5 Best Cleveland Workouts

5 Best Cleveland Workouts

InnerBliss Yoga Studio, Harness Cycle, Fitworks and more!

When I first moved back to Cleveland after graduation, it was a bit of a change all at once. I went from being a college student one day to being a young professional in the business world the next. It took a while to get into a routine with all aspects of my work week, especially finding a workout that I loved. I was used to going on hikes with my friends, spin classes with my sorority sisters and jogs around campus. I found myself in a new city, even though I grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, asking around for workout suggestions, trying out new classes and making friends!

Here’s a roundup of my top 5 go-tos in Cleveland when you are looking for a fun group workout. So grab a buddy and choose one of these out today!

1. Harness Cycle

Harness Cycle is one of the most popular spin studios around. It’s located on West 29th and Detroit Avenue in Ohio City. With the opening of this cycling studio in 2013, the Ohio City area began to transform.

2. Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness is one of the most unique workouts around and has a location in Rocky River. The one hour class involves cardiovascular and strength training intervals and much more. Their goal is to burn more calories, even after leaving the studio, which they refer to as the Orange Effect. Check out their video to learn more about what exactly Orangetheory Fitness is:


3. Inner Bliss Yoga Studio

Inner Bliss Yoga Studio offers a variety of classes, located in all of the hot spots of our city! With locations in Cleveland, Rocky River, and Westlake, Inner Bliss is one of the hottest spots around when it comes to yoga. From classes for kids to unique workshops and events, there is always something on the calendar to participate in.

4. Fitworks

I attend Heidi’s Zumba class every Tuesday and her Club Vibe workout on Thursday nights at the Rocky River Fitworks. They also have locations in Mentor, Parma, Highland Heights, and Willoughby. I love the energy in the room and enjoy letting off steam by breaking out dance moves to “Uptown Funk”, Lil' Jon's "Outta your Mind" ft. LMFAO, "Girly Things" and many more. Jumping around with friends, while working out different muscles with squats, jumping jacks, and more never fails to be a great time and an intense cardio workout.

5. Cleveland Plays

Not much of a fitness class person? No problem! Cleveland Plays is a sports and socials club that offers sports like beach volleyball, floor hockey, and more. It’s a great way to get a workout in while still having a good time with your best buds.

What's your favorite Cleveland workout? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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18 Things To Help Make Your 2018 One To Remember

You're not getting any younger.

Along with a new year comes new resolutions made to help make life better than it was before the clock struck midnight on New Year's Eve.

Each year, resolutions are made and let's face it, some are made unrealistically and we are totally unmotivated to achieve them because of how much work it takes to really try and want to make a change. The best way to make a change is to start small, and work up to the overall goal.

Here are 18 small steps to take in 2018 to make your year one to remember.

1. Become more studious.

You'll be surprised how much better your classes become when you actually take an interest in learning the material.

2. Make a new friend.

There are so many awesome people in the world that you have yet to meet.

3. Get to know someone you already know on a deeper level.

It feels so good to open yourself up to someone different and have them do the same. It's cool to get to know a friend in a new way.

4. Call your parents more often.

As much as they say they are proud and happy for you, they miss having you around.

5. Actually go to the gym.

When it's thought of as an opportunity to catch up on that Netflix show or have a little jam sash all alone, the gym doesn't seem like such a bad place. Not to mention it feels good after.

6. Read more books.

Books are an amazing way to enter another world and let your imagination soar.

7. Devote more time to yourself.

As the Jesuits say, Cura Personalis. Take a nap, binge watch that new series or just sit and do nothing. You work hard and deserve a break every once in a while. Your body will thank you.

8. Travel more.

You don't even have to leave the country to experience some of the most amazing things the world has to offer.

9. Put your phone down.

Ever think of what happens around you while you're staring down at your phone screen? Now is a great time to find out.

10. Pick up a new hobby or skill.

Find something you enjoy doing and just do it.

11. Deepen your faith.

Faith is one of the best things that you can have. God is waiting for you to get to know Him.

12. Expand your comfort zone.

As Neale Donald Walsh once said: "Life begins where your comfort zone ends."

13. Get involved in a club on campus.

Getting involved in a club on campus is where you meet those with the same interests as you, and these people become some of the best people that you ever met.

14. Cook and bake more.

A yummy hobby to have. It's fun to see (and taste) what you can make with so many different ingredients.

15. Rekindle an old friendship.

People from middle school and high school probably knew you at your worst time. A lunch date or coffee never hurt.

16. Give your grandparents a call every once in a while.

They love you and miss you so much more than you think and would love to hear about what you're doing. Not to mention, they probably are up to some interesting things that they can't wait to tell someone about.

17. Take more pictures.

After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.

18. Live in the moment.

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5 Stress Reduction Practices to Get You Through the Semester

Here are some simple ways to lower your stress levels this spring.

At my university, despite being just 4 days into classes, I am already stressed out. With deadlines coming quicker than I can complete assignments, I can tell this semester will be stressful. For you, it might be the same. Avoiding stress is the key to maintaining your health and mental wellbeing, but how? Here are 5 stress reduction techniques to help you stay sane this spring.

1. Do Yoga

Even if you aren't flexible or athletically inclined, yoga is perfect for everyone. In between social media breaks, take a few minutes in your room to try some positions that can stretch your body out and leave you less tense. Poses such as the "downward facing dog" and "the wheelbarrow" promote blood flow to the brain and eases tension off the back.

2. Meditate

Meditating isn't always sitting crossed-legged on the floor and humming; it's about reaching a total state of relaxation and comfort. Meditation techniques include counting to ten and synchronized breathing. There are several apps to help you do this, such as Headspace and Calm.

3. Spend your time wisely.

An important part of stress management is time management. Allocate specific times during the week to do your assignments, and don't procrastinate. Procrastination leads to last-minute stress. Also set aside some personal time during the week. Whether you spend this time taking a nap or painting, this time should be for you and you only.

4. Remove unimportant stressors.

If there are any unimportant things in your life causing you stress, remove them from your life. This may be your friends who enjoy drama or a habit that interferes with your ability to stay calm. If it's not essential to your mental/physical wellbeing or your education - remove them. While removing them from your life might initially cause you to be more stressed, you will be better off in the long run.

5. Listen to your body.

If there is no one else on this Earth you want to listen to, you need to listen to your body. Often we are so caught up in deadlines that we miss the obvious signs of exhaustion, anxiety, and malnutrition. While your upcoming assignments may be very important, nothing is more important than your mental and physical health. Taking care of your body now can eliminate stress in the future.

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