Behind the Bar To Your Health

Free Online Classes for Staying Active When Not Behind the Stick

Bartending is a workout. While at home, keep up your fitness with these industry-oriented online sessions.

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Image: / Alex Testere

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. 

  • MX3 Fitness Service and Nightlife Industry Free Yoga

    The San Francisco studio offers weekly hatha yoga classes to service industry professionals affected by the virus pandemic who register online. The 60-minute, live-streamed, all-levels practice is beginner-friendly and “good for centering both mind and body,” says Karraker. Mondays, 2 p.m. EDT (free); Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m. EDT (pay what you can)

  • Kristin Lozano / @whiskeyxwench Quarantine Yoga

    Lozano is offering several weekly classes via Instagram live. Daytime sessions are leveled vinyasa flows, each with its own soundtrack, theme and anatomical focus, like a Friday arms and abs “holding space” flow accompanied by hard rock jams. Evening sessions are gentle wind-downs with relaxing yin postures to facilitate restful sleep. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, 3 p.m., midnight EDT; Saturdays 11 p.m. EDT

  • Bartender Boxing Organization Daily Workouts

    BBO will be live streaming daily all-skills workouts focused on basic boxing techniques, cardio conditioning and more. No boxing experience or equipment is needed. For more details and to register for classes, visit BBO’s Instagram and Facebook accounts. Daily, times vary

  • Amie Ward / The Healthtender Equipment-Free Strength and Conditioning Workouts

    An ACE-certified health coach, Ward is the creator of the bartender quarantine schedule, which includes equipment-free workouts she regularly posts to her Instagram account. Think cardio-heavy moves like jumping jacks and speed skaters combined with strength exercises such as planks, squats and lunges for a full-body burn.

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  • Jessica Fougner 30-Day Fitness Challenge

    The head of development at New York City’s Fithouse hosts daily 30-minute Zoom workouts that incorporate simple but effective body-weight exercises like crunches, squats and wall sits. Tune in live or do it on your own and share to Instagram stories for accountability. Daily, 5 p.m. EDT