“V Art of Wellness is about raising your vibration,” Tracie Vlaun, one part of the dynamic fitness duo explains. V Art of Wellness offers cutting-edge beach bootcamps, yoga, and outdoor functional fitness in 60-minute class sessions that focus on how you feel and not the pounds, the inches and aesthetics. We want you to “get away from the mirrors, its very discouraging for a lot of people,” Tracie explains.
By aligning Chris’ off the mat fitness style with Tracie’s yoga training, the couple designed programs that mimic natural or “primal movements” like sprints, lunges, push-ups / pull-ups, crawling, and squatting. This fusion resulted in the creation of their innovative and signature workout method, Aeroga. The fitness/yoga hybrid is set to inspiring music tracks, resulting in fun and engaging workouts with just enough intensity to be challenging, but not overwhelming. “I wanted to incorporate music, more like a dance flow choreography, and people were like this is super yoga. Throughout the songs and movement it’s all about connecting, music, energy, body flow.”
Known as the “outdoor fitness experts,” the couple explains that taking the workouts outside is a key component to their program’s strategy and philosophy. “We take very discerning clientele that have difficulty focusing and bring them out of the gym, removing the walls, removing the ego and have them training in a way where they become more connected to themselves which then becomes more empowering” says Chris. The outdoors also offer a practical purpose as the body on average expends 30 percent more energy working out in the sand, which is likely to reap greater results.
Operating on a premise that is contrary to many of todays fitness programs that focus on specific timelines and numbers, The V Art of Wellness philosophy places the emphasis on feeling good. Chris explains that “in the fitness world you’ll see a lot of ‘follow this for 90 days and you’ll get two inches off your waist and then you’ll be happy,’ but what happens if you don’t accomplish that, you’re setting yourself up to be unhappy.” Instead the focus is on “having a connection with yourself and body, and getting addicted to that. The byproduct of that process is you’ll look better. It all starts with you. This hour is an opportunity for you to manufacture happiness, good feelings and good vibrations” says Chris.
The Vlauns, who regularly work with CEOs, high net worth individuals, professional athletes, celebrities, and royalty also have residencies at the W Ft. Lauderdale, The St. Regis Bal Harbour, and most recently have teamed up with THE CONFIDANTE Miami Beach to create a dynamic wellness program available to hotel guests and locals alike. The specially crafted program takes advantage of the hotel’s prime beachfront location and 10th floor open-air rooftop spa, and is offered daily at 10 am. For hotel guests the cost is included as an amenity within the hotel’s daily resort fee. The cost per class for non-hotel guests is $20.
Class options include Beachcross Bootcamp, Aeroga, Shred Bootcamp, a total body workout for muscular strength and endurance, Body Circuit Bootcamp and yoga focused classes like Dynamic Flow Yoga, Yoga Flow, Yoga Core Fusion, and Beach Bliss Yoga.
Next on the agenda for the wellness team is the creation of a workshop series that focuses on their Aeroga Method, and that will extend into a teacher-training program to allow other instructors to share the Aeroga Method all over the world. There are also plans for the creation of a line of yoga mats, equipment, accessories and clothing that will enhance the experience of the Aergo Method.
For more information on class schedules at the resort, or obtaining private sessions visit V-ArtofWellness.com.