The whole time I was thinking, “I should’ve told my friends to join!"
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If you were anywhere near social media and the music scene over the last few weeks, you probably saw all the hype, excitement, and head-scratching surrounding the 2018 Coachella lineup. Whether you are pumped about the presence of hip-hop, bummed about the lack of hard rock, or have no idea who the artists are, there's a chance your workout playlists need a refresh in this new year.
No matter your fitness pace or musical taste, we've curated a list of tunes based on the sold-out desert music festival lineup that you'll want to add to your warm up + workout + cool down playlist(s). Organized by day of appearance, these artists and songs are worth a listen. You might just find a little extra sweat session motivation where you least expect it.
False Alarm by The Weekend
HiiJack by SZA
Nothing Left (feat. Will Heard) by Kygo
Little L by Jamiroquai
Rattlesnake by St Vincent
Five Hours by Deorro
An Ocean In Between The Waves by The War on Drugs
Big Fish by Vince Staples
Safari Song by Greta Van Fleet
Cry To Me by Skip Marley
Messiah - Lido Remix by Alison Wonderland
Deadly Valentine - Soulwax Remix by Soulwax
Diva by Beyonce
Forever by HAIM
Enjoy Right Now, Today by Tyler, the Creator
Weekend In The Dust by David Bryne
Left Hand Free by alt-J
Rockstar (radio edit) by Post Malone
Mykonos by Fleet Foxes
Lost by Highly Suspect
Got It by Marian Hill
Love Is Alive by Louis the Child
All About Paper by AC Slater
Stay Gold by First Aid Kit
Rap God (radio edit) by Eminem
Falls (feat. Sasha Sloan) by ODESZA
Feel It Still - Gryffin Remix by Portugal. The Man
Bad and Boujee (radio edit) by Migos
Pet by A Perfect Circle
Bodak Yello (radio edit) by Cardi B
Pineapple Skies by Miguel
One Thing by San Holo
Raw Cuts #3 by Motor City Drum Ensemble
Amsterdam by Nothing But Thieves
Boomerang by Jidenna
Beam by Petit Biscuit
Keep rockin' and rollin' my wellness buddies!
That’s something I never expected to hear. Think about it: we join gyms and studios because of their equipment, instructors, space, community (and AC, of course). But who’s to say we can’t get all that—or at least most of it—with virtual and online classes, too? In this new wave of wellness, we’re all switching up our fitness routines as we switch up our everyday schedules and habits. It’s not just in-studio or at-home anymore. It’s in-studio, at-home, at the park, beach, parking lot, rooftop...virtual, hybrid, Instagram Live, online, on-demand, and so much more. As we’re adapting, adjusting, finding our groove, etc., online gym memberships enter the fray. Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?
There are tons of benefits to an online gym membership, especially right now.
Let’s break this down:
1. Scheduling convenience
A virtual/online gym fitness membership is a monthly subscription that gives you access to tons of live stream fitness classes you can take anywhere, from studios across the globe. These fitness studios offer tons of at-home workouts, group exercise, and one-on-one training sessions to choose from, no matter your exercise program or fitness level. With so many options, it’s easy to find one that fits your schedule. Whether you want to fit in a morning flow before work, combat that afternoon slump with some cardio, squeeze in some strength training before dinner, or wind down with an evening barre class, you can pick and choose classes to fit your fitness routine.
2. Minimizing exposure to COVID-19
And because they’re online, you can take these classes from the comfort of your home (or wherever you are), thus minimizing your exposure to COVID-19 and eliminating your commute to the gym or studio. By now, many of us have our designated “workout spot,” whether it’s an actual weight room, a quick scooch of the coffee table, or a grassy area in the backyard. Maybe you’re comfortable here... maybe you’ve even learned to love it.
With an online gym membership, you can stay in your safe space/comfy workout spot. Or, you can go somewhere new (local park, beach spot, a different area of the house, you know). You can access these virtual, live stream fitness classes from any device, so you can prop up your phone, laptop, or tablet wherever you want to go, or roll out your mat in front of the big screen TV in your living room.
We all have our favorite, go-to workouts. But sometimes, it feels good to switch it up (especially right now). Working from home all day, many of us are craving some variety and excitement, and an online gym membership can definitely help with that. According to our recent poll about COVID’s effect on our fitness routines, 64% of you have tried new online workouts since the start of the pandemic—I know I have. Maybe it’s because trying new things is easier in the comfort of our homes, maybe we’re finally able to try some classes we normally can’t find locally, or maybe we’re all just bored out of our minds...I don’t know. But I’m excited about it.
With an online gym membership, you can get that spice you’re looking for easily. Start out your Monday by hitting some HIIT, ease your sore muscles with some Restorative Yoga, and end the week with some dance cardio to pretend you’re at the club. The world is yours.
4. Working out without a commute
My favorite part? No commute. There are literally no more excuses when it comes to skipping workouts. No traffic, no schedule conflicts, no fear of returning to the studio. You don’t even have to worry about packing a gym bag with a change of clothes and shower supplies or prepping a snack or protein shake to bring to work. Just shut your computer, throw on some leggings, and get to work.
Community—the element of online fitness memberships we don’t often think of. When we go into studios, we understand the beauty of a fitness community. We’re greeted by our instructors, we chat with others in the class, and we all sweat together and encourage each other throughout. But working out at home is different... or is it?
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but we’re definitely going to miss out on the community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. The beauty of it? It’s not just your neighbors anymore. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world—now that’s something I can get behind.