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Do you remember what your workout routine looked like a year ago? The hybrid-style of virtual and in-person classes had become the new normal for most fitness studios across the world—and for a lot of studios, the hybrid format will still play a huge role. But for me, I live in Phoenix and fitness studios all over the city are now open for us fitness aficionados to enjoy the in-studio experience we so desperately missed.
While I still plan on taking advantage of virtual offerings when traveling—or for when that 4 pm meeting goes just a tad bit too long to make it to the studio in time—the fact that I can now get a good sweat sesh in at my favorite studio has me pumped. Don’t get me wrong—I had a lot of fun supplementing my normal spin routine with virtual barre and yoga, but there are some attributes of an at-home workout that I am happy to leave behind. As much as I love my overly affectionate pit bull (okay, I’m obsessed with her), it was difficult going into a downward dog pose or popping up into a headstand without her attacking my face with kisses. On a less adorable note, it also started to feel a bit...lonely. I mean, nobody was there to witness my first handstand—something I’ve been working on for years. Okay—I may have only held it for a second, but that is still progress!
While it’s great to still have these virtual options (they were a total lifesaver when fitness businesses were closed last year), I can’t even put into words how great it feels to be back in the studio. That first class back, I was pleasantly overwhelmed with all the things that I had missed about the in-studio experience. If you’ve been back to your favorite fitness studios, then you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you have yet to jump back into your pre-pandemic fitness routine, here’s what you can look forward to:
I know I’m not the only one who started to feel less-than-inspired while working out in my living room every day. While the convenience of rolling out my mat for a yoga class or setting up shop at my kitchen counter for barre class was great—I really missed the hustle and bustle of my high-energy spin and yoga studio. I go to The Madison Improvement Club in Phoenix and am a frequent rider in all the classes they offer from “Party on a Bike” to their themed rides (think Billie Eilish vs. Justin Bieber). These classes are inspirational and just downright fun—not to mention you’re surrounded by carnival-eqsue lights that flicker to the beat of the music. This is a type of experience you can’t find just anywhere—let alone in my tiny apartment. If you want to get a taste of the action, just check out their website.
I don’t know about you, but I go to my spin studio so much that the people I’ve met there are some of my best friends. While we didn’t lose touch with each other over the last year (thank goodness for Zoom happy hours and the occasional virtual workout sesh), it has been so nice being able to ride next to them again. Being able to see their smiling faces, celebrate our victories, and just feel like you’re a part of your fitness family again just hits different than working out at home every day.
Celebrating and empowering my fellow riders is something I missed a lot. We couldn’t be in a class with other fitness fanatics, and we also had to let go of those post-class high-fives and hugs. I can speak firsthand about how powerful a high-five or a hug is after a tough workout. I remember my first spin class over four years ago—and how dead I felt after it—but having my neighbor cheer me on and give me that celebratory high-five was absolutely exhilarating. I felt welcomed and accomplished—I couldn’t wait to go back to another class. While the first few phases of going back to the studio after the shutdown still warranted some restrictions (like wearing masks and continuing to social distance), we’re starting to get to a place where folks are feeling more comfortable with bringing these confidence boosters back and I am here for it.
Let’s push my spin routine to the side for a bit and focus on yoga. Can we all just agree that adjustments in yoga (or any workout class for that matter) are super beneficial? Even as a yoga instructor, I know that I’m not always setting up in certain yoga poses correctly, whether that is due to fatigue in the middle of a practice or if a certain pose is just not as accessible to me as other poses are. Having an instructor shift your body into the correct alignment not only feels good but it also helps you practice safely and avoid injury. And I’m sure it goes without saying that we are all ready to experience those Savasana massages at the end of class. Am I right?
While I’m grateful for the opportunities that arose to practice fitness virtually while we were advised to stay at home, I’m so excited to get back to the unique thrills of working out in an in-person class—from the motivation of being in the studio to the celebratory high-fives and helpful adjustments. We are excited to connect you to in-person experiences again. It’s time for wellness!
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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.
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.
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
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.