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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.
I’m celebrating week 21 of pregnancy. Baby is the size of a banana or bell pepper. I don’t know why it’s so fun to compare a growing fetus to a fruit or veggie, but it gives me a much-needed laugh while I make note to avoid consuming bananas for the week. This is also ultrasound week. I’m no longer able to bring my husband and daughter to the appointment, but we understand that these restrictions are put in place to protect us. Like so many pregnant women and mothers across the world, I’m doing my best to adapt to the new norm and changes that COVID-19 has introduced to my already stressful life.
Pregnant women across various metro cities are beginning to face fears of delivering their baby without a birthing partner by their side for the duration of the hospital stay. Family members and friends may not be able to meet baby in-person for quite some time, so those special first meetings happen over FaceTime. New mommy groups switch to virtual meetups. I’m feeling the weight of it all (and I’m not referring to the extra weight I’ve gained from WFH snacking), the heaviness of the unknown that we all carry as we navigate through all of this change.
Tuning into nightly news or googling the latest COVID-19 death tolls is a surefire way to lose sleep, but we do it anyway because we want to stay informed as we wrap our heads around how much this pandemic will change our world. Maybe your anxiety and personal despair grow as you hear from a friend who recently lost their job or read about your favorite restaurant unable to keep its doors open. Canceled events, long-anticipated vacations, and temporarily closed fitness studios are not only inconvenient, but force us to reframe our attitudes.
I can hear my mother’s voice telling me to relax. She tells me that the baby can feel my stress, and that isn’t good for anyone. I begin to feel guilty about my inability to quiet the negative feelings and decide that something needs to change. We can’t change what the media reports, the pressure at work, or predict how long it will take for the economy to recover. But what if we reminded ourselves to do the best with what we have and keep moving forward—one day at a time. Amidst the chaos, we’re becoming a stronger, kinder community, and that is truly a beautiful thing to see.
The journey to my second trimester wasn’t an easy one. I suffered a heartbreaking miscarriage a few years ago. I made time for my body and mind to heal after the loss. Float tank sessions, meditation, vinyasa power flow, and frequent facials helped me connect with my body. I can’t say self-care alone healed my depression, but it certainly helped me discover the importance of self-love and repaired my self-confidence.
After many pregnancy tests and negative results, I was at peace with accepting that having another child may not be in the cards for me. Fast forward to age 37. I was shocked to see a + symbol on three pregnancy stick tests. Although I’m medically referred to as a geriatric pregnancy, my OB/Gyn said there was no reason for me to go into this pregnancy with a negative mindset. Eat healthy, stay active, and focus on being POSITIVE. Maybe the pursuit of happiness and path to personal wellness was really that simple.
On my 38th birthday, I celebrated my 20th week of pregnancy—I’ll refer to it as the “Pregnant in a Pandemic Party.” I blew out a candle on a warm chocolate chip cookie that my husband and daughter baked together. They were my only party guests, but I didn’t need a room full of people at a fancy restaurant to feel pure gratitude. People across the world continue to test positive for COVID-19. I was safe in my home with my family. I was right where I needed to be.
Although the past few weeks have brought a wide range of emotions for all of us, I’m choosing to use this extra time to self-reflect and bond with family. I’m mentally recording my five-year-old daughter as she whispers to my stomach and tells her baby sister that August couldn’t come soon enough. This is life. So perfectly imperfect at times, but beautiful in more ways than we know. We may be housebound, down to the last few rolls of toilet paper, and our hair hasn’t seen a salon in over a month. The loss of control and routine over our daily lives can make us feel like failures. Trust me; we’re not. We were never meant to get through this alone. Together, we will get through this—one day at a time.