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While it might seem like Thanksgiving is all about the delicious food, it’s also a time to practice an attitude of gratitude. From the best studios to classes and types of workouts they can’t live without, check out what our favorite fitness influencers are grateful for this season—and all year long!
Bootcamp made me feel like I belonged somewhere for the first time since my high school basketball days. I’m so thankful I found it when I did. It changed my body and my mindset on fitness and health, not to mention the post-workout feeling is incredible.
I'm so grateful for Yoga Vida and their incredible roster of teachers. Last summer, I enrolled in Yoga Vida's Intensive 200-hour teacher training, which was one of the best decisions I've ever made. After 30 days of non-stop learning and practice, I left with a new sense of confidence, amazing friends, and a fiery passion for sharing yoga with as many people as possible. Although I don't go to the Yoga Vida studios as frequently as I used to, it will always hold a very special place in my heart, and I'm so blessed to be part of their community.
I'm so grateful I discovered boxing, my current workout of choice! It makes me feel so strong, and my coaching sessions leave me feeling invigorated, with the added satisfaction knowing I can defend myself if I ever needed to. I'm actually training for my first fight at the moment!
Barre3 Henderson has truly become my safe place to explore, learn and grow into a stronger and more confident person. I have created such strong friendships with everyone that has walked through our studio door—thankful for my b3 tribe!
I'm thankful for yoga and the peace it brought into my life. After each class, I leave feeling completely renewed and refreshed. It's my workout of choice when I'm looking for more than just a sweat but rather a mind, body, and soul connection.
About four years ago, I was looking for a change and wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone. I went to my first pole fitness class and at first wasn’t sure, but I stuck with it, and it’s now one of my favourite past times. It taught me to value grace as well as strength, be creative and not take myself too seriously. I can’t recommend it enough!
I'm grateful for Megan Roup's class at Studio B in NYC. She really helped me look at fitness as a fun activity and not as a task or something I "have to do." Her classes are full of energy, hard work and always a good time. Another OG studio I love is Physique57, one of the first places I tried in my area! Not only am I thankful for their attentive instructors and intimate classes, but their new Chelsea location is also stunning.
Earlier this year I became a yoga instructor at one of my favourite studios in Covent Garden. Since it opened two years ago, I’ve taken various classes and immediately felt like part of the family. Now, I’m honoured to lay down my mat four times a week and teach. Thanks to this practice, the people I come into contact with have a daily positive impact on my life, and it's taught me to be kinder to myself—on and off the mat— something that I struggled with up until now.
Ah, 2020—the year that truly put our sanity to the test. On top of that, something that most people use to navigate through a tough time has essentially been stripped away from us—our normal workout routines. I don’t know about you, but even skipping a week at the gym can send me into a tailspin. But several months of sheltering in place and being forced to adapt to this new normal?
That’s a different story.
While I think we can all say we’re grateful that fitness studios were quick to offer virtual classes when COVID-19 hit—there is something about constantly working out by ourselves that may trigger some of us to hit pause on our workout routines and start turning towards less robust habits. *Reluctantly raises hand*
The other day I came across a stat that really set off some alarms. According to a recent study, Americans are spending an additional two hours each day on their couch since March 2020. As of recently, I can say I’m totally guilty of a little too much R&R. While an evening of Netflix and wine once sounded like heaven on earth for most of us, I think it’s safe to say the repetition of this is starting to get kind of old. Also, Schitt’s Creek is over now, so I really don’t have any excuse to not dedicate my free time to jumping back into my at-home workouts.
I started pondering what made dial back my fitness routine in the first place? Was it a lack of motivation? No, not really. Screen fatigue? I think my Netflix history outlined above would tell you that’s a solid ‘no.’ Then it hit me—the thing that motivated me to stay on top of my fitness goals was being around other people with the same goals. Pre-COVID, going to my favorite spin studio and the local yoga hot spot was how I typically spent my social hour during the workweek. I realized the best way to amp up my at-home workout routine was to re-connect with my workout buddies and start doing virtual classes together to create that sense of community I craved.
If you’re also experiencing some form of live stream lull when it comes to your workouts, then getting a virtual workout buddy may be exactly what you need. Here’s why:
Just like in-person workouts, making plans to sweat it out with one of your friends motivates you to show up and be your best self. According to the Mindbody Wellness Index, 25% of the folks we surveyed said they found it difficult to hold themselves accountable to their workout goals on their own—and an additional 20% of people said a lack of support was responsible for missed workouts.
Everybody enjoys a little friendly competition, right? Maybe you have a friend who is a powerhouse at virtual HIIT—try signing up for a class with them to help you take your workout to a whole new level.
Getting a workout sesh in with a friend is the perfect time to try a new exercise such as virtual yoga or virtual barre. Trying something new can be scary—I get it. But by trying a new type of exercise with a friend, you can both give each other a confidence boost by acting as each other’s personal hype man.
Look, we’re all craving human interaction these days—and I know I’m not the only one who is missing weekly happy hours with friends. Luckily, fitness studios are getting creative with their virtual offerings post-workout, too! When we asked members of our MindbodyOne Community how they are keeping things interesting for their students in the virtual space, they said they are hosting monthly virtual wine dates to share fitness stories and personal victories. Not only do you get to drink wine, but you and your buddy get to meet other like-minded people at the same time.
As 2020 winds down (thank goodness), you have a unique opportunity to reconnect with your friends and take your workout sessions to the next level with a virtual workout buddy. So, why not start now? Book a virtual fitness class and encourage your friends to show up for you and themselves today.