Austin's Killer Queer Workout Classes
New year and a stronger, more balanced you
By Sarah Marloff,
8:00AM, Tue. Jan. 9, 2018
In Austin, there’s no shortage of workout and yoga classes designed with queers in mind. So if you’re looking to start 2018 with a new workout regime, but feel out of place at gyms and crossfit centers around town – look no further.
We’ve reached out to local LGBTQ yogis and trainers to bring you this roundup of queer-led classes designed to make you feel good, safe, and sassy while getting your sweat (or OM) on.
Prepare for class: Listen to your body and take breaks. “If it’s been a while since you’ve done cardio, you may need to do modifications to suit your needs.”
Mondays and Fridays, 6:10pm; Wednesdays, 6:30pm, at Transform Fitness.
Class Transitions With Erica NixTransform’s flagstone class incorporates functional exercise and body shaping for transmen, women, and non binary people. Consider this a safe and welcoming space to achieve your aesthetic goals while staying strong and healthy. Nix, who essentially started Transform to make unique and safe workout spaces for queer, trans, and nonbinary communities, calls this class “intimate” with plenty of room for new members.
Prepare for class: Expect a lot of sharing and community love from this tight-knit class. Most importantly, Nix says “just be yourself.”
Thursdays, 6:30pm, Transform Fitness.
Intro to Queer Yoga With Kelly M. Marshall
Whether you’re new to yoga or returning to the practice after a break, this alignment-oriented and strengthening (physical, emotional, and mental) class is designed with queer self-care in mind. As a mindfulness coach and yoga therapist, Marshall’s 75 minute flow “encourages questions, comfortability, body autonomy, weirdness, silliness, and vulnerability.”
Prepare for class: Sip some complimentary tea and peruse the products. If you're interested, you can take your self-care to the next level with a number of wellness services by Marshall and co. at Spectrum Yoga Therapy and Massage's new studio.
Sundays, 6:30pm, Transform Fitness
Naked Yoga for Gay Men With ToddPilates
Prepare for class: Arrive freshly showered (it’s a large class in a closed space) with a mat, towel, and water bottle, though extras are on hand if you forget something.
Big Boy Yoga With Logan Ware
Prepare for class: Leave your shoes at the door. On Saturdays arrive at 9:30am to meditate, 10am if you want to jump gayly into the yoga routine.
Tuesdays, 7:15pm; Saturdays, 9:30am, Transform Fitness.
Queerdalini With Gigi Grinstad and Haley LoveInterested in learning more about Kundalini yoga? Then this is the class for you. Open to all levels.
Prepare for class: Nix says because Kundalini is a “very specific practice” it’s best for newcomers to try out both Queerdalini and Marshall’s Intro class to “see which one floats your boat really.”
Mondays, 7:30pm, Transform Fitness
Don’t want to commit to ongoing classes? Then consider adding a splash of queer flair to your sweat-sesh routine. In honor of the hit-film I, Tonya, Nix leads her second Tonya Harding-inspired workout on Sunday, Jan. 21, at Alamo Mueller. Drag Race star Laganja Estranja returns to Transform on Tuesday, Jan. 30, to teach some extra sassy dance moves. And, on Friday, Feb. 23, Los Angeles-based trainer Elliot Musgrave teaches a Posture and Mobility for the Resistance class at Transform designed with queer and trans people in mind.
Want more? You can find Gay Place's complete and most up-to-date workout listings daily on our calendar page.