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Fitness
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
Written by
Erica Arvanitis
Copywriter
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.
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Wellness
Published Thursday Apr 01, 2021 by Denise Prichard

Your Guide to Releasing Stress and Finding Peace

Expert Advice
Wellness
Self-care

Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.

With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."

There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.

Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:

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1. Foundational Steps to Cultivating a Daily Self-love Practice  

When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey. 

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2. I Tried Virtual Meditation...Here’s What I Learned 

Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?) 

TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra. 

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3. Accessible Yoga Poses for Emotional Balance and Release 

Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.  

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4. Top Breathing Exercises for Anxiety and Depression and The New Normal

Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.

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5. The "Staying Grounded" Guide to Stress and Anxiety Pre- and Post-COVID-19

If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.

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6. How to Meditate: A Beginner's Guide

Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.

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7. Cultivate Your Calm with These 7 Yoga Poses

There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.

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8. Mindfulness Tips to Stay Intentional, Focused, and Aligned in 2021

We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.

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9. Why It's Time to Try a Healing Virtual Sound Bath

If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.

These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.  

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Written by
Denise Prichard
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.