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Published Tuesday Jan 01, 2019 by Devin Dilday

Workouts That Will Amp Up Your New Year Routine

Strength Training
Yoga
Interval Training
Dance
Cycling
Barre

New year. New workout? We’ve all heard the “new year, new me” mantra before, but this January, we are *seriously* rethinking how to kickstart 2019 when it comes to our well-being. 

Instead of committing to a routine that has us feeling bored by February, we are all about committing to a few types of fitness that we really like (or dare we say, love?). If you're looking to skip the standard gym gear and try something new in 2019, there’s no better time than now! From trendy group classes to finding the beat, here are five of our favorite workouts for all fitness levels that will keep you looking forward to your next sweat session. Enjoy! 


Get ready to row. 

rowing workout fitness

Rowing is our go-to way to make any cardio routine a little more exciting. A low-impact exercise making its way into more and more circuit training classes, rowing can act as a form of total-body strength training. Plus, boutique studios—like Current in NYC—are creating killer rowing sessions that blend cardio and choreography so you’ll be feeling stronger with each stroke. Now, who’s ready to make some waves?


Just dance

dance fitness workout

One of our top wellness predictions for 2019, dance fitness is super buzz-worthy this new year—and it sounds like the trend is here to stay. Whether you’re looking for an intro to hip-hop or just want to find your groove while getting your heart rate up, dance classes can keep you on your toes when it comes to your wellness routine. Super cool studios, like 305 Fitness with locations in NYC, Boston, and D.C., specialize in Insta-worthy dance workouts. And did we mention, 305’s dance cardio classes feature a live DJ!?


Fast fusion fitness.

fusion fitness workout

Group fitness is getting a makeover this new year. Featuring shorter class times and badass blended workouts, making your exercise a little more interesting has never been easier...or more effective. Think: a 45-minute yoga + HIIT session or cycling + barre class. Many yoga studios mix it up with their hybrid classes—heated blends of free weights and vinyasa yoga flow. We love these types of workouts—they keep us on track on even the busiest day. 


Multi-sensory meditation. 

mediation wellness

Another 2019 wellness prediction, taking care of ourselves mentally and emotionally is becoming our top priority this new year. It can be easy to focus on your physical fitness, but we are striking a better balance when it comes to our well-being and redefining our rest days. With mediation classes and studios that are offering immersive experiences with elements like sound baths and aromatherapy, finding your zen zone will be extra awesome, all year long.

 

Outdoor adventures. 

outdoor fitness

It’s time to take your workout outside. With many boutique fitness studios using the great outdoors for inspiration, you can sweat it out in bootcamp and HIIT classes that are embracing the fresh air, no matter the season. But it’s not just about circuit training—studios are taking it to the water, too, with classes like SUP (stand up paddle board) Yoga and more. From the park to the beach, being a tourist in your own city with a change in scenery is a great excuse to get your exercise on any day of the week. 


From discovering a meditation session near you to trying your first dance class, easily find and book any workout or wellness service on the MINDBODY app and MINBODY.io.

Devin Dilday MINDBODY
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Devin Dilday
Social Media Manager
About the author
Social butterfly by nature, it's no wonder Devin found her niche in the social media and marketing industry. As a native San Diegan, Devin loves spending time at the beach and dining at local hot spots. When she's not working, you can find her at a Pilates, barre or yoga class.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
Fitness
Published Friday Jul 23, 2021 by Bailey Clark

Why I’m Stoked Surfing Will Debut in the Olympics

Fitness

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.