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Published Wednesday Oct 02, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Get a Scary Good Workout In These 3 Cities

Yoga
Interval Training
Kickboxing
Pilates
Barre
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Ready to give your muscles a treat? No matter what your plans are this Halloween—or where you are—it’s time to crank up “Thriller” and sweat it out in a class at one of these frightfully ahh-mazing studios. 

 

LOS ANGELES
Find a devilishly good sweat session in the City of Angels. 

 

BoxUnion Fitness

BoxUnion
Location: Santa Monica
Class: Signature 

Designed for all levels, this music-driven class combines cardio, shadow boxing, HIIT, bodyweight strength, and individual heavy bag training for an *extra* sweaty workout. 

 

Training Mate

Training Mate 
Locations: West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Studio City
Class: Sydney Circuit

Looking for your next calorie-burning class? With a focus on overall conditioning, this high-intensity, circuit-style workout works through three different stations targeting both upper and lower body muscles. 

 

PLATEFIT

PLATEFIT 
Locations: WeHo, Studio City, Brentwood
Class: BootcampFIT 

If you’re looking to improve your stamina and flexibility, this unique, full-body workout is for you. From circuit-style routines to creative muscle-toning exercises featuring dumbbells and exercise bands, this class targets all the major muscle groups. 

 

DENVER 
Make your muscles work some magic in the Mile High. 

 

Lagree Luxe

Lagree Luxe
Location: Capitol Hill 
Class: Lagree Fitness 

High-intensity and low-impact, this Megaformer-focused class is one of the most effective and innovative approaches to full-body conditioning. If you’re a first-timer, remember to get there early to meet your instructor and get acquainted with the machine! 

 

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Barre3 
Location: Highlands Square
Class: barre3

Are you ready to feel amazing—both inside and out? This mindful workout guides you through sustained holds, muscle-burning micro-movements, and intense cardio bursts. You will leave the studio feeling balanced in body and empowered from within.  

 

Duality Fitness

Duality
Location: West Colfax 
Class: DualityHIIT & Flow

Kickstart your week with this killer hybrid class! Spend 35 minutes working through stations of strength and cardio exercises—utilizing treadmills, stand-up rowers, kettlebells, slam balls, resistance bands, and TRX. After the circuit, transition into a heated yoga flow to keep you balanced and centered. 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 
Tap into a spine-chilling sweat session in SF.
 
Uforia Studios

Uforia Studios
Location: Nob Hill 
Class: Revolutions

Who's ready to ride? Developed by a Uforia dancer, this cycling class focuses on high-energy music for a full-body workout in just 45 minutes! It’s more like a dance party on a bike to your favorite beats. 

 

Bar Method

The Bar Method
 
Locations: Marina, Downtown
Class: Bar Express

This 45-minute class is supercharged to get you sculpted and back to the office (or your daily errands) right on time. Challenging for all levels, this workout will exercise your body and mind—and you’ll deserve the best nap afterward. 

 

Rocksalt Pilates

RockSalt Pilates
Locations: Potrero Hill, Redwood City, San Mateo 
Class: RockReform Sweat 

Featuring the original sweat-worthy RockSalt workout, this Pilates fusion class is timed to upbeat music—working you from the inside out. Combining cardio, strength resistance training, reformer exercises, and coordination techniques, test your strength with this intense class. 


Ready for your next scary good workout? Explore more of these classes on the MINDBODY app, or search in your city on MINDBODY.io! 
 

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A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

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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.