5 Reasons Why Obama Will Always Be BAE-rack

Happy #NotMyPresidentsDay Weekend!

With “Fake News” and all the other batshit crazy things going on with this current administration, we can’t help but be like, “BARACK, WE MISS YOU!!!!” (PS - keep your fight hot with our #100DaysofResistance!)

This President’s Day, we’re remembering all the amazing moments that the 44th President gave us during his 8 years in Presidency:

via NY Times The March on Selma 50 years after peaceful protesters in Selma, AL were beaten by police officers, leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Obama led a huge bipartisan march to commemorate those who fought and paved the way for the next generation. Also, with the all the other current events happening at the time, it was more important than ever to push on and remind folks that “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

via NY Times

The March on Selma

50 years after peaceful protesters in Selma, AL were beaten by police officers, leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, Obama led a huge bipartisan march to commemorate those who fought and paved the way for the next generation. Also, with the all the other current events happening at the time, it was more important than ever to push on and remind folks that “BLACK LIVES MATTER.”

#RelationshipGoals with Michelle Name a more iconic couple… we’ll wait. Michelle and Barack are continuing to be the epitome of couple goals. The way they lead the country together, support one another, raise their two beautiful daughters and fluffy dogs, advocate for marginalized groups, etc. shows the strength of their bond. They stay kicking ass as our fave couple duo.

#RelationshipGoals with Michelle

Name a more iconic couple… we’ll wait. Michelle and Barack are continuing to be the epitome of couple goals. The way they lead the country together, support one another, raise their two beautiful daughters and fluffy dogs, advocate for marginalized groups, etc. shows the strength of their bond. They stay kicking ass as our fave couple duo.

Singing & dancing on the job From slow jamming the news to busting out his “Thriller” dance moves on Halloween, we got mad love for our Prez who can get down. Also, we still got those barackdubs in heavy rotation.

Singing & dancing on the job

From slow jamming the news to busting out his “Thriller” dance moves on Halloween, we got mad love for our Prez who can get down. Also, we still got those barackdubs in heavy rotation.

Awarded Uncle Joe the Presidential Medal of Freedom He really couldn’t leave the Presidency without hitting us right in the feelz! When he surprised Joe Biden and awarded our fave VP the nation's highest civilian honor, with distinction, we grabbed those tissues and cried too. Biden was the uncle we always wanted and we’ll be forever grateful for his service. We’ll always have those Obama and Biden memes to get us through the next 4 years.

Awarded Uncle Joe the Presidential Medal of Freedom

He really couldn’t leave the Presidency without hitting us right in the feelz! When he surprised Joe Biden and awarded our fave VP the nation's highest civilian honor, with distinction, we grabbed those tissues and cried too. Biden was the uncle we always wanted and we’ll be forever grateful for his service. We’ll always have those Obama and Biden memes to get us through the next 4 years.

Bromancing with world leaders From cracking jokes with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cozying with England’s Royal Family, Barack built strong relationships with our Allies, because he knew that having great international partnerships is one of the ways to continue making America great. He knew to reciprocate that support and when we fight against the forces that oppose our country, we have some bad ass partners holding us down!

Bromancing with world leaders

From cracking jokes with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to cozying with England’s Royal Family, Barack built strong relationships with our Allies, because he knew that having great international partnerships is one of the ways to continue making America great. He knew to reciprocate that support and when we fight against the forces that oppose our country, we have some bad ass partners holding us down!


So like, Barack, you wanna come back from vacay and fix this messy administration, or nah?

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5 real ways to celebrate black history month

February is Black History Month -- and it's important for all Americans because Black History is history and is a part of our nation's story.

So what can you do to honor this cultural celebration?

1. Get information (AKA educate yourself!)

Read. A. Damn. Book. We love getting down and dirrrty with a good book to expand out minds and learn about the world around us. This Black History Month we suggest spicing up your reading list with one of the novels by one of the amazing black authors below. 

Already did your homework? We also love this list of good reads for Black History Month.

2. Support your local black-owned businesses

We believe in putting your money where your mouth is. Not only does shopping local help the economy (and your neighbors!) and usually getting a better quality product, small businesses help preserve a community's culture. Take some time to research black owned businesses, restaurants and services in your area.

Also, consider making a donation to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. They're an organization that works to end both idealogical and institutionalized discrimination against all minorities. 

3. Watch Hidden Figures in theaters

Set in the 1960's, this movie highlights the untold story of three black, female mathematicians who were integral to NASA's space exploration. Not only did these ladies perform literal rocket science, they burst through the discriminatory ceilings society had placed on them. The oscar nominated film stars Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer and Janelle Monae- so you know it's gonna be good.

4. Stand up against pervious and current injustices

Whether you see history reported incorrectly, or see some seriously uncool ish go down in public, it's important to stand up for those who are constantly dealing with racism, sexism, homophobia and general bigotry -- even if that means having a conversation with your family, friend, or coworker about why their behavior (or words) is hurtful.

We <3 this article on how to stop microagressions by the Chicago Community Trust.

5. Repeat these steps. All. Year. Long. 

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Fuel Up With These Off-the-Walnut Bites

Today’s post comes from ((305)) junkie and aspiring natural chef Emily Knapp. Learn more about Emily's nutritious, whole and delicious AF recipes on her blog, The Fresh Slice!

Every badass workout requires powerful nutrition to nourish your muscles, reduce inflammation and replenish vitamins that were lost during your hot and sweaty 305 sesh. With that in mind I whipped up a power ball recipe using whole ingredients that are the perfect snack pre- or post-workout and will keep you slaying it on the dance floor. 

This recipe combines nuts, seeds and dried fruit to give you a balance of protein, carbohydrates and fiber that will support your work in class, while warming spices reduce inflammation so you are ready for your next workout.

Breaking it Down:

 
Walnuts Packed with omega-3s, protein, magnesium and biotin this super nut replenishes your body while keeping your heart healthy. Walnuts have been found to reduce symptoms of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels thanks to their high omega 3 content. But aside from healthy fats, walnuts contain high levels of antioxidants protecting the body from free-radicals and boosting our immune system during the cold winter months.

Walnuts

Packed with omega-3s, protein, magnesium and biotin this super nut replenishes your body while keeping your heart healthy. Walnuts have been found to reduce symptoms of heart disease and improve cholesterol levels thanks to their high omega 3 content. But aside from healthy fats, walnuts contain high levels of antioxidants protecting the body from free-radicals and boosting our immune system during the cold winter months.

Dates Sweet, luscious and packed with fiber, dates are the perfect base for these ballz. The natural sticky consistency creates a strong base for the balls while the fiber fills you up after a difficult workout

Dates

Sweet, luscious and packed with fiber, dates are the perfect base for these ballz. The natural sticky consistency creates a strong base for the balls while the fiber fills you up after a difficult workout

Maca Powder Vitamin-packed, libido enhancing and energy boosting need I say more? Maca’s high levels of vitamin B, C and E and essential minerals have been found to improve energy and stamina levels throughout the day without the dreaded crash that comes after caffeine.  

Maca Powder

Vitamin-packedlibido enhancing and energy boosting need I say more? Maca’s high levels of vitamin B, C and E and essential minerals have been found to improve energy and stamina levels throughout the day without the dreaded crash that comes after caffeine.  

Cinnamon More than just a deliciously warm spice, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. Polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids are the major players in the anti-inflammatory game, found to reduce oxidative stress and protect against cancer causing free-radicals. In addition, the flavonoids work to reduce inflammation, reducing muscle soreness and pain. 

