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In the “new normal,” you’re aware that this Mother’s Day is unlike potentially any you’ve experienced. While you’re either sheltering in place or starting to reemerge slowly into society, now’s the perfect time to lock down some Mother’s Day activities to do with your mom (or recruit your kids for) while your favorite restaurants and fitness studios may be closed.
We put together a list of ideas—our favorite virtual workout classes that can turn a potentially solitary Mother’s Day into one filled with love, laughter, connection, and, probably, sweat.
If you’ve ever taken a dance fitness class, you know it feels a lot more like fun than exercise. If you’re sheltering in place and don’t have any big plans this Mother’s Day, a dance fitness class is a great way to get active and just let loose! Not convinced? Check out this clip from our Instagram Live with TRILLFIT (in case you don’t believe us on the whole “fun” part).
Get your dance on
The thing we all love about bootcamp-style classes is accountability, which can be a little more difficult in a virtual setting. If you want to break a serious sweat before that Mother’s Day brunch, HIIT is the way to go. And doing it with your mom gives you no room for last-minute excuses. Push your coffee table to the side and make room—it’s going to get intense (literally).
Book your bootcamp
Okay, so high intensity isn’t really your thing. Maybe you want to break a sweat this Mother’s Day without the intensity of a bootcamp. Or maybe you just don’t have the room for circuits in your small apartment living room (I feel that). Meet Pilates. Pilates definitely isn’t easy, and a good Pilates routine will get your core working and muscles burning in no time. All you need is space for two mats—one for you and one for mom. Need to convince mom/kid to join? Check out why now is the perfect time to try Pilates.
Plan your Pilates
If you’re pregnant during this pandemic, this might be your first Mother’s Day to enjoy as a mom. That means, you should celebrate yourself today! And what better way to do that than with a virtual prenatal yoga class? The best part about virtual is you can get connected with other moms-to-be all over the world. And who knows? Maybe you’ll even leave class with a new friend.
Find your flow
Or, if you already have little ones running around, you may want to find an activity you can all do together to celebrate Mom’s Day and kill some time at home (because we know how hard it can be to WFH with kids). On Mindbody, you can find tons of kids yoga classes to choose from for kids of all ages. Plus, I heard Savasana sometimes leads to naps!
Calm your kiddos
If none of these options float your boat, that’s fine, too. You can do virtually any workout—and any workout, virtually—with your mom! Browse Mindbody to explore thousands of online fitness classes around the globe, and then buy your mom flowers—she deserves them. Or better yet—why not gift mom with an online gym membership that will fit her schedule? If your mom is interested in trying out multiple studios all over the country, you should look into gifting her with a Mindbody Flex membership. Mindbody Flex gives your mom the power to try all the best livestream fitness classes from the comfort of her own home at a super affordable rate. There are thousands of livestream classes to choose from, at hundreds of great studios—and more and more studios are opting in to Flex each week. Check out this blog post to get all the deets on a Mindbody Flex membership.
To the moms!
This June marks 52 years since the 1969 Stonewall Riots took place—a historical event that put the severe lack of LGBTQIA+ rights into the spotlight. Thanks to the efforts of activists like Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Rivera, we now have the privilege of celebrating June as Pride Month where members of this community can celebrate everything that makes them beautiful and unique.
At Mindbody, we've created an inclusive, uplifting, and welcoming workspace where all our team members feel valued and inspired to bring their best every day. Here’s what some of our employees said when we asked them what Pride means to them:
“Pride means choosing to be my authentic self, even when it’s hard.” — KT Ellis, Business Relationship Manager
“Pride is about acceptance, community, freedom, and love.” — Josh Pierce, Content Designer
“Pride is about celebrating how far we’ve come, demonstrating how far we’ve got left to go, and focusing on our similarities rather than our differences.” — Bobby Jones, Payments Specialist
“Pride is about celebrating the visibility and accomplishments of LGBTQIA+ people. It’s also about celebrating the diversity among LBGTQIA+ people.” — Robert Arambel Senior Technical Program Manager
As we have discussed before, inclusivity remains an important topic in the wellness industry. We are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the LGBTQIA+ community that helps shape, grow, and provide access to wellness.
