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I had never taken high-intensity fitness classes before going to F45. As someone who grew up dancing, doing yoga, or hitting the Pilates reformer, I never thought I’d be interested in bootcamp-style workouts like these. But after my first class, I was shocked at how much I loved it. Within days, I decided to become a member. Here’s why...
One of my favorite things about F45 is that the routine switches each day. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are traditionally more cardio-based workouts, and Tuesdays and Thursdays are focused on weightlifting. I had started to get a little bored in my other yoga, Pilates, and barre classes because I felt like it was the same thing every day. F45 switches it up daily, so you aren’t doing the same movements, and you get to work different parts of your body!
I was so scared to try my first F45 class. I had been thinking about it for months but was intimidated because I didn’t know what to expect. I thought the class would be filled with super-strong bodybuilder-type guys. I was so wrong! My first class was primarily female, and the instructors were so nice and inviting! I was bummed it took me so long to try it. The atmosphere was so community-driven and friendly—I immediately felt at ease, and the class was fast, super fun, and an incredible workout! I became a member right after that first class and have loved every minute of it since.
F45 made a conscious decision not to have mirrors in their classes. This makes a huge difference that I’d never thought about before. I love it because it keeps everyone’s focus more on the workout and less on looking at ourselves or worrying about our appearances. Rather than fussing with my outfit or making sure my ponytail stays intact, I’m sweating like nobody’s watching, literally. And if you’re thinking about form, don't worry. Instructors go around the room the whole time and give corrections!
Going into a bootcamp style class, I had this irrational fear that I’d end up super jacked and bulky. My goal was to become leaner and more toned, and I didn’t know if F45 would be the right type of workout for me to achieve that. I was so wrong. I’ve noticed how the classes at F45 have toned my body in the best way, without bulking out. They’re guaranteed to get you sweating, so if you're looking for restorative or low impact, this may not be for you. It is a high-intensity team training workout that is fast-paced and intense. But don’t worry, it's just the right amount.
The classes provide various weights, so if you’re like me and new to the whole weightlifting thing, start light. They encourage people to protect their bodies and work at their own pace to do what’s best for them. It’s great because you can choose to go a little harder one day but keep it lighter and focus on recovery and form the next day! Don’t push it. Overall, there’s something exceptional about F45—it really is life-changing team training.
Ready to see what the hype’s about? Find an F45 studio near you to book your first class!
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.