Cinnamon

More than just a deliciously warm spice, cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant powerhouse. Polyphenols, phenolic acid and flavonoids are the major players in the anti-inflammatory game, found to reduce oxidative stress and protect against cancer causing free-radicals. In addition, the flavonoids work to reduce inflammation, reducing muscle soreness and pain. 

Turmeric I hate to play favorites but when it comes to inflammation, once you go turmeric you never go back. Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as several essential vitamins and minerals. Curcumin works with the body to reduce inflammation in joints and muscles to improve blood flow in for a quick recovery.

Turmeric

I hate to play favorites but when it comes to inflammation, once you go turmeric you never go back. Turmeric is a root, similar to ginger, loaded with anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties as well as several essential vitamins and minerals. Curcumin works with the body to reduce inflammation in joints and muscles to improve blood flow in for a quick recovery.

 

Despite the powerful impact these balls will have on your health and workout routine, they only take a minute to make. So no excuses. 


Off-the-Walnut Bites

Vegan and Gluten Free

Yield: 25 balls

 

Ingredients

1 cup walnuts, chopped

1/3 cup sunflower seeds

10- 12 dates

6 apricots

¼ cup agave (or honey)

2 tbsp flax, ground

½ tbsp maca powder

2 tbsp hemp seeds

½ cup coconut flour

1 tbs cinnamon (more to taste)

2 tsp turmeric

Pinch of salt

(Optional: a scoop of your favorite protein powder) 

 

Directions

  1. Put all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth and dough comes together.
  2. Using a tablespoon, scoop into balls. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and refrigerate for 20 minutes until set.
  3. Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

 

Mix it up:

  • If you are looking for a more powerful protein boost add in a scoop of your favorite protein powder, preferably plain or vanilla flavored.
  • Have a serious sweet tooth? Go ahead drizzle or dip these bad boys in dark chocolate for an added antioxidant boost and a guilt-free chocoholic dream.

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Read the (Chat) Room: Getting Flagged on OkCupid

Years ago, online dating shed its taboo skin and entered the realm of mainstream flirtation. Along the way, we've struggled to keep up with the rules. The decorum. The right balance of enough emojis and too many emojis. 

The engineers at dating sites like OkCupid have different problems—like figuring out when to ban a user for violating terms of service or violating someone's safety. 

Source: okcupid.com

Source: okcupid.com

According to OkCupid engineer Dale Markowitz:

"I want OkCupid to allow for the type of risquéness that—when properly applied—can be a turn-on. And what’s more, I don’t want our own idiosyncratic biases as a company to color what we allow on the site. We’re not morality police. But at the same time, I don’t want a minority of vocal, obscene users to make OkCupid feel like an internet cesspool. So where do we draw the line between risqué and obscene? Between aggressive flirting and abuse?"
 

Read the full story on The Cut.

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GET OUTTA TOWN THIS WEEKEND

You kicked butt at work this week and twerked up a storm in class -- now celebrate President's Day by getting the hell out of the city you're stuck in literally every other weekend.

There is a hella long stretch between this three-day weekend and the next one, which somehow (horrifyingly) isn't till the end of May -- so don't waste one bit of it! Grab your bae or your bestie and head for the hills, or at least for a fancy AF Airbnb. Some fresh surroundings will clear your head -- who couldn't use a little midwinter vacay?

We've put together a handy little guide to the best road trips that won't require more than one tank of gas -- whether you're trying to escape NYC, DC or Boston. Find a friend with a car, crank up the tunes and hit the road, junkies.

NYC TRIPPIN' : Woodstock It may not be quite the muddy love fest that it was in 1969, but Bethel, NY is still ridiculously cute, whether or not you're looking for a hippie-fueled acid flashback. This little farm town is about two hours outside the Big Apple -- and the roadtrip playlist writes itself: crank up The Who, Jefferson Airplane and a whole lotta Jimi Hendrix to get you into that purple haze frame of mind. While you're there, don't miss the museum built on the site of the famed festival-- which is focused on the history, sure, but also just on the "experience" of Woodstock. The town is adorable, too -- check out the Catskill Distillery Company or  get your Om on with a guided meditation at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra religious retreat. Peace and love, junkies.

NYC TRIPPIN' : Woodstock

It may not be quite the muddy love fest that it was in 1969, but Bethel, NY is still ridiculously cute, whether or not you're looking for a hippie-fueled acid flashback. This little farm town is about two hours outside the Big Apple -- and the roadtrip playlist writes itself: crank up The Who, Jefferson Airplane and a whole lotta Jimi Hendrix to get you into that purple haze frame of mind. While you're there, don't miss the museum built on the site of the famed festival-- which is focused on the history, sure, but also just on the "experience" of Woodstock. The town is adorable, too -- check out the Catskill Distillery Company or  get your Om on with a guided meditation at the Karma Triyana Dharmachakra religious retreat. Peace and love, junkies.

D.C. TRIPPIN': Baltimore It's a quick one-hour trip up to B'more but the city could. not. be. cooler. -- it's got all the arts scene that D.C.'s missing. Make a speedy stop at the touristy National Harbor for the spectacular views of the Chesapeake and the can't-miss aquarium, but don't stay too long. Instead, head into Canton for some unreal Italian food, catch a concert at Rams Head Live or check out the divier -- and way cooler -- Ottobar or Club Charles. Do not miss the Station North murals or especially the American Visionary Art Museum -- an edgy AF museum devoted to outsider artists. And obvs, don't skip the crab cakes while you're in Maryland.

D.C. TRIPPIN': Baltimore

It's a quick one-hour trip up to B'more but the city could. not. be. cooler. -- it's got all the arts scene that D.C.'s missing. Make a speedy stop at the touristy National Harbor for the spectacular views of the Chesapeake and the can't-miss aquarium, but don't stay too long. Instead, head into Canton for some unreal Italian food, catch a concert at Rams Head Live or check out the divier -- and way cooler -- Ottobar or Club Charles. Do not miss the Station North murals or especially the American Visionary Art Museum -- an edgy AF museum devoted to outsider artists. And obvs, don't skip the crab cakes while you're in Maryland.

BOSTON TRIPPIN': Portland It may not have the quirky street cred of it's Oregon sister city, but Portland, Maine is a funky little fishing town that's well worth the two hour trip from Bean Town. The harbor views are picture-perfect enough to make all your Insta followers jealous -- especially from the top of Portland Observatory. While you're oceanside, stop for a drink and some local music at the Portland Lobster Company or nearby Liquid Riot Bottling Co., a distillery, restaurant and bar in one. Keep rockin' all night with a concert at One Longfellow Square or Port City Music Hall -- and then to cure your hangover next morning, there's only one answer: The Holy Donut.

BOSTON TRIPPIN': Portland

It may not have the quirky street cred of it's Oregon sister city, but Portland, Maine is a funky little fishing town that's well worth the two hour trip from Bean Town. The harbor views are picture-perfect enough to make all your Insta followers jealous -- especially from the top of Portland Observatory. While you're oceanside, stop for a drink and some local music at the Portland Lobster Company or nearby Liquid Riot Bottling Co., a distillery, restaurant and bar in one. Keep rockin' all night with a concert at One Longfellow Square or Port City Music Hall -- and then to cure your hangover next morning, there's only one answer: The Holy Donut.

