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From themed workouts, pre-brunch sweat sessions, and yoga-fueled dance parties, there’s no shortage of healthy happening and fit events to hit up in San Diego. Even better, we’ve scoured the scene to bring you the best of the best.
Sunday Scaries? Never heard of 'em. Get ready for the week ahead with this muscle-sculpting barre class at Equinox La Costa. Stick around after to enjoy a delicious spread of light bites from local juice bar Beaming, plus a free vitamin shot courtesy of ALCHEMĒ.
Make your way to Barry's San Diego to sweat it out in the Red Room for a good cause. Not only will you get in a solid workout, but you'll be helping support the Endure 2 Cure Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to children and families undergoing cancer treatment.
Grab your grip socks and head to A Time To Dance in North Park for a complimentary barre3 class. During the 60-minute workout, you'll sculpt and tone from head to toe during a series of low-impact movements and cardio exercises. Just remember to bring your mat, water, and hand weights, if that's your thing.
Skip the fancy dinner and celebrate Valentine's Day with this high-intensity workout. Taking place at Vuori's recently renovated space in Encinitas, you'll get your heart rate up during a 45-minute HIIT session infused with energizing beats from a live DJ. Stick around post sweat to take advantage of complimentary drinks courtesy of Kyla Kombucha and Ghost Tequila.
Savasana before you sip on Saturday. Start the morning off with a 60-minute rooftop class at AquaVie before rewarding yourself with a well-earned mimosa.
Get in on the Galentine's Day festivities with this fun rooftop flow at The Holding Company in Ocean Beach. Bend and stretch alongside your best gals, then enjoy a post-sweat cheers with your complimentary mimosa. Now, this is one annual tradition we can get behind!
Spend the morning celebrating your best girls during this Galentine's Day-themed workout. Enjoy a relaxing, 45-minute flow in the rustic, plant-filled restaurant space of Herringbone La Jolla. Then, settle in for a delicious two-course brunch and a free drink.
Jumpstart your weekend with a free workout at the San Diego Convention Center Stairs. In addition to a series of glute-burning stair climbs, expect HIIT-focused circuits, cardio moves, and a lot more during this fun bootcamp-style sweat session.
Feel the love during this Sunday afternoon sweat party at Quartyard. You'll kick things off with an hour-long, energizing yoga sesh powered by a live DJ. Then, it'll be time to take things to the dance floor for an epic outdoor party complete with live performances and special guests. When you need to take a breather, refuel with free kombucha, healthy breakfast bites, Daytrip sparkling water, or non-alcoholic beer from Brooklyn Brewery.
Join your fellow runners for this non-competitive 5k run in the San Diego sunshine. Meet at Road Runner Sports in Solana Beach before heading out for a run-fueled workout led by Orangetheory Fitness coaches. After, head back to the store for snacks and raffles. All paces welcome!
Savasana is even better on Sunset Cliffs. Every Saturday, head to this tranquil, scenic overlook for a donation-based Hatha/Vinyasa practice and guided meditation with the ocean as your backdrop. Just remember to BYOM(at).
Body by burpees, anyone? Hermosa Beach’s gnarly Burpee Mile is making its way down the coast to Silver Strand State Beach this March for those of us up to the challenge. Yes, this is exactly what you’re thinking: burpees with broad jumps for an entire mile. Whether you team up with your buddies or take this mile on solo, you’re guaranteed to be drenched in sweat by the last leg.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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