Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Grab a buddy or two, get in gear and get to Governor’s Island for a day of working out, working together, all in the name of a good cause!

Tickets are $25 for yourself or discounted to $20 if you sign up with a friend!

Speaking of which, go sign up HERE!

THAT TICKET INCLUDES:

10/8 EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10 AM: Catch the ferry to Governor’s Island Sunday Morning – the ferry leaves right at 10 so be sure to arrive early. (Ferries depart every ½ hour beginning at 10AM until 11:30AM — return trips are on the hour, all day until 7pm.) Once you arrive, follow the arrows and walk about 15 minutes until you reach “The Oval!”
  • 11 AM – 2 PM: Grab a friend and head to a yoga class with Chloe + Kumi of SKY TING or Kathryn Budig of Aim True Yoga. Then, when you’re ready to dance, join a ballet class with Alison Stroming of Dance Theatre of Harlem or shake a tail feather with the NW Method master class! While you’re in-between classes…
  • Snag your FP x Girls Inc. custom hoodie at our shoppable product tent. 100% of profits from this purchase will directly benefit Girls Inc. Shop the FP Movement collection and 25% of profits from all purchases will directly benefit Girls Inc.
  • Make time to relax (at least a little!)  in our FP Escapes tent. While you’re there, take in a one-on-one crystal mapping consultation with Maha Rose.
  • Take some time to explore the glory of Urban Farm at Governor’s Island.
  • Enjoy complimentary avocado toast from the delectable Avocaderia, as well as other food and drinks!

HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR DAY:

  • Arrive at the Battery Maritime Building ferry station before 10am! The ferry takes off every half hour on the dot. 😉
  • Wear workout clothing and comfy shoes – after all, you’ll be moving!
  • Bring water for the ride!
  • Bring a yoga mat!
  • Wear layers — it’s October in NYC and we’ll be outside!
  • Bring your best friend, because everything’s better Together.
  • Money (plastic works here, by the way) — we’ll be selling our custom Free People x Girls Inc. Move Together Tee at the event — 100% of whose profits will go to Girls Inc.!
  • Go to our Rock Center location on 10/7 and shop Movement gear to wear the day of the event! 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases during this time will benefit Girls Inc.

+ For more info on our partnership with Girls Inc., and our other Moving Together events happening on 10/7, go here!

Free People Blog

Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Moving Together: Governor’s Island Edition

Grab a buddy or two, get in gear and get to Governor’s Island for a day of working out, working together, all in the name of a good cause!

Tickets are $25 for yourself or discounted to $20 if you sign up with a friend!

Speaking of which, go sign up HERE!

THAT TICKET INCLUDES:

10/8 EVENT SCHEDULE:

  • 10 AM: Catch the ferry to Governor’s Island Sunday Morning – the ferry leaves right at 10 so be sure to arrive early. (Ferries depart every ½ hour beginning at 10AM until 11:30AM — return trips are on the hour, all day until 7pm.) Once you arrive, follow the arrows and walk about 15 minutes until you reach “The Oval!”
  • 11 AM – 2 PM: Grab a friend and head to a yoga class with Chloe + Kumi of SKY TING or Kathryn Budig of Aim True Yoga. Then, when you’re ready to dance, join a ballet class with Alison Stroming of Dance Theatre of Harlem or shake a tail feather with the NW Method master class! While you’re in-between classes…
  • Snag your FP x Girls Inc. custom hoodie at our shoppable product tent. 100% of profits from this purchase will directly benefit Girls Inc. Shop the FP Movement collection and 25% of profits from all purchases will directly benefit Girls Inc.
  • Make time to relax (at least a little!)  in our FP Escapes tent. While you’re there, take in a one-on-one crystal mapping consultation with Maha Rose.
  • Take some time to explore the glory of Urban Farm at Governor’s Island.
  • Enjoy complimentary avocado toast from the delectable Avocaderia, as well as other food and drinks!