BABES ON FIRE: THE WINNINGEST SPORTS TEAM EVAA

We know the February blahs can make it hard AF to keep up with our bada$$ instructors in class. So if you're looking for some inspiration, look no further: the baller babes over at UConn just clinched their 100th straight win Monday night. Yeah, you read that right. 💯. These court kweens haven't lost a game since 2014 -- they are literally on fire.

This is a BFD -- no team (men's or women's, profesh or otherwise) has ever notched this many wins in a row. And these amazing ladies have been breaking records right, left, and center. On this streak alone they've won four consecutive championships, and they've snagged 11 total in their history. Most of the games aren't even close: in 98 of the games, they won by at least 10 points or more. #Flawless

If they can do all that, you can *for sure* get your a$$ to class and get that post-((305)) endorphin rush back in your life. Throw on your Air Jordans this week and get your bootie shakin' like these babes.
 

David Butler II for USA Today

David Butler II for USA Today

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Tell me About Your bae

Every day is Valentine's Day when you're in looooove like these babes. Our instructors found love in a hopeless place...and they're keeping the romance alive.

Hear from your favorite instructors on how they met their #1 baes. 


I met Ryan outside the club! He said he watched me dance and didn't know if I was with someone so he never came up to me.  It is a good thing he waited because I was slaying and had no time for boys (that night anyway lol)...we chatted for a bit while I waited for my sis to finish chatting with some hotty. I remember thinking, "this one's different, I hope he calls me"...he did #smartman ;)

Jess Edwards, Boston Instructor

Tyler and I met in June of 2009. It was three weeks after I graduated college and we were both starving artists (an actor and a dancer) waiting tables in NYC. After a few months of flirting he asked me if I wanted to come over and watch the Oscars with him that evening (typical actor date), and we've been together ever since. He followed me as I danced all around the world, and I traveled with him on acting gigs. We've now been together 7 years, married for 4 years, and are expecting our first baby girl in July— I wouldn't trade it for anything...not even a tour with Britney! 

Jess Evans, NYC Instructor

My boyfriend Hunter and I were set up by my best friend, and ((305)) junkie, Brittany. Hunter and Brittany shared a mutual friend so she arranged for me and him to meet at a pregame. We both thought we would hate the other and before I arrived, Hunter sat in the corner of the room to try to avoid the set up. Luckily we eventually warmed up to each other and the night ended with a super classy dance floor makeout. We have been together ever since! I am a very lucky 4'9" girl to have this 6'5" guy, I'm totally head over heels for him. 

Danielle Carlacci, Instructor, NYC

 

Leonard and I met Summer 2014 through mutual friends and were surprised that we had a lot of friends in common, but had never actually bumped into one another. Or so we thought. One drunk, crazy NYE party brought us under the same roof. Once the party was over and I was leaving, he "couldn't let me leave without asking me for my number." It didn't click that night (and I'm a total idiot because he's a TOTAL catch), but God inevitably had his way and brought us together again. We managed to recall that we had already met and maybe in our hearts knew we didn't want to let it go this time around.

Fast forward 3 years later, and I'm still obsessed and can't wait to get old and stinky with this guy!

Quiana Atherly, DC Instructor

HOLD FOR BEX  

I met Julien's family through an ex (lol) and we were friendly acquaintances for a few years. After my ex and I broke up, Julien's family offered support and inspired me to be strong in myself and do what is important to me. Julien and I started collaborating on improv sessions, with my dancing and his violin music. After some sessions we would drink tea and hang out... We quickly realized that we are important to each other, and the rest is history :)  


Wisty Andres, Boston Instructor

 

Adam & I met in the pre-Tinder Era, through Jdate. The actual .com, in the years before swiping left and right!! He hit me up through instant message while he was apparently at work (working super hard finding dates). I knew right away I was really into him, and was giddy when meeting on our first date. Weird story there, we wanted to get a lil' snack with our drinks, and although I tend to eat pretty healthy and he's a Type 1 diabetic, neither of us wanted to be difficult or fussy and we somehow decided to go with mozzarella sticks. That was the last time we had those together, now we are not shy to awkwardly ordered sautéed broccoli as a snack."

Bex Miller, NYC Instructor

How we met: Last summer at a mutual friend's house party (Jack Solomon!). Things developed really slowly between us. It took him about 20 minutes after leaving the party to text me, 25 minutes to ask me out. 3 weeks and some 30 dates later, we became official. 

Natalia Roberts, NYC Instructor

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Breaking Up Is (Not That) Hard to Do

Looks like Sears and Kmart are going the way of Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus. No, we're not talking about high-end fashion or high-end markups. Jezebel reported that the retail mega-giants kicked Ivanka's products to the curb, citing irreconcilable differences (like being fundamentally against the concept of religious discrimination, and stuff). 

Source: AP

Source: AP

Another one bites the retail dust. 

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BEHIND THE BIZ: OUR FOUNDER SPILLS ON HER LOVE LIFE

With Valentine's Day coming up and whether you're single, boo-ed up, or being a THOT, we've got MAD LOVE for y'all ((305)) junkies and newbies! Y'all are the heart of our community and keep us beating and pumping (and sweating, duh!)

Speaking of lurv, we know y'all are wondering all about our HBIC Sadie's dating and love life. You may think you know what it's like to be a entrepreneur and business owner and wonder if there's actually time for love, sex, relationships, etc. (Hint: There is... sorta.)

Sadie spills the T on her love life, what she looks for in a partner, and how to balance career aspirations, personal relationships, and life!


Pick one - Vday or Singles Awareness Day?

Valentine’s Day. I mean, cmon!

 

So on the real, does it suck to be single on Valentine’s Day?

What? No. Some of my favorite Valentine’s Days have been when I was single. One of my favorite memories is living in France. I was 21 and studying abroad. Life was a party: My French was perfect, I had so much sex, ate Nutella non-stop, etc. It was all good food, good sex, good conversation.

I lived in an apartment with 3 French dudes who were all around my age. We were all single and clueless but I learned how much men too are yearning for love; they just tend to convey that desperation differently when they confide with male friends. I was for sure single on that Valentine’s Day as I made us all chocolate ganache, though it turned out the cream I used had spoiled so we all got massive diarrhea that day. Now, that’s a great memory. 💩

 

But like, not all couples have great Valentine’s Days, right?

Hell no! Some, of my Valentine’s Days with partners have been total misery!

People forget that there are very few things worse than feeling trapped in a relationship that doesn’t serve you. There is a difference between being alone and being lonely. When you are alone, you don’t have other people. When you are lonely, you don’t have yourself. So who the heck cares if you are with or without a date on Valentine’s Day?

The real question isn’t “does it suck to be single on Valentine’s?” The real question is: “does it suck to be you? Or do you like being you?” That’s a much deeper question we need to ask ourselves honestly every day.

 

What sacrifices have you had to make in your personal life to build ((305))?

Well, I’m an old hag who’s gone so long without sex that I’m practically a virgin again.

JK JK, nothing can salvage my virginity at this point.

In all seriousness, yes, building a business is tough as hell. I’ve had to make a lot of choices that required more maturity than I wanted to possess at times. For one, I work at times when people go out. Scheduling a dinner date with me can be nearly impossible because I’m usually teaching at 7:30PM on a weekday. Dating can be tough. Mostly it’s a time thing as it’s hard to find time for a date and it’s even harder to find time to emotionally make room for someone I’m not crazy about. It’s also tough to make time for friends. There are so many people I’d love to see more often -- some of my very best friends live in New York and we can go months without seeing each other -- but my schedule doesn’t allow for it.


