The Charlotte area has no shortage of workout options —from aerial fitness and kickboxing to cycling and even curling, you can find it all. Why not try as many as possible, within the span of one month, for free, no strings attached?
Yelp’s Fit Club is a series of workouts from various instructors all throughout Charlotte, from Ballantyne to Concord. Last year, Nikki Wolfe, the Yelp Charlotte senior community manager and marketing director, hosted her first fitness series called Yelp Quirks Out. The series consisted of 13 out of the box, quirky workouts to illustrate how fitness can be fun.
“It was such a big hit I decided to do it bigger and better this year,” she says. “Twenty-five events. I decided to change the name to Yelp’s Fit Club so people had a clear understanding and knew what it was when hearing the name. It’s branding I’ll use throughout the year for fitness events. I’m hoping to be able to do one every month after the series.”
So why a fitness series from Yelp?
“I think a lot of people associate Yelp with food,” says Nikki. “But, you can find such a wide range of great local businesses on Yelp. From where to get tacos, to dog grooming, tattoos and even where to work out. Charlotte is such a vibrant and active city, I wanted to celebrate that and also introduce people to all the amazing fitness and healthy lifestyle options here.”
Now that you’re up to speed, here’s how to get the most out of a month of free (did I mention free?) fitness events.
(1) Get there early; stay late
For each event, participants have to sign a waiver. Pretty standard, but required. Get there early to get the signatures out of the way, and also to get a prime spot for the workout. Plus if you’re going with a group (each person has to RSVP separately), you can ensure space together.
Stay after the event to check out all the cool local vendors who help make this event happen. Look for Viva Raw, Rico’s Acai (and learn how to pronounce it), ZICO and other local healthy vendors.
(2) Be adventurous
These classes are designed for all ability levels, with no judgement at all. Sometimes there are extra instructors on hand for one-on-one help, which you’re not likely to get in a regular class. So give it a shot, and have fun.
(3) Be social
Take advantage of social media—snapchats, selfies and tweets are all encouraged. Use the Yelp app to check in at these different locations for other freebies and discounts. Also, break the ice with your fellow classmates.
(4) Don’t be afraid of waitlists
The most popular classes will have waitlists. Just fact. But since these are scheduled a bit in advance, cancellations inevitably pop up.
(5) Go with a group
Whether with a work crew or a new take on the Girl’s Night Out, fitness is fun in numbers.
(6) Sign up for the finale event at Fahrenheit
Yoga is already pretty fun, but it’s even better with a rooftop view of uptown. Think of it as a massive yoga party with a killer view.
All you have to do to sign up for one of these events is to have a Yelp account (you can sign in to the app through Facebook), go the event page and RSVP for the individual event. Nikki will send out confirmation emails closer to the class date (make sure you don’t opt out of emails or you won’t get a confirmation). Priority is given to Yelpers with a real photo, so upload your best selfie.
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