Category Archives: CLASSES

Punching Out the Crazies During Covid

June 1, 2020

After being locked in our homes, feelings of anxiety, depression and stress are at an all-time high. Co-Founder and President of BoxUnion, Felicia Alexander, has a simple solution that you might not have considered – punching stuff. While untraditional, this answer is actually much healthier than you think. There is a natural connection between boxing and mental health.

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There’s never been a better time to learn how to box. In addition to a hyper-efficient total body workout, it also has an amazing list of mental benefits, including:

–        Bringing out your inner fighter – boxing is an incredibly powerful and empowering experience, it’s a skill you can pick up at any age, background or experience level. “It is never too late to glove up”, says Alexander – we have boxers who range in age from seven years old to seventy years old.” The sheer act of putting on gloves will instantaneously make you feel strong.

–        It is a natural stress reliever – Stress negatively impacts the body and your health. It causes sleep deprivation, headaches, depression, high blood pressure, tense muscles and more. In addition to the rush of endorphins that come with cardio-based workouts, physically, hitting a punching bag relaxes your body and releases tension. Boxing also provides a more symbolic way to “fight back” and channel your anxiety into a safe outlet.

–        You can still experience the mental and physical benefits without equipment – you don’t need a heavy bag to stimulate your mind and get a total body workout, shadowboxing is an incredible at-home workout that engages the brain and body.

–       It helps beat the boredom in a constructive way – boxing classes require focus and are extremely fun to do when you are stuck at home. You are not just working out, you are building a lifelong skill. It is impossible to think of anything else when you are trying to nail a six-punch combination.

–        Boxing creates community – engaging in live classes, like BoxUnion Digital, allow you to connect with others across the world. You may be at home, but the energy is still contagious.

BoxUnion’s Digital Platform takes de-stressing to the next level. You can’t have a strong body without a strong mind says BoxUnion Master Coach, Kyle Schneider. The brand combines a powerful mix of mind, body, music and messaging – when the music is flowing and you are moving to the beat, there’s no better feeling!

6 Tips To Make Online Teaching Easier Right Now

April 23, 2020

It is going to be a long time before we ‘Get Ready to Roll Back to School’, and for one group of people teachers – both at school and extracurricular – that means adapting to being a remote educator. Online teaching can be fun and convenient, but it can also be challenging. Not only do you need to have a level of proficiency in remote working technology, but you’ll also need to prepare a different way of teaching compared to your traditional arrangement. For those readers who are teachers we have compiled six tips to make your job easier and to ensure that you can continue working:

1. Learn the tech

First thing is familiarizing yourself with what you need to teach online, such as your computer, internet connection, and the software and platforms you will use. Your computer should be able to handle video software and several high-memory using applications at once. The internet connection must also be fast enough to let you stream videos and make video calls without any lagging as this will affect your ability to teach and host lessons. As for software, your school likely has its own recommendations. But if the choice is yours, either Google Classroom or Edmodo would be perfect, as both have everything you’ll need for an online classroom while being easy to use and understand.

2. Show yourself

One of the tips shared in The Conversation’s article on better online teaching is to show yourself to your students. That’s because lecture videos or discussions showing the instructor’s face has been found to be more effective as opposed to narrated slideshows or PowerPoint presentations. However, you can still intersperse presentations/slides with videos of yourself, as long as these videos are short and informative. Anything over 15 minutes can be slow to download, and even distracting, so make sure everything is “bite-sized” and easy to digest.

3. Leverage asynchronous learning

Harvard Business Publishing identifies asynchronous learning as one of the great benefits of online teaching. This simply means that students have the ability engage in their lessons even when your online class isn’t ongoing. With that in mind, record your lessons, provide the necessary resources, and then assign thought-provoking tasks. Give your students leeway, but do set “hard and clear deadlines.” This keeps you from micromanaging your online class, leaving you with more time to prepare your other lessons and activities.