What’s a turn-on and turn-off when you meet others when dating?

My favorite qualities in a partner (in order): these are my very top ones! a goofy sense of humor, a feminist, honesty, great storyteller, borderline neuroses, affectionate, supportive of my career (and then of course, lots of others to add).

My major turn-offs: inability to communicate, flakiness, disrespect for my time, self-consciousness, just your everyday interesting white privileged man who thinks he’s hot (they just make me so mad).

What are some things you recently discovered you needed in a partner?

Two things:

From my last relationship, I learned I prefer to be with someone adventurous. Someone who understands life is all a mystery, we can have everything and lose it all in a day, and we have to be comfortable starting and restarting. Stability is nice but I don’t want to be with someone and say to myself: “I know exactly what this looks like in 5 years from now, in 20 years from now.”

And from the election, he can’t just think what I’m doing is cool. He has to understand that what I’m doing is fundamentally important. He has to prioritize my career as much as his own. He has to be respectful of my time, because that is the ultimate sign of respecting my work. He has to understand how to treat a woman. It’s not my job to teach him to see women as equals. He has to show up like that.

 

Did the election shape your dating life in other ways?

You know, after the election, a lot of women (including me) were really upset. We felt this election disempowered and shamed us in a new way. I broke bonds with a lot of men in my life at the time, because I realized their reaction and misunderstanding spoke volumes about how they didn’t see the oppression we face as women. It was painful to let go of some friends and some so-called progressive guys I was dating at the time.

But here’s the silver lining: the election gave me a more acute bullshit radar. I developed higher standards overnight. I moved “supportive of my career” as a “nice” quality to an “absolute non-negotiable” quality. After the election, I stepped into a deeper consciousness about what it means to be a woman. I did some reflection on what I want out of life, how I wanted to be treated as a woman, and how I want to set an example for my future daughters. Our personal decisions make a difference in larger human history. Our expectations of men, of life, of how others see us, these ideas shape our lives and the future. I want to be remembered as a woman who respected herself, and part of that is finding a partner who fundamentally sees me as an equal in every way.

Whether we’re single or dating, how can we treat and love ourselves better?

If you’re single or if you’re in a relationship, you want to learn how to treat and love yourself. Single people don’t need “extra” love and care. We all need to turn inwards and rely on ourselves for support. This is true love. The love we have for ourselves.

What does “self-love” mean to you?

Self-love is about this: seeing the goodness in yourself. Different religions teach us this: God or Jesus or Mohammed is in us. Or some call it Buddha nature. Some call is universal energy. I’m just calling it goodness. Fundamental goodness that exists in the beautiful things you see around you, that fundamental goodness is present is in you, too. Make life about that. Focusing on your strengths and learning to love the goodness in yourself, rather than focusing on the “flaws.” (By the way, the “flaws” are the beauty of your goodness, too). This means that when you encounter a bump in the road, you start from a place of certainty that you are good. Then you tackle the problem. But only first from this place of knowing and seeing yourself, really seeing yourself.

Another thing you can do is to feel your emotions that are uncomfortable. You get lonely, so you reach for your phone. You scroll through your newsfeed, your email, your next Spotify track. Or you can just feel what it’s like to feel lonely. Okay, so what’s that like? Interesting. When you come from a place of loving yourself -- as if you were your own best friend -- then loneliness or other feelings don’t feel as scary to feel. So you say: “oh, hey loneliness, what’s up?” and then you invite loneliness to sit on your lap. “There, there loneliness. I know you, I know you well. So what’s up? What do you want to talk about today?” And you just go about it like that. Nice and simple. Accepting all the parts of yourself -- however uncomfortable they are to look at -- as part of you. And since you are fundamentally good, it’s okay to invite those things in. It starts with a certainty and trust in yourself and in life. Then you dive deeper into yourself. You begin to see challenges and emotions not as obstacles, but as something expanding your experience of self.


For those of us dating, how can we keep up the fire?

Here’s a practical tip:

  1. Go to babeland (in SoHo); or any sex-postive shop near you!
  2. Shop around.
  3. Talk to a sales associate. Ask them what a couple like you can do to spice up your sex life. Most likely you’ll go home with some high-quality lube (best sex toy around!), a new vibrator or sex toy, and some kinky fun stuff like card games or dice or handcuffs. It’s really fun to do together and it will FOR SURE light a new fire to things.

 

For those of us dating, how can we spend better quality time together?

[Sorry, this applies to heterosexual dating, cuz it’s all I know. And I’m speaking in broad terms (but from experience).]

I find that women like to have intimate time. We like one-on-one dinner. We like staring closely into each other’s eyes. We like to talk for hours and hours. So sometimes, you do this with a partner.

Then I find that men like to be more casual. You watch two dudes on a couch. They’re sitting far apart. They’re not talking. They’re just...spending time together. It’s the opposite of the candle-lit, deep staring, non-stop talking of two women. But sometimes, you gotta do the dude stuff, too. #Balance

One of the ways couples can work together is to understand this give-and-take. Sometimes, we have the intimate dinner. Sometimes we sit quietly on the couch.


Whether you're dating or single this Valentine's Day, we got'chu boo! Sign up for our "F*ck Love" classes in NYC, DC, and Boston studios!

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TAKE THE EDGE OFF V-DAY WITH THESE WEED TRUFFLES

Whether you need a last-minute gift for a chocoholic bae or you're lookin' to mellow out on this hyped-up holiday, these naughty little treats will straight up slay. These easy AF edibles are the overdue update for that basic bitch box of chocolates from the drugstore and a sexy alternative to your post-workout (or post-hookup) smoke sesh.

This makes two dozen *strong* truffles and takes 2.5 hours from start to finish. The full recipe, from The Marijuana Times, here.

Get it, stoner junkies.

Ingredients:

8 oz dark chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup THC-infused coconut oil -- check out these directions for all the deets on THC infused oils
Pinch of sea salt
Either 3 tbsps water and 1 tsp pure vanilla extract, or 2 tbsps water and 1 tbsp rum
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted

Directions:

  1. Melt chocolate with oil and the water in a small saucepan over low heat.
  2. Stir in vanilla extract or rum and sea salt.
  3. Transfer to an 8-inch square baking dish and refrigerate for about two hours. It should be firm, yet still workable.
  4. With a 1-inch ice-cream scoop, melon-baller or a teaspoon, make 24 balls. Transfer each to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  5. Coat hands in cocoa powder and roll balls to make smooth. Refrigerate on sheet at least 10 minutes. Roll truffles in toasted coconut before serving.

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4 Valentine's Day Aphrodisiacs (and if they work or nahhh)

Today’s post comes from ((305)) junkie and dietitian Chelsey Amer, MS, RDN. Learn more about Chelsey’s nutrition practice and healthy food blog here!

It’s that time of year again...that time when chocolate is in abundance, couples can make you nauseous AF, and break ups are on the rise… YUP, it’s almost Valentine’s Day. And whether you’re in a relationship or rocking your single status, one thing’s for sure: everyone is entitled to a healthy sex life! So while you’re checking out Yoga for Better Sex and making sweat sexy, don’t forget to eat sexy too.

For years, certain foods have been touted as aphrodisiacs. Named after the Greek goddess Aphrodite, foods with aphrodisiac properties are thought to contain specific properties that boost libido and sexual desire. But can you really eat a love potion to boost your sexual desires… or is it all a big ol’ mindf*ck?! 

