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Just as many bartenders are finding solace and support right now in virtual happy hours, others are finding comfort and camaraderie in another daily ritual: working out.
With cities and states across the country under shelter-in-place orders and fitness studios temporarily shuttering along with bars and other nonessential businesses, industry professionals have rallied to develop free online at-home workouts for their peers.
“It’s crucial during this period of turmoil and global panic that we invest in keeping up with or creating new routines, prioritizing our health and encouraging and interacting with friends, both old and new,” says Kristin Lozano, an RYT 200-certified yoga instructor and bar manager at The Morris in San Francisco.
She and industry veteran Dave Karraker, who co-owns San Francisco’s MX3 Fitness, are two pros who have recently launched online classes targeting fellow service industry professionals.
“We know that yoga is an excellent way to reduce stress and anxiety,” says Karraker. “And since our classes are live-streamed through Zoom, folks also get a chance to see their colleagues from around the world onscreen and know that they aren’t in this alone. It creates a great sense of community.”
Jennifer Welsh, of San Diego’s Aero Club Bar, regularly schedules virtual workout dates with friends and agrees that online classes have provided much-needed structure and accountability in an uncertain time. “During this lockdown, I think it’s extremely important to keep our bodies moving not only because we have very active jobs but also for stress relief,” she says.
Confined to her 550-square-foot one-bedroom apartment in Las Vegas, bartender Alexandra Farrington has also found solace in online workouts with programming from the Bartender Boxing Organization, as well as streaming HIIT workouts, yoga classes and even solo dance parties.
“I think staying accountable for your physical and mental well-being during this time is extremely important,” says Farrington. “I certainly can’t wait to get back into the mountains to hike, but if I come through this fitter and happier, I’ll take it.”
From relaxing and feel-good yoga sessions to boxing-based conditioning classes and no-equipment strength and cardio workouts, these are some of the best online options for bartenders to stay active at home right now.