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Get Ready for 'Summer Nights' in Manhattan Beach

Jul 01, 2021 12:50PM ● By Jeanne Fratello
It's time to enjoy "Summer Nights" in Manhattan Beach - a weekly nighttime event for you to "sweat, spike, and sip."

On Thursday nights in July, Gym Class Fitness will offer a fun (free) workout starting at 6:00 p.m. at 6th Street on the beach. The workout will be followed by a friendly game of beach volleyball; then the group will head up to Culture Brewing for craft beers (at a special discount) and conversation.

The workout will be led by South Bay fitness coach Rene Aafjes, founder of Move Perform Thrive.

An intermediate level of fitness is recommended, as the workout is geared for adult athletes who want to play more sports more often. However, the workout is not planned to be "super intense," said Ryan Linner, founder of Gym Class Fitness.

To secure a spot for this Thursday or other Thursdays, DM Gym Class Fitness on Instagram.

Creating a Welcoming Place for Sports

Linner said that he's heard many people say they would like to play or learn to play beach volleyball, but they feel intimidated or aren't sure who to play with. His idea was to create a welcoming event that would inspire adults to get outside and playing sports more often.

The event fits in with the larger overall goal of Gym Class Fitness, a startup sports-based fitness and learning platform that encourages adults to train for and play sports and activities that they love.

"We came in with the idea that the current model of fitness is 'broken,' where it’s about what you look like, when it really should be about having the ability to do that activities you love," said Linner.

Linner says the Thursday beach events are the first of what he hopes will be many community events encouraging adults to take part in fun sports and fitness activities.

If the beach events in July are successful and people want to continue, he said, Gym Class Fitness will keep hosting more. "If people like it and keep coming, we won’t stop, we’ll continually find ways to keep doing things," he said.

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