HOW TO PREP FOR YOUR DAY:

  • Arrive at the Battery Maritime Building ferry station before 10am! The ferry takes off every half hour on the dot. 😉
  • Wear workout clothing and comfy shoes – after all, you’ll be moving!
  • Bring water for the ride!
  • Bring a yoga mat!
  • Wear layers — it’s October in NYC and we’ll be outside!
  • Bring your best friend, because everything’s better Together.
  • Money (plastic works here, by the way) — we’ll be selling our custom Free People x Girls Inc. Move Together Tee at the event — 100% of whose profits will go to Girls Inc.!
  • Go to our Rock Center location on 10/7 and shop Movement gear to wear the day of the event! 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases during this time will benefit Girls Inc.

+ For more info on our partnership with Girls Inc., and our other Moving Together events happening on 10/7, go here!

Free People Blog

Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Consider Moving Together a celebration of sorts — making a date with your best bud/s to get active and give back to those around you… all in the name of a good cause!

Next weekend, 10/7 and 10/8, FP will play host to 18 fitness classes across the US that support the incredible work of our charitable partner, Girls Inc. In addition, members of those Girls Inc. chapters located near our participating stores will be on hand to do a little moving of their own!

WHO IS Girls Inc.?

Girls Inc. is a New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit with over 100 chapters across the US, serving 140,000 girls annually, that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct services and advocacy. As part of the Moving Together initiative, Free People will be supporting Girls Inc.’s Mind+Body program, which promotes physical and mental wellness, body positivity and overall health of 6-18 year-olds in their network.

EVENTS

Everything is better together. Grab your friends and get moving in the name of charity… A weekend dedicated to working out and working as one. See below for details on our in-store events on Saturday, 10/7; and our NYC Fitness Festival scheduled for Sunday, 10/8.

10/7 EVENT DETAILS:

  • Free fitness class and “give back” shopping event at 17 stores across the US.
  • 100% of profits from our custom FP x Girls Inc. hoodie, the Move Together Tee, will benefit Girls Inc.
  • 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases made on 10/7 will benefit Girls Inc. (in-stores and online across the US, all day!)
  • Free to customers!
  • Bring your own mat!

For any questions regarding your RSVP, visit us here.

FIND AN IN-STORE EVENT NEAR YOU:

Log onto Facebook and reserve for the event closest to you!

10/8 EVENT

NYC – Governor’s Island Fitness Festival   go here for more info on this special event!

Free People Blog

Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Consider Moving Together a celebration of sorts — making a date with your best bud/s to get active and give back to those around you… all in the name of a good cause!

Next weekend, 10/7 and 10/8, FP will play host to 18 fitness classes across the US that support the incredible work of our charitable partner, Girls Inc. In addition, members of those Girls Inc. chapters located near our participating stores will be on hand to do a little moving of their own!

WHO IS Girls Inc.?

Girls Inc. is a New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit with over 100 chapters across the US, serving 140,000 girls annually, that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct services and advocacy. As part of the Moving Together initiative, Free People will be supporting Girls Inc.’s Mind+Body program, which promotes physical and mental wellness, body positivity and overall health of 6-18 year-olds in their network.

EVENTS

Everything is better together. Grab your friends and get moving in the name of charity… A weekend dedicated to working out and working as one. See below for details on our in-store events on Saturday, 10/7; and our NYC Fitness Festival scheduled for Sunday, 10/8.

10/7 EVENT DETAILS:

  • Free fitness class and “give back” shopping event at 17 stores across the US.
  • 100% of profits from our custom FP x Girls Inc. hoodie, the Move Together Tee, will benefit Girls Inc.
  • 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases made on 10/7 will benefit Girls Inc. (in-stores and online across the US, all day!)
  • Free to customers!
  • Bring your own mat!

For any questions regarding your RSVP, visit us here.

FIND AN IN-STORE EVENT NEAR YOU:

Log onto Facebook and reserve for the event closest to you!

10/8 EVENT

NYC – Governor’s Island Fitness Festival   go here for more info on this special event!

Free People Blog

Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Moving Together RSVP’s Are Finally Here — Will You Be?

