For Teammate Al, Openfit Workouts Are a "Saving Grace"
As a public speaker and mother, Al Carraway knows how to adapt when unexpected things pop up. So when she left New York City — and the personal trainer she worked out with five days a week — in May 2019 to move to Arizona, she joined a fitness studio. But less than a year later, the coronavirus hit, forcing gyms to close.
The timing was frustrating. Carraway had her third child at the end of September 2019 and had just gotten back into the swing of working out to lose the baby weight. Plus, she wanted to feel good again.
“I’m super active, but I had a high-risk pregnancy, so I couldn’t be active,” she explains. “And I can’t be my best if I’m not active. I also wanted to set a schedule and get back into good habits again. Staying active gives me a sense of control, and then I think and feel better.”
Getting Started with Openfit
One day in March, shortly after quarantine guidelines set in, Carraway saw an offer for a 30-day free trial for Openfit while scrolling through social media. She decided to sign up. “The live trainers hooked me,” she says. “I perform better when I know someone is watching me. They help me push myself more than I would if I trained alone. When they say, ‘Can you go harder for the last 30 seconds?’ I always try, and I would not do that if I wasn’t prompted.”
She began doing the workouts in her garage, sticking to strength training and weights, which were comfortable for her, and running because she wanted to build up her endurance. After about a month, the promotions she received about different Openfit challenges drove her to try new classes.
“I tried things that I thought I would hate, like Pilates and barre,” she says. “I’ve never struggled — in the best way possible — like I have in those classes. But recently those have become my favorite things. I can’t get that burn in my butt and legs anywhere else!”
Sweating to Pass the Time During Lockdown
Carraway soon had a reason to try even more classes. She and her husband bought a house, but the closing date kept getting pushed back because of the pandemic. So they had to live in a hotel — with three children under six — for 34 days. Of course, the hotel gym and pool were closed, so Openfit was the only way for Carraway to work out.
“I would do seven to eight classes a day on my phone in the hotel room,” she says. “I had everyone jumping around me. It was a good escape.” And at that pace, she completed her 200th class in July.
“I love how I hop in a class and the trainer says, ‘Hey Al, how are you since last time?'” she says. “I try to take classes with different trainers so I can learn something new every time. But that happens even if I’ve been taking the class since March.”
A New Level of Physical and Mental Strength
With all of these classes completed, Carraway is at a lower weight than she was before her last pregnancy. Her strength has reached a new level, and now the woman who could barely run more than a mile before growing tired can run for an hour and think nothing of it.
“I’m a different person. I feel like I’m my best self,” she says. “It affects everything because when you have more energy, you can give more, as a spouse, a mother, a friend, an athlete.”
But it’s not just strength and endurance. All of the stretching and foam rolling she does have been a “cure” for her lower-back problems, she says. She hasn’t visited a chiropractor in a year, when she used to see one every week.
She told her husband that Openfit has been a “saving grace.”
“I’m a public speaker, so I travel a lot,” she says. “But I’ve been completely grounded for a year, and I didn’t know how to deal with that. How do I fill my time and give myself a sense of personal purpose during quarantine? I was struggling, and this filled my time. It helped me cope and try to figure out how to move forward. I think quarantine has been very good for me, and a lot of it is due to this app.”