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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.
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.