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Published Thursday Jan 16, 2020 by Erica Arvanitis

Here’s How To Work Out Like Your Favorite Artist

Fitness
Running
Personal Training
Massage
Cardio

When our favorite artists hit the stage, we’re floored by not only their voices, but of course, their rockin’ bods. Whether they’re on the road touring or playing a star-studded award show like the Grammys, finding time to stay fit and healthy can be a challenge.  

Wondering how these divas get their sweat on? Check out how they stay healthy on and off the stage! 

Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

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Feelin’ strong as hell  

According to Shape (and Lizzo’s infamous Instagram stories), the body-positive singer works with a certified personal trainer, Marcus Ely. He coaches her through different workouts, including wide-grip lat pull-downs, barbell back squats on a Smith machine, and Russian twists.  

Lizzo doesn’t just post her workouts, though. She’s also posted stories getting a Theragun massage, involving percussion tools best used for recovery when her muscles are sore AF. Her workout/recovery combo is essential to her overall wellness of body and mind. In an interview with NPR, the singer spoke about learning to be more comfortable with her body and discovering what works for her:  

“When I started discovering my self-love and trying to be more positive about my body...I was like; I have no plastic surgery options, there’s no crazy dieting options; I’ve been big my whole life. ‘Just deal with it! Just accept your body’ I made a decision that I would eventually be happy about it, and it took a long time. Ten years later, I have a healthy relationship with my body.”  

Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

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Lover (of fitness)

A Grammy goddess of many talents, Taylor Swift, is definitely on our “fispiration” list. Well-known for her high-energy stadium tours, Swift stays active by regularly booking classes at a New York-based studio, Body By Simone. Founded by Australian personal trainer and former Broadway dancer Simone De La Rue, the BBS method mixes high-intensity dance cardio with light dumbbells to help form long, lean muscles.  

When she’s not in a class, she loves to run around the city. According to WebMD, Swift says it’s a chance to discover new music and explore what’s around her:  

“For me, running is about blasting a whole bunch of new songs and running to the beat. It’s also good because it makes me find a gym wherever I am.”  

Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

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Thank you, next (workout) 

There will be some tears left to cry after this huge pop star’s workout. Grande’s personal trainer, Harley Pasternak, who has also worked out with Rihanna, Adam Levine, and Katy Perry, gives his famous client something to focus on each day. Grande does five sets of 30 reps of each workout, including reverse lunges, walking lunges, and glute bridges.  

Also, if you’re looking to work out like the “God Is A Woman” singer, be ready to step it up. Literally. As she told Women’s Health, Grande makes a goal to get between 12,000-14,000 steps in every day:  

“I feel better when I'm just moving around a lot. I could do a really hard workout and then sit around all day and not feel as good as if I am constantly moving." 

Not only does her body benefit from a good workout, but (according to People), so does her music:  

“I have a lot of ideas on the treadmill. If I need help writing or being creative, or coming up with an idea [I work out]. I came up with the idea for the ‘Side to Side’ video on the treadmill. Usually, I’ll listen to throwback ‘90’s hip-hop, or stuff that makes me amped.”  

I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

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I’ve been sweatin’, I’ve been sweatin’  

Want a bangin’ bod like Queen B? A few years back—in celebration of Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” health initiative—Beyoncé posted a few Instagram videos showing off her fitness routine. According to Marie Claire, here’s what a regular sweat sesh looks like for her:  

Standing Side Crunches: Start with your feet shoulder-width apart, keeping your core and glutes tight, then bring your knee up to meet your elbow. Beyoncé starts with ten on each side, then works her way up until she feels the heat.  

Full Body Sit-Up: FYI: this is a very challenging exercise. Beginners can skip the medicine ball that Beyoncé uses or try something lighter in weight. Start by laying down and stretching your arms over your head, making your body as long as possible. Bring your arms up, while also bringing your knees up and feet in. If you’re even more advanced, never let your feet touch the ground and incorporate the weight of the medicine ball.  

Weighted Alternating Dumbbell Punches: Kick off this workout with your feet staggered. Make two quick jabs with your forward arm, then a strong punch with the other one. Don’t forget to rotate your hips when you punch! Do ten reps of that jab-jab-punch on each side. Getting tired yet?  

Explosive Lateral Bench Hops: Wondering how Bey gets her booty? These bench hops are intense. Start with one foot on a bench, and aggressively jump and switch legs. Not only is it good for your butt, but it gets your blood pumping with 20 hops (ten on each side). If you’re feelin’ like Wonder Woman, challenge yourself and see how many you can do in 60 seconds!  

Forward Lunges: In this simple workout, you start with your hands on your hips. Keeping your shoulders back, take a large step forward with one leg, so your knee is bent in line with your heel. Then, spring back up. Queen B starts with ten on one leg, then switches sides.  

Lastly, an essential part of Bey’s workout routine is recovery. Her personal trainer and nutritionist, Marco Borges, makes sure to “stretch B at the end of every workout.” As they say, when in doubt, stretch it out.  

Ready to start sweatin'? Throw on your headphones and get in the zone with a few of our favorite Grammy-Nominated inspired playlists

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.