In the wake of Monday’s violence, we are so inspired by how our Charm City has united as #OneBaltimore and has begun what is sure to be an ongoing, exhausting process of healing and rebuilding as a stronger community. If you’re anything like us the destruction and chaos in Baltimore this week has made it difficult to stay motivated in your personal health & fitness goals, and that is totally normal – missing a workout or eating a less-than-TIU-approved meal just seems somewhat trivial in the grand scheme of the history that is being made in our hometown. Life-changing events have a crazy way of really putting things into perspective, and while it’s still important to take care of yourself and travel your own path, it’s understandable if you’ve felt “off” this week.
In addition to the various clean-up efforts, donation collections, and volunteer opportunities, you can also make a conscious decision to spread positivity and pridefully represent the Baltimore we know and love. You can support local businesses that have taken a hit due to the curfew and lack of foot traffic downtown. In fact, you can even blow off some steam and sweat for our City, as many local studios are offering special classes as fundraisers, allowing participants to strengthen their bodies, clear their minds, and support the rebirth of a better Baltimore.
Here is a list of the fitness-related fundraisers that we know of right now – check back as we’ll be adding to this list as we hear of more opportunities to sweat for Baltimore!
Glow for Baltimore at REV Cycle – Friday, May 1st
Tomorrow night Jami will be teaching a 45-minute ride dedicated to everything we love about Charm City, complete with glow paint and glow sticks to reintroduce laughter and fun back into our lives. All proceeds from this class will go towards the Baltimore Community Foundation Fund to Rebuild Baltimore, as will several of REV’s instructors’ salaries from this week/weekend. This class has filled up, but you can still donate online or at the front desk. You can also stop by the studio tomorrow for Esther’s 6AM REVBlast or Maddison’s 9AM REVBlast where REV will be partnering with the Have a Nice Day Project to write positive, encouraging messages on blank coffee sleeves to be donated to nearby Koba Cafe. I will be donating my salary from my Saturday 9AM Barre class at REV, and would love to have you in class as $5 for every participant will go towards rebuilding efforts – every little bit helps!
The Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. Presents B-MORE LOVE – Saturday, May 2nd
Holistic Life is an awesome non-profit organization committed to nurturing the wellness of children and adults in underserved communities, through holistic practices and mindful movement. Ironically I had the honor of meeting the father of the two young men who started this organization last week, and he explained how we instilled the value of meditation and being still in his boys at a young age, when they were growing up in a rough neighborhood.
Music in Motion at M.Power Yoga benefitting Living Classrooms Foundation – Saturday, May 2nd
Skip the bar this Saturday and do something good for yourself and Baltimore City by joining 7PM Music in Motion led by Erica Schommer, set to live music from the Herd Brothers. This class is a suggested $8 donation, with 100% of the proceeds going towards Living Classrooms Foundation, which strengthens communities and inspires young people to achieve their potential through hands-on education and job training, using urban, natural, and maritime resources as “living classrooms.
Yoga for Peace in Baltimore with Charm City Yoga – Sunday, May 3rd
Free class with suggested $10 donation to benefit efforts around the city, with hopes that the peaceful energy stirred up will rise and radiated throughout the city we love. Register here.
B’More Love Flow @UA Promenade – Friday, May 8th
Open your hearts with Jessie Benson and Katie Ficca to give back to the city we love, B’More for Baltimore with this sunset flow beginning at 6PM on the UA promenade. RSVP here
Please take care of yourselves, stay safe, and let us know if there’s any sweaty fundraising opportunities going on in your neighborhood that you’d like us to share!