Did you know the body on average expends 30% more energy when working out in the sand? V Art of Wellness founders Christopher and Tracie Vlaun are well aware of that and are using it to their (and our) advantage with various 60 minute fitness sessions taking place on the beach in front of The Confidante hotel on Miami Beach. These cutting edge classes feature bootcamp and mixed yoga workouts that will leave you wanting more – after a long rest and plenty of water.
The Vlauns, who regularly work with CEOs, high net worth individuals, professional athletes, celebrities, and royalty, have designed holistic fitness routines that lead to a healthier lifestyle, reduced stress and weight loss. The classes are offered daily at 10 am, and are open to hotel guests and included as an amenity within the hotel’s daily resort fee. Locals can join in on the fun at $20 per class.
Early Saturday morning I made my way to the beach with a few friends to see what it was all about. Not knowing what to expect, I was terrified when we arrived to a fully set up bootcamp experience. I wasn’t sure I would make it out alive, but with all the crazy dining experiences I knew were coming up in the future, it was bound to be worth a shot to finally find some kind of balance to my food filled schedule.
We began the class with Christopher’s section of intense training – picture football drills on the sand and lots of jumping and stretching. He kept reminding us that this was for us to loosen up and get our blood flowing. After 30 minutes of heart racing activity we then moved on to Tracie’s portion of the workout. Once we got situated on our mats and took a small breather we got right into Aeryoga – a mastery of movement derived from yoga, pilates and a collection of progressive bodyweight exercises. Tracie paired the workout with fun music that at times had us forgetting how intense the workout was. She was encouraging and supportive, pushing each of us to do better.
V Art of Wellness is all about the Vibe you are putting into the universe and getting back. Christopher and Tracie encourage you to breathe in the good and out the bad while working to your full potential. The classes are fun and interactive with a variety of styles.
Some of the classes offered are:
Beachcross Bootcamp, the V Art of Wellness Signature beach bootcamp class is a high calorie burning, dynamic, cross training bootcamp that integrates multiple training modalities.
Aeroga, a mastery of movement derived from yoga, pilates and a collection of progressive bodyweight exercises.
Shred Bootcamp, a total body workout for muscular strength and endurance.
Body Circuit Bootcamp, a high-calorie burning, dynamic bootcamp integrating training modalities such as interval aerobic and functional strength conditioning, core training, TRX and a basic yoga cool down.
Beach Body Blast, a fusion of low to high impact aerobic conditioning, cardio kickboxing, and bodyweight exercises focused on toning and strengthening the total body.
Dynamic Flow Yoga, during which guests achieve their inner om, includes Vinyasa yoga when movement is synchronized to the breath, and poses run smoothly together and become like a dance.
Yoga Flow will have guests ‘namaste-ing’ all day long focusing on body alignment, pranayama (breath control) and flexibility.
Yoga Core Fusion combines the ancient asanas of Yoga to build strength, creates balance and increases flexibility with the core strengthening and lengthening movements of Pilates and an emphasis on creating a long lean toned body as well as cultivating a centered and focused mind.
Beach Bliss Yoga rounds out the offerings and focuses on the balance between movement and presence of the mind using postures and breathing, and is great for overall wellness.
Participants opting for a post-workout treatment at the rooftop Spa at The Confidante can’t go wrong with a 30-minute Neck, Back and Shoulder Massage ($80) which focuses on the upper body to release painful trigger points, restoring normal muscle function. The therapist uses an application of Arnica Salve to soothe pain and inflammation. We are big fans of the “treat yo self” philosophy, so we are all for the post-workout treatments after such a tough class. For more information and the class schedule check out: http://www.v-artofwellness.com/.