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We’re about two weeks into 2020 and fast approaching that dreaded moment when all New Year’s resolutions go out the window, and we find ourselves back at square one.

To prevent that from happening – and to give Victorians a sweet incentive to keep their head in the game – downtown Victoria’s newest fitness studio, Annex, is hosting an eight-week challenge with an even more enticing prize at the end of it!

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Annex’s 6,000 sq. ft. Yates Street location opened up in November 2019 and their three-discipline approach (Strength, Spin, and Barre) combined with a squad of motivated leaders has quickly created quite the buzz in the city.

Now, on January 20th – one day after International Quitter’s Day – they’re launching ‘Project Activ8’: an eight-week challenge during which participants pledge to attend at least three fitness classes per week over the course of eight weeks.

Challenge accepted?

Everyone who signs up for the Project Activ8 challenge will be given a postcard to write down their fitness goals for the next eight weeks, and put stickers on for each class they attend.

These postcards will then be placed on the community chalkboard at the entrance for everyone to take pride in!

Those who are in it to win it must take classes in at least two of the three disciplines offered at Annex – so you can choose to take Spin and Barre, Barre and Strength, Spin and Strength, or all three types of classes.

“This speaks to our value on the pulse as we know it’s important to switch up our workout routine to see results and feel our best,” says studio owner Morgan Jones.

With the challenge ending on March 16th, there are three tiers for participants to try and conquer:

  • 24 classes in 60 days (3 x per week)
  • 32 classes in 60 days (4 x per week)
  • 40 classes in 60 days (5 x per week)

For those who don’t already have unlimited memberships at Annex, the studio is offering a special $390 price for this eight-week challenge, available for purchase on site.

This translates to $16.25/class at 3 times per week, $12.25/class at 4 classes a week, and just $9.75/class if you plan to attend 5 classes per week.

Focus on YOU

On top of attending these workouts, Annex will feature one overarching health-related theme for each week during the challenge.

“We’ll be sharing research and nuggets on our social media accounts on how and why these pieces are important to feel your best. We’ll also be arming our leaders with information so these weekly themes come across in classes!” adds Jones.

These are the themes:

  • Week 1: Water
  • Week 2: Sleep/Hygiene
  • Week 3: Food/Fuel
  • Week 4: Relationships
  • Week 5: Stress Management/Reduction
  • Week 6: Morning Routine/Ritual
  • Week 7: Time Management
  • Week 8: Get Outside

The hype leaders at Annex want you to feel your absolute best at the end of the eight weeks. To this end, they’re also challenging all participants to pick a personal goal to add to their fitness goals.

This can be anything from drinking more water, to adopting a plant-based diet, to getting more sleep, or shopping less.

One lucky participant gets a grand prize:

The benefits of accepting this challenge are obvious: establishing a pattern of active movement each week helps us sleep better, reduce stress, and feel stronger and happier overall.

But just in case some of you need that extra push:

Annex is offering one lucky go-getter the chance to WIN a weekend getaway for two to Tofino’s famous Wickaninnish Inn! This grand prize comes with a $100 gas card to comp your travel costs.

Those who successfully complete the eight-week challenge will automatically be entered in a draw to win this incredible giveaway.

Whether you’re looking to lose some of that holiday weight, gain some flexibility, or just get strong enough to beat your roommate in an arm wrestling match – these folks can get you to your goals!

Annex Project Activ8 challenge:

  • When: January 20th – March 16th
  • Where: Annex Fitness, 645 Yates Street
  • Price: $390 pass ($16.25/class at 3x per week, $12.25/class at 4x per week,$9.75/class at 5x classes per week)

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