Consider Moving Together a celebration of sorts — making a date with your best bud/s to get active and give back to those around you… all in the name of a good cause!

Next weekend, 10/7 and 10/8, FP will play host to 18 fitness classes across the US that support the incredible work of our charitable partner, Girls Inc. In addition, members of those Girls Inc. chapters located near our participating stores will be on hand to do a little moving of their own!

WHO IS Girls Inc.?

Girls Inc. is a New York-based 501(c)3 non-profit with over 100 chapters across the US, serving 140,000 girls annually, that encourages all girls to be “Strong, Smart, and Bold” through direct services and advocacy. As part of the Moving Together initiative, Free People will be supporting Girls Inc.’s Mind+Body program, which promotes physical and mental wellness, body positivity and overall health of 6-18 year-olds in their network.

EVENTS

Everything is better together. Grab your friends and get moving in the name of charity… A weekend dedicated to working out and working as one. See below for details on our in-store events on Saturday, 10/7; and our NYC Fitness Festival scheduled for Sunday, 10/8.

10/7 EVENT DETAILS:

  • Free fitness class and “give back” shopping event at 17 stores across the US.
  • 100% of profits from our custom FP x Girls Inc. hoodie, the Move Together Tee, will benefit Girls Inc.
  • 25% of profits from all FP Movement purchases made on 10/7 will benefit Girls Inc. (in-stores and online across the US, all day!)
  • Free to customers!
  • Bring your own mat!

For any questions regarding your RSVP, visit us here.

FIND AN IN-STORE EVENT NEAR YOU:

Log onto Facebook and reserve for the event closest to you!

10/8 EVENT

NYC – Governor’s Island Fitness Festival   go here for more info on this special event!

Free People Blog

#MovementMonday: Freestyle HIIT with Michelle Vahey

#MovementMonday: Freestyle HIIT with Michelle Vahey

No TRX? No problem! Michelle is back, this time with an anywhere, anytime circuit…

This post comes to you from TRX instructor and co-founder of VIDA Performance Michelle Vahey.

Note: For this HIIT workout (High Intensity Interval Training) you will do a 40/20 split — 40 sec on 20 sec rest  (30- to 60-second rest between rounds), 3 rounds total. 

The routine is only 20 minutes, so keep the intensity high!!

LUNGE JUMPS 

Make sure, when you are on the lunge, that both legs are 90 degrees. Dont let your front knee pass your toes, use your arms to help you jump and keep alternating legs as you land with both feet at the same time. Torso remains upright, shoulders and hips remain aligned.

WIDE LEGGED BURPEE 

 Make sure to land on a wide-squat position, with your torso up. This type of burpee will work your back side.

PLIÉ SQUAT JUMPS WITH HEEL TAP

Keep legs wide to work your inner thighs. Make sure your knees bend towards your middle toe. Tap your heels on the jump and land softly on plié squat.
 

SURVIVORS 

Start on a low plank, making sure your shoulders stay right over your elbows. Keep legs, core and glutes engaged the entire time. With one arm at a time, extend to a high plank, making sure your hips stay parallel at all times. Lower yourself to a low plank, alternating arms.

PUSHUP TO SIDE PLANK

Starting on high plank pushup position, lower yourself leading with your chest, bringing the hips with you. As you push up you will rotate to a side plank. Come back to high plank and repeat. Alternate sides.

Goal is to keep spinal stability (don’t let head hang or hips sag).

SKATERS

Jumping laterally, land and hold for balance for a few seconds, then jump to the other side. Keep torso from collapsing and maintain a flat back. Power comes from the inner thigh.

V UPS With ALTERNATING LEGS

Start by laying on your back ,arms over your head. Using your tummy muscles, sit up to create a V, tapping your right hand to left toes. Go back to starting point and repeat, alternating legs. Stay long and tall the entire time. Don’t round your lower back. Find your sit-bones when you come up.

