Before she opened Encompass Wellness, April Gundy had worked at a gym for years. Over time, she became frustrated at seeing people start memberships only to never show up again.
“It’s overwhelming to be in a gym if you don’t know what you’re doing. And that’s most people, and especially women, between the ages of 28 and 60,” April said. “They want to be healthy, but a lot of them are almost clueless–for lack of a better word. They lack confidence. So Encompass Wellness kind of came about from that.”
April started Encompass Wellness with the intention of having a fitness experience suited for everyone, “whether it be a running club, or some more physical like flipping tires out in the yard, or a yoga class, or a dance class. There’s something for any level,” April said.
A great workout for every level at Encompass Wellness
Encompass Wellness offers a variety of classes–from low impact ones like barre and yoga, to higher impact ones like Bootcamp and Cardio and Core Circuit. Each one has something unique to offer, so Encompass Wellness clients can mix it up every day of the week.
April says it’s common for her clients to combine two classes to get a well-rounded and balanced workout. A favorite combination is cardio drumming and barre, which are scheduled one right after the other.
Cardio drumming is a whole body cardio workout that involves hitting a balance ball, held in place by a big plastic bucket, with drumsticks. Add some music, and you’ve got a high energy workout designed to get your heart pumping.
Lakeshore Lodging Host Alyssa Nykerk has done the cardio drumming and barre combo. She says that cardio drumming is an especially fun workout.
“Cardio Drumming is a class where you are constantly moving. By the end of the class you feel energized and refreshed,” Alyssa said. “People are laughing–sometimes you accidentally throw your stick because it just slips out of your hand, or the ball comes out of the bucket,” Alyssa said. “It’s fun; it’s not intimidating.”
Combine Encompass Wellness workouts for a more holistic experience
Once you’ve done the cardio workout, your muscles are warmed up and ready for some strength training. Barre is a zero-impact workout involving a series of exercises that isolate and strengthen specific muscles.
“After cardio drumming, your muscles are warm and you’re ready to go. You can get into those isolated moves and benefit much more,” April said.
“Barre is a great workout because it really can involve anybody, any level,” April said. “It’s zero impact, and then it’s very slow.
“When you move slower, you have time to learn the moves and what you’re actually supposed to be doing.”
The slow nature of the workout means you might not sweat, but that doesn’t mean you won’t feel the results the next day.
“A lot of our clients find barre to be a little easier, but then they are surprised when the next day they’re sore,” April said. “I hear all the time: ‘I didn’t think I was doing anything, but now I can’t walk!’”
Both classes are great for newcomers and those with more experience–the instructors at Encompass Wellness support you at every level.
“The instructor is so energetic and she makes you feel so comfortable,” said Alyssa, who attends the barre class every week. “She always tells you, ‘Do the best you can.’”
This spring, Lakeshore Lodging has partnered up with Encompass Wellness to give our guests the opportunity to try two fitness classes for the price of one. Snag this deal and kickstart your exercise routine and set the tone for summer. Learn more.