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Published Sunday Feb 02, 2020 by Fitt

LA’s Best Fit & Active Events to Have on Your Radar in February

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Ready to test your limits in an outdoor HIIT class, try out a silent meditation, or down dog next to your pup? We've got all that and more in our latest roundup of LA health and fitness events that you don't want to miss.   

  

  

February 8: RUNGA 1.0  
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Take some time for yourself during this restorative, day-long wellness retreat. Going down at a picturesque home in Venice, you'll start the morning with coffee and a supplements bar before diving into a full schedule of curated activities, including yoga, meditation, and cold immersions, with a few surprises along the way. It all wraps up with a multi-course, all-organic dinner with your new friends. Sound like your kind of experience? Snag your ticket — spots are limited.  

  

February 9: Mt Hollywood Trail Run Hike 12K | 8K  
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Join your fellow runners for this scenic trail run complete with quintessential LA sights. You'll sweat it out on an 8k or 12k course through Griffith Park with views of downtown, the Observatory, and the Hollywood Sign to carry you through the muscle burn.  

  

February 9: Boxing & Barbells  

Olympic boxing coach and former fighter Cary Williams is teaching a 45-minute class at 2XU Century City, where you can truly train with the pros. Did we mention it's free as part of the store's Master Trainer series? See you at the heavy bag.   

  

February 11: OV Yoga x Modo Yoga LA West with Chelsea File  

In addition to the awesome benefits of a heated practice, this energizing flow at Modo Yoga West will end with one lucky yogi leaving with some sweet OV gear. If that's not a reason to get up for a morning workout, we don't know what is!  

  

February 16: SILENT TRAP YOGA & MEDITATION HOLLYWOOD  
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Head to Sweaty Equity Fitness for an immersive silent disco yoga session followed by a mindful meditation and wellness-focused discussion. Headsets are provided; all you have to do is bring your mat, water bottle, and a positive attitude. All levels welcome!  

 

February 16: Puppy Yoga on the Westside!  

Goat yoga was so last year. Now, it's all about puppy yoga! Head to Laughing Frog Yoga for a class filled with six or so puppies, as well as a few foster pups who are looking for a forever home. Come for the yoga, leave with a furry friend.  

  

February 18: Full Body HIIT & TRX Training  

Grab a workout buddy and sweat it out during this full-body circuit training class focused on building strength and endurance. Stick around after to refuel with a post-workout shake.   

  

February 22: Skybar Saturdays Morning Vinyasa Yoga with Alex Tacket  

Leave it on the mat during this sun-soaked, all-levels yoga class on the deck of Skybar at the Mondrian Hotel Los Angeles. Hang out post-sweat for brunch and mingling with your fellow yogis, plus the chance to shop your favorite fitness and wellness brands.  

  

February 22: Fit Girl Club LA x Sweat Yoga Little Tokyo    

The Fit Girl Club LA is at it again, this time, partnering with Sweat Yoga Little Tokyo to bring you a fun-filled afternoon of yoga and networking. Unroll your mat for an energizing flow, followed by complimentary healthy snacks and drinks, along with 20% off retail from Sweat, Vuori, Beyond Yoga, and Onzie.  

  

February 23: OV LA Joggers Club with Bluestone Lane  

If you enjoy working out and coffee, then join Outdoor Voices LA for a morning jogging club meetup in Venice. Start with a two-to-three-mile run, then head back to Bluestone Lane on Rose Ave. for a free cup of joe and half-priced avo toast.  

  

February 23: Fitbit Local HIIT & Flow   

Join the Fitbit Local team at Echo Park Lake for an all-levels bootcamp workout and followed by a rejuvenating yoga flow. Listen for the name of the giveaway winner of the free Fitbit (fingers crossed!) while drinking some coconut water post-sweat.  

  

March 1: LA Art Run  

Runstreet and Athleta LA are teaming up to bring us the first-ever LA Art Run. You'll sweat it out on a scenic, 5k course along the Venice Beach Boardwalk, pass by some of the area's well-known street art and murals, and make a few well-timed stops for photo ops. Hang out after for giveaways and a photo contest. 

 

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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.
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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.