What is the New WW Program: Unlimited Workshops
January 16, 2021 14 Comments
This year, 2021, WW (Weight Watchers) added new unlimited virtual workshops for their members. I decided to dive in to see what they have to offer.
I have written a bunch about WW over the years because so many of my readers use it to help them lose weight and get healthier.
Check out last year’s posts about the big changes at WW:
Nothing big has changed this year - 2021 except that the online version of WW includes unlimited workshops. From WW:
Workshops are more flexible and more supportive than ever. With our enhanced schedule, you can now virtually attend from early morning to late at night—or continue to visit us in-person. Find a Coach you'll love!
What is a workshop? For WW it is a Zoom meeting with a coach of your choosing. They run meetings every half an hour for most of the day so you can jump in and share or listen to the coach and other members. They are LIVE and you can try out as many coaches as you like.
Every week there is a different theme for the workshop so if you attend more than one - you will hear the same set of questions.
Weight Watchers’ meetings in the pre-online world were a mainstay of the program. Every week, you would go, weigh in, and talk about your challenges. I must say that I like the idea of not having to get into my car to go to a meeting - and also that if I am struggling - I can drop in to a meeting at any time.
What is it like?
This is a stock photo - simply an example of the real thing. Here is what WW says about the privacy:
To protect your privacy and the privacy of the other members, you should not record, take screenshots, or share anything that goes on the Virtual Workshop. If you do, WW has the right to terminate you.
When you log on, you see all sorts of people! Old, young, white, Black, Latinx, Asian, men, women, people in closets, people with babies, people driving, people walking their dogs, people on exercise bikes and treadmills…. I wonder about the driving and if that is a good idea but mostly it is simply people sitting in cars.
The coaches ask you to put your video on so that they can see you but you have to be clothed (which seems reasonable).
Over the last week, I have attended a number of these workshops and I have to say that they are refreshing. They feel like a safe space to share your struggles and wins.
For example, a woman lost her brother to COVID and there was an outpouring of support. A man managed not to eat two slices of pizza with his friends and was proud. A new mother started sobbing when she talked about her critical inner voice.
It reminded me of group therapy, which I have done in the past to work through depression. Everyone in my group had the same types of struggles and we would offer each other support along with our psychotherapist coach. I found it to be very powerful.
The stories and emotions being shared on WW are compelling. So much of the barrier to getting healthy is about how we feel about ourselves and what we are going through. Do I wish food wasn’t a crutch for comfort? Sure! But it comforts some to eat a pint of ice cream when you lose someone.
WW has its own social media area in its app called “Connect”. There you can share and comment on the other members in your group that you saw at the workshop. You can make online friends!!
These people come back week after week with the same coach and continue to work on themselves. I was thinking that the workshops would feel anonymous but they do not.
I think this is an excellent addition to the WW suite of tools. The membership set me back $45 for the month but this could be a powerful investment in your health.
Have you tried WW virtual workshops? What did you think?
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