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Author Community Health Nate

Keep Your Teams Engaged While Working From Home

Please, not another article about COVID-19! Not to worry — in this piece, we focus on how to live your best life and engage with your awesome teammates in our “new normal” world. While COVID-19 will likely have unforeseeable implications on our day to day lives, it’s not all doom and gloom; we believe it presents an opportunity to create new healthy habits and build camaraderie like never before.

In many ways, COVID is expediting a trend that was already in-flight. Gone are the days of working a nine-to-five, Monday through Friday. While we shelter-in-place, technology has allowed us to stay connected and engaged with our work around the clock; our basic needs now must meet our ever-changing schedules, not the other way around. Increased connectivity has driven us to be more productive than ever but the lack of seeing friendly faces in the office, while chatting at the watercooler, plus the move to conducting 99% of our communications over Slack and email, have caused a loss of true human connection as well as increased levels of stress and burnout.

Companies need to rethink team bonding and activities. How do you replace happy hours, rock climbing outings, or bowling events? Enter virtual fitness. Not surprisingly, fitness is an age-old vehicle for increasing team engagement while improving the overall health of individual employees. Those who have access to fitness via their employers experience measurable mental and physical health benefits:

Source from Marketwatch and Health.gov

So where does this leave the business of fitness? Trust me, as a professional in this space, it’s like the wild west with hundreds of operators. Everyone is spinning up virtual offerings — and the quality of the content runs a full spectrum from on point and engaging to downright horrifying.

We are going to try and provide some clarity on the state of digital fitness, and of course, show you how Dryft is here to help. This space can be viewed along two axes and then grouped into four delivery types.

Content Libraries

  • More comprehensive focus on programming, inclusive of nutrition and mental health
  • Do not allow for team-building
  • Difficult to stay engaged, motivated, and accountable when you’re watching pre-recorded content
  • Seriously, it’s like going back to VHS-powered Zumba classes in the 80’s. Jazzercise anyone?

Live Streaming

  • More polished classes, frictionless user experience
  • Limited interaction with instructor is often disingenuous and not constructive
  • Classes are too cookie-cutter; not personalized to the needs of the individual or group
  • Personal training can fall in this bucket

“Group” Live Stream

  • Instructor is live and talking to the customers
  • Customers generally cannot talk back nor engage with each other
  • Zoom classes: customer muted, video is not encouraged, creating a 1 way “live stream” like Youtube or Instagram live/IGTV
  • Music is often left to the participant to play

Group Live Stream — Interactive

  • Interaction with instructor creates a sense of community, creates accountability, and generates measurable results
  • Instructor sees participants
  • Participants see each other
  • Live dialogue, cheering, and engagement during the class
  • Virtual fist bumps, high fives, and camaraderie building

Keisha — one of our amazing instructors who will be sure to make you sweat!

At Dryft, our (obviously) unbiased view is that no one in the virtual fitness industry has done a great job of creating the community experience that has made Soulcycle, Barry’s, and others massive successes. We have taken our pre-COVID-19 world-class programming and instructors and made them available to you and your friends, families, and colleagues from the comfort of your home.

Everyone smiling and sweaty post-class!

Each class has the production quality of a live TV show; behind the scenes, there is a team ensuring the utmost quality and engagement. You don’t have just one instructor, you have a team of people making sure you get the most out of every workout. From the programming of each workout to the audiovisual setup, we are creating truly personalized experiences for you and your squad to work up a sweat and kick that quarantine cabin fever.

Let’s be honest, when COVID-19 is behind us, the way we work will be forever changed. The companies that act now to create resilient, lasting cultures and take care of their people are the ones that will endure. Virtual fitness is more accessible, and people who develop habits now will carry those over to when things return to “normal”. Virtual fitness is here for good (it will be an “and”, not an “or”), serving as a supplement to “IRL” experiences. It’s time to create recurring team-building experiences that replicate those non-working touchpoints that build trust and collaboration.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s Dryft!

Thanks to the entire Dryft team for helping write this article!

Originally published on Medium. 

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Author Claire Food Health

8 Benefits of WOFH
(Working Out From Home)

If you’re like me, you love working out.  If you’re like me, you also love group classes.  If you’re just like me, you STRUGGLE big time with solo workouts from home.  It’s challenging to break away from commitments, or ahem the couch, to get that body moving!  

This is where Dryft Live comes in.  We are a home fitness solution that provides live, engaging, interactive, fun, and effective workouts via Zoom!  As a Dryft Live instructor and frequent class attendee, I can vouch that our virtual classes absolutely mimic what it’s like to be in a group class sweating it out with others.  In fact, in some ways I prefer working out from home because of following the 8 benefits:

  1. Convenience
    It’s so nice to know that my 30min Dryft Live class will take exactly 30min.  I don’t have to commute anywhere or allow an additional 15min to commute to the gym, stash all my gear in the locker room, get everything set up in the group classroom….the commute is literally a few feet!  Game changer.   
  2. Minimal Preparation
    I love being able to roll out of bed, throw on some clothes, and show up to my laptop minutes later to catch that early class.  Did I apply deodorant or even brush my teeth?  No one knows but me!  And no one will be offended if the answer is no.  
  3. Squeeze It In
    Another beautiful aspect of working out from home is that I can easily fit a workout into a full workday.  It’s easy to pause what I’m working on, open up Zoom, get my 30min sweat on, then get back to work.  Will I shower before my conference call?  That’s another secret…
  4. Fuel Up
    My “home gym” (which consists of weights and a mat in our San Francisco apartment living room) is conveniently connected to the kitchen, so I can easily whip up my post-workout smoothie or meal and feed those growing muscles. Getting hangry won’t happen to me! Here’s my favorite Immunity Smoothie from Ambitious Kitchen!
  5. No Distractions
    While I love my gym friends, sometimes a quick gym chat IRL turns into an unanticipated social hour and my schedule unfortunately really doesn’t have time for it. Working out from home means I can get to business without the locker room conversation that lengthens the experience. 
  6. Comfortable
    Home is where I feel the most comfortable because it’s my space. I know where everything is, I can adjust the temperature, I can be barefoot, I can use my own mat….I can do whatever makes me feel good!
  7. Save Money
    Since there’s zero commute, I’m not spending any money on gas, parking, the bus, or shared rides.  And since I’m not relying on pricey juice bars or cafes for my post-workout fuel, I’m saving even more!
  8. Your Own Stuff
    Remember how it feels to have to “work in” with someone else on the gym floor?  Me too.  Working out from home means you get all the equipment to yourself, even if that equipment consists of two wine bottles and a heavy book.  You are both creative and you don’t have to share! My favorite at home workout equipment is my set of 8lb dumbbells.  I can do so much with those bad boys!

I’m loving this new shared experience working out from home and I think you will too.  Ready to join the Dryft crew?  Book your first class today and let’s sweat it out together!