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When it comes to our favorite weekend plans, getting a good sweat session in is always part of the agenda. But then again, so is brunch. It’s a San Fransisco staple. No matter the neighborhood, there’s always an awesome fitness class (and food spot) to feed your routine.
Whether you’re gathering the girls for self-care Saturday or looking to treat yourself to a new workout and tasty meal that won’t leave you feeling too guilty, here are our five must-try fitness studios and go-to brunch spots that are only a few blocks away.
Love Story Yoga + Loló
Neighborhood: The Mission
Full of soul, sophistication, and community, Love Story Yoga is everything we want (and love) when it comes to where and how we practice. Located on Valencia Street in the Mission, this beautiful and spacious studio is a trendy hotspot—literally. While you can score a great deal on a class at Love Story, we recommend booking ahead and bringing an extra towel because it gets *really* warm. After your flow, cool down as you wander a few blocks to Loló. With a Mexican-influenced cuisine, their colorful weekend brunch menu is on point. Our must-try? The crisp and cool kale salad.
Salt Fitness + The Grind Café
Neighborhood: Lower Haight
The name of this beautiful studio might imply you’re going to sweat—and that’s the truth. Offering a variety of the hottest HIIT group fitness classes, your muscles will definitely feel the burn at this go-to spot in Haight. If you’re looking to try something new that will kick your wellness routine up a notch, we suggest signing up for Barre Fight. This 60-minute full-body class is all about dynamic flexibility by fusing the benefits of kickboxing with barre. After you work those muscles, stretch it out and stroll over to The Grind Café where you can snack on local eats by neighborhood vendors.
MNTSTUDIO + Marlowe
A class at this chic Pilates studio is guaranteed to make your muscles shake, but in the most Instagramable workout space ever. Sweat it out with a low-impact workout that challenges all fitness levels. Instructors will have you focus on small, sculpting movements so you make the most of your Reformer machine. After class, your body will feel re-energized and renewed, just in time to walk through SoMa. A hip feast at Marlowe is the perfect compliment to your MNTStudio sweat session. Though SoMa gets a little quieter on the weekends, this restaurant is *always* crowded for Sunday brunch and lunch. We should add that no meal is complete without a Warm Deviled Egg.
Basecamp Studio + Blue Barn Gourmet
Neighborhood: Russian Hill
6 min walk
All you need is 35-minutes, and you’ll get a heart-pumping workout session at Basecamp Fitness. With a variety of HIIT classes that feature elements of balance, endurance, and strength, you’ll keep your body guessing with Basecamp’s super fun (and oh-so sweaty) workouts that not only better your body, but your mind as well. After rinsing off in their showers, make your way to Blue Barn Gourmet. A casual neighborhood staple, find a spot at the counter and order a fresh salad or pressed sandwich. Yum. Plus, you can add a variety of proteins to any salad so you won’t go home hungry after killing at Basecamp.
VRV3 Studios + Park Tavern
Neighborhood: Russian Hill/North Beach
Looking for a new workout that will boost your confidence—and strength? It’s time to make moves at VRV3. A welcoming studio that teaches everything from pole work to yoga and floor movements, you’ll learn to sweat it out in a positive space. With classes that focus on attaining better balance to choreographed movement, friendly instructors will help you tap into your best self. Following your workout, get a little extra fancy, grab the girls and make your way to Park Tavern. With an atmosphere of understated excellence, Park Tavern serves creative seasonal eats in a stylish space. May we suggest starting your meal with a Bellini and avocado toast? Count us in!
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.