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4 Sweat-Worthy Summer Workout Classes  
Published Thursday Jul 05, 2018 by Brittany Raine

4 Sweat-Worthy Summer Workout Classes  


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! 


RPM Spin
RPM Spin


Just keep Spinning®.   
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!  


Four Moon Spa


Paradise found. 
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. 


Real Pilates
Real Pilates


But first, 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. 


Barre & Soul Method
Barre & Soul Method


Find your happy hour.
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.


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Brittany Raine
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About the author
A free-spirited farmgirl from New York, Brittany traded her job as a journalist and newspaper editor for the San Diego sunshine. Brittany now leads the curation of all creative content. There are rumors she was Middle Earth's warrior elven queen in a past life.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics


For the first time ever, the globe will be watching surfing take center stage at the 2020 (postponed to July 2021) Olympics. People from all over the world will be appreciating the sport, many for the first time.

This symbolizes the surfing community breaking through centuries of negative stereotypes. Though conditions play a big part in the sport, the biggest hurdle the athletes will have to overcome to see success is mental. The winner will be the one who chooses their waves wisely with their understanding of the conditions and ability to intimidate and therefore overcome components. Meanwhile, they will be challenging themselves to emerge from crashing barrels, fly into the air, and land on the shifting surface gracefully. No big deal. 

You’ve probably heard the invention of a wave pool, which creates the perfect man-made wave. In 2007, Kelly Slater founded his wave company with a passion to build the perfectly rideable wave at his surf ranch. It was debated whether the Olympics should be held in the ocean or on a manufactured wave, with many differing opinions on what would be right. The decision was made, and the event will take place in the sea, at Tsurigasaki Beach in Japan, about 40 miles east of Tokyo, where the rest of the 2021 games will be hosted.

As you watch, take a moment to reflect on the century of effort for this to happen. This initiative can be traced all the way back to the 1912 summer games that took place in Stockholm. Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of modern surfing, won three gold medals in swimming, and while accepting his medal, he expressed that it was his dream to see surfing be added. To add fuel to the fire, International Surfing Association, recognized as the surfing world's governing authority by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), began lobbying for the inclusion of surfing in the Olympics in 1955.

The magic of surfing

Surfing is a multidimensional sport unlike any other. Nothing compares to paddling out to the serene silence that awaits beyond the breaking waves. Once you get out there, you immediately escape the many annoyances ingrained in everyday life—the constant notifications on your phone and laptop, your back-to-back schedule, answering to other people. You’re no longer on the time that your watch reads, you’re on mother nature’s time. You’re also no longer in control of your surroundings. Now, all you can do is surrender and wait for the next set to come, while trying to position yourself for when it does.

The high from catching the perfect wave is so addicting that surfers would fail on one hundred in a row just to catch that one. After you catch that perfect one, you replay it in your mind for the rest of the day.

A successful session is reliant on so many factors of mother nature—a force way bigger than us. For ideal conditions to exist, a good-sized swell must approach from the right direction, the wind must be flowing offshore, and you have to time your session right with the ebb and flow of the tide.

The sport is always teaching you life lessons. It is humbling, even if you’ve been practicing it for many years. One reason why it takes so long to master is that the conditions are going to be different every time you get out there. You might have caught a million yesterday, but today makes you feel like a kook because you can’t land one decent wave.

The community of people that you become a part of when you surf is special. A shared obsession with the ocean that brings you to dive into the water at dawn to get a session in bonds you quick. When you’re out there, you’ll find yourself interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds. People enjoy sharing the stoke of the sport. When you see someone out there teaching somebody new, you’ll encounter them cheering at the top of their lungs when they catch a good wave, and as you look around, you’ll see smiles all across the lineup. The other day, I caught a long wave in to be met with a cheering crowd of locals who frequent the spot that I do. When I got to shore, a local showed me their secret stash of hot packs to access in case I, or someone else, gets stung by a stingray when they aren’t around.

Being out in the ocean and abiding by her rules gives surfers a deep love and connection to nature. It’s common to see sea animals out there, like dolphins, stingrays, and fish. When you have an encounter, it’s a reminder that we are invading their territory. It sucks when you see trash floating in the water, or on the sand in its route to the water. It’s a sad reminder of the negative impact that humans can have on natural environments. It inspires you to pick up trash and advocate for sustainability so that we, as a collective, can take care of the beauty that we are lucky to have access to.

Tune in to see surfing break into the biggest international sporting event in the world beginning on Saturday, July 24th. 

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About the author
Bailey Clark is a serial optimist whose passion for marketing lies within creating authentic connections to make the world happier and healthier. As a San Diego native, her favorite pastimes are surfing, F45, practicing yoga, meditation, and really any opportunity to soak up the sun.