One of many heartbreaking things that happened following the COVID-19 outbreak is the necessary closure of all the wonderful fitness studios in Arlington. A lot of us are turning to the internet to (try to) stay in shape while at home. Instead of just going to a random fitness website, you can support our local fitness studios by taking one of their online classes. Here are just a few to consider:
I can think of no better way to get out any aggression created by the stress of living in these times than heading over to Urban Boxing’s archived workouts. Established in 2015, Urban Boxing started in D.C. and expanded to Bethesda and Arlington. Before having to temporarily close their doors a month ago, Urban Boxing offered group boxing classes, personal training, private events, and sports management (representing professional and amateur boxers). One thing that I love is that they even have classes for kids. At this time, Urban Boxing has a number of classes archived on their website. There is an assortment of boxing, kickboxing, lifting, bootcamp, and jiu-jitsu workouts to choose from, ranging from 10 to 30 minutes a piece. There is even a session on how to wrap your hands. Donations are requested. Click here to check them out.
One of our Stylebook contributors, Mind the Mat in Clarendon, is going above and beyond to help us stay healthy during this period. They are offering pre-recorded and live classes and workshops streaming on Facebook or on Zoom. Before the temporary pause in studio offerings, Mind the Mat’s expert instructors offered a variety of flow yoga, Pilates, hot yoga, and other specialty classes in their beautifully renovated studio. Now, for $29/week, Mind the Mat clients can access unlimited live stream classes and the on-demand pre-recorded library. And, they are offering a deal to new clients – $20 for your first week of unlimited live classes. Monthly members can access all the above for just $99/month. Click here for a “how-to” on signing up. For live updates, follow Mind the Mat on Instagram: @mindthemat.
For all you runners out there, Formula Running Center in Clarendon is providing multiple options to improve your performance and connect. Running for many is often a solitary activity. FRC was founded to bring the running community together to train, recover, and get in shape. They have taken that philosophy online to keep the community intact. You can visit the FRC Instagram, @formularunningcenter, to find free virtual workouts, weekly challenges, and tips. FRC has also created a Formula Home Membership where, for just $21/week, you have access to daily workouts, video and live stream classes, nutrition tips, and much more. Click here to learn more.
The “F” in F45 stands for “Functional,” and the “45” refers to the typical amount of time each session takes. F45 functional training is a mix of circuit and HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts that guarantee to make you sweat. This popular workout was founded in Australia and popularized in the United States with the support of Mark Wahlberg, who swears by it. Both the Ballston and Pentagon Row locations of F45 Training are offering their powerful workouts via live-stream and in recordings that you can access with your membership. They also offer nutrition support. Prices vary, depending on the membership you choose. Click here to connect with the Ballston location. Click here for Pentagon Row.
In partnership with the Crystal City Business Improvement District, Mind Your Body Oasis is offering free weekly yoga and meditation classes through June. The yoga classes take place every Sunday at 7pm with a variety of offerings from Hatha to Vinyasa to Yin. Click here to register and you will get a Zoom login about 30 minutes before class starts. The meditation classes last 30 minutes and take place on Wednesdays from 12:15 to 12:45, perfect for your lunch break while working from home. Register for meditation here.
If supporting a local fitness studio doesn’t by itself make you feel good, you can feel even better by supporting Good Sweat. The Rosslyn cycle studio is a social impact fitness studio. A portion of all of Good Sweats’ sales is donated to local charities – and you get to choose which nonprofits receive the donation. Good Sweat also offers subsidized rides to the employees and clients of such organizations. Deeply concerned about the health and safety of our community, Good Sweat was one of the first local fitness studios to close its doors and move the classes online both on and off the bike. Click here to learn about how you can access their offerings.
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