Vancouver is filled with so many unique fitness studios. Movement 108 stands out in the city because of its unique approach to group classes and while also providing a very intimate and friendly setting. In addition to their indoor gym classes, they also offer outdoor group classes, a refreshing option for those looking to switch up their workout routine. The space’s founder Aaron de Jong shares the inspiration and philosophy behind Movement 108.
What inspired you to start Movement 108?
The idea that exercise is this mandated portion of our day that can’t be social, interactive or educational really bothered me. I came from working in the personal training world of ‘punching the clock’ and wanted to create my own space where meeting and connecting with people and moving your body really well could all happen under one roof.
How does the Movement 108 philosophy differ from other fitness studios or workout spots in Vancouver?
We are grounded in movement and strength training. Often coined as ‘sneaky workouts’. I’d say that the majority of exercise classes focus on high repetition and high heart rate activities that sacrifice form in the long run. To get strong, you’ve got to strength train, we can’t just keep going to the same classes or hit the treadmill for longer. There is a place for everything in the healthy workout schedule but we like to play the piece of moving really well in progressions and strength training really well to feel strong in your body.
What are some of the classes and services that you offer?
We love using bodyweight, Kettlebells and TRX as our tools in our functional training. Our classes consist of Combo classes which incorporate all those tools, Kettlebell classes which are more strength focused and Metabolic classes which focus on strength and conditioning (high heart rate!). Those are our mainstays on the schedule and we round out the balance with our stretch recovery classes, run group, hiking group and Strength and strength classes.
How important is community at Movement 108?
It’s hugely important. More and more in our full lives do we want to connect socially during our sweat times. It’s the only way to cram it all in! We love it when people who have made 108 their exercise base integrate themselves into the community. It all starts from us as instructors connecting and grounding into relationships with one another and then opening that space and opportunity up to anyone that walks in the doors.
Where would you like to see Movement 108 in 5 years time?
That’s a tough one to imagine. Really our goal is to make basic, consistent movement a mainstay in our communities lives. That starts by us being consistent in our space and not always jumping to the ‘next thing’. That being said the idea of a second location within the city has got us thinking.
For more info on Movement 108, go here.