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Obé Fitness Review: I’ve Taken Over 400 of Their Classes — Here’s My Experience

Ivan Clarke

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The fitness world is crowded with boutique workouts and expensive gyms. And, I’ve tried it all. While expensive boot camp classes were fun but hard to sustain and gym memberships required venturing into intimidating weight rooms with lots of people, there is one fitness program I truly recommend. For the last two years, I’ve been a loyal fan of Obé Fitness, an at-home workout platform that offers live and on-demand classes from kickboxing to yoga to strength training. From the comfort of my home, I’ve taken over 400 of their classes and they have truly changed the way I treat fitness in my own life.

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In March of 2020, cloistered in my tiny apartment I signed up for Obé Fitness and did my first workout, a high-intensity interval training class that was one of the thousands of classes in Obé’s on-demand library. Obé’s library is full of classes ranging from 10-minute “express” dance classes, to 45-minute “sculpt” pilates classes. And, wew of the instructors on the platform.

Does Obé Fitness offer live classes?

One huge benefit to Obé as compared to other online fitness programs I’ve tried (and I’ve tried a few), is that it offers both on-demand and live classes. They offer anywhere from 10 to 20 live classes a day in a range of lengths and disciplines. I tested out a bunch of classes I liked via their on-demand library and then showed up for my first live class, a combination dance and high-intensity interval training class with their beloved instructor Walter.

For anyone timid of the concept of “live” classes, Obé’s classes really offer the best of all worlds. While you stream the class live and can listen as instructors shout out people in the class with encouraging comments, you aren’t on camera, so there’s no pressure to be perfect and the entire class feels like a warm and safe place to push yourself out of your comfort zone.

And while I’ve taken almost every variety of class in their library, I am consistently impressed by how their instructors teach workouts — with a holistic approach to health and an eagerness to meet you where you are, from a fitness perspective. Each of the certified trainers and professionals teaching the classes are quick to offer up modifications, give advice about certain moves or exercises, and make sure that you’re having fun and learning how to exercise without hurting yourself or your body.

After a few months of working out with Obé Fitness, I was evangelizing it to all of my friends and family, many of whom noticed that I had muscles for the first time in my life. A few of my friends and siblings started using the platform as well, and being able to take live classes together was so fun. A few months later, Obé launched a “workout party” feature that allowed my sister and I to take a Saturday strength class together every week, each of us simultaneously streaming the live class and video conferencing with each other.

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To say I love this workout platform is an understatement. Without any of the pressure of being on display, I’ve fallen back in love with dance classes, which I can do in my living room without anyone around to watch my lack of coordination. I’ve been able to try out classes like kickboxing, which is a type of exercise I’ve always wanted to do but have been too intimidated to try in any group setting.

The very best part? This entire monthly membership costs less than a price of a single boutique fitness class. It also has a one-week free trial you can start with. The value this platform has provided me in regards to community, instruction, and overall happiness makes this a complete steal in my eyes.

How does Obé Fitness work?

For a super affordable price, you get access to an entire on-demand library of thousands of fitness classes, in addition, to live classes streamed seven days a week. Classes range from stretching and yoga to high-intensity interval training and pilates, and are available in a range of different lengths, from 10 minutes to an hour. The majority of their live classes are 28 minutes, designed to be squeezed into a quick half-hour break in your day.

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It’s easy to filter their on-demand library by class type, difficulty level, length, or instructor. Many of the classes can be done with minimal equipment, so there’s always a class you can do if you’re traveling or hesitant to invest in any exercise equipment. In fact, my favorite classes are some of the dance cardio classes which can be done with zero equipment.

You can access classes via your computer, television, or phone using their app. My preference is to play the class on my computer and cast it to my television so I can see the instructors and the workouts the best. But, I’ve also traveled and taken classes on my phone or my computer when I didn’t have access to a television.

If you’re thinking about trying out Obé Fitness, they offer a free trial and you can get 50% off your first month with their monthly membership with the code BUSTLE. And, while I’ve tried enough fitness platforms to know that starting is intimidating, you can find me in Spencer’s dance cardio classes and Alex’s cardio kickboxing almost every week. Listen closely, the instructor might shout out “Amy from Brooklyn,” and you’ll have a friend in class.

