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Local
Published Thursday Feb 06, 2020 by Fitt

The Best Fitness Events & Activities in San Diego This Month

From themed workouts, pre-brunch sweat sessions, and yoga-fueled dance parties, there’s no shortage of healthy happening and fit events to hit up in San Diego. Even better, we’ve scoured the scene to bring you the best of the best.      

Equinox
Image Source: Equinox Facebook
February 9: EQUINOX x ALCHEMĒ BARRE & BUBBLES EVENT (with a vitamin shot!) 

Sunday Scaries? Never heard of 'em. Get ready for the week ahead with this muscle-sculpting barre class at Equinox La Costa. Stick around after to enjoy a delicious spread of light bites from local juice bar Beaming, plus a free vitamin shot courtesy of ALCHEMĒ. 

Barrys Bootcamp
Image Source: Barrys Facebook
February 9: Barry's Cares: A Charity Class for the Endure 2 Cure Pediatric Cancer Foundation 

Make your way to Barry's San Diego to sweat it out in the Red Room for a good cause. Not only will you get in a solid workout, but you'll be helping support the Endure 2 Cure Pediatric Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial assistance to children and families undergoing cancer treatment. 

Smiling woman doing barre workout
Image Source: Barre3 Facebook
February 11: FREE barre3 Community Class 

 Grab your grip socks and head to A Time To Dance in North Park for a complimentary barre3 class. During the 60-minute workout, you'll sculpt and tone from head to toe during a series of low-impact movements and cardio exercises. Just remember to bring your mat, water, and hand weights, if that's your thing. 

HIIT the BEAT Event
February 14: HIIT the BEAT X Vuori: Valentine's Edition 

Skip the fancy dinner and celebrate Valentine's Day with this high-intensity workout. Taking place at Vuori's recently renovated space in Encinitas, you'll get your heart rate up during a 45-minute HIIT session infused with energizing beats from a live DJ. Stick around post sweat to take advantage of complimentary drinks courtesy of Kyla Kombucha and Ghost Tequila. 

AquaVie
Image Source: AquaVie Facebook
February 15: Poolside Yoga & Mimosas 

Savasana before you sip on Saturday. Start the morning off with a 60-minute rooftop class at AquaVie before rewarding yourself with a well-earned mimosa. 

GALentines Day Yoga
February 15: GALentine’s Day Yoga at THC 

Get in on the Galentine's Day festivities with this fun rooftop flow at The Holding Company in Ocean Beach. Bend and stretch alongside your best gals, then enjoy a post-sweat cheers with your complimentary mimosa. Now, this is one annual tradition we can get behind! 

Namaste for Brunch
February 16: Namaste For Brunch: Galentine’s Day 

Spend the morning celebrating your best girls during this Galentine's Day-themed workout. Enjoy a relaxing, 45-minute flow in the rustic, plant-filled restaurant space of Herringbone La Jolla. Then, settle in for a delicious two-course brunch and a free drink. 

Sunrise Saturday
February 22: Sunrise Saturday: Community work out! 

Jumpstart your weekend with a free workout at the San Diego Convention Center Stairs. In addition to a series of glute-burning stair climbs, expect HIIT-focused circuits, cardio moves, and a lot more during this fun bootcamp-style sweat session. 

Daybreaker One Love
Image Source: Eventbrite page
February 23: Daybreaker SD // One Love 2020 // Yoga + Dance Party 

Feel the love during this Sunday afternoon sweat party at Quartyard. You'll kick things off with an hour-long, energizing yoga sesh powered by a live DJ. Then, it'll be time to take things to the dance floor for an epic outdoor party complete with live performances and special guests. When you need to take a breather, refuel with free kombucha, healthy breakfast bites, Daytrip sparkling water, or non-alcoholic beer from Brooklyn Brewery. 

Leap Year 5K Run
February 29: Orangetheory Fitness Leap Year 5K Fun Run 

Join your fellow runners for this non-competitive 5k run in the San Diego sunshine. Meet at Road Runner Sports in Solana Beach before heading out for a run-fueled workout led by Orangetheory Fitness coaches. After, head back to the store for snacks and raffles. All paces welcome! 

Sunset Cliffs Yoga
February 29: Oceanfront Yoga at Sunset Cliffs 

Savasana is even better on Sunset Cliffs. Every Saturday, head to this tranquil, scenic overlook for a donation-based Hatha/Vinyasa practice and guided meditation with the ocean as your backdrop. Just remember to BYOM(at). 

Burpee Mile
March 7: The Burpee Mile San Diego 

Body by burpees, anyone? Hermosa Beach’s gnarly Burpee Mile is making its way down the coast to Silver Strand State Beach this March for those of us up to the challenge. Yes, this is exactly what you’re thinking: burpees with broad jumps for an entire mile. Whether you team up with your buddies or take this mile on solo, you’re guaranteed to be drenched in sweat by the last leg. 

San Diego in Pocket Boxing

About the author
Fitt is a location-based discovery platform that connects users to healthy experiences across 30 cities in the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Find the best fitness studios, healthy restaurants, and outdoor adventures at www.fitt.co.
what is wellness
Wellness
Published Wednesday Oct 06, 2021 by Denise Prichard

What is Wellness?

