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While it might seem like Thanksgiving is all about the delicious food, it’s also a time to practice an attitude of gratitude. From the best studios to classes and types of workouts they can’t live without, check out what our favorite fitness influencers are grateful for this season—and all year long!
Bootcamp made me feel like I belonged somewhere for the first time since my high school basketball days. I’m so thankful I found it when I did. It changed my body and my mindset on fitness and health, not to mention the post-workout feeling is incredible.
I'm so grateful for Yoga Vida and their incredible roster of teachers. Last summer, I enrolled in Yoga Vida's Intensive 200-hour teacher training, which was one of the best decisions I've ever made. After 30 days of non-stop learning and practice, I left with a new sense of confidence, amazing friends, and a fiery passion for sharing yoga with as many people as possible. Although I don't go to the Yoga Vida studios as frequently as I used to, it will always hold a very special place in my heart, and I'm so blessed to be part of their community.
I'm so grateful I discovered boxing, my current workout of choice! It makes me feel so strong, and my coaching sessions leave me feeling invigorated, with the added satisfaction knowing I can defend myself if I ever needed to. I'm actually training for my first fight at the moment!
Barre3 Henderson has truly become my safe place to explore, learn and grow into a stronger and more confident person. I have created such strong friendships with everyone that has walked through our studio door—thankful for my b3 tribe!
I'm thankful for yoga and the peace it brought into my life. After each class, I leave feeling completely renewed and refreshed. It's my workout of choice when I'm looking for more than just a sweat but rather a mind, body, and soul connection.
About four years ago, I was looking for a change and wanted to try something outside of my comfort zone. I went to my first pole fitness class and at first wasn’t sure, but I stuck with it, and it’s now one of my favourite past times. It taught me to value grace as well as strength, be creative and not take myself too seriously. I can’t recommend it enough!
I'm grateful for Megan Roup's class at Studio B in NYC. She really helped me look at fitness as a fun activity and not as a task or something I "have to do." Her classes are full of energy, hard work and always a good time. Another OG studio I love is Physique57, one of the first places I tried in my area! Not only am I thankful for their attentive instructors and intimate classes, but their new Chelsea location is also stunning.
Earlier this year I became a yoga instructor at one of my favourite studios in Covent Garden. Since it opened two years ago, I’ve taken various classes and immediately felt like part of the family. Now, I’m honoured to lay down my mat four times a week and teach. Thanks to this practice, the people I come into contact with have a daily positive impact on my life, and it's taught me to be kinder to myself—on and off the mat— something that I struggled with up until now.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!