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The Viral TikTok “Rating Game” Explained

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They’re a nine, but they can’t use chopsticks. They’re a four, but they have a credit score over 700. They’re an eight but haven’t read a book since college. These are the rules to TikTok’s most popular game of the moment, the rating game. Hugely viral online right now, the rating game poses existential questions for the daters of the world like, “how attractive is attractive enough to make up for navy blue bed sheets and a Wolf Of Wall Street poster on the wall?”

TikTok’s rating game is a new take on the stale superficial rating scales of ages past. The rules are simple – ratings on a scale of one to 10 are welcome, only if paired with a hyper specific and relatable qualifier. With this qualifier in mind, players must assign a new rating, proving that looks are not the only thing that matters. The game has been mainly popularized by women on TikTok, and functions in the same vein as “the ick,” calling out the hyper specific details that alter ones attraction to another. Hundreds of videos populate the tags #ratinggame and #ratingmen on TikTok, each collecting 1.1 million views and 2.7 million views, respectively.

Influencers @kitkeenan, @rubyrubyrubyrubyrubay, and @serenakerrigan shared their game play on TikTok, earning more than 121,000 views and 7,000 likes in only a few days. The comments section was quick to throw out more plays including, “He’s a 10 but he was on a dating show,” and, “he’s a 10 but uses Facetune.”

Another user, @witherinlibby, played the game with her friend, earning more than 81,000 likes and more than half a million views. The commenters’ favorite quips? “He’s a nine but he’s searching for a ping pong ball,” “he’s a two but he posted an infographic about some social cause,” and “he’s a 10 but he actively posts on his LinkedIn profile.”

User @griffengrice joined the game with more than 24,000 likes, 172,000 views, and hundreds of comments. The most popular game entries from that video include, “he’s a two but he’s a really good hip hop dancer,” and “he’s a four but he plays hockey.”

So, who else can play the rating game? One user, @tarikhagen, joined the game to satirically call out the less nuanced way some straight men approach dating. “Okay she’s a six, hardcore racist, but she’s into you,” he quips, “ooh that’s tough, probably 10,” he self responds. The comments echoed this outlook with messages like, “I would give a tree a chance if I approached me first,” and “As long as she’s into me she’s a 10.”

Still, jokes can be made from anyone on the app all in good fun — after all, the people of the internet are self aware enough to know their standards are sometimes too high…or too low. Game plays like “she’s a nine but she shotguns beers at parties to look cool,” “she’s an eight but she cried when One Direction split up,” and “she’s a 10 but she says ‘period’ at the end of every sentence,” are some of the examples users have called out for this game. The key to keeping this game fun? Keeping it light. Posters and commenters alike join in on this trend to poke fun at the little quirks we all have.

TikTok’s best trick is taking something old and tired and repurposing it for a more connected, dare I say funnier, age. There is nothing more boring than rating someone on a scale of one to ten, unless that rating is determined by their fashion choices they listen to or the sushi they order. They’re a 10 but exclusively order California rolls and wear light wash jeans, what’s your rating?

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What Is a Medical Pedicure? Experts Break Down the Medi Pedi

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You’re probably familiar with the traditional pedicures offered at most nail salons, but a medical pedicure is a service that is a bit more under-the-radar.

If you haven’t already broken out your sandals for the warmer months ahead, you will be soon — and it’s a great time to read up on medi pedis, and learn why the procedure can be so beneficial (especially for those who often deal with calluses, ingrown toenails, cracked heels, or other foot-related issues like corns or bunions). “This treatment is ideal for athletes, those with overactive lifestyles, and people that work standing for long periods of time,” Marcela Correa, licensed professional medical pedicurist at Medi Pedi NYC, tells Bustle. “This pedicure is also for people that want to maintain the health of their feet and those that don’t feel comfortable taking their shoes off in front of others at a regular nail salon.”

Because medi pedis are incredibly sterile and waterless, there’s little to no chance of getting an infection. “The majority of people who book a medical pedicure with me are scared of getting an infection from the nail salon or who already got one,” says Dr. Hillary Brenner, a podiatrist who performs medical pedicures in the tri-state area. “Anyone with a pair of feet can benefit,” says Correa.

Want to learn more? Read on to hear more from Brenner and Correa, as they explain everything you’ll need to know before your first appointment.

