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LA’s wellness scene has never been better. But with so much going on, it can be hard to keep up. That’s where we come in. Consider this your official guide to all the latest and greatest health and fitness happenings going down in the city.
Let the countdown begin! We’re psyched to share that local boutique boxing studio BoxUnion is opening a new location in Sherman Oaks. The expansion marks their third area studio, and while details are still sparse, we’re sure you can expect the same high-intensity, beats-based workouts that have made them an LA favorite. Keep an eye on their Instagram for updates.
It’s no secret that plant-based eateries are growing in number, and Plant Power Fast Food is no exception. The vegan chain is taking over a former Carl’s Jr. location in Fountain Valley, opening its third LA-area digs in 2020. From The Big Zac burger to their perfectly-crispy ‘chicken’ nuggets, dairy-free milkshakes, and breakfast bites, the new spot will be slinging all your favorites. Not in the neighborhood? Check out their other restaurants in Long Beach and Redlands.
Four locations are better than three and local climbing gym Sender One Climbing Gym thinks so, too. That’s why they’re not stopping with the opening of their first bouldering-only facility in Playa Vista in 2020. Nope, they plan to continue expanding, eyeing a second bouldering gym (and their fourth location) in Westwood Village in 2021. We know — we’re also stoked.
Spread the news — Remedy Place, a new social wellness center in WeHo, is officially open! Stop by and treat yourself to the ultimate in luxury self-care. We're talking meditation sessions, a cryotherapy chamber, infrared sauna, IV drips, healthy eats, and more. It has everything you need to live a balanced life.
The truly one-of-a-kind fitness studio PLATEFIT is now officially open in Venice, and we couldn’t be happier! The location marks their fifth in the area, so you can now hit up their muscle-burning Power Plate and interval-focused classes all across LA (well, almost). Fitt Tip: grip socks are required, but if you don’t own any, they’ve got you.
Matthew Kenney has been quietly taking over LA, and his newest spot just opened in Long Beach. Introducing Hungry Angelina, a lunch and brunch concept (we’ve heard dinner may be in the works) whipping up a variety of delicious, unsuspectingly plant-based, dishes. From sushi to flatbreads, burgers, and bao buns, plus an incredible selection of handcrafted cocktails, there’s a flavor for every taste.
Start perfecting your headbang, Fitt fam. Plant-based pop-up The Vegan Hooligans has landed a permanent space in DTLA. That’s right — our go-to spot for vegan burgers, wings, sandwiches, and shakes recently announced they’re planning to open a brick-and-mortar diner and they’re revamping their menu in preparation. So, get ready for tons of punk music and new breakfast items, along with a few classics, like their mouth-watering crunchwraps and Hooligan Melts.
Get ready to sweat and sculpt because a brand new fitness studio has opened on the east side. Introducing Made By Pilates in Highland Park, a bright and airy boutique space featuring muscle-burning, Reformer-based Pilates classes. Reserve your spot and welcome this local business!
Kreation Organic Juicery, our go-to for inventive concoctions, good-for-you snacks, and more, just went live with their avocado toast bar for all you #avoholics out there. Stop by and sink your teeth into crunchy innovations, like the Greek Goddess, the Papi Chulo, and—our favorite—the Kreate Your Own, piled high with all sorts of delicious ingredients. It’s currently available at their new La Cienega location, but will be coming soon to Kreations around town!
Prepare to move and groove your way through your sweat session because 305 Fitness classes have landed at Studio B by Bandier in WeHo. Instructors Tom Feeney and Divinity Gaines are ready to help you start your day feeling your best with their dance-cardio workout party. Check out the schedule to try out the new addition for yourself!
A beloved restaurant group has opened a new health-conscious concept in Los Feliz: Kismet Rotisserie. The third location in the Kismet fam, the dine-in and takeaway spot features a mouthwatering menu of roasted chicken dishes, salads, spreads, dips, pitas, and all sorts of veggies (we’re looking at you, turmeric cauliflower). And if you’re feeding the whole crew, they also offer a chicken party pack.
