I am still coming down from the high of such an incredible BOOTYcamp. The entire event was so much fun to host from start to finish. I began planning the experience with the intention of creating a one of a kind night where guests could bond over fitness. As a fitness professional for over 16 years (omg! getting old! 😉 ), I’ve seen the magic that can happen in group exercise. I believe fitness is one of the most powerful ways to bring people together and bring joy to people’s lives.
The day of BOOTYcamp I didn’t need an alarm to wake up. I was so excited. I couldn’t wait to go out, dance, squat, plank, and socialize with friends. 6pm couldn’t come fast enough.
I arrived an hour early to set up at City Night Club in SF. The venue is right across the street from one of my favorite San Francisco Whole Foods locations (which in my book is a really good sign ;). I met with the City Night’s event crew, the MoveWith team, and the product vendors to set up. I was impressed by the cleanliness and layout of the City Nights club space. It’s a perfect venue to host a workout class. As I was setting up the music and micraphone, I invited the staff to join us in the class. The club manager seemed unsure about the experience (I get it. It’s not always easy to trust a bubbly blond wearing pink pants). “I don’t have workout clothes on me, but I hope to take the class next time” she said. “Ok!” I replied with a smile, “Just know you are always welcome to join in if you change your mind.”
Guests started to arrive at 5:45pm and were greeted by the MoveWith team with glow sticks as fun fitness accessories for the class. The first room of the club was set up with treats. Guests were invited to enjoy ZICO Coconut Water mocktails, ALOHA daily greens, and cold Clearly Kombucha drinks.
The second room held the workout space: a large dance floor with three levels. Guests set up their exercise mats along the first two levels underneath the neon lights and disco ball. We supplied extra red MoveWith and blue ZICO yoga mats for guests who didn’t bring their own. People trickled in and started socializing. There were selfies, smiles, and lots of new introductions.
The turnout was great (around 62 people). It was a good size for the club, the space felt full but everyone had enough room to move. There were participants of a wide range of fitness levels and experience: everything from advanced athletes, two pregnant women (4 and 7 months), straight men (smart guys ;), and even a mother and daughter team (love).
At 6:15 I welcomed everyone and introduced the evening. “This event is different and I LOVE it. I want to invite you to have fun, move at your own pace, and focus on feeling good. Our goal tonight is to sweat, squat, smile, and repeat!”
My friend Ray Kang is a talented DJ who created a special music mix for the class. I gave him some of my all time favorite butt themed songs and he blended them together in a non-stop mash-up mix of fun. “My Humps”, “Bubble Butt”, “Drop It Low”, “Rump Shaker”, and more. The music was a huge highlight of the night.
The workout involved a low-impact hour of effective butt shaping, total body exercises. It was a seamless series that flowed from one sequence to the next and worked with the music. Guests ranged in fitness level, so the workout was structured in a way that everyone could find their own unique challenge and set the pace.
In-fact it was such an inviting challenge, I looked over half-way through the class to find the club manager, dressed in her street clothes, on a mat and moving through the workout with us! She later told me that mid-way through the class it looked like so much fun she had to join. “Thanks for inviting me, Im really glad I changed my mind! Now my energy is pumped up for the rest of my night, and thats a gift that makes getting my work clothes sweaty worth it.”
Yes. I’d agree with that 🙂
One of the coolest things about an event like BOOTYcamp is that it invites each participant to be completely in the moment. Because you are in a unique enviornment, surrounded by new people, and actively engaged in following a new workout format, you to become completely present. It is not your average “plug in and go” workout. The BOOTYcamp class felt connected and the energy was through the roof.
We finished our class with a cool-down and simple yoga stretch flow. I congratulated the room on a workout well done. I took a moment to acknowledge the participants, “I am proud of you for coming out tonight. It takes real courage to step out of your comfort zone and attend a class like this. I am inspired by your willingness to try something new, to have fun with fitness, and to stretch yourself. I am so grateful to have shared this BOOTYlicious night out with you. My butt loves you. I hope you know how BOOTYful you are inside and out.”
Post class butt photos were a must…. all smiles after squats 🙂
Some of the PopSugar Fitness team came out to take class too! They created this fun little video Instagram post below. It makes me smile.
I am so thankful to the product sponsors ZICO Coconut Water, ALOHA , and Clearly Kombucha for participating. It’s always nice to work with companies/people who believe in what you’re doing and want to genuinely be a part of a cool experience.
This year I’ve hosted 2 unique MoveWith events. Each one is so special to me and I love you so much. Thank you for making each experience one of the best. You can follow my teaching profile on MoveWith for upcoming events here. If you guys ever have any suggestions for making these events an even better time please let me know in the comments.
It’s a good sign when the only hangover you have from a night out is a sore butt and a happy heart. It was night out I’ll always remember with people I’ll never forget.
Miss the June event but want to make it to our next monthly meetup? Next BOOTYcamp is going down July 20th ! Space is limited. Grab a friend, register, and get ready for a night out your BUTT will love you for. Reserve your spot here: https://www.movewith.com/classes/51387
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