4. Keep things simple

A drawback of distance learning is that your students will have to tackle things on their own. This will require a great deal of focus and self-direction on their part. So, to make things easier for them, Edutopia suggests keeping things as simple as possible. This means designing learning experiences with clear, specific instructions, utilizing one or two resources only, and providing easily accessible PDF files. It also means being lean and concise with how you deliver new information, as conveying instructions across a screen is very different to doing so face-to-face. In keeping things simple, you’ll avoid over-complicating your lesson plans and activities, as well as unnecessarily confusing your students.

5. Use a good screencasting software

Some teachers aren’t familiar with screencasting software, let alone screencasting itself. Don’t let that be the case, as screencasts can serve as great visual aids. The best in this regard is Screencast-O-Matic, which is #1 in HP’s feature on the best screencasting software for teachers. Affordable and easy to use, Screencast-O-Matic lets you record, edit, and share videos for free. It even has a full version (for a $20 annual fee) that lets you hide your wallpaper when recording giving you added privacy. For a free and equally easy to use alternative, you can try Loom. It is basically like Screencast-O-Matic, but sans the subscription and green screen option. With screencasting, you’ll have plenty of options when making informative and engaging presentations.

6. Stay fluid

Instead of teaching while sitting down, consider teaching while standing and setting your laptop on a higher platform. This way, you can still stay mobile. If you want to take it to the next level, check out our review of balance board FluidStance, an omnidirectional board that lets you tilt to every direction, causing just enough wobble for you to burn calories without getting distracted. The perfect way to teach from home and stay fit at the same time.

 

photo: Julia M. Cameron via Pexels

Permission and Subscription to sweat!

November 15, 2019

Looking for the perfect gift for the fitness fan on your holiday gift list?

Don’t sweat it. In fact, leave the sweating to them! This season, a gift card to FitReserve, the premier multi-studio fitness membership, is the perfect present for anyone on your list — from the fitness newbie to the enthusiast.

Yoga, Pilates, indoor cycling, HIIT, barre, bootcamp, boxing, aerial, dance, and so much more, FitReserve offers it all with a curated selection of the premier fitness studios…so you know they’ll be in good hands (or boxing gloves). Cycle House, JJ Dancer, WundaBar Pilates, and Barreworks to name a few — let them mix and match classes from the best studios and gyms all over LA.

Also available in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston, and Seattle, with access to more than 1,000 gyms and studios – and over 200,000 classes, every month! Give them the perfect excuse to try something new, with the convenience of booking everything in one place, and the freedom to take a class near home, the office, or anywhere in between. Any class, any amount, all the best workouts.

Gift them a unique experience they’ll appreciate, remember, and that will make them feel good.

No shipping required: fitreserve.com/gift.


Looking for Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals? Starting November 29th, FitReserve is offering a free trial to new members for 3 FREE CLASSES to use within 14 days. This is FitReserve’s first-ever free trial, so it’s the perfect opportunity to experience FitReserve (no blackout times, a simple system of one credit = one class, and the BEST fitness studios). Offer ends Friday, December 13th.

Buzz About Bellicon

August 21, 2018

As both a fan of fitness and a fan of fun, it didn’t take much convincing for me to agree with all the buzz about the Bellicon.  

 

Bellicon is a mini trampoline (known as a rebounder in the fitness world) that takes fitness to a whole new level. Bellicon has revolutionized rebounding by using small movements in a low-impact form of exercise to yield BIG results. Whether your goal is to get in shape, lose weight, improve your health, increase your stamina, or boost your immune system, bellicon has made the process more fun than ever. The nostalgic vibes of a trampoline workout allow for an enjoyable workout that you will look forward to all day, every day.

According to CEO Philip Von Kunhardt, Bellicon is the “highest quality and best performing fitness trampoline in the world” providing you with the opportunity to bounce your way the best version of yourself. With the mission of being the world’s most effective piece of fitness equipment, bellicon takes no shortcuts in bringing you quality materials and paying attention to the details so that it can have the best overall performance.  

 

Unlike traditional trampolines, bellicon has traded springs for unique patented bungee cord rings. This added technology and innovative design enables you to have a much smoother and safer experience for your body and the strain on your body generally associated with a trampoline workout is virtually eliminated.

 

But wait, I haven’t even mentioned the best part! Outside of the fact that bellicon is totally fun and incredibly effective, it also provides serious health benefits. It exercises every one of the 638 muscles in your body, boosts your metabolism and works to stabilize your body’s balance and bone health, all while challenging your cardio system. I don’t know about you but if I can do all that while movin’ & groovin’ on a trampoline, I’m sold.

 

So add a little bounce into your workout and enjoy the benefits of jumping your way to health.

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The Wall’s Flagship Studio Finally Takes Over! (La Brea & Wilshire)

August 1, 2018

Finally!!
BREAKING GROUND WITH BREAKTHROUGH FITNESS
THE WALL‘s flagship studio has finally opened on the corner of Wilshire & LaBrea. Yes – THAT gorg 500 sq foot space you’ve been driving by!
Founder & Celebrity Trainer Jason Wimberly is my personal superhero.
THE WALL is the largest boutique studio in Los Angeles, as well as the first fully-registered green studio in the city.

This place – THE WALL, is my top fave workout experience.

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Check this out – THE WALL’s flagship studio offers a variety of workouts, expertly choreographed with every fitness background in mind.

Whether it be crushing it through circuit training in THE WALL’s “STACKED”, cycling to your goals at “WIMBERRIDE”, recovering in “STR3TCH” or challenging yourself in the studio’s signature class, “123STACK”, THE WALL offers something for everyone.

The “123STACK” is a class that is a first of its kind – beginning with 10 minutes of Core Activation, followed by 20 minutes of High Intensity Circuit Training and ending with 30 minutes of Indoor Cycling. Moving clients in rhythm through two studio rooms, 123STACK keeps attendees focused on unison, making it a  true model of Group Fitness. Holla!

At THE WALL, technology is not used as a means of competition, nor will you find any segregated workout stations. Instead, THE WALL utilizes performance data to help track progress. Each class is constructed rhythmically – ensuring that everyone moves in unison with the goal of promoting mindfulness, cohesion and most importantly, results.

With a mission to deliver the best value possible, Wimberly does not skimp on the luxury either. Architecturally significant and state-of-the-art, the flagship studio space has been designed to optimize the guest experience. Every visual detail is an expression of THE WALL’s philosophy – to break through and rise above, both physically and mentally. A heavy retail program, lounge, THE BAR (a grab-n-go station featuring bites from Cafe Gratitude and refreshments from Clover Juice), free parking, complimentary shoe rentals and towel services, luxury lockers and showers, free wi-fi and a rewards program are just a few of the amenities to expect at THE WALL’s Flagship. Wimberly explains that “it is important that THE WALL focuses on the community and creates a place to meet and connect – so every detail was chosen carefully to ensure a complete experience from start to finish”.

OMG Jason I worship YOU!

The fully interactive space boasts so much more than just workout classes. Wimberly is also intent on contributing to a better, healthier world. This philosophy is what propelled THE WALL to establish itself as the first ever, fully registered green fitness studio in Los Angeles – meaning a completely paperless check in, zero plastic water bottles (only boxed water and a filtered water station), along with the use of eco-friendly building materials and completely toxic-free cleaning materials.

No walls? No breakthroughs. The flagship studio brings together like-minded people in order to generate a cohesive and unified workout juxtaposed with personal success and growth, with a variety of class opportunities and styles. Wimberly’s dream has always been to create a fitness experience that knocks down the mental walls that shroud physical goals in order to challenge the mind, body and soul – now in a studio just as elevated as his workouts.

New client intro pricing is two classes for $25 (one free).

THE WALL’s Flagship Studio (730 S. La Brea Ave, just south of Wilshire) is currently open.

About Jason Wimberly (personal God, if you ask me)

With over 10 years of experience in the fitness industry, Jason has taught over 6,000 sold-out classes across the country and keeps many of Hollywood’s elite looking their best, including Kate Hudson, Selma Blair, Jane Lynch, Leela Goldkuhl and Annabeth Gish. Prior to opening THE WALL, Jason launched WIMBERLEAN, his signature movement and DVD that focuses on long, lean bodies through isolated movements with resistance bands. Additionally, Jason is a featured W Hotels Worldwide FUEL Trainer and Propel Water Ambassador.

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