As a place to get away, [+ sweat, relax, ++ learn], fitness festivals are gaining popularity every year. Dedicating days at a time to personal health // wellness is the best way to unwind, find some serious #fitspiration, ++ even gain lifelong friendships. At a fitness festival, you can expect your days to be filled with workout classes, TED-talk like seminars, ++ yummy, wholesome food to fuel your body. CHAARG girls can look forward to some of the best fitness festivals this year at —
Wanderlust holds global events ranging from 1-4 days. The single-day events typically consist of a morning *Mindful Triathlon* complete with running a 5K, attending yoga flow classes led by top instructors, ++ participating in afternoon meditation. After that, guests are welcome to grab lunch or visit the Wanderlust x Adidas shop [which we’ll be all over ; )]. They also have other shopping vendors to stock up on yoga pants, yoga-themed shirts, yoga equipment — basically, yoga-themed everything!
The longer festivals will bring you even more versatile adventure — by day, guests go on scenic hikes, meditate in the mountains, ++ relax in group vinyasa flow. By night, guests can dance to the beat of musical guest performances, attend lectures about mindful living ++ personal empowerment, or enjoy organic, local food to fuel the body. The classes that are offered are open to those of all fitness levels, too, so don’t worry — you’ll never feel left behind!
2] TELLURIDE YOGA FESTIVAL
This festival is nestled within the mountains of Colorado, tucked away from the outside world. Within the four-day time span, guests are able to realign with nature by meditating ++ hiking throughout the scenic mountains. The experience is completed with spa amenities, social gatherings, ++, of course, lots of yoga! Plus, they are partnered with several non-profit organizations [like One to One + DZI Foundation], so your festival experience will also give back
3] MTB FESTIVAL
[Mt. Ellen, VT]
The Vermont Mountain Festival takes place this July 21st-23rd, ++ is all about mountain biking, hiking, ++ camping outdoors. The weekend fee includes fun activities like a barbecue social, onsite camping // bonfires, ++ friendly competitive games to get closer with those cycling with you. There are several trails available on the hikes for beginners, advanced hikers, ++ experts alike — so don’t let your previous experience [or lack thereof] stop you!
4] SOUL CIRCUS
[Elmore, Gloucester, UK]
This festival’s mantra is all about balance — they offer a healthy dose of fitness but are also not shy to encourage daily indulgences. The Circus Market Place is always open to dine + lounge at + “glamping” is highly encouraged [the giant tents are complete with furnished bedrooms, living rooms, + lighting — what?!]. Guests typically start their day with hot yoga + hot tubs, ending their day with the festival’s notorious, music-filled afterparties. What makes Soul Circus especially unique is their Sustainability Manifesto — where they pledge to make the festival experience as “green” as possible while their guests can enjoy the scenic outdoors.
5] ARNOLD SPORTS FESTIVAL
The Arnold Classic [yes, that Arnold] will appeal to those interested in a festival getaway with more of a competitive edge. Throughout just a couple of days, over 15,000 athletes gather to compete in over 50 sports + competitions at the Ohio Expo Center. Events include armwrestling contests, cheerleading performances, weightlifting, running — you name it! At the Expo, you can also choose to explore the 1,000+ booths showcasing the latest fitness apparel, supplements, ++ training equipment.
WHY GO TO A FITNESS FESTIVAL?
A fitness festivals’ main goal is to get guests out of their comfort zone + into places that they may have never had the opportunity to embark on otherwise. Attending a festival, no matter where or what kind it may be, seems to be the perfect way for CHAARGies to find the inspiration to get a little uncomfortable, enhance their own mind // body connection, ++ choose bridges instead of walls.
Fitness festivals around the world are quickly gaining popularity ++ serving as a source of inspiration for men + women alike to lead active, healthier, ++ fitter lives. Motivation comes in many forms, but attending a fitness festival is a great way to have fun, relax, ++ be fit!
+ Becca [@becc_inchaarg] // [UMD CHAARG]