GET IN SH8PE
The Sh8pe Programs are personal, fun, innovative, non-competitive, small-group fitness classes designed to help you be successful in your fitness journey by moving more, eating healthier and stressing less.
The small-group settings provide accountability, support and extra FUN! Each program can be specialized for women, men and kids, but is especially designed for ladies!
Participants start with the basics in our flagship 8-week course Get in Sh8pe: learning proper exercise form, good nutrition, stress management, goal setting, injury prevention, and more, while also getting some fantastic workouts. Each class highlights a different type of exercise and a different healthy living topic, so participants experience a wide variety of concepts to learn what they love moving forward.
STAY IN SH8PE
Graduates of Get in Sh8pe, or experienced exercisers, can move on to Stay in Sh8pe, which expands both exercise and healthy living knowledge with the same small-group accountability. Weekly workouts consist of cardio and strength with a different style each week, as well as check-ins, accountability, goal setting, etc.
SH8PE IT UP
Or, for an ongoing class, try Sh8pe It Up: a fun beginner-to-intermediate ongoing group exercise class that allows you to sample different exercise formats and build on your progress. Every class incorporates our 8 principles below with a rotating type of exercise week-to-week: body weight, kickboxing, dance theme, etc. Enjoy a wide variety of styles while learning good form and technique and how to build on your progress.
THE SH8PE PRINCIPLES
Each Sh8pe session teaches and builds on the 8 Sh8pe Principles.
Join the Movement!
Interested in joining an in-person or online Sh8pe class? Contact us to find the next upcoming sessions or start an online group with your friends.
You must be a certified Group Exercise Instructor or Personal Trainer to become a certified Sh8pe Instructor. However, anyone can take the training as a fitness enthusiast and upgrade to an official certification after obtaining their group or personal training certification. Contact us to find the next available training session.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"I wanted to start an exercise program after not exercising for a long time and wanted something that would accommodate my own limitations, abilities, and interests. But I didn't want the expense of a personal trainer. A tall order, I know! I enjoyed the classes from the very beginning. They started out gentle and were small enough that we all felt noticed, got one-on-one attention, and could ask questions. It was a great mix of women: ages ran from women in their 20's to women like myself in their 60's. Everyone at different levels with different abilities.
The classes progressively increased in intensity, but it was such a smooth, easy transition! And so much fun! My goal was to start moving in a safe environment and I was happy to see myself start firming up muscles. It is a good program for a lot of different people with various goals. And it's not only fun but educational. I certainly enjoyed it!"
— Betty, Get in Sh8pe Participant, D.C. Metro Area
What does Sh8pe mean?Sh8pe is a fitness method built around 8 core principles: Safety, Variety, Community, Strength, Intensity, Fun, Flexibility, and Balance. We believe a healthy lifestyle is a journey, not a destination. We focus on living a healthier lifestyle by moving more, eating healthy and stressing less and every program we provide has these values front and center!
Who are the Sh8pe Programs for?The Sh8pe Programs are for anyone who wants to start (or restart) their fitness journey right: with safe, steady progress, sound information, and injury-free results. The original Get in Sh8pe is designed for women who are either beginner exercises or have been inactive for some time. But there is a Sh8pe program for everyone: kids, seniors, men, and more experienced exercisors.
What makes Sh8pe unique?Get in Sh8pe starts with the very basics of good exercise and good health and builds on them throughout the session so that even the most beginner participants become confident in their ability to continue getting healthy and strong. The small-group setting provides personal attention from a professional instructor as well as great camaraderie and accountability with other people who are working toward the same goals!
What's the difference between the programs?GIS (Get in Sh8pe) is the foundational eight-week small group class where participants are taught excellent exercise form, the basics of healthy living, and a wide variety of types of exercise. SIS (Stay in Sh8pe) is the follow-up small group class, usually also eight weeks, that takes the exercises to a new level, has shortened “healthy living” discussions, and more “on-your-own” exercise assignments. SIU (Sh8pe It Up) is an ongoing group exercise class that allows you to sample different exercise formats and build on your progress. Every class incorporates our 8 principles with a rotating type of exercise week-to-week.
Do you need to complete GIS to do SIS?No, other experienced exercisers are also welcome in SIS. If you are unsure of your level of experience, simply meet with the instructor ahead of time to discuss your concerns. SIS classes still focus on good form and provide modifications for the various moves to allow wide participation.
How do I find a class to attend?Contact us to find a class near you. If there isn't one already, you can request one or join an online class.
Can I request a Sh8pe class for my work/school/church/etc. group?Yes! Contact us to see if there is a certified Sh8pe Fitness instructor in your area.
I want to teach Sh8pe Programs. How?We hold Instructor Trainings on a regular basis. You must be a certified group or personal trainer to teach GIS, SIS & SIU. Contact us for details on upcoming trainings.