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Fitness
Published Wednesday Oct 02, 2019 by Erica Arvanitis

Get a Scary Good Workout In These 3 Cities

Yoga
Interval Training
Kickboxing
Pilates
Barre
Fitness
Bootcamp

Ready to give your muscles a treat? No matter what your plans are this Halloween—or where you are—it’s time to crank up “Thriller” and sweat it out in a class at one of these frightfully ahh-mazing studios. 

 

LOS ANGELES
Find a devilishly good sweat session in the City of Angels. 

 

BoxUnion Fitness

BoxUnion
Location: Santa Monica
Class: Signature 

Designed for all levels, this music-driven class combines cardio, shadow boxing, HIIT, bodyweight strength, and individual heavy bag training for an *extra* sweaty workout. 

 

Training Mate

Training Mate 
Locations: West Hollywood, Santa Monica, Studio City
Class: Sydney Circuit

Looking for your next calorie-burning class? With a focus on overall conditioning, this high-intensity, circuit-style workout works through three different stations targeting both upper and lower body muscles. 

 

PLATEFIT

PLATEFIT 
Locations: WeHo, Studio City, Brentwood
Class: BootcampFIT 

If you’re looking to improve your stamina and flexibility, this unique, full-body workout is for you. From circuit-style routines to creative muscle-toning exercises featuring dumbbells and exercise bands, this class targets all the major muscle groups. 

 

DENVER 
Make your muscles work some magic in the Mile High. 

 

Lagree Luxe

Lagree Luxe
Location: Capitol Hill 
Class: Lagree Fitness 

High-intensity and low-impact, this Megaformer-focused class is one of the most effective and innovative approaches to full-body conditioning. If you’re a first-timer, remember to get there early to meet your instructor and get acquainted with the machine! 

 

women on mats doing barre workout

Barre3 
Location: Highlands Square
Class: barre3

Are you ready to feel amazing—both inside and out? This mindful workout guides you through sustained holds, muscle-burning micro-movements, and intense cardio bursts. You will leave the studio feeling balanced in body and empowered from within.  

 

Duality Fitness

Duality
Location: West Colfax 
Class: DualityHIIT & Flow

Kickstart your week with this killer hybrid class! Spend 35 minutes working through stations of strength and cardio exercises—utilizing treadmills, stand-up rowers, kettlebells, slam balls, resistance bands, and TRX. After the circuit, transition into a heated yoga flow to keep you balanced and centered. 

 

SAN FRANCISCO 
Tap into a spine-chilling sweat session in SF.
 
Uforia Studios

Uforia Studios
Location: Nob Hill 
Class: Revolutions

Who's ready to ride? Developed by a Uforia dancer, this cycling class focuses on high-energy music for a full-body workout in just 45 minutes! It’s more like a dance party on a bike to your favorite beats. 

 

Bar Method

The Bar Method
 
Locations: Marina, Downtown
Class: Bar Express

This 45-minute class is supercharged to get you sculpted and back to the office (or your daily errands) right on time. Challenging for all levels, this workout will exercise your body and mind—and you’ll deserve the best nap afterward. 

 

Rocksalt Pilates

RockSalt Pilates
Locations: Potrero Hill, Redwood City, San Mateo 
Class: RockReform Sweat 

Featuring the original sweat-worthy RockSalt workout, this Pilates fusion class is timed to upbeat music—working you from the inside out. Combining cardio, strength resistance training, reformer exercises, and coordination techniques, test your strength with this intense class. 


Ready for your next scary good workout? Explore more of these classes on the MINDBODY app, or search in your city on MINDBODY.io! 
 

Erica Arvanitis MINDBODY
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Erica Arvanitis
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About the author
A copywriter by day, Erica spends her free time mastering the art of puzzles while forcing her 10-year-old Chow mix to wear sweaters. With experience in PR, social media, marketing, and copywriting, Erica lives and breathes the written word. Warning: don’t test her on Friends trivia - she will win every time.
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.

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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.