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Bar and Bay Wreath
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Published Friday Feb 14, 2020 by Fitt

BARRE + bay wreath Is Your New Go-to for Fitness, Coffee, Flowers, and More

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Located in Sorrento Valley, BARRE + bay wreath is an Insta-worthy, minimalist studio that’s raising the barre for fitness and community. And while you can definitely expect challenging, ballet-inspired, total-body toning workouts, the modern wellness brand is so much more than that.  

 

Small, But Mighty 

BARRE + bay wreath is also connected to a bohemian floral studio, coffee shop, and charming retail boutique, making it the ideal spot to hang out with your barre besties after class or to stop in on a lazy Saturday for a latte and a fresh flower arrangement. 

 

If you're swinging by for a workout, you're in for a real treat. The classes at this boutique space feature exercises studied and approved by physical therapists and are all about small movements and big results. Think isometric movements that fatigue, elongate, and stretch muscles to build strength and flexibility. That might sound easy, but trust us — it gets intense, fast. 

 

Don't worry, though, they offer a range of classes for all levels, so whether you’ve stepped up to the barre more times than you can count or you’re a complete tuck and pulse newbie, you'll find something for you. Plus, between their quick, 45-minute express workouts and their extended, 75-minute sessions, you’ll be able to get into the studio no matter what your schedule looks like. 

 

Get ROOTED with a classic technique breakdown complete with tried-and-true barre moves. Or, slow things down and sign up for their RESTORE class, a barre-based series that includes restorative stretching exercises meant to leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. But if you’re ready to kick things up a notch, you can’t go wrong with RISE, a challenging, cardio-based mashup that’ll push you to your edge. Fitt Tip: grip socks are required, but if you don’t own a pair, the studio has you covered. 

 

Barre + Blooms 

While we can’t get enough of BARRE + bay wreath's full-body barre classes, it’s hard not to get distracted by the dreamy marketplace at the front of the studio. A picturesque space filled with flowers, retail items, stationery sets, and some  seriously good coffee, we don’t blame you if you find an excuse to stay all day.  

 

So, order a cold brew and catch up with friends, channel your creativity in one of their bouquet making workshops, or snag a pre-made seasonal bunch on your way out the door. One thing's for sure — whether you’re heading over for a solid sweat or a killer cappuccino, you’re in for an afternoon of fun and good vibes. 

 

This article was originally published on Fitt.co.
 
About the author
Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
surfer catching wave in ocean olympics
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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.