FOR MOST PEOPLE, A WORKOUT REQUIRES A treadmill, weights, kettlebells, a yoga mat, a medicine ball and a slew of bulky and expensive gym equipment. All fitness trainer Taylor Morris needs is her automobile.
“I can do everything out of the trunk of my car,” said Morris, the previous owner of Bella Forza, a women’s fitness studio. “I call it my mobile gym.”
Photos provided by Taylor Morris.
Keeping her “gym” – which consists of an 8-pound Ugi ball, a sandbag, PowerBlock hand weights, a jump-rope and a timer – in her car is just one way Morris proves to her clients that they really have no good reason to ignore their health.
“There’s always an excuse and it drives me crazy! You don’t need a gym; you don’t need weights. Nothing,” she remarked.
Keeping it simple has been the key to her “no excuses” mantra, and that’s why Morris instructs her clients using the 30-minute HIIT workout program. High intensity interval training uses quick repetitions of intense exercise moves to give clients a cardiovascular workout in just half an hour. The program is suitable for any age group, from teenagers to senior citizens, and can focus on building muscle in the lower body, upper body or core.
According to Morris, studies show that three sessions of HIIT – a total of 90 minutes – are equivalent to doing five hours of endurance training such as running on a treadmill.
“[I like HIIT because] for my clients, it’s just 30 minutes. For the moms in Mount Pleasant who are
dropping their kids at soccer, school, dance and whatever else, I give them a no-excuse workout. And then on top of that, you don’t even need equipment. It’s a strenuous, high-quality workout in 30 minutes. They’re going to sweat more than they’ve ever sweated on a StairMaster in
a fraction of the time,” she said.
Although some people might initially be intimidated by the program, clients such as Resi Williams can’t get enough: “I can honestly say that HIIT has transformed my life. It is utterly exhausting, but you feel like Superwoman when you’re done with a workout. So satisfying. I was hooked after that first week and still am.”
Without what she calls a brick and mortar studio, Morris teaches HIIT in the great outdoors, mainly at the Pitt Street Bridge in Mount Pleasant’s Old Village and at other local parks. Although she provides individual instruction, Morris prefers training clients in small groups – 10 people or fewer – because it creates a sense of accountability.
“People feed off of each other,” she said. “[A group class] helps them make their own community, where they look at other people, and it pushes them even further. They motivate each other. It doesn’t matter if you want to stay in shape or lose weight, whatever their goals are, the community inspires them to meet their goals.”
The clients agree that Morris’ strategy works.
“I’ve had gym memberships at all the big names in town, and I’ve always felt so uncomfortable and intimidated in those places. I never once felt that way in any HIIT class,” said Williams. “Basically, Taylor has changed my entire attitude about fitness.”
When asked if she would recommend Morris to others, Williams responded with a laugh: “Do I really need to answer this? I’m such a cheeseball about it, but that’s how much I love it and believe in HIIT and Taylor.I’ll be a lifer, for sure.”
Contact Morris at email@example.com] or visit https://www.facebook.com/BellaForzaStudios.
By Taylor Griffith