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girl stretching before workout

Aaptiv 101: Stretching

You asked, we answered: our pre-and post-workout stretching classes now have their own category. It’s easier than ever to incorporate those vital warmups and cool-downs into your workout routine. As all of our trainers will tell you, giving your body the movement and time it needs to warm up prior to a workout is essential for avoiding injury and maximizing your physical capacity. After a sweat session, your muscles need to cool off and reset in order to make sure you’re really reaping the benefits of all that hard work. Ready to give it a go? Read on for three tips straight from our trainers to get the most out of your stretching. Your pre-workout stretching should be dynamic, meaning you want to get your muscles warm and heart pumping. Think exercises like twisting lunges or modified push-ups. In fact, dynamic warm-ups can help you lift more weight and increase overall performance — so you’re not just keeping your body safe, you’re actually making your workouts more effective. Try Rochelle’s Dynamic Pre-Run Stretch to get …

woman meditating on rock

So You Want to Start Meditating This Year?

It’s no accident that we launched our meditation classes just in time for resolution season. Whether your 2017 goal is to lose those last few stubborn pounds, master the elliptical, or commit to a fine-tuned workout schedule — if you’re really ready to make 2017 a year of change, meditating just might be the key. Meditation can actually re-program your brain, building pathways that make you happier, less prone to sleeplessness, a stronger communicator, and better able to concentrate. It can even make you fitter, since it affects the part of the brain responsible for time-management and focus: perfect for scheduling those workouts and keeping your eye on your goals. It’s an ideal way to give your resolutions the boost they need to really succeed. Bonus: Our new meditation classes are all under 10 minutes, so they’re perfect for easing your way into a practice. We’ve built each one around a core benefit — you can either start from the beginning and work your way through, or choose the flavor that meets your needs 🙂 Begin to Breathe will …