The sounds of the song “Take On Me” by the band A-ha filled the gym Wednesday at Adiofit.
As a group of women finished up their 25-minute workout, Laura Dockery stretched her sore quads near the entrance.
Dockery was preparing for her second “boot camp” class with the gym after having heard about them from a friend. She said she wanted to pursue her goal of getting healthier.
“It was a New Year’s resolution that everybody has, but I think this is going to help me stay committed to it for more than just a week,” she said.
Adiofit offers boot-camp-style workouts, which incorporate exercises such as lunges, leg raises and jump rope rather than powerlifting, to create a routine with a goal of fat loss.
The timed workouts involve constant movement as participants move to do different exercises at various stations.
Dockery and others have been seeking out boot camp classes provided around Manhattan because of the accountability that comes with working out in group settings.
Adiofit owner Bayo Adio started the fitness club about four years ago after his own experiences with group workouts.
Adio, who moved to Manhattan in 2011 to train as a high jumper, said he would get friends and coworkers together for workouts.
“I was the leader of the group,” he said. “Before I knew it, I had up to 60 friends wanting to train with me. That’s when I knew this was something needed in the community.”
Dockery said this is her first time working out in a group setting.
“There’s a lot of encouragement and motivation from other people,” she said. “They love to give high fives here. I think it’s easier when you’re with a group of people cheering you on constantly and not letting you quit.”
Adio said this type of environment gives people a place where they can socialize and have fun with friends while getting healthy.
He said he takes pride in seeing people start and stick with the program.
As Dockery and four other women began their workout circuit, Becky Brooks finished up with a variety of stretches before going home. She started at Adiofit with the New Year’s challenge three years ago.
“In pictures, I wasn’t liking the way I was looking,” she said. “I kind of reached a point in my life where I had to make some changes.”
Brooks said the environment made her stick around.
“They set it to your level first and they progress you as you progress,” she said. “I didn’t feel defeated first thing when I walked through the door.”
This year, Brooks upped her workouts from three days a week to five days a week. She said the group setting makes it feel like a family.
“They want to see your face here,” she said. “If you’re not here, they check in.”
Adio said the gym tracks attendance and works to keep people engaged.
“Part of being a coach is constantly finding the ways to motivate, inspire and engage,” he said. “That’s our job.”
Adio said women, specifically professionals and moms, represented the initial target for the program, although it is expanding to men as well.
“More so recently, a lot of the women have been bringing their husbands to come work out,” he said. “Now, the goal is for it to be mixed.”
Adiofit instructor Shana Klecan led the group through an “It’s Getting Dicey” workout, which required participants to roll a die to see if they could move to the next station.
Klecan demonstrated exercises and provided motivation to get through it.
“Nice work, ladies,” she said at the end of the workout. “Go head and high five everybody, please.”
As the next group filed in, Dockery sat on the ground and stretched.
“It was intense, but it was good,” she said. “I feel good.”