BICYCLE CRUNCHES 

Starting on your back, bring hands behind your head. Open elbows wide. Press head into your hands and keep chin parallel (don’t let chin collapse towards your chest). Maintain your core engaged as you lift your legs and chest and bicycle right shoulder towards left knee and switch back and forth. Goal is to keep chest nice and open. Don’t let elbow collapse in and don’t compromise your lower back by rounding. Don’t forget to breathe.
+ Want more from Michelle? Find #MovementMonday routines here! 

 

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#MovementMonday: Freestyle HIIT with Michelle Vahey

#MovementMonday: Freestyle HIIT with Michelle Vahey

No TRX? No problem! Michelle is back, this time with an anywhere, anytime circuit…

This post comes to you from TRX instructor and co-founder of VIDA Performance Michelle Vahey.

Note: For this HIIT workout ( high intensity interval training) you will do a 40/20 split. 40 sec on 20 sec rest  (30 to 60 second rest between rounds) 3 rounds total. 

It’s only 20 minutes so keep the intensity high!!

LUNGE JUMPS 

Make sue when you are on the lunge that both legs are 90 degrees. Dont let your front knee pass your toes, use your arms to help you jump and keep alternating the legs as you land with both feet at the same time. Torso remains up right, shoulders and hips remain aligned.

WIDE LEGGED BURPEE 

 Make sure to land on a wide squat position, with your torso up. this type of burpee will work your back side.

PLIÉ SQUAT JUMPS WITH HEEL TAP

Keep legs wide to work your inner thighs. Make sure your knees bend towards your middle toe. Tap your heels on the jump and land softly on plié squat.
 

SURVIVORS 

 Start on a low plank making sure your shoulders stay right over your elbows. Keep legs , core and gluts engaged the entire time. One arm at a time extend to a high plank making sure your hips stay parallel at all times. Lower yourself to a low plank, alternating arms.

PUSH UP TO SIDE PLANK

Starting on high plank push up position, lower yourself leading with your chest bringing the hips with you, as you push up you will rotate to a side plank, come back to high plank and repeat. Alternating sides.

Goal is to keep spinal stability (don’t let head hang or hips sag)

SKATERS

Jumping laterally land and hold for balance for a few seconds then jump to the other side. Keep torso from collapsing and maintain a flat back. Power comes from the inner thigh.

V Ups With ALTERNATING LEGS

Start by Laying on your back arms over your head. Using your tummy muscles sit up to create a V tapping your right hand to left toes. Go back to starting point and repeat alternating legs. Stay long and tall the entire time. Don’t round your lower back. Find your sit-bones when you come up.

BICYCLE CRUNCHES 

 Starting on your back bring hands behind your head open elbows wide. Press head into your hands and keep chin  parallel (don’t let chin collapse towards your chest) maintain your core engaged as you lift your legs and chest and bicycle right shoulder towards left knee and switch back and forth. Goal is to keep Chest nice and open don’t let elbow collapse in and don’t compromise your lower back by rounding. Don’t forget to breathe
+ Want more from Michelle? Find #MovementMonday routines here! 

 

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#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

#MovementMonday: TRX Arms with Michelle Vahey

TRX is back — this week, Michelle is tackling arms! We think you’ll want to follow suit…

This post comes to you from TRX instructor and co-founder of VIDA Performance Michelle Vahey, who will be introducing us to new workouts all month long! 

Note: For each exercise, aim to do 10-15 reps of each, 1- 3 rounds.

TRX Y DELTOID FLY; 10-15 reps

Stand with your feet together (harder) or apart (easier), arms pulled back to a Y position, tension on the TRX, palms forward. Lower body, keep arms straight, return to start position by slowly extending arms. Try not to bend the arms and keep your body on a plank position.

TRX ROW; 10-15 reps

Start by pulling your shoulders down and back, bend elbows, palms facing each other, hands besides chest. Walk your feet towards the anchor point until there is a squeeze on the back. Lower your body down by extending your arms but don’t protract your shoulder blades. Maintain plank position. Return, pull body toward anchor point by driving elbows beside body.

