Top 6 Outdoor Workouts: Grit Fitness in Horsham

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Top 6 Outdoor Workouts: Grit Fitness

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no wait, it’s an entire gym being pulled in a trailer! It’s called Grit Fitness, an idea that came at the end of July from owners and head trainers Lauren Rothfeld and Christina Wilson.

“We had been through the shutdown and quarantine, so I think everyone was trying to figure out how to work out by themselves. I just happened to have a trailer,” said Wilson.

So they spruced up the outside of the trailer, stuffed it full of barbells, hand weights, slam balls, and off they went!

They take their gym on wheels to approved park spaces in Horsham and Upper Dublin, creating a safe, outdoor workout space.

Anyone can join and pay per class for a bootcamp style workout that will keep you fit.

“Anybody can sweat from home,” said Rothfeld. “It’s just being around other people, and you’re all going through the same pain because these aren’t easy workouts.”

Yeah, no kidding!

I gave it a try and it was difficult, but encouraging and fun. I was the most excited to have access to a barbell!

“We want to get people that 45 minutes, that hour that is solely to them; it’s not their kids, it’s not their boss, it’s not their work or their husband, their wife – it’s just for them,” said Rothfeld.

Wilson added, “We have the same things as the gym, without the four walls. (We have) the community, the equipment, you just come, you just bring your water.”

They really thought of everything!

For information on class schedule or to book a class, go to gritfitgym.com.

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Yarrow YMCA Opens 9,000 Square Foot Outdoor Fitness Facility

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The Yarrow Family YMCA in Westlake Village has opened a nearly 9,000 square foot covered outdoor fitness facility in its back parking lot (31105 East Thousand Oaks Blvd.). The facility opened November 2.

The exercise area contains cardio equipment and weights to provide members an opportunity to workout in a COVID-compliant setting until Los Angeles County officially enters the red tier level and gyms can reopen indoors.

In August, the Yarrow YMCA began offering outdoor group exercise classes. “The classes were well received. We know that the community wants something more, particularly access to cardio and weight-lifting equipment,” says Ronnie Stone, President/CEO of the Southeast Ventura County YMCA. “Since indoor workouts are still uncertain, we made the decision to move the equipment outdoors so we could comply with all health and safety guidelines.”

To allow for cleaning and disinfecting, hours are 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 7:00 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Reservations are required. For more information or to a make reservation, call 818-707-9622.

The Simi Valley Family YMCA was cleared to open its indoor fitness center in early October. The pool and locker rooms remain closed until Ventura County moves to the orange tier.

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Are Outdoor Fitness Classes Safe During the Coronavirus Pandemic?

In addition to the fact that instructors and class participants weren’t required to wear a mask during their workouts, health experts believe that the large class size, small space, and intensity of the workout were all factors that played into the high rates of transmission. (In fact, no class participants in a low-intensity yoga class ended up testing positive.)

“Granted, people weren’t wearing masks and it was in an indoor space,” Dr. Wong says. “These people were just dancing, but they were breathing heavily, which made the risk of transmission very high.”

Are outdoor fitness classes any safer?

Just like outdoor dining, health experts say that outdoor fitness classes are much safer than indoor ones because they allow for better airflow and ventilation. This can better disperse respiratory droplets, potentially reducing the risk of them landing on your mouth or eyes, or on surfaces that you may touch and then transfer to your mouth, nose, and eyes. It also likely reduces the risk of airborne transmission as well.

Humberto Choi, M.D., a pulmonologist at the Cleveland Clinic who treats COVID-19 patients in the intensive care unit, adds that the breeze—which aids airflow—also plays a role in making outdoor classes a safer option.

That’s why many gyms and studios have begun offering outdoor offerings. For example, the Fhitting Room, a HIIT studio based in New York City, recently started hosting outdoor classes in Central Park, Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn, and on the rooftop at Showfields.

Plus, SoulCycle is offering its indoor cycling classes outdoors in Hoboken and Short Hills in New Jersey; Hudson Yards, Bridgehampton and Montauk in New York; Union Market in Washington, D.C.; downtown L.A., Santa Monica, and Manhattan Beach in California, among others. And if you’re in the mood to dance, 305 Fitness has 45-minute outdoor group classes in New York City, Boston, and Washington, D.C.

Health experts say that while the risk of transmission isn’t completely eliminated with outdoor fitness classes, it’s significantly lower.

“If you’re outdoors, the risk is not zero, but it is much lower than indoors,” Dr. Weisenberg says. “Exercise and heavy breathing may increase this chance, but it should still be low, as long as you are outside and social distancing is maintained. Mask wearing can further reduce this risk.” (More on this later.)

How can you stay safe in an outdoor fitness class?

While generally speaking, an outdoor fitness class is going to be a safer option than an indoor one, all outdoor classes are not the same in risk level—and there are some things in your control (and some in your gym’s) that can make them safer or riskier.