Let’s find out if these 4 Valentine's Day aphrodisiacs work or nahhh…

Oysters Rumor has had it that eating oysters will stimulate your libido like WOAH because, after all, legendary Cassanova in the 18th century apparently used to pound oysters before his romp sessions...but will it work for you? Truth be told, the research is still meh on this one. Although a 2005 study tried to show that eating raw oysters, especially in the springtime (when oysters themselves are most active), can provide the greatest boost, some of the research is not 100% clear. Scientists describe two aspects that make oysters a rumored aphrodisiac: first, they contain amino acids (building blocks of proteins) that play a role in sex hormone production, and second, they are a good source of zinc, which may boost testosterone production.   Verdict: Try this one for yourself if you like the taste of oysters, but don’t be surprised if you’re not jumping into bed.

Oysters

Rumor has had it that eating oysters will stimulate your libido like WOAH because, after all, legendary Cassanova in the 18th century apparently used to pound oysters before his romp sessions...but will it work for you? Truth be told, the research is still meh on this one. Although a 2005 study tried to show that eating raw oysters, especially in the springtime (when oysters themselves are most active), can provide the greatest boost, some of the research is not 100% clear. Scientists describe two aspects that make oysters a rumored aphrodisiac: first, they contain amino acids (building blocks of proteins) that play a role in sex hormone production, and second, they are a good source of zinc, which may boost testosterone production.

 

Verdict: Try this one for yourself if you like the taste of oysters, but don’t be surprised if you’re not jumping into bed.

Chocolate There’s a reason those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are EVERYWHERE around Valentine’s Day… First of all, who doesn’t like chocolate? But second, chocolate contains certain compounds that aid in the production of feel-good hormones (namely, serotonin), which can make you feel good...everywhere! Plus, research shows chocolate can relieve stress, improve your mood and add a little pep in your step (read: caffeine) that may help rid the bedroom blahs. Verdict: Chocolate’s libido boosting properties aren’t scientifically proven, but why not munch on a dark chocolate shaped heart to prolong that dance cardio high?

Chocolate

There’s a reason those heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are EVERYWHERE around Valentine’s Day… First of all, who doesn’t like chocolate? But second, chocolate contains certain compounds that aid in the production of feel-good hormones (namely, serotonin), which can make you feel good...everywhere! Plus, research shows chocolate can relieve stress, improve your mood and add a little pep in your step (read: caffeine) that may help rid the bedroom blahs.

Verdict: Chocolate’s libido boosting properties aren’t scientifically proven, but why not munch on a dark chocolate shaped heart to prolong that dance cardio high?

Red wine Red wine may be the sexiest alcoholic beverage out there, but scientific proof of its aphrodisiac properties isn’t quite verified. However, sipping a velvety smooth merlot -- in moderation -- can increase blood flow, provide a warm, tingly feeling, relax your body and reduce your inhibitions, turning on the sexiness. But remember, overdoing alcohol intake may thwart your performance in the bedroom! Verdict: Red wine may reduce your inhibitions, but there’s no evidence of it boosting your libido.

Red wine

Red wine may be the sexiest alcoholic beverage out there, but scientific proof of its aphrodisiac properties isn’t quite verified. However, sipping a velvety smooth merlot -- in moderation -- can increase blood flow, provide a warm, tingly feeling, relax your body and reduce your inhibitions, turning on the sexiness. But remember, overdoing alcohol intake may thwart your performance in the bedroom!

Verdict: Red wine may reduce your inhibitions, but there’s no evidence of it boosting your libido.

Spicy food Chili peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin that increases blood flow, promotes the release of feel-good brain chemicals (endorphins!), and even give your metabolism a little invigorating boost. Plus, if you’ve ever felt flushed or slightly swollen lips after eating your favorite spicy foods, you know that physical appearance mimics intense sexual desire. Verdict: Sprinkle cayenne pepper or red chili flakes on your Valentine’s Day meal and see if this libido-lifting food works for you!

Spicy food

Chili peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin that increases blood flow, promotes the release of feel-good brain chemicals (endorphins!), and even give your metabolism a little invigorating boost. Plus, if you’ve ever felt flushed or slightly swollen lips after eating your favorite spicy foods, you know that physical appearance mimics intense sexual desire.

Verdict: Sprinkle cayenne pepper or red chili flakes on your Valentine’s Day meal and see if this libido-lifting food works for you!

If you’re feeling the blahs in the bedroom, just believing that some of these foods may upgrade your bedroom desires can work wonders (hellooo placebo effect))! As for true aphrodisiacs? The science is still out on many of these, but why not try one or all of them and see if they reduce your stress levels, lift your mood or increase blood flow to reveal the sexual prowess in you.


Whether you're dating or single this Valentine's Day, we got'chu boo! Sign up for upcoming Yoga for Better Sex couples workshop in NYC or F*ck Love classes in NYC, DC, and Boston studios!

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PUT YOUR $$$ WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS

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Junkies, you threw on those pink pu$$Y hats and marched your a$$es off last month. You’ve educated yo'self on how to protect your reproductive rights and are making your fierce voices heard. #NastyDontQuit, so keep it up.

But what about the errrday things you can do to impact and give back? Keep up the resistance and put your 💸  where your 👄  is by taking “shop local” to the next level and supporting the b*tchin' boutiques and restaurants on the list below -- all of which are owned and operated by women and people of color. Just like our fearless founder Sadie, these boss b*tches are slaying the mother-effing entrepreneur game.

Whether you're in NYC, DC, Boston or shopping online, treat yo'self and support these fierce AF entrepreneurs at the same time.

NYC

Marché Rue Dix We are OBsessed with the interior of this trendy Brooklyn shop -- and seriously coveting the clothes, bags and sunglasses that husband and wife duo Lamine Diagne and Nilea Alexander are rockin'.

Marché Rue Dix

We are OBsessed with the interior of this trendy Brooklyn shop -- and seriously coveting the clothes, bags and sunglasses that husband and wife duo Lamine Diagne and Nilea Alexander are rockin'.

Meg You'll want pretty much every. damn. thing. on the racks at this cool girl boutique, where everything is designed or hand picked by owner/founder/creative director Meghan Kinney. 

Meg

You'll want pretty much every. damn. thing. on the racks at this cool girl boutique, where everything is designed or hand picked by owner/founder/creative director Meghan Kinney. 

Vaute Couture This is vegan fashion, and it's straight up saucy. Founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is an activist at heart -- and her clothes are hella gorgeous.

Vaute Couture

This is vegan fashion, and it's straight up saucy. Founder Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart is an activist at heart -- and her clothes are hella gorgeous.

DC

Redeem This baller boutique from native DC lady Lori Parkerson is focused on up-and-coming designers -- so they'll always have something fresh AF for your edgy a$$.

Redeem

This baller boutique from native DC lady Lori Parkerson is focused on up-and-coming designers -- so they'll always have something fresh AF for your edgy a$$.

Salt & Sundry This is sure as hell not your grandma's home goods store. Founder Amanda McClements has got the perfect ceramics you need for bae's mom and some seriously cute cocktail sets you'll have to have for yourself.

Salt & Sundry

This is sure as hell not your grandma's home goods store. Founder Amanda McClements has got the perfect ceramics you need for bae's mom and some seriously cute cocktail sets you'll have to have for yourself.

Colada Shop This brand-new 14th St. bar has all the Miami vibes you love from ((305)), plus cocktails -- partners Juan Coronado and Daniella Senior are bringing Cuba to the district.