Alright, Brentwood, we hope you’re ready to upgrade your avo toast game because Bluestone Lane’s latest location has arrived. Situated in the Wells Fargo building on the corner of San Vincente and Wilshire boulevards, the new cafe is serving up the same quality coffee, wellness-inspired drinks (hey, beet latte), and healthy brunch bites the brand is known for — all with a side of friendly, Aussie vibes, of course.
If you’ve ever taken a hot yoga class, you know it’s always going to be one thing—outrageously hot. Not the “let’s hang by the pool and get that sun-kissed glow” kind of hot either. I’m talking that “I can't believe I have this much sweat in my body” and “I may or may not pass out” kind of hot. It’s nothing to mess around with, and after a year or so of not being able to go, it’s easy to forget just how serious that heat can be.
To get the maximum enjoyment and benefits out of your heated yoga classes, you need to prepare yourself before and take care of yourself afterward. Luckily, I’ve been taking some classes (sweating enough for the both of us) and I’ve listed my five favorite must-dos to help you readjust to your heated classes and get back to the hot yoga summer that we all want.
Heated classes are difficult in nature. The normal difficulty of regular poses is mixed in with the added challenges of sweating and dealing with the humidity and the heat (at times, I’ve seen the thermostat climb to 108 degrees—yikes!). Depending on what type of yoga class you’re taking (sculpt, Bikram, power vinyasa), the difficulty level and temperature are going to vary. It’s also important to remember that each person in the room is going to practice in a way that’s unique to them. Hours slept, hydration levels, food intake, and different lifestyles are all contributing factors that make our practices different. What you practice on your mat is your own––trust your body and only do what feels right to you. And remember, it’s okay to take breaks!
The rise in temperature mixed in with the humidity that we all know and love creates the perfect recipe for sweating—like A LOT. You go into a heated class dry and come out feeling like you just took a dip in the pool. Before heated classes, I had no idea it was physically possible to sweat that much. If you’re going to a heated class, especially after a long break, it’s easy to forget just how much you might sweat. Is it possible to lose that much water if you haven’t consumed it first? Trust me, going into your heated class super hydrated is going to make a world of difference and help you feel good throughout your practice. And don’t forget to take some sips of H2O while you’re practicing!
Heated classes are challenging, but I can’t stop going. Nothing quite compares to overcoming the challenge— and experiencing the cleanse my body feels after I’m done. It’s the perfect blend of hard and rewarding, but I couldn’t do it if my body wasn’t properly nourished. On the days I know I have a heated class booked; I like to make sure I am eating right. I make sure to take my vitamins and fuel my body with fruits, vegetables, and my favorite superfood shake. I hold off on food about an hour before my practice, so I feel comfortable. After the class, I like to replenish with a big protein shake (boosted with collagen to aid with muscle recovery and skin elasticity). There is no one-way path for properly nourishing your body but making sure you’re fueled for the challenge of a heated class is essential for getting the most out of your practice and feeling good on and off your mat.
Increasing and maintaining your water intake on the days you take a heated class is important, but sometimes you need something a little extra. If you’re sweating that much, you’re basically an athlete (at least in my book) and if you’re performing like a rockstar yogi, you need to hydrate like one as well. That means replenishing those lost electrolytes. Reward yourself and your body for the hard work and treat yourself to your favorite drink. I switch off between electrolyte-boosting drinks and coconut water depending on what I’m in the mood for that day. Adding these to my post-practice self-care routine has helped me feel more hydrated after and ready to take on the world again after especially sweaty classes.
Usually, a yoga mat is all you need for your practice––but heated classes are a different ballgame. I’ve gone with just a mat, and I’ve slipped all over the place. Let me tell you, there’s nothing worse than having sweat drip all over the place while you’re trying to hold a pose that makes you grip your mat for dear life (never again). Make sure you bring a towel to place over your mat, this will help with support and grip. Bringing a smaller towel is also a good idea. You can use the smaller towel to dry yourself off during water breaks or whenever you’re feeling just a bit too sweaty. This is a small step that makes a world of difference during those super-hot classes.
So, there you have it. Five of my favorite tips (more like lifesavers) that have helped me readjust to those heated classes I love so much. Getting back into it is a challenge for us all, so know you’re not alone. No matter where you’re at in your practice, remember to be kind and gentle to yourself––celebrating your health and your body’s ability to do what you love. We’re all just getting back out there, together.
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