Location and setup is one of these factors. For example, some classes might claim to be outdoors on a rooftop, but it’s actually on a rooftop that’s semi-covered, Dr. Wong says—which brings up the whole ventilation issue again. “That may not be as safe as a completely open rooftop, so people need to be mindful of those,” she says.

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How technology is helping to reshape fitness and outdoor recreation

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, people increasingly have turned to exercise as a way to relax and recharge—often in droves. Yellowstone National Park, one of the crown jewels of the National Park Service, recorded its second busiest August ever as nearly 900,000 visitors passed through its gates.

But as with most everything in the COVID era, the usual rules don’t apply when it comes to staying active, whether hiking to Old Faithful or just working up a sweat at home. At this year’s Fast Company Innovation Festival, a panel discussion presented by Booz Allen Hamilton explored how digital innovations are helping to reshape recreation today, and in the years to come. Here are five key takeaways from the event:

1. Trip-planning goes digital

Forget poring over guidebooks and asking friends for their favorite hiking trails. Julie McPherson, executive vice president of digital solutions at Booz Allen Hamilton, says planning an outdoor adventure often starts with pulling out a smartphone. Booz Allen serves as innovative partner and main contractor to the federal government’s Recreation.gov service, which helps people find outdoor activities ranging from backcountry camping to ranger-led tours. The site’s mobile app was downloaded nearly 500,000 times during a three-month span this spring—more than the total downloads in all of 2019. “We’re all used to doing mobile,” McPherson said, “but we’re seeing so much more volume…whether it’s actually making reservations or just getting access to information.”

2. Slowing down, tuning in

As COVID-19 ground regular routines to a near-halt, many people found themselves with much more free time. Kristen Holmes, vice president of performance at WHOOP, which makes a wearable device that tracks fitness, sleep, and other physiological data, decided to embrace it. She has spent more time with family and has a renewed focus on her physical health. “I’ve just been trying to be more aware of the signals that my body is giving me,” Holmes said. “I want to make sure I create space for that during the day.”

Holmes is not alone. While the consensus assumed that COVID lockdowns would lead to less-than-savory habits, WHOOP collected data that showed the opposite: users were sleeping better, exercising more, and improving their cardiovascular fitness. “These are really crazy times,” she said. “We actually saw our cohort get healthier during this time of uncertainty and unrest.”

3. Outdoor retailers have had to adapt

These days, many people are embracing outdoor activities for the first time. Doing that is a process—from looking for inspiration and planning trips to getting kitted out with the necessary gear. Outdoor retailer REI has worked to make the purchasing process easier and safer for customers, from contactless pick-up at stores to more bespoke offerings, such as virtual outfitting and scheduled consultations with gear experts. “They can get the time they need with an expert to talk them through [the process],” said Christine Putur, REI’s executive vice president of technology and operations. “We’re very obsessed about removing friction from that cycle.”

4. Tech tools will help

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New spa, state-of-the-art gym and outdoor swimming pool planned for major health and fitness club near Edinburgh

One of the UK’s leading leisure groups is inviting locals to shape a new state of the art health and fitness club in Midlothian.

Tuesday, 20th October 2020, 4:45 pm

David Lloyd Leisure will allow members of the public to have their say in shaping the new facility if the council approve the application.
David Lloyd Leisure will allow members of the public to have their say in shaping the new facility if the council approve the application.

The plans hope to bring a range of premium family-focused health and leisure facilities to the the site between Edinburgh and Dalkeith.

The proposed facilities include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios for various uses such as group cycling, HIIT training and mind and body exercise.

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Both a permanent and a seasonal tennis court are suggested, as well as indoor and outdoor swimming pools, terrace and luxury indoor spa with spa garden.

The facility will include a health and fitness club with three badminton-court sports hall, a large state of the art gym with several group-exercise studios.

The plans also include a clubroom which aims to attract families, couples and individual users. An adults only business hub for flexible working, and a soft play and activity space for children are also suggested.

A Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) was submitted to Midlothian Council in September, highlighting the intent of the developer to lodge a planning application this year.

David Lloyd noted that if the plans are approved, there will be nearly 250 car parking spaces with EV charging points as well as covered cycle spaces and various landscaping features.

Sandy Smith, development director at Buccleuch Property, owners of Shawfair Park said: “As a long-term investor in Shawfair and Midlothian we are very pleased to be working with David Lloyd Leisure in bringing these proposals forward.

“David Lloyd Leisure’s family-focused offering will be a fantastic addition to Shawfair Park and a valuable amenity to local residents and businesses who will be able to play tennis, swim and lead a healthy life-style with-in easy reach of their front doors.”

Brendan Mitchell, group acquisitions manager for David Lloyd said: “We are delighted to be providing the local community with the opportunity to shape our proposals for this exciting new health, leisure and fitness club in Midlothian.

“Clearly these are difficult times, and we’re pleased to offer an exciting vision to help people maintain physical and

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