Colada Shop

This brand-new 14th St. bar has all the Miami vibes you love from ((305)), plus cocktails -- partners Juan Coronado and Daniella Senior are bringing Cuba to the district.

BOSTON

Ouimillie Can't get enough of the badass neon all over our studios? Make a beeline for this cool-girl hotspot from founders Millicent Cutler and Alison Lewis, where the sassy neon signs are all in french. You will not be disappointed in the aesthetic -- or the wicked cute clothes.

Ouimillie

Can't get enough of the badass neon all over our studios? Make a beeline for this cool-girl hotspot from founders Millicent Cutler and Alison Lewis, where the sassy neon signs are all in french. You will not be disappointed in the aesthetic -- or the wicked cute clothes.

December Thieves This is cool girl chic -- with some serious edge. Owner Lana Barakat's Beacon Hill spot is where all the city's stylists shop -- so run, don't walk.

December Thieves

This is cool girl chic -- with some serious edge. Owner Lana Barakat's Beacon Hill spot is where all the city's stylists shop -- so run, don't walk.

Flour Bakery You can't shop forever -- and Flour Bakery's boss b*tch Joanne Chang is worth your time. This sticky bun kween is a former management consultant with a degree in applied math -- who's so top notch that she trounced Food Network's Bobby Flay in a face off.

Flour Bakery

You can't shop forever -- and Flour Bakery's boss b*tch Joanne Chang is worth your time. This sticky bun kween is a former management consultant with a degree in applied math -- who's so top notch that she trounced Food Network's Bobby Flay in a face off.

ONLINE AND ALL OVER

Tees In The Trap This bitchin' brand is aimed at highlighting hip-hop -- but from a woman's perspective. Founder Asha Jones is selling tees, hats and more that are fierce and funny as f*ck. 

Tees In The Trap

This bitchin' brand is aimed at highlighting hip-hop -- but from a woman's perspective. Founder Asha Jones is selling tees, hats and more that are fierce and funny as f*ck. 

CeeCee's Closet We are crushin' hard on the African print backpacks and other accessories from sisters Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo.

CeeCee's Closet

We are crushin' hard on the African print backpacks and other accessories from sisters Chioma and Uchenna Ngwudo.

Coco & Breezy Founded by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy has the statement sunnies that will have you channeling your inner Queen B in no time. And with everything from unexpected collabs to major celeb cred, these babes are seriously SLAYING the game.

Coco & Breezy

Founded by twin designers Corianna and Brianna Dotson, Coco and Breezy has the statement sunnies that will have you channeling your inner Queen B in no time. And with everything from unexpected collabs to major celeb cred, these babes are seriously SLAYING the game.

Tell us in the comments where else we should be shoppin'! 

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Don't Fall Off The Wagon With Your Resolutions

February is hurrrr! How ya holdin’ up with those resolutions?

It’s that time of year when folks are most likely to fall off the wagon with their resolutions and start getting back into their previous routines. Without the right plan and accountability, it’s hard AF to stay on track with resolutions and expect them to become long-term change.

Being over a month into 2017, there are most def some resolutions we are ready to say, “BOY BYE, DELETE, TTYN!” All the overly ambitious, unrealistic, and just way too complicated resolutions we created that were ultimately not possible. 

Instead of dropping them entirely, here are the resolutions we’re ready to change so that we can SLAY the rest of the year:

Not eating what we want When the new year rolled in, you probably were like, “All Kale Everything” and said “Hell nah!” to the burgers, fries, cakes, etc. While we’re all for proper eating, especially pre and post workout, don’t totally deprive yourself of the desserts or yummy sides you enjoy eating. Resolution Change: Instead, start making a meal plan that you can stick to. Cook and prepare your food as you’re more likely to grocery shop for healthy options. Once a week, give yourself a cheat day or meal, where you can indulge on your favorite eats. That way you always have something to look forward to as you make and eat healthy foods.

Not eating what we want

When the new year rolled in, you probably were like, “All Kale Everything” and said “Hell nah!” to the burgers, fries, cakes, etc. While we’re all for proper eating, especially pre and post workout, don’t totally deprive yourself of the desserts or yummy sides you enjoy eating.

Resolution Change: Instead, start making a meal plan that you can stick to. Cook and prepare your food as you’re more likely to grocery shop for healthy options. Once a week, give yourself a cheat day or meal, where you can indulge on your favorite eats. That way you always have something to look forward to as you make and eat healthy foods.

Not spending any money We all can use the extra coinz in our bank accounts and while we don’t want to spend all of our money on payday, it can be really difficult to say no to every social activity, shopping trip, vacation, etc. Resolution change: Instead of opting to avoid spending all together, start thinking of your purchases as investments and really consider if what you’re spending your money on will bring you happiness or be worth the costs. If it’s something you think you won’t need or use, don’t buy it. When it comes to social activities, it’s easier to save when you and your friends are on the same page. Instead of always going out, opt for some hangouts at each other’s apts. Host some group dinners, potlucks, or cook together! You’ll save those dollars without sacrificing the fun times.

Not spending any money

We all can use the extra coinz in our bank accounts and while we don’t want to spend all of our money on payday, it can be really difficult to say no to every social activity, shopping trip, vacation, etc.

Resolution change: Instead of opting to avoid spending all together, start thinking of your purchases as investments and really consider if what you’re spending your money on will bring you happiness or be worth the costs. If it’s something you think you won’t need or use, don’t buy it.

When it comes to social activities, it’s easier to save when you and your friends are on the same page. Instead of always going out, opt for some hangouts at each other’s apts. Host some group dinners, potlucks, or cook together! You’ll save those dollars without sacrificing the fun times.

Losing all the pounds Related to the first resolution, folks are quick to jump on their fitness resolutions and hit the gym all day, everyday. The idea of losing all the holiday weight and getting a 6-pack right away is unreal and most people will fail without having a sustainable plan in place. Resolution change: Instead of just powering through with the gym at the beginning of the year, make exercise a part of your everyday routine. Incorporate physical activity whenever you can; including going to 305, taking a walk with your dog, taking the stairs vs the elevators or escalators, etc. If you have a fitness goal in mind, start researching online and/or consulting fitness instructors and trainers to build a routine that will help you accomplish your goals. It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about feeling good in the body you have.

Losing all the pounds

Related to the first resolution, folks are quick to jump on their fitness resolutions and hit the gym all day, everyday. The idea of losing all the holiday weight and getting a 6-pack right away is unreal and most people will fail without having a sustainable plan in place.

Resolution change: Instead of just powering through with the gym at the beginning of the year, make exercise a part of your everyday routine. Incorporate physical activity whenever you can; including going to 305, taking a walk with your dog, taking the stairs vs the elevators or escalators, etc. If you have a fitness goal in mind, start researching online and/or consulting fitness instructors and trainers to build a routine that will help you accomplish your goals. It’s not just about losing weight; it’s about feeling good in the body you have.

What resolutions are you looking to change and SLAY all 2017? Let us know in the comments!

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Bundle Up Before You Bust A Move

You've got the bangin' crop top and those kicky glow-in-the-dark sneakers you need to kick a$$ in class, but the temps are droppin' and those mesh paneled leggings just ain't gonna cut it when you're trying to get fit get lit on a chilly sprint through the park -- or even on your frigid commute to the studio.

Here we round up our six favorite winter workout must-haves -- when you just gotta #makesweatsexy (before it freezes.)

