedule (which was handed out for those present last week) or attached for those who missed. It's the blueprint for your success! Also, please read the Week 1 - First Class Information which reviews much of what we discussed last week.
INTERVAL TIMER: Since the Training Schedule is based on repetitions of different time intervals each week, it is helpful to pre-set your timing device with those specific intervals each week.
There are free phone apps that you can download from your smart phone's App Store...search for "Interval Timer". You will have choices. I have asked the mentors to share their favorite Interval Timer app on our private Facebook page (if you're not yet a member, please join).
There is a simpler interval timer for purchase called GYMBOSS "Plus" https://www.gymboss.com/features/. I have 10 available, $20 each. We've installed the battery, pre-set the workout, and no shipping charge. If you would like to purchase one of these from me, please REPLY to this email. If I need to order more, I will. Or you can order your own at their website. Also, check our Private Facebook page.
PHOTOS & FACEBOOK: Check out the photos from last Wednesday's class on our Private Facebook page (click on the link below..."JOIN" if you are not already a member). Or, watch your email for an invitation to join our private group: First Strides - North Myrtle Beach.
Reminder: You need to attend 8 of 12 workshops to earn your Graduation shirt! And, our goal is to complete a 5K (3.1 mile) event at our last class (11/18) on a special festive route at the NMB Park and Sports Complex.
PLEASE read the handouts and do your homework so we can all be on the same page. There are so many things to tell you early on so we can keep you injury-free! These emails will get shorter!
We have 18 caring Mentors anxious to help you all with your new fitness program. We hope this habit will last a lifetime.
Jane & your Mentors