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Get a Grip on Your next Pilates Workout
Fitness
Published Tuesday Jul 18, 2017 by Sara Syder

Get a Grip on Your Next Pilates Workout

Pilates

My fitness mantra is simple: sweat every day. I love to sweat because it means I am moving the body, releasing toxins, improving my mood and strengthening the immune system. One of my favorite places to get my sweat on is in Pilates class because of the many benefits, like lean and strong muscles, decreased back pain, improved posture, and a powerful core. As you move through the movements, it doesn’t take long for the heart rate to increase and your internal heat to rise. Slowly, the skin begins to drip with sweat.

Sweating is the body's way of thermoregulating. When you’re hot, your body wants to cool itself down. That’s a good thing, but what’s not a good thing is the risk of injury involved when sweaty palms and feet start to slip.

Have you ever tried to hold a plank or lunge on the reformer with wet feet, or do pike on the Pilates chair with wet hands? It’s awful! Your heart knows you can do it. Your body wants to do it. But your mind is distracted. You might think:

My feet are slipping. 
I can't hold this. 
I have to readjust. 
I hate to sweat.

Pilates is the practice of control. How you can you keep that control when you are slipping through the movements? Your safety shouldn’t be compromised when the answer is simple–grip socks!

Pilates socks, like ToeSox, and gloves are the functional and must-have accessory that make your sweaty workout better–whether you’re in Pilates, barre or yoga class.

Here's why you need grip socks and grip gloves for every Pilates workout:

  • Non-slip grip keeps your hands and feet in place so you focus on engaging in the exercise
  • Since fungus lurks where sweat falls, grip socks provide a hygienic barrier between your skin and the germs on the floor/mat/equipment.
  • If you are ready to challenge yourself but felt unstable with the slipping? Grip socks give you the chance to dive deeper.

Stay safe, stay put, and stay stronger during dynamic movements and steady holds. Sweat happens, but don't let it suck the life out of your Pilates workout.

Sara Syder
Written by
Sara Syder
Enthusiast
About the author
Sara Syder has years of Pilates experience under her belt and is committed to living a healthy lifestyle, both on and off the mat.
black-owned beauty and wellness businesses
Beauty
Published Sunday Jan 30, 2022 by Denise Prichard

Black-owned Beauty and Wellness Businesses to Know

February is Black History Month—a celebration of the achievements and contributions of African Americans in society.  As the beauty and wellness industry becomes a more welcoming and inclusive space for all, we are taking this opportunity to continue to shine a light on the gap of inclusivity and diversity in our industry, and take action to promote, empower, and honor the Black community that shapes and grows wellness.  

While the beauty industry is making improvements—it's important to showcase and support Black businesses and the creatives in this space every day. To honor them, we're shouting out some of our favorite Black-owned beauty and wellness businesses to support. 

1. Beauty Bin 

Beauty Bin is a full-service day spa and dry bar located in Asheville, NC. With a focus on inclusivity for people of all backgrounds, genders, and races, their MO is to match the outer beauty of every client to their inner beauty. From eyelash extensions and hydrafacials to waxing and massage, Beauty Bin is a one-stop-shop for all the spa services.  
 

2. KIKA Stretch Studio  

The KIKA Method® is a gentle assisted stretching process that loosens up tight muscles freeing your body from pain and stress. By practicing this method, clients can experience decreased muscle tension, increased energy, enhanced flexibility, a substantial reduction in stress, improved posture and relaxation, and increased mental clarity. While its headquarters is located in Las Vegas, NV, they have multiple locations sprinkled throughout the US, including Atlanta, New York City, and Dallas—just to name a few.

3. Kimberly Coleman Salon 

At Kimberly Coleman Salon, their philosophy begins with promoting healthy tresses, elegant sets, unique accouterments, perfect pampering of hands and feet, and precision cuts. Known for working with models and celebrities, they fully appreciate and celebrate the diversity of their clientele which also includes super moms and warrior dads. 

4. Pressed Roots 

Pressed Roots was developed with the simple concept in mind—that everyone deserves access to easy, and quality hair care. What started as a single pop-up shop in Boston, grew to a multi-city pop-up tour, and is now slated to be the largest national hair salon franchise specializing in the care and styling of highly textured hair, they launched their first flagship location in Dallas, TX.  

5. SW3AT  

Jersey City resident, Alyza Brevard-Rodriguez started SW3AT. The company began as a fitness apparel line in 2015 but evolved into a sanctuary catered to health and wellness now known as SW3AT Sauna Studio—the first infrared sauna studio in Jersey City. The healing power of infrared heat therapy is a phenomenal option for holistic health proven to strengthen the immune system and provide relief from joint stiffness and muscle pain. It is also supportive of any fitness program as it aids in weight loss (you can torch up to 900 calories in a 45-minute session) while also detoxifying your body from some of the most harmful toxins. 

6. The TEN Nail Bar 

Kelli Coleman and Anika Jackson opened The TEN Nail Bar in Detroit to address a void in their city. They saw a need for a quality, modern nail bar that could also serve as a fun social space for Detroit’s residents and professionals. They designed the TEN to provide their clients with a #Perfect10 experience—where you can relax, enjoy music, a drink, your friends, a clean and precise manicure, and a much-needed break from all your hectic days. 

7. Bettye O Day Spa 

Located in the beautiful downtown Hyde Park Chicago area, Bettye O Day Spa specializes in first-class treatments. They aim to nurture and relax each of their clients with individualized and innovative therapeutic techniques. From body wraps and massages to facials and hydrotherapy, this day spa promises to be a safe place for healing to occur.  

Looking for more businesses to support? ClassPass has also created a list of Black-owned business to check out all year-round. While both of these lists are a great start to get you familiar with many of the Black-owned businesses either in your neighborhood or around the globe, we have only scratched the surface. We'd love to keep these lists growing.If you have any businesses you'd like to see on this list, click here to submit a Black-owned business we should be highlighting as well! 

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.