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Fitness
Published Monday Apr 13, 2020 by Meredith Simmons

10 Things I Wish I Could Say to My Favorite Fitness Instructors

Fitness
Mindbody Community

It’s been just over three weeks since I was last in a gym. Three long weeks of wondering if my skipping a rep of push-ups was visible on camera, not jumping to avoid annoying my downstairs neighbor, and using a four-pound jug of salsa as a dumbbell. Basically, I miss seeing my favorite instructors in person. 

If I could hang out with them right now, here are ten things I would tell them:

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually miss Burpees. 

Being a good apartment neighbor means I’m only doing low-impact workouts. I take back (almost) of my complaints about Burpees, jumping jacks, and other jumping-based movements. 

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I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I actually miss Burpees. 

Being a good apartment neighbor means I’m only doing low-impact workouts. I take back (almost) of my complaints about Burpees, jumping jacks, and other jumping-based movements. 

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I sleep better with you in my life. 

I was a loyal 6 AM workout aficionado, I’ve had to change my sleep patterns without your classes—and I can tell. It’s harder to get out of bed in the morning, and on the days that I don’t work out, it’s hard for me to fall asleep. I’m already looking forward to switching back to my regular routine when the time comes. 

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I sleep better with you in my life. 

I was a loyal 6 AM workout aficionado, I’ve had to change my sleep patterns without your classes—and I can tell. It’s harder to get out of bed in the morning, and on the days that I don’t work out, it’s hard for me to fall asleep. I’m already looking forward to switching back to my regular routine when the time comes. 

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I’m amazed at your creativity. 

Every day it seems like you have a new idea. Sometimes I don’t like them, because they are really hard. (Paper plates as makeshift floor sliders? Come on!) Regardless of how I feel after each workout, I am constantly impressed by your ingenuity when it comes to teaching without equipment.

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I’m amazed at your creativity. 

Every day it seems like you have a new idea. Sometimes I don’t like them, because they are really hard. (Paper plates as makeshift floor sliders? Come on!) Regardless of how I feel after each workout, I am constantly impressed by your ingenuity when it comes to teaching without equipment.

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You help me remember what day it is. 

My days are blurring together—and I don’t call them by their names anymore. Its either leg day, arm day, core day, or rest day. Honestly, I was probably already doing this, but it’s become abundantly clear that I tell time based on your classes. 

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You help me remember what day it is. 

My days are blurring together—and I don’t call them by their names anymore. Its either leg day, arm day, core day, or rest day. Honestly, I was probably already doing this, but it’s become abundantly clear that I tell time based on your classes. 

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I’m only able to get through this because of you. 

I don’t mean this in just the emotional sense, though that’s true, too. To my favorite yoga and Pilates instructors: I’m only able to physically survive the questionable ergonomics of my home office because you’ve taught me proper posture and how to breathe to release tension. 

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I’m only able to get through this because of you. 

I don’t mean this in just the emotional sense, though that’s true, too. To my favorite yoga and Pilates instructors: I’m only able to physically survive the questionable ergonomics of my home office because you’ve taught me proper posture and how to breathe to release tension. 

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I wear studio swag when I feel lonely. 

While I’m basically living in yoga pants 24/7, I still am trying to look professional for my video meetings. But there are days when things feel really hard, and on those days, I pull out gear from your studios and wear it under my sweaters and jackets. It’s a little bit of secret confidence. 

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I wear studio swag when I feel lonely. 

While I’m basically living in yoga pants 24/7, I still am trying to look professional for my video meetings. But there are days when things feel really hard, and on those days, I pull out gear from your studios and wear it under my sweaters and jackets. It’s a little bit of secret confidence. 

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I miss the community you created. 

I started my day with the same crew, and I miss my workout BFFs. While some of us have traded reps for red wine, I miss seeing the faces of my friends on the regular.  

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I miss the community you created. 

I started my day with the same crew, and I miss my workout BFFs. While some of us have traded reps for red wine, I miss seeing the faces of my friends on the regular.  

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I can’t wait to see you again. 

I’m not sure when it will be, but I dream about it. Seriously: I’ve had dreams about getting after it in the studio again. I’m looking forward to the endorphin high, the high-fives, and being extremely sore after it’s all done. 

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I can’t wait to see you again. 

I’m not sure when it will be, but I dream about it. Seriously: I’ve had dreams about getting after it in the studio again. I’m looking forward to the endorphin high, the high-fives, and being extremely sore after it’s all done. 

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I don’t want to live in a world without you. 

In the last few weeks, it’s been pretty easy to imagine a world without you in it—and I don’t want to experience that. I know times are tough right now, but you will get through this—look at all of the things I’d tell you if I saw you in person right now. You’ve changed my life, and for that...

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I don’t want to live in a world without you. 

In the last few weeks, it’s been pretty easy to imagine a world without you in it—and I don’t want to experience that. I know times are tough right now, but you will get through this—look at all of the things I’d tell you if I saw you in person right now. You’ve changed my life, and for that...

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Thank you. 

Above all else, thank you.

 




If you want a chance to see your favorite fitness instructors—or find your next favorite—book a virtual fitness class on Mindbody!  

What would you tell your favorite instructors? Head to our Instagram Stories to share a thank you! 

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Thank you. 

Above all else, thank you.

 




If you want a chance to see your favorite fitness instructors—or find your next favorite—book a virtual fitness class on Mindbody!  

What would you tell your favorite instructors? Head to our Instagram Stories to share a thank you! 

Meredith Simmons
Written by
Meredith Simmons
Senior Content Marketing Specialist and Certified Group Fitness Instructor
About the author
Meredith is an avid sports fan and group fitness addict, which lead to her becoming a certified fitness instructor in 2019. A long-time Mindbodyian, Meredith helps tell the stories of the thousands of businesses using Mindbody to make the world a happier and healthier place.
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Fitness
Published Wednesday Jul 28, 2021 by Bree Lewis

Sweat Redemption: 5 Tips for Getting Back Into Your Hot Yoga Practice

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Fitness
Expert Advice

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.

1. Go at your own pace

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!

2. Hydrate like your life depends on it (honestly, it might)

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!  

3. Nourish your body

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.

4. Replenish those electrolytes

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.

5. Bring the right equipment

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.

Ready to jump back into your hot yoga routine? Browse Mindbody to find the perfect class for you

While you’re at it, check out some Intro Offers near you that can help you get back to your cadence of hot yoga classes.

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Written by
Bree Lewis
Marketing Content Associate
About the author
Born and raised in a small mountain town just south of Yosemite National Park, Bree is an avid lover of health, wellness, and connecting to the outside world around us. As a Cal Poly English major alumn, she has a knack for books, writing, and all things words. In her free time, she enjoys being outside, drinking craft beers, and keeping life jazzy!