Over the past week I have been posting a lot about FiA (Females in Action). The increased publicity has driven a lot of questions my way about how the group works and whether or not someone new would have the ability to keep up. I am hoping to address some of those questions in today’s post – since it coincides with my first “Q” back since having baby number two.
What is the group anyways? Females in Action (FiA) was started in January 2013 as inspired by the all male workout group F3. It is an all female peer led workout group that is free. Leaders, “Q’s”, volunteer and plan workouts in advance. In an effort to build confidence in members, each and every person is invited to lead after completing “Q” school. It’s not just about working out though – the group regularly holds bible studies, meets for happy hours and completes volunteer work together.
How do you find a workout? Check out the amazing website (FiAnation.com) The group is currently operating out of several locations throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. Workout times vary by location. Higher intensity options are offered on some days. Workout types include running only and bootcamps.
Do I just show up? Yep. Prior to starting the workout, let the group know that it is your first time meeting. Members communicate by nicknames. At the end of the workout you will be given your own nickname. No need to feel threatened. Workout location meet ups are typically well lit and the women are very inviting.
What is a typical workout like? There is no way to tell what a specific workout will be until you get there, however, reading the workout location description should give you an idea. It is also beneficial to read prior week “backblasts” or descriptions of prior workouts. Each “Q” is asked to post a short summary of their workout later in the day. If you want a better idea of what to expect, check some of the backblasts out.
I will use this point as a perfect lead in to a more detailed description of the high intensity bootcamp that I led on Friday morning. High intensity workouts involve at least two miles of running. The Friday workout, titled “Iron Maiden”, runs out of the Metropolitan and begins at 5:15AM. Total workout time is 45 minutes. Since I was leading at 12 weeks postpartum on the 12th of June, my entire workout was aimed at using the numbers 1-2. Hence, we started the workout with a 1.2 mile run to local Edgehill Park. In an effort to keep all pace groups together, I gave ladies the option to drop into the park at .8 miles OR continue on for the 1.2. I think we were split about 50/50.
- Box Jumps x12 or Step Ups x12 each leg on brick ledge
- Dips x12 off brick ledge
- Squats x12
- Push ups x12
- Run up the park stairs and back down
- Plank walk down and up x12 (see picture above)
- Ab V-Sit Extenstion x12
- Side Plank Dip x12 each side
- Knee Up x12 (see picture below)
- Run up hill to sidewalk and back down
We concluded the workout with a run back to the start. Again, athletes were given the option to run the .8 mile or 1.2 mile loop back to the parking lot. I was extremely excited when everyone decided to do the long loop.
Self admittedly, several women mentioned that they were not runners so this was hard. I admire their dedication. Given the option, they pushed themselves out of their comfort zone. That said, they were able to run over three miles, while completing a difficult cardio strength bootcamp, in 45 minutes. At the same time, some of the fastest women who attend workouts were able to push themselves as hard as they chose to through completing the AMRAPS and pacing their runs. All pace levels finished together and no one was dropped. I want to reiterate that. Don’t use the fear of not being able to keep as your reason for not coming. It’s free. What do you have to lose?