Expert Advice
Wellness

To say the last year and a half was tough would be an understatement. In fact, it will probably go down as one of the most difficult times for our modern generation. In one of the many social polls we conducted during the pandemic, some of you described this time as a sheer “dumpster fire” or “like stepping on a Lego.” And to be honest, I couldn’t agree more.

Luckily, we’ve been able to get back to some form of normalcy in our lives and wellness routines over the last several months. As vaccines became available to the public, wellness businesses welcomed fitness fanatics, haircut seekers, and massage lovers back to in-person wellness experiences. And thank goodness for that—my roots and horrible posture from working from my bed were both getting wildly out of control. This girl needed a good massage and cupping session stat.

If there’s one thing we learned from the pandemic, it’s that our wellness routines are as personal as they are important. During shelter-at-home, those routines looked a bit different. For many, it meant taking a new approach to the “typical” wellness services we count on—I’m looking at you DIY haircuts, at-home waxing sessions (ouch!), and virtual swerking classes.

Now that we can leave our humble abodes to take advantage of in-person experiences again, the word “wellness” has seemingly taken on a new meaning.

Recently, we conducted another one of our famous social polls to see what wellness means to you, our Mindbody community, now that we're slowly but surely getting back to our regularly scheduled programming. We also tapped some of our most influential Mindbody business owners about the ever-evolving wellness landscape.

Here’s what you all had to say.

Wellness is more important to you than ever

According to our annual Mindbody Wellness Index, 60% of Americans say they’re more focused on their health and wellness since COVID. Consumers are now realizing they need to take greater care of themselves to optimize and preserve their health. When we asked you on Instagram how important wellness is, a whopping 98% said it was more important than ever. When it comes to how you’re practicing wellness, though, the answers were all over the board. Many of you pointed to journaling, practicing breathwork, and daily workout routines (cycling and yoga topped the list) as being the activities that help you keep your chill throughout the week.

I’m also happy to report that over 50% said you tend to feel more blessed than stressed on a daily basis—which is more than likely a big improvement. Let’s be honest, a year ago I would’ve bet a billion dollars that 99.9% of us knew no other feeling than anxiety—am I right? But even with the stress in our lives dwindling, many of you are still experiencing burnout at the end of a long work week (guilty!). But instead of succumbing to a bottle of wine for relief (please, that was so 2020), you’re unwinding by going to your favorite workout classes—with hot yoga, barre, and Pilates as your faves.

What wellness means to the pros

Let’s be honest, we should credit the business owners in this space for helping us reignite our spark when it comes to our wellness routines, right? Thanks to them, we’ve been inspired to prioritize the activities that help us feel our best. In turn, we thought it’d be interesting to learn what wellness means to them—and how that definition has changed over the past eighteen months.

Here’s what they had to say.

“Wellness is living in balance—mind, body, spirit. Highs and lows. It all ebbs and flows and we can navigate it a bit better when we take time to move, breath and remember who we are, and how we are connected to this big, beautiful world.” - Jess Pierno, Founder, Owner, and Chief Inspiration Officer of Yoga Heights

“Wellness is a true balancing of the mental, physical, and spiritual. It has definitely evolved over the years for me—from something that I just thought was about exercising and eating a healthy diet—to also incorporating balancing and healing internally and spiritually.” - Stefanie Patterson, Owner, Indianapolis Salt Cave and Halotherapy Center

“My sense of wellness has evolved from staying healthy and motivated, mind/body/spirit... to being more gentle with myself, less demanding. Accepting my limitations, taking time for resting, and gaining real clarity about what's important. I care less about what people think of me—difficult as a performer and as a business owner with so many demands on me—and more about getting quiet and tapping into the divine source inside of me that helps me discern my next move. In this way, I know my motives are as pure as possible and I'm not getting distracted—not that I don't make mistakes! Those are necessary, that's how we learn!” - Johanna Krynytzky, Owner, Hip Expressions Belly Dance Studio

“My studio name reminds us that we are constantly evolving. The past 18 months have certainly shown us that! Wellness to me means doing your best on any given day to make sure that you are taking care of yourself as best you can. It leads to resilience. Diet, exercise, sleep, a sense of community, and some form of faith. It all matters. Setbacks happen all the time, and every day is a chance to start again. We strive to be 'cheerleaders' for our clients when we sense that things are coming out of balance in their lives. So many have been with us for 18 years and are friends—they are our community and we all watch out for each other.” - Mo Wolfe, Owner and Founder, Evolution Pilates

Putting wellness into action

I think we can all agree that there isn’t one true definition of wellness anymore. To some of us, it means getting that hot yoga sesh in daily, and to others, it means carving out time to treat ourselves to a massage or manicure. As long as you’re actively pursuing wellness—whatever that means to you—you're on the right track.

Our MO has always been about connecting the world to wellness—a term that's seen a lot of change lately. Whether you’re fully embracing the in-person experience or still delighted by the convenience of practicing at-home wellness, the Mindbody app makes it easy for you to book experiences that help you feel like YOU again.

denise prichard
Written by
Denise Prichard
Senior Marketing Content Specialist
About the author
Denise Prichard is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and an experienced content marketing professional with a penchant for writing compelling copy within the health, wellness and beauty industries. When she isn't writing or editing, you can find her teaching yoga classes, at a spin class or hanging out with her rescue pups.