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I had never taken high-intensity fitness classes before going to F45. As someone who grew up dancing, doing yoga, or hitting the Pilates reformer, I never thought I’d be interested in bootcamp-style workouts like these. But after my first class, I was shocked at how much I loved it. Within days, I decided to become a member. Here’s why...
One of my favorite things about F45 is that the routine switches each day. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are traditionally more cardio-based workouts, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are focused on weightlifting. I had started to get a little bored in my other yoga, Pilates, and barre classes because I felt like it was the same thing every day. F45 switches it up daily, so you aren’t doing the same movements, and you get to work different parts of your body!
I was so scared to try my first F45 class. I had been thinking about it for months but was intimidated because I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the class would be filled with super-strong bodybuilder-type guys. I was so wrong! My first class was primarily female, and the instructors were so nice and inviting! I was bummed it took me so long to try it. The atmosphere was so community-driven and friendly—I immediately felt at ease, and the class was fast, super fun, and an incredible workout! I became a member right after that first class and have loved every minute of it since.
F45 made a conscious decision not to have mirrors in their classes. This makes a huge difference that I’d never thought about before. I love it because it keeps everyone’s focus more on the workout and less on looking at ourselves or worrying about our appearances. Rather than fussing with my outfit or making sure my ponytail stays intact, I’m sweating like nobody’s watching, literally. And if you’re thinking about form, don't worry. Instructors go around the room the whole time and give corrections!
Going into a bootcamp style class, I had this irrational fear that I’d end up super jacked and bulky. My goal was to become leaner and more toned, and I didn’t know if F45 would be the right type of workout for me to achieve that. I was so wrong. I’ve noticed how the classes at F45 have toned my body in the best way, without bulking out. They’re guaranteed to get you sweating, so if you're looking for restorative or low impact, this may not be for you. It is a high-intensity team training workout that is fast-paced and intense. But don’t worry, it's just the right amount.
The classes provide various weights, so if you’re like me and new to the whole weightlifting thing, start light. They encourage people to protect their bodies and work at their own pace to do what’s best for them. It’s great because you can choose to go a little harder one day but keep it lighter and focus on recovery and form the next day! Don’t push it. Overall, there’s something exceptional about F45—it really is life-changing team training.
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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.
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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