A friend of mine told me about a cool app that lets you explore different studios for free, unlimited access, attend a variety of classes, all day, everyday. It sounds like a perfect deal for me, so I wanted to share it with you. One week free, no credit card necessary. Then, only if you so choose, you can sign up for $149/month for however many months you want.
Wildfire is based in Solana Beach and you know how I love to support locals! It started about 2 years ago and now there are 196 studios in San Diego County that are part of this cool community. The concept is easy – get the app for one week for free, find studios near you that offer a variety of different classes, click on the time you want to attend, and go to class!
I personally love this because it allows me to explore. I have a tough time committing to one place and my body gets a nice shake up when I change things up. Some mornings I wake up and I want to try pilates while other days I need to do explosive training with squats and sprints at the beach.
I just got off the phone with a lovely gal, Alyssa, her title is a Customer Happiness Associate at Wildfire. I asked Alyssa, “why do studios want to sign up for this?” It seems they would be filling up their classes with people who don’t pay them. That doesn’t seem like a savvy business plan, does it? Oh contrare, my friend. Customer Happiness Associate Alyssa explained Wildfire gets fresh faces into studios all over town because as much as I like to think I’m unique, I’m not. A lot of people want to explore new studios just like I do. They also become part of a network of studios that support each other, In fact,Wildfire is really transforming the fitness industry by getting people to leave their normal routines and check out those Barre Method or Crossfit classes they’ve been eyeing.
Even if you sign up for just one week, you’re all good. No one will judge, no one will ask questions. And, our Happiness Associate will still be happy.
So here are a few of the awesome studios I’ve explored so far. I clearly needed yoga in my life lately since that’s what I’ve been drawn to. But maybe next week I’ll try some dance or spin classes and let you know how they go.
Rooftop. Yoga. La Jolla. Need I say more? This place is seriously GORGEOUS! They created a truesanctuary for yogis but also a great restaurant with vegan, organic food. And this isn’t one of those too-grainy, too-kale-y restaurants. Their dishes actually taste good. People who aren’t vegan come here, so that says a lot! Sorry, I digress… I’m here to talk about fitness not food. Their in-studio yoga classwas very calming and cozy. There were only 4 of us attending the 7am session so that was lovely. I felt at peace and it was a great way to start the day. I gotta try their arial yoga soon, but that fills up quick. So I suggest signing up 1-2 days in advance. When I do make it to an Arial Yoga class, I’ll be sure to tell you all about it here.
I almost don’t want to tell you about this place because I love it so much that I want to keep it all to myself! But I won’t be selfish… sharing is caring. This place actually specializes in music. They teach music lessons and sell guitars, so you feel like a rockstar just by walking in. They have an outdoor deck in the back for yoga. Which means, you can do yoga under their beautiful trees and hear the birds chirping. Sometimes, if you listen closely, you may hear the waves at the nearby Bird Rock shoreline crashing too. The instructors are skilled in a lot more than basic yoga. I learned how to massage my own hands in one of their classes and I learned to how to stand on my head in another class! I had never done that before but thanks to their guidance (and confidence in me) I did it! They also play live music during certain weekend sessions. So if you really want to zen out in the middle of nature, this is the studio to go to.
Do you want to Melt? Yes! I will tell you right now, you do. My body is often very sore because I like to train hard. Training hard requires its own maintenance in the form of stretching and “melting.” I signed up for Yoga Del Mar’s “Melt” class because a good friend of mine had done it before and she was IN LOVE with it! It was unlike anything I’ve ever done. We spent about 20 minutes on our FEET! We each get balls of various sizes and the instructor guided us on how to roll our feet on the balls to get all of the painful parts to ease up. I have a lot of painful parts so this class was a GIFT! We also learned to massage our own neck and lower back using balls and rollers. We spent a lot of time stretching and by the time I left I think I was floating.
Let me know if you sign up for Wildfire and what classes you want to attend? Maybe I’ll come check them out with you next time!