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As of publication of this article, it has been a full year since we were forced to re-vamp our workout routines to rolling out our mats at home instead of visiting our beloved yoga studio several times a week.
Throughout this time, we’ve seen our favorite studios get creative to continue to provide an exceptional wellness experience for their clients. Some studios have taken the route of going completely virtual to protect their communities while others have opted to hold socially distanced classes outdoors. And while some studios have reopened, the people have spoken: virtual is here to stay.
This is precisely why it’s the perfect time to try out Mindbody Flex—an online gym membership that allows you to take virtual classes anytime and anywhere.
Here are the actual benefits of signing up for Mindbody Flex:
Before COVID hit, our online options for working out at home were minimal—and dare I say—a tad bit boring. However, in this new wave of wellness, studios all over the world have adopted a hybrid business model and have made their classes available online to anyone who wants to break a sweat at home. With so many options, it’s now easier than ever to find a workout class that fits your schedule.
With Mindbody Flex, you can get up to 20 fitness classes per month to use virtually at different studios, all bookable right from your Mindbody account. Whether you want to fit in a calorie-torching HIIT class before work, energize your afternoons with a virtual barre class, or find your moment of Zen with an evening yoga class, you can pick and choose classes that cater to your lifestyle.
Aside from the occasional trip to the grocery store or a last-minute toilet paper run, this entire year has forced us all to isolate ourselves from the outside world. One of the things that helped me thrive during this time is by switching up my usual workout routine. Pre-COVID, you could find me at my favorite spin studio at least six days a week—but given our current circumstances (and the fact that my at-home spin bike’s handlebars are so wobbly that I’m scared to use it), I’ve been experimenting with new types of workout classes throughout the week.
Maybe you’ve seen my blog about trying out virtual Barre or my post about taking a virtual meditation class from the comfort of my living room. Needless to say, having the option of taking these different types of classes has kept life at home interesting and fun. Who knows what’s next? Maybe I’ll finally be brave enough to take that HIIT class my colleague Sara has been raving about.
While we’re on the topic of variety, Mindbody Flex also gives you the ability to take classes from different studios and teachers. I’m talking locally and not-so-locally. Have you been wanting to try that Vinyasa class at that uber-popular yoga studio that’s all the way across town? Well, now you can! Or maybe you’re just a small-town gal that wants to check out what the yoga scene is like in New York City—we got you. With a virtual membership, you can transport yourself to a studio in a location of your choice anytime, anywhere—literally.
And guess what? Some of your favorite fitness studios are already on Mindbody Flex including barre3, Class UFC Gym, exhale, WundaBar, The Dailey Method, Modo Yoga, Jabz Boxing, I Love Kickboxing, and more! Sign up to see who else is on Mindbody Flex.
The COVID-19 pandemic turned our day-to-day routines upside down—even our work schedules changed with folks now working from home instead of going into an office. On top of that, with the slew of lockdowns triggered by the coronavirus, childcare, work, and our fitness routines are all now happening in the same place. With so much going on at home at any given time, we're forced to get a sweat sesh in whatever little free time we have. That’s where bite-size fitness classes come into play. More and more fitness studios are hosting classes that last 30 minutes or less to help accommodate your busy schedule. If you’ve got a half-hour to spare, then Mindbody Flex has a class for you.
Another way Flex helps you fit in a workout? Instead of hopping into your car to drive to class, all you have to do is walk to your living room. Think about it—how many times have you missed a workout class because you couldn’t make it in time? I know I’m guilty of it. Maybe that 4pm meeting ran a little bit longer than you anticipated, or maybe you didn’t quite expect that traffic jam on your way to Pilates, or maybe you totally forgot to pack your yoga pants in your gym bag (whoops—also guilty). Since virtual classes take your commute (and potential wardrobe malfunctions) out of the mix, there’s nothing standing in your way of getting that workout in.
As I’ve mentioned before, one of the toughest parts about sheltering-in-place is the lack of human interaction. One of the things I miss the most is the handful of friends I made from going to spin so often—the energy that camaraderie brought to the class is really what made that experience something I was willing to miss happy hour for. And that's saying a lot—my love of Rosé is well-documented on this blog.
We can do workouts on our own at home all we want, but it's safe to say that we probably all miss that community aspect we all know and love. But, with live stream classes, we can create a different kind of community. Enter the virtual workout buddy. Now, the folks you’re working out with aren’t just your neighbors. Anyone with an online fitness membership can join these classes, regardless of where they’re located in relation to the studio, so you can be working out alongside people from all over the world.
Last but certainly not least—the other great thing about online fitness memberships is you can get more bang for your buck. With three different tiers available for purchase in Mindbody Flex—you can choose from 5 classes for $39, 10 classes for $59, or 20 classes for $99—you could potentially spend less than $5 per class. At that price, you can keep heading into your favorite studios when you feel comfortable going back for in-person classes and add in some virtual on the side to keep things fresh. Even better? If you’re new to Mindbody Flex, you can try it for free for two weeks. So, what do you have to lose? Nothing—literally.
Now’s the time to experience Mindbody Flex so you can enjoy new live streaming workouts right from home, whenever is best for you.
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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