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Fitness
Published Friday Apr 10, 2020 by Sara Lesher

How to Get Over Being Embarrassed to Exercise

Fitness
Motivation
Mindbody Community

We can come up with a million reasons to avoid exercising. Whether you lack time or motivation, are too tired, or don’t have the proper equipment, there’s a laundry list of excuses to avoid a workout. But aside from the ones you tell people (and yourself), is embarrassment one of your mental roadblocks? 

Maybe you’re worried about not having the cutest outfits (we feel you, those can be expensive). Maybe you’re nervous about falling over during the balancing series in yoga. Maybe you haven’t worked out in well, a while, and you’re too embarrassed to huff and puff your way through a difficult HIIT class with all the regulars.  

We’ve all been there. Group fitness has tons of benefits, but it requires a first step we often forget to talk about—gaining confidence to try it out. 


Start at home. 

Okay, so you don’t really have a choice right now. Gyms and fitness studios all over the world are closed due to COVID-19...but we have to find the silver lining, right? Now, we have the unique opportunity to access *tons* of virtual classes from studios all over the world. HIIT, yoga, Pilates, or barre, San Diego, Miami, London, or D.C.—the sky’s the limit (if you have a backyard, that is).  

And the other benefit? Privacy.  

Sweaty? Oh well. Outfit doesn’t match? Who cares?  Can’t touch your toes? Just bend your knees, girl (or guy).  

Now, more than ever, we’re looking for a sense of community. And now, more than ever, you can access a community of group fitness lovers without the nerves of being a newbie. Throw on your wrinkled old college T-shirt, turn that video camera off, and tune into a live stream fitness class—you’ll be ready to hit the actual studio as soon as it opens. 


Don’t forget to prep. 

When it comes to any workout, it’s never a good idea to just jump right in. We’re not saying you need to take a full-blown yoga class to stretch yourself out before you start (although restorative yoga post-workout works wonders for those achy muscles), but you’ll definitely want to warm up.  

Take a look at our tips for getting ready for your first virtual fitness class


Try a few and pick your favorite. 

If you’ve ever browsed classes on Mindbody, you may have seen some unique ones that stood out among the rest (pole dancing fitness, anyone?). There are so many different types of fitness classes out there; it’s easy to get a sense of choice overload (AKA: Where the hell do I even begin?!). Don’t get overwhelmed. You don’t need to try them all—unless you really don’t know what to do with all the extra time on your hands. Try narrowing it down to a few categories you’re interested in and try a different one each day. You can even find a personal trainer if you want!  

Think about what your goals are. Trying to build core strength? Try Pilates. Want a low-impact workout that targets your muscles with small movements? Meet barre. Want to gain flexibility and build that mind-body connection? Yoga is the one for you! Or maybe you just want to dance (because this time, nobody’s watching!). Virtual dance fitness classes are the way to go. Try a few and determine which one is best for you. 
 

Dive in.  

Once you’ve found your favorite workout (or combo of workouts!), it’s time to dive in. Start investing in (or renting!) some workout gear and equipment, prepare your space, set your new at-home workout routine, and start booking your virtual classes. You’ll be ready to hit the studio in no time! 

Sara Lesher
Written by
Sara Lesher
Lifecycle Program Manager
About the author
Spoiled by the San Diego sunshine, Sara’s hobbies include beaching, hiking, concert-going, and brewery-hopping. A former English major, she naturally loves reading and writing… so if you have any book recommendations, let her know. And just between us: she’s committed to health and wellness but loves a good taco (shoutout TJ Tacos in Escondido).
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.