While Pride Month is a great time for fitness studios to show their support for the community, consistent support throughout the year is much more powerful. Being LGBTQIA+ inclusive is more than hanging up a rainbow flag—it's a consistent alignment with providing equal access for everyone. We’ve done some of the work for you and aggregated a number of awesome fitness studios you can find on the Mindbody app that are celebrating the LGBTQIA+ community and creating inclusive spaces for all:
Kyle House Fitness is Chattanooga’s premier fitness program offering group fitness classes and personal training with the best-certified instructors and trainers in the area. Located on Chattanooga’s thriving Southside, Kyle House Fitness is more than a gym, they pride themselves on building a welcoming and inclusive community. The owners of this gym, The Kyles, may sound familiar to you since they recently wrote a blog post for us on how to be an LGBTQIA+ ally in the fitness space.
EVERYBODY is “creating a radically inclusive culture for all bodies to move, strengthen, and heal.” Not only is their $66/month membership affordable, but they also offer 100% subsidized memberships to folks who are in dire financial hardship, which helps remove barriers for those who are marginalized and/or low-income. Aside from their standard program classes, they also offer affordable $8 drop-in classes—some of which are bilingual (Spanish/English). And, they have gender-neutral locker rooms, which is a staple for LGBTQIA+ inclusive spaces.
At Pilates, Barre & Jams, owner Teresa Ellis’ mission is “to make movement available and accessible to the people who have never felt comfortable walking into a status quo studio...” and we are here for it. As a Black queer femme and a former sex worker, Ellis witnessed first-hand what it feels like to be othered, which is exactly why she opened her Pilates studio in 2017—to create a safe space for all. Knowing that financial restraints should never be the reason someone can’t attend one of her classes, she even has a “pay-what-you-can" membership option so everyone can have access to her amazing Pilates classes.
At Mark Fisher Fitness, “making health and hotness fun and inclusive” is their mission. As a member of their Enchanted Ninja Clubhouse of Glory and Dreams (yes, you read that right), they promise fast results with a money-back guarantee. It’s not just rainbows and unicorns at MFF—their bright and vibrant space is filled with friendly trainers who are fiercely committed to your results and growth.
This self-proclaimed “gym + safe space + house party” fosters a supportive community without the homophobia, transphobia, and body shaming. Since it’s important to them to reduce barriers for folks with body dysmorphia or gender dysphoria, you won’t find a single mirror in this gym. They take “gym buddies” to a whole new level by offering a monthly social calendar for members to connect online. With classes like “Oakland Booty” and “Tops ‘n Bottoms,” The Queer Gym promises lots of sweat, an encouraging environment, and a dang good time.
At 305 Fitness, their mission is to empower people to love themselves harder and express themselves louder. Their passion stems from their core values of inclusivity, empowerment, self-improvement community responsibility. 305 exists to make fitness more inclusive, empowering, and fun. Movement is more than calorie counting or being the "best" in the room. Movement is about radical self-love, self-expression, and self-pride!
Compass Fitness is a journey for the body, mind, and soul. They encourage their members to find the best version of themselves. With classes like “Hustle & Flow,” “Buns & Guns,” and “HIIT & Run,” you know you’re in for a fun and powerful sweat sesh. On top of being a gym that embraces inclusivity and diversity, they donate all proceeds from their Pride gear to The Center on Colfax, the largest LGBTQIA+ community center in Colorado.
Yoga Box’s mission is to create a space where yoga is available to all. Their community of instructors, staff, and students creates a radically inclusive community of support and a place for people to connect to like-minded individuals. Through consistent, safe, and inspired classes designed to challenge, transform, and empower their students—both physically and mentally—this fitness studio is a safe and supported space to elevate your state.
While this is a great list to get you familiar with some fitness studios that support the LGBTQIA+ community, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep this list growing. If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a business we should be highlighting as well!
Wanna sweat it out? Explore more inclusive and empowering studios through the Mindbody app, where you can book everything from HIIT to hot yoga. If you’re looking for other ways to help support the LGBTQIA+ community, you can also donate to your local organizations or support national organizations like The Trevor Project or the Human Rights Campaign.