What Is A Medical Pedicure?

Both experts tell Bustle that one of the major differences between medical and regular pedicures is that the former is a one-on-one experience. “The first major difference is that the service is performed by a certified medical nail technician in a super-clean private room,” says Correa.

Brenner explains that the service is performed by a podiatrist or an esthetician (who has special training, i.e. shadowing a podiatrist) with instruments that are sterilized up to medical-grade standards. Both podiatrists and estheticians can address ingrown nails, thick calluses, corns, fungal nails, et cetera, but Brenner notes that there’s a limit to how assertive estheticians can be.

What To Expect At Your Appointment

Don’t expect anything painful, but a medical pedicure is not a treatment that involves a relaxing soak or luxuriously long foot massage. “We eliminate the use of water to avoid cross-contamination. Water can make conditions like nail fungi and Athlete’s Foot worse,” explains Correa. “At Medi Pedi NYC, we solely focus on the health and wellness of your nails and the soles of your feet. We don’t apply nail polish or do foot massages.”

Correa continues that the sterile and dry pedicure is customized to each individual. You can expect your pro to remove dead skin with professional equipment, and clip, file, shape, and buff your toenails. She says that any medical ailments such as thick nails, nail discoloration, Athlete’s Foot, nail fungus, and more will also be addressed at her office. Correa also educates her clients. “The pedicure includes educating on how to maintain results and treat the ailments they are dealing with.”

Brenner informs Bustle that medical pedicures at her office can take from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the condition of the clients’ feet. “One thing we don’t recommend is cutting the cuticles as the purpose of them is to act as a barrier against infection.” For those with severely damaged toenails, she offers a procedure called Keryflex in which an extension is used. “The beauty of Keryflex is that it doesn’t damage the nail underneath and it looks just like a real nail,” says Brenner. “The nail polish we use is called Dr. Remedy nail polish which is chemical-free, vegan, and gluten-free without toxins.”

How Often Should You Get A Medical Pedicure?

Frequent appointment aren’t alway necessary. “It depends on whether or not you are treating a non-invasive ailment or preventing one,” Correa says. “Clients who get recurring ingrown nails, or those that are treating nail fungus or Athlete’s Foot should opt for monthly treatments. If monthly is not possible, at least every six to eight weeks.” For anyone with healthy feet who are simply seeking routine maintenance, she recommends scheduling one appointment each season.

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Who Is Connor Finch? ‘Everything I Know About Love’s Street Champions Mental Health IRL

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When Dolly Alderton published her memoir Everything I Know About Love, British millennials experienced a wave of collective nostalgia. While not faithfully adapted from the book itself, the BBC’s adaptation of the best-selling memoir has all the heart and joy of Alderton’s original. The cast features a mix of familiar and new faces, including Pistol’s Emma Appleton as Maggie and The Morning Show’s Bel Powley as Birdy. But Maggie’s love interest, Street, played by Connor Finch, is quite the character too. Here’s what you need to know about the heartthrob.

While Everything I Know About Love may not be Finch’s first television role, it’s certainly one of his biggest. His first appearance on the small screen came in 2021, when he starred in an episode of The Larkins as Kenny. He’s also set to appear in the Ben Miller-led drama Professor T in its second season premiere as Joss Jones.

Prior to landing these roles, Finch studied musical theatre at the Arts Educational Schools London before moving on to the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in 2017. Having studied and performed there for three years, he graduated with a BA (Hons) in Acting in 2020.

Humorously, the rising star’s Instagram bio reads: “Just your average cockney, from time to time thespian and full on failed rockstar really”. It’s full of sunny posts of his travel escapades, from boating in the Caribbean in a Rolling Stones T-shirt, to flying a plane over the North Sea. Plus Christmas dumps alongside his sister Amy Finch. He posted a snippet from Everything I Know About Love on Jun. 1, with the caption starting, “One week to go!”

Finch has been very candid about his mental health on social media. In November 2020, he shared his recovery journey after “battling severe mental health issues around eating disorders and addiction” eight years ago.

“Speaking openly and seeking help was single handedly the best decision I’ve ever made in my life,” he wrote on Instagram, sharing a tattoo with the text “hope” and the date “05 11 12” above. “I aim to do everything I can to raise the awareness and importance of speaking about and seeking help for mental health.”

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