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To be honest, these easy, breezy summer vibes feel really good (especially after the longest winter ever). But between the beach, barbecues, and vacation, where does fitness fit into your schedule?
If you’re looking to make the most of your warm weather workouts, check out four of our favorite, must-try classes. Get ready to feel the burn and have some summer fun!
Just keep Spinning®.
TRY: CYCLING COMBO CLASS
Why Spin® when you can sculpt? Mix up your cardio routine with cycling combo classes. By implementing different elements of complimentary workouts, put the pedal to the metal while adding an extra something to your next sweat session. Studios like RPM Spin in Los Angeles, CA offer one-hour cycling classes featuring twenty minutes of abs, sculpt, or yoga. Spin® and Savasana followed by a day of sun and sand? Count us in!
TRY: YOGA IN AN OASIS
No, you don’t need to board a plane this summer to discover some serenity. Your next vacation might be right on your mat. Try finding your flow at a studio that encompasses the outdoors so that you can embrace the ultimate zen-like experience. Whether it’s palm trees, water fountains, crystals, or succulents, practicing in the vicinity to a naturally tranquil space will elevate your yoga game. Four Moons Spa in San Diego, CA hosts yoga classes in an intimate studio that opens up to their Balinese-style gardens. Get ready to escape to a secluded summer oasis.
But first, Pilates.
TRY: CLASSICAL PILATES
Before hitting the pool, make your muscles work in the best way possible with Pilates. Bring it back to basics with strengthening and lengthening methods that tap into the traditional art of Pilates. Studios like Real Pilates in New York, NY utilize a hands-on approach to classical Pilates. Featuring smaller group classes and semi-private sessions, Real Pilates incorporates everything from springs and barrels to poles, circles, and upholstered mats so you can get the deepest workout with the best form—and get after those summer goals.
Find your happy hour.
TRY: BARRE FUSION
A good barre workout will have you feeling strong (and earning those fancy summer cocktails—you know, the ones with the umbrellas). Try a barre class that not only has you tucking and tightening, but also features other aspects of fitness that will get you moving. Barre & Soul Method in Boston, MA does just that. Featuring a Barre & Soul Method class that blends barre techniques with ballet conditioning, cardio, Pilates, yoga and meditation, your mind, body, and soul will be ready to seize all those summer days.
Things are weird. Times are changing. It seems like just when we’re starting to get a grip, there’s another surprise. When it comes to beauty, we've had to adapt on our own due to salon closures, keep an eye on preparations and protocol changes during those closures, try to know what we’re doing before booking an appointment once they reopened, and maybe even brave the journey back to the salon. Whether you live in a place where salons are open, you’ve experienced a second shutdown, or you straight up haven’t had a haircut since March, we can all probably agree that we’re expecting some differences in the salon and spa world thanks to COVID.
We wanted to gauge how everyone is thinking and feeling about all this, so we put out a poll on our Instagram, asking you all what you expect from beauty salons right now.
Here’s what you had to say...
53% of you have returned to the hair salon by now, while 47% of you have not. This makes sense, because every area of the country is different when it comes to cases, closures, and mandates, and every person is different when it comes to risk and safety.
While many hair salons have begun operating outdoors due to government regulations, 58% of you said you’re fine with getting your haircut indoors, while the other 42% are more comfortable keeping it outside.
58% of you said you’d rather go to your hair salon than have your stylist come to you. I get it, home is a safe space, probably shouldn’t let any outsiders in.
69% of you said you’re “totally!” going to tip more for services once you start receiving them again. During this time without our stylists and aestheticians, I think we all realized how much we need them and appreciate them, and many of us are willing to show them a little extra gratitude to make up for the time we spent apart.
But, most of you aren’t. 56% of you said you have not cut or colored your own or a friend’s hair, because it was too risky, while the other 44% just “had to!”
Only 29% of you have returned to nail salons, while the rest are sticking to at-home manicures. Maybe we’re all just getting really good at it? But probably, it’s because a lot of them are still closed down, or because it’s a little more difficult to get a pedicure outdoors (we need our massage chairs!).
Our last poll question asked about what differences you’ve all noticed when heading back to the salon, and you all had a lot to say...
It’s a beautiful thing to see how the salon and spa community has come together, taken precautions, and adjustments, all so they can continue to help us look and feel our best. If you haven’t spoken to your stylist lately (or even if you have), don’t forget to shoot them a thank you and let them know you appreciate them.