 

TRX BICEP CURL; 10-15 reps

Start by bending your elbows higher than your shoulders with pinkies aligned to temples. Walk your feet towards anchor point until you feel a squeeze in the biceps. Lower body down until arms are fully extended, maintain plank. Pull body toward anchor point by bringing pinkies to temples. Elbows remain high, eyes on anchor point.

TRX SWIMMER PULL; 10-15 reps

Start with hands besides hips, palms back, tension on the TRX. Offset your feet. Lower body down, keep arms extended, maintain plank. Pull on handles, drive palms back, maintain plank.

TRX TRICEP PRESS; 10-15 reps

Stand facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, palms down. Choose appropriate foot stance, keeping in mind that the closer your feet are to the anchor point, the harder this may be. Keep elbows up and stationary, lower body down until thumbs are next to temples. Drive through palms to extend the arms while maintaining plank.

TRX CHEST PRESS; 10-15 reps

Start facing away from the anchor point. Extend arms in front of shoulders, and choose your foot stance. Maintain plank as you lower body down by bending elbows 90 degrees. Drive through the palms while squeezing the chest, maintain plank position at all times.

+ Check back next Monday for more from Michelle, and check out other #MovementMonday routines here! 

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The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

+ Looking for more Well+Good? Check out more of our collaboration with them here

Free People Blog

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

The One Collection That Converted This Free Flowing Yogi To A Sports-Bra Lover

Introducing bras that stay in place…

This post is part of an ongoing collaboration with Well+Good

When shopping for a sports bra, every woman runs through a personal mental checklist of priorities. Whether it’s support, the newest tech innovations, or styling details, something tops the list that will determine whether the bra ends up in the “must-have” or “no-way” pile.

Love Yoga co-founder Sian Gordon has the same checklist, but her set of qualifications is a tad different: “I like to feel like I’m not wearing a bra when I’m wearing a bra,” she says. Luckily for Gordon, the collections have created a mix of all of the important sports-bra qualities with maximum comfort. Our activewear line is designed to achieve balance between function and fashion, and the bra department is no different.

As the epitome of a free-spirited yogi, Gordon is serious about finding yoga clothes that feel like a second skin. And we mean literally: Just check out all the serene nature shots of her practicing yoga in the buff on her Instagram. “I think it’s nice to do yoga naked, but that’s not practical most of the time,” Gordon admits — and considering her teaching schedule, that’s definitely true. “That’s when I appreciate bras that stay in place.”

To find a bra that fits her effortless activewear style, Gordon personally tested out four FP Movement bras around Santa Monica in celebration of our new FP Movement pop-up to judge their comfort levels (and call her favorite).

Scroll down for four FP Movement looks that are yogi-approved — and see which one is Gordon’s pick for max comfort. 

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Lira Bra + Lira Legging

Don’t be fooled by the corset-inspired steam detailing — this comfy number feels nothing like the restrictive undergarments of the 16th century. With a zip front and adjustable straps, this bra’s mantra is “comfort over everything” (while still maintaining stylish presentation, of course).

Glow For It Bra

The pretty criss-cross straps on the back give this gem endless photo potential — and when you’re snapping pics for your Insta story, you definitely don’t want to worry about a wardrobe malfunction. With compression fabric that lies flat to the skin without digging in, you can focus on soaking up the good vibes of your asanas and not on whether your bra is pinching.

Seamless Method Bra + Slit Knee Legging 

Think of this one as your personal AC unit. The ventilation details on the super-soft fabric actually cool the skin, which will be your savior during your next hot yoga class. Pair with some super-stretchy slit-knee leggings for ultimate comfort and cooling — from your summertime commute to the sweatiest of cardio classes.

Evolution Sports Bra + Barely There Legging

Gordon tried the Evolution Sports Bra in the ultimate yoga-wear challenge: the handstand test. How did it fare? “It didn’t budge, which is a good thing!” Gordon says. “I liked that I could think about my handstand and not worry about my bra — and it’s cute!” Call that a double tap. (PS, this one was Gordon’s fave.)

+ Looking for more Well+Good? Check out more of our collaboration with them here

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