Outside Lands

Avant-Barre Guide to Stretching at Festivals

You already know that the most satisfying part of class (okay, aside from killing that burpee set or finally nailing a challenging balance pose) is the stretching. This weekend your body will get the best kind of cardio workout from the dancing, walking, and frolicking that will ensue at Outside Lands. Don't forget to treat your muscles to a sweet release between sets. Here, Nini demonstrates the 3 stretches you need outside the studio. 

Standing Thigh Stretch

Dancing and jumping around in a crowd while Tame Impala is performing will be super fun, but in between sets, give your thighs a much-needed break with this standing quad stretch.

  1. Find a sturdy post, tree, or friend to help you balance and bring your right ankle in your right hand. 

  2. Flex your foot; keep your abs pulled in and your spine upright

  3. Angle your lifted knee down to the floor and bend your standing knee, lift your chest

  4. Gently pull back on your ankle to deepen the stretch

  5. Repeat with the left leg

Standing Calf Stretch 

The trek from the Twin Peaks Stage to Lands End can seem less grueling if you remember to stretch out those calves.

  1. Start with both feet hip distance apart

  2. Step your right foot far behind you; keep your right leg straight as you press your right heel into the floor

  3. Bend your front knee to deepen the stretch; keep your front knee over your front ankle; keep your back leg straight and your back heel grounded

  4. Switch sides

Full Back Leg Stretch

And sometimes you need more intense relief.

  1. Find a barrier or gate that is hip height or lower

  2. Stand about 3 feet away and carefully lift your right leg onto the gate

  3. Square your hips to the gate and keep both legs straight keeping your right ankle in front of your right hip

  4. To intensify the stretch, hinge forward from your hips and reach for ankle

  5. Switch sides


Looking for a healthy pre-game? Start your day with Avant-Barre! Reserve your spot in any of our weekend classes; we have a full schedule throughout festival days.

Outside Lands 2015: 6 Artists to See


Every August San Francisco hails music lovers from all over for our festival pride and joy, Outside Lands. We can't resist 3 days of fun, the occasional sun (it can happen!), food, and dancing 'til our legs can't take it anymore (and if you've done "Chair" in class recently, you know that our legs can take a lot!). Headed to Golden Gate Park this weekend? Catch us at these acts.


Day 1 | Lands End

Coming off a high at Lollapalooza, MisterWives continues their tour west. Their indie pop sound is the stuff summer is made of, and Outside Lands is the perfect setting for their feel-good tunes.

D'Angelo and the Vanguard

Day 1 | Sutro

We can't guarantee he will be shirtless but D'Angelo's velvety voice will make you feel all kinds of sexy. Bring the body rolls. 


Day 2 | Panhandle

The man behind Giraffage is Bay Area born and raised. Check him out for silky smooth mash-ups and creatively funky mixes.

Kendrick Lamar

Day 2 | Twin Peaks

When Kendrick Lamar reentered the rap scene under his own name in 2009 he was an overnight sensation. Rumor has it his performance will energize the crowd to levels we didn't know existed. 


Day 3 | Twin Peaks

Odesza promises the ultimate dance party in the middle of your Sunday. What more do you need?

Elton John

Day 3 | Lands End

Pack your best sequins and rose-colored glasses. Sir Elton John closes the main stage on day 3 and, if our predictions are correct, he will shut it down.


What acts are on your must-see list?