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How to talk about the Super Bowl like you're into sports

It's that time of year again. You get invited to a Super Bowl party and everyone's huddled around a TV, hootin' and hollerin' and you don't even know which team is what color. We've been there. But this year, we're here to break it down for you. What are friends for, right?

Let's start with the basics. 

Who: This year's contenders are the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. 
What: Super Bowl LI (that's Super Bowl 51 if your Roman numerals are shakey)
When: Sunday, February 5 @ 6:30 PM ET (That's tonight, ya'll!)
Where: Houston, TX.
Why: Because sports. And because this year's game is supposed to have over 100 million viewers, which means the commercials will be really good. And they better be good, because a 30 second spot costs about $5 million this year. And that's a lot of $$$. 
Haltftime show: Lady Gaga. You could say we're *kinda* pumped for the performance. 

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The drama:  The Falcons are n00bz and the Patriots have been around this Super Bowl block before (9x's to be exact). The Falcons are really good at offense. The Patriots are really good at defense. And offense. Basically they're really good at everything. (FYI: Offense is Football for scoring and Defense is Football for not letting the other team score.)

But wait, there's more drama! Iconic Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady is going up against the Falcons' Quarterback Matt Ryan. Brady is something of a living legend and Ryan has been SLAYING the field this year and is the NFL's MVP and Offensive POY (that means for Player of the Year). If Brady wins this year he will be the G.O.A.T., literally. If Ryan wins, he will be able to add his first Super Bowl ring to his jewelry box.

Brady's got bling.

Brady's got bling.

Hut, hut, SIKE! That's not all the drama either. Patriots' Coach Bill Belichick has coached the team through 4 victories (that's some pretty sweet bling) and is considered WORLD'S BEST COACH because  *DJ Khaled voice* all he does is win, win, win, no matter what.

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Coach Dan Quinn from ATL has really upped the Falcons' record since he joined the team. But this ain't the first time these two are meeting on the field. TBT to Quinn coaching the Seattle Seahawks when they played the same Patriots in the Super Bowl two, short years ago. Spoiler alert: The Patriots won that round. You could say it's time for a rematch.

Still not planning to tune into the wonderful world of football? We get it. 

The good news is the 2017 Puppy Bowl is on at 3pm ET on Animal Planet. You can meet the puppers- er- players here

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Super Moments That Made Us Go, “Yaaas Gaga!”

Paws up for Mother Monster this weekend as she headlines this year’s Super Bowl LI halftime show! If past years’ artists are any indication of what we can anticipate (hellur, Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, and Madonna), we literally CAN'T. WAIT.

Embodying #305LOUD, Gaga has been an entertainment force for over a decade, since her days as a student at NYU. She continues to use her platform to advocate for women’s rights and LGBTQ rights, as well storytelling her experiences as a sexual assault survivor and raising awareness around living with mental illness.

She really deserves all of the applause. Here are some of her top moments that made us go gaga for Gaga:

Her Many Award Shows & Red Carpet entrances From her amazing Drag King Moment at the VMAs as Joe Calderone to being walked into the Grammys as an unhatched egg to the provocative meat dress, Gaga has always found a way to use her fashion and her appearances to make a bold statement. She knows the power of her presence and will always have give the Paparazzi a Million Reasons to keep talking about her and the issues that matter.

Her Many Award Shows & Red Carpet entrances

From her amazing Drag King Moment at the VMAs as Joe Calderone to being walked into the Grammys as an unhatched egg to the provocative meat dress, Gaga has always found a way to use her fashion and her appearances to make a bold statement. She knows the power of her presence and will always have give the Paparazzi a Million Reasons to keep talking about her and the issues that matter.

Performance in St. Petersburg Russia After her Dec 2012 performance in St. Petersburg, her promoters were fined for booking her gig as it was “promoting homosexuality.” Not one to every shy away from shock activism or reducing her performance quality, her tenacity for performing and speaking out in places that rally against what she stands for is another way Mother Monster continues to reach out to those marginalized across the globe.

Performance in St. Petersburg Russia

After her Dec 2012 performance in St. Petersburg, her promoters were fined for booking her gig as it was “promoting homosexuality.” Not one to every shy away from shock activism or reducing her performance quality, her tenacity for performing and speaking out in places that rally against what she stands for is another way Mother Monster continues to reach out to those marginalized across the globe.

Bey & GaGa collabs I meannnn, we got the iconic visuals for "Video Phone" and “Telephone.” While we’re still waiting to see them perform together live, we’ll happily accept these collabs with Queen Bey.

Bey & GaGa collabs

I meannnn, we got the iconic visuals for "Video Phone" and “Telephone.” While we’re still waiting to see them perform together live, we’ll happily accept these collabs with Queen Bey.

Pizza to her fans Like any true New Yorker, Gaga loves a good $1 slice. When her fans were waiting outside her hotel in June 2015, she threw a pizza party for them so that folks wouldn’t go hungry. She gets us *cries in pizza rat*.

Pizza to her fans

Like any true New Yorker, Gaga loves a good $1 slice. When her fans were waiting outside her hotel in June 2015, she threw a pizza party for them so that folks wouldn’t go hungry. She gets us *cries in pizza rat*.

Yes Gaga, we are listening! What are some of your favorite moments from Lady Gaga? Share with us in the comments!

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Instructor Favorites: Jams of the Moment

There's nothing that gets that heart rate racing and booty pop-popping like a DJ set in your favorite ((305)) class. Just when you think your quads are going to melt, your calves are going to flop, and your glutes are going to give out...the track jumps, and you find yourself back on FIRE. 

We caught up with some of our favorite instructors and DJs to learn more about the jams they're crushing

Want more instructor jams?

Of course you do. Check out some additional favorites below, and follow the playlist on Spotify. 


Move, Shake, Drop by Dj Laz, Feat Flo Rida Casely & Pitbull. I LOOOOVE the beat in this song, I freak out when it gets played in class!

—Danielle Carlacci, NYC Instructor

Good Times Roll by Big Gigantic and GRiZ

—Luther Calvin Riggs, NYC, DJ

All Around the World by Justin Bieber, really fun and upbeat! 

—Danielle Gillyard, DC ((305)) Instructor

Clap Back by Ja Rule. Just hit play, zero to a hundred real quick

—DJ Ardent, NYC

Human Touch by Betty Who. I'm in love with this artist. I've seen her blow up through the past two years and I am in love with her style and sound. Whenever this song comes on, it makes me wanna let it all go and MOVE: Seductively!  Her 80's style sound will do the same for many more. Check her out! 

—Bobby Gouse, NYC Instructor

Me So Horny by 2 Live Crew. I rediscovered this classic one from my childhood. Reminds me of driving around with my older sister in her convertible Volvo in the sunny streets of Miami. Love to listen as I'm strutting around town. Makes me feel sexy and...horny! Duh.

—Sadie, Founder & CEO, 305 Fitness

Zara Larsson's Carry You Home (Ashton Love & Martin Lindhjem Remix). It only seems fitting, with a new year, I had to choose a new emerging star complemented by a fantastic bass dropping remix!

—DJ Daywalker, DC

Oui by Jeremih. No lie, smooth tracks are my workout jams lie I get into a real smooth mood that just makes the workout more enjoyable and calm. Jeremih is definitely on a lot of my workout queue: Planes, Impatient, even his features like Sunday Candy but Oui def is the 1st one.

—Dj Blaqsquerade, DC

Them DMX throwbacks though? So hood and so good. Really gets me pumped and feeling like a beast!

—Ana Clarke, NYC instructor  

 

THE PEEPS

Quick Hits with Hannah Jean Hildreth

Looking for a class that will wear your body down and build your booty-full confidence up? Look no further than Miss Hannah Jean. Hanna Jean Hildreth is keeping it lit in NYC and she's not cooling off any time soon. 


 

What do you like most about performing?

Performing allows me to be infinite. It allows me to be totally vulnerable and totally protected at the same time. It allows me to connect with people, much in the way that teaching does. Nothing matters to me more than feeling like I've affected someone—their emotional life, their thoughts, their fantasies, their hopes for themselves. Teaching at ((305)) feels great for me for the same reasons that performing feels great. It is, in many ways, a performance!

 

How do you handle a bad kisser?

Girl, you gotta tell 'em. I feel like as a dancer I'm so used to giving subtle body cues, but some people just can't take a hint. Getting used to telling people EXACTLY what I liked and wanted has been the most amazing thing for my life and sex life. Chances are if someone seems like a "bad" kisser, you probably just don't really want to kiss them... pro tip: stop kissing them. Easier said that done!

 

Imagine you've just been given the power to create your own nail polish. What does it look like and what is the name of the color?

It's called SEND NUDES and it's a clear polish that wards off fuckboys.

 

What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?

Tuck my dog back into bed. He likes to take my spot when I get up!

What's the last thing you do before you go to bed?

I always rub my feet before I go to bed. I use an arnica massage oil and rub the bejeezus out of them, then lie down with my legs up the wall. I spend so much time on my feet! Plus—that's time I definitely can't be plugged in to my phone.

 

What's your pre-305 routine like?

Caffeine definitely helps! And food. I always get teased by the front desk staff about how much I'm able to eat right before teaching. Burrito, sushi, veggie burger, french fries, you name it.

If I'm not feeling 110%, I'll throw on a bright lipstick. It's a pre-teaching ritual that perks me up and gets me into the zone. It's amazing to me that no matter what is going on in my life, or how I'm feeling, as soon as the lights and music go on and class begins, I'm transported to a totally different zone.

What role can dance play in breaking down barriers?

I think throughout history, people have been oppressed through separation and segregation. This can look like many things—not allowing people to meet and congregate, or criminalizing a certain part of someone's culture, like their language or religion. Divide and conquer can apply to the individual as well—separating the mind and body is similar to separating an individual from their group. Dancing has even been made illegal. (And certain people dancing together has been made illegal, for instance during the Jim Crow era in our country). Dancing unites. It inspires, it connects, it empowers. It tells stories, it pushes culture forward. It celebrates individualism and community.

What advice can you give to folks who are learning to love their bodies?

Find what makes you feel powerful and do it. Keep at it. Love is a choice, it's a practice, that we have to keep coming back to.

It sounds corny, but treating my body like it's someone else's has really helped me. There's so much shame around women ENJOYING and LOVING their bodies, that when we feel confident it's hard to hold on to that feeling, but it's so necessary. Be defiantly in love with yourself.

You're not a failure if you don't love your body, but you're not going to succeed if you've decided you're at war with your body.

 

Want more of Hannah? Of course you do. Catch her in class in NYC or on the 'Gram.

 

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Instructor Spotlight: Wisty Andres

Remember the board game Candy Land? Where every corner of the game was decorated in crazy colors and delicious treats— and totally out of this world? That’s what it’s like to talk to Boston ((305)) instructor Wisty Andres. Wisty is a chameleon of an artist, switching seamlessly between live dance performances for “psychedelic metal” bands and teaching little kids how to do the perfect ballet plie. 

We caught up with Wisty to hear from the source what it takes to be a full-time dancer, part-time Reiki healer, and some-time game show performer. 


How did you end up in Boston? Start from the beginning.

The beginning? Alright! I was born in Japan. Then I moved to Ohio when I was 6. Then I lived in woods in a small boarding school dedicated to the arts, the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. Then I went south to the real 305! I got an associate degree from the New World School of Arts. I followed love up to Boston. I lost the boy, but I kept Boston.

Class with Wisty will kick your a$$.

Class with Wisty will kick your a$$.

Good girls don’t sit still. I love it. So you’ve been dancing...forever?

Basically. When I was young I wanted to do everything. I’ve played piano, the clarinet, practiced gymnastics, and tried all forms of dance. I became very focused on ballet when I was about 12. I wanted to be ballerina, bun head and everything. That dream has shifted a little bit—I do all forms of dance and enjoy working with companies that stimulate me emotionally, physically, and intellectually

So what types of dance are you up to today?

I bopped around dance companies for a while, but I’m primarily working with The Lorraine Champman Company, a modern dance company that is really fulfilling to work for as an artmaker. I also dance and perform in a lot of random gigs. One that’s coming up will be at the Wilbur Theater [Editor’s Note: This is a big deal.] It’s called the Old School Game Show—it’s literally and old timey game show where people come on stage. It’s goofy, cheesy, wonderful live theater with plenty of dramatic reveals.

My speciality is collaborating with live musicians and improvising to their music. One band called of the Of The Sun  is like a psychedelic, metal, tribal band. Throat singing, tribal drums, bass guitars—the works. I dance at most of their shows, and the music just shakes up my cells AHHH. It’s the most fun. 

And of course ((305)). I teach kids too, but teaching adults at ((305)) is more fulfilling for me.

Tell me about your bae.

"On February 1 I’ll be celebrating three years with my boyfriend, Julien. We’re both empaths; we're super silly together; and we feel like life partners. He’s taught me so much about compassion and patience. He’s a good listener and doesn't have a bad bone in his body. And he even takes ((305)) classes!"

What does working at ((305)) mean to you?

It’s my happy place. It’s the one hour where I literally do not think about anything else except for ((305)). It’s an incredible active meditation and a reminder that dream jobs do come true.

What do you say to folks who are nervous about trying ((305)) for the first time?

I believe that giving advice depends on the person. So if the person asking is not confident in themselves, I tell them no one is watching and the lights are dim. If someone is worried about their lack of dance experience, I say that all you have to do is jump up and down, and I’m cool with that. Everyone is at different level, and everyone has a different body. Right before choreo starts, I tell the class that now is the time to let go of any judgement. 

And if they’re a friend of mine, I just say “come watch me be silly and yell at you to twerk.”

Boston is so lucky to have you! Did I hear this right, are you a Reiki master? Also...what’s Reiki?

What’s your favorite way to wind down?

"I come home. Put colorful christmas lights on. Smoke [a substance legal in the state of Massachusetts] and listen to music. Music is where I live when I’m not dancing."

Yes! It’s basically a hand-on, “universal” energy work and healing practice. It’s the ancient practice of healing through channeling energy. Everyone has an energy body along with the physical body—some people call this an aura. Reiki helps reset the energies when they’re blocked to help them flow again. It works similar to acupuncture, but instead of needles I use my hands. If you don’t like being touched, it can be hands-off and I can just hover my hands over your body.

That’s amazing. I feel like I need some of that. Okay time to wrap up. What’s on deck for 2017 Wisty?

I’m kind of in a transition from one version of me to another…you know, like Pokémon evolutions. Throughout life we change, and I embrace those changes. Sometimes it happens very quickly. I love just taking in what is around me, and sponging up the best parts into my person. I’m also working on being more self-motivated. Most of my life I’ve been externally motivated by teachers, school, or bosses. It’s time to show me that I’m the one in charge.


Want more Wisty? Catch up with her in a Boston class, on the 'Gram, or on Facebook.