Every Tuesday, Svveat Stories brings you Svveatspiration: an inspiring series of first-person narratives from our fitness community’s unsung heroes. This week, new Toronto resident Liz Rozman tells us how Svveat helped her get out of her workout rut.
Although it’s from a Samsung commercial, “do what you can’t” has been my personal mantra for 2017.
I grew up in Ottawa in a very active family that had a sport for every season. After I finished high school, however, I became more interested in weight lifting. I began avoiding cardio at all costs because, quite frankly, it bored me. Throughout university, my fitness journey became a roller coaster. I would have a burst of motivation every so often, but I would quickly hit a plateau because I was basically doing the same workouts over and over.
In spring 2016, my boss told me I would be moving to Toronto and I was ecstatic. I was living on my own for the first time and, of course, one of the first things I did was sign up at a gym with absolutely no classes or community atmosphere—just weights. Unsurprisingly, I quickly became unmotivated and lazy, but then a quick Google search for “community fitness in Toronto” led me to Svveat.
I decided to dive right in and immediately signed up for as many classes as I could fit around my work schedule, no matter what style. In the following months, I’m proud to say my workouts included a krav maga self-defence class at Elite Martial Arts, boxing at Calii Love, barre at Lolë, HIIT at Lululemon Cumberland, yoga with Tribe Fitness, and spinning at Cyclebar and 6IX Cycle.
There were also classes I loved so much that I continue to work them into my regular schedule, such as the Community Class at Academy of Lions and Friday night yoga at Lululemon’s The Attic. I felt so welcome at every class and met amazing people along the way.
The team atmosphere made me push myself more than I ever had before. I began looking forward to working out again and creating a healthier lifestyle in general.
I currently participate in the Energy Exchange Program at Iam Yoga, which gives me unlimited classes at the studio. Adding regular hot yoga to my workout routine has not only benefited my mental health drastically and improved my overall flexibility, but it has improved my mobility for weight training as well. I’m also planning to join a run club this summer to help work towards my goal of completing the Niagara Try-a-Tri in July and the Toronto Island Sprint Triathlon in August.
My advice to anyone starting their own fitness journey is to set your goals, create a realistic routine and stick to it. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and try any type of workout that interests you. You’ll be surprised by what your body can do. With consistency, your mindset will change from “I have to work out” to “I want to work out.”