***This post has been fueled by my friends over at Propel Water! As always, all opinions are my own.
Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Propel Water Fitness Festival in Los Angeles. I am already anxiously waiting next year! Why? Because it was one of the coolest and most inspiring experiences I have ever been a part of. If you have not been following the Propel CO:LABS Blog series that kicked-off in New York then make sure to check out this or this post. Throughout the summer I was exposed to eye opening fitness brands including: The Class by Taryn Toomey, Yoga For Bad People, Prevail Boxing, The Vixen workout and more! As the summer went on, we went back to our respective cities for local CO:Labs. In Miami, we are so fortunate to be surrounded by some of the best fitness in the country.
The culminating Propel Fitness Festival took place at Quixote studios where the entire location was transformed into a Propel Fueled play land. Before the event we had the opportunity to sign up for multiple mash-up classes where we experienced Fly Barre infused with Vinyasa Flow and The Vixen Workout (created in Miami) with Barry’s Bootcamp. We were also able to take one celebrity class per day. I signed up for Gunnar Peterson with DJ Samantha Ronson and Prevail Boxing featuring Big Boi. The Prevail/Big Boi experience was far and away the best sweat filled hour of my life! There were hundreds of people throwing jabs and upper cuts all to the sounds of from your favorite Outkast tracks! Like, whaaatttt?! The young college girl in me was in H-E-A-V-E-N. Half the time I was throwing combos followed by fist pumps, dance moves and yelling out rap lyrics at the top of my lungs.
I love a good vacation, but a “sweat-cation” is truly where it is at! I was able to explore a new city, burn more calories than consumed and had tons of endorphins coursing through my veins. While planning your next adventure I suggest infusing it with some sort of sweat session. You will have more energy to take on the day and the added caloric burn leaves room for you to indulge! My fellow blogger babes and I had an absolute blast this summer and I hope you enjoyed following along. If find yourself in my city or any of the cities below…make sure you get your butt to class. I promise, you will NOT be disappointed!
The Vixen Workout: The Vixen Workout is a dance fitness format that uses commercial choreography, killer music remixes, and stage lighting so you can experience yourself as a performer. (Basically, you get to pretend you’re opening for the VMA’s, and perform the moves you see by your favorite artists.)
Fast Twitch: Fast Twitch is a comprehensive performance company with multiple facilities in South Florida. Fueled by passion and innovation, Fast Twitch has quickly become a leader in human performance.
The Class by Taryn Toomey: The Class is a 65 or 75-minute cathartic movement experience. Through simple, repetitive calisthenics and plyometrics, participants challenge the body to engage the mind. With guided instruction and carefully curated music, this class invites students to witness their resistance to discomfort. The result is an expansive, heart-opening, body-strengthening release. This class will challenge and enlighten you all while building an incredibly strong, lean, resilient body.
Tone House: Tone House® is the first-ever extreme, athletic-based group fitness studio aimed at unleashing the inner athlete in everyone. Sessions are team-oriented, competitive, fun, and supportive, guaranteeing optimal fitness results. Whether you’re an elite athlete, or just want to train like one, Tone House’s goal is to bring sports conditioning workouts to the mainstream and help individuals improve their mental and physical health and become better overall athletes and people.
Trifactive by Gideon Akande:Gideon teaches and inspires people across the country through fitness events, media appearances, and his charismatic online presence: In 2017, the Chicago Sun-Times published a three-page spotlight on Gideon’s training tips, and GQ.com showcased his expertise in its online fitness series. He has appeared on the Steve Harvey Show, WGN-TV, and FOX 32 Chicago, and in 2016 Men’s Health released RIPTENSITY™, a popular DVD fitness series created and led by Gideon. In addition, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and the Huffington Post each have named Gideon’s Instagram account (@getfitwithgiddy) as one of the best fitness accounts in the country.
On Your Mark: At On Your Mark, their highly-educated staff is focused on functional movement. Small group classes and personal training are designed around what our muscles are intended to do, and how the different parts of your body work together to achieve optimum performance, whether it’s to run 26.2, chase a 2-year-old or simply fit into your favorite jeans.
Sweat: Your 60 minute sweat class combines intense intervals with low-impact movements, heavy strength-training, and cardio driven movements. SWEAT uses a variety of different formats to make sure you do not burn out…EVER! Using equipment such as dumbbells, kettles, TRX Bands, body bars, barbells, treadmills, rowers and more.They praise you will be leave dripping in SWEAT!
Fit36: The combined science of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and MRT (Metabolic Resistance Training) gives you an effective workout in a short amount of time, so you can accomplish your goals. Whether you want to get lean, lose weight, build strength, improve agility or perform better—HIIT and MRT will help you get there.
Prevail Boxing: Prevail is LA’s premier fitness boxing studio, offering a clean and welcoming setting that focuses on getting fit through the art of boxing. At Prevail, we incorporate the mental, physical, and emotional challenges of boxing into a fitness regimen and lifestyle. By providing high-energy group classes that are designed to test your limits and help you exceed your own expectations, Prevail uncovers what it truly means to realize your potential. Our coaches are passionate about cultivating an environment where clients can improve endurance and strength, sculpt a lean and toned physique, and learn a complex skill set through the art of boxing. With every punch, we inspire and unleash the inner warrior that fights hard and dreams bigger.
Playlist Yoga: PLAYLIST. is a modern, music-based approach to yoga. We believe in a dynamic, upbeat workout that ignites the body and clears the mind. We match your breath to the movement and your movement to the music, all while improving your strength, flexibility and endurance
Fly Wheel/ Fly Barre: Flywheel is a complete full-body workout performed in a state-of-the-art indoor cycling stadium. We use customized technology and fitness-focused metrics to help our riders gauge their efforts and track their performance. We have a variety of motivating instructors, heart-pumping playlists and themed classes, all of which are accessible to new and seasoned athletes.
FlyBarre is our total-body sculpting class that blends light weight training with core exercises to create the ultimate toning experience. FlyBarre is the perfect complement to Flywheel and offers a high-energy workout to tone and strengthen your muscles from head to toe. Each class is led by a motivating instructor, and class routines are switched frequently.
Yoga For Bad People (New York, L.A., Boston + Retreats): YOGA FOR BAD PEOPLE is a yoga based company focused on leading retreats, emerging from the combined visions of Katelin Sisson and Heather Lilleston. YFBP seeks out locations around the world that lends itself to quiet time and reflection as well as a multitude of physical activities, athleticism and nightlife.
A special thank you to the Propel Water